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Volume 50

Issue 4


September 12, 2018


Fifty Years of Excellence: 1969 - 2019

Loyola ranked 89th best in country KATIE ANTHONY

Loyola has reclaimed its spot in the top 100 universities in the U.S., ranked 89th by the annual U.S. News and World Report’s best colleges ranking, released Monday. Loyola moved up 14 places from its 2018 ranking, in which Loyola placed 103rd. This is the second time Loyola

has broken into the top 100 since 2015, when Loyola was ranked 99th. According to its website, U.S. News and World Report is a multi-platform news publisher, and is known for their “best” series in which it analyzes and ranks colleges, graduate schools, hospitals and more. According to its website, U.S News

and World Report considers student outcomes, faculty resources, expert opinion, financial resources, student excellence and alumni donations for each university in order to determine the rankings. This year, it changed the ranking methodology to place the greatest value on student outcomes such as graduation rate and reten-

tion rate. Loyola’s score and overall ranking tied with Howard University, Indiana University Bloomington, Marquette University, University at Buffalo, University of Delaware and University of Iowa, according to the report. Loyola was one of five Jesuit schools named in the report’s top 100. Georgetown University was ranked 22nd, Boston College was 38th, Fordham Uni-

versity was 70th, Marquette tied with Loyola at 89th and University of San Francisco came in at 96th. In addition to the overall best national universities, the report also ranks universities in other categories. Loyola was named the 53rd best college for veterans, 60th best value and 73rd in high school counselor rankings, the report said. Ranking 4

Two-time champ returns to Gentile Arena


Potential Trump administration rules could change the way Loyola handles sexual misconduct. JANE MILLER

Universities across the country, including Loyola, could soon see changes to the way they handle sexual misconduct allegations, according to a recent report by The New York Times. The proposed rules were obtained by The Times, but could not be independently verified by The Phoenix. If implemented, the policies could bring greater rights to the accused, present a new definition of sexual harassment and lessen a university’s liability in investigating certain circumstances of sexual misconduct, The Times reported. The policies could also be legally binding, a departure from similar guidelines proposed under the Obama administration. Like many universities across the country, Loyola has seen its share of sexual misconduct allegations involving students. Last school year, the Office of the Dean of Students was notified of 346 unique situations where a student approached

a non-confidential university employee about gender-based misconduct, dating or domestic violence and stalking, Love said in an email to The Phoenix. This number includes incidents off-campus, including in different states or countries, as well as incidents that occured in a student’s past. Campus Safety received four reports of rape, ten reports of fondling, and zero of incest and statutory rape in 2016, according to numbers listed in a comparison feature with other universities provided by the U.S. Department of Education in compliance with the Clery Act. In addition to these criminal offenses, Campus Safety received 6 reports of domestic violence, 17 stalking reports and zero of dating violence. As a school that receives federal funding, Loyola would be subject to these new regulations if they become policy, according to Tim Love, interim Title IX deputy coordinator. Love explained Loyola receives federal funding primarily through student loans and grants, such as Pell Grants, which sup-

port low income students. However, if officially released, Love said the impact of the policies on Loyola will be up to their specific wording. If the rules take a deregulatory approach aimed to give schools more flexibility in their policies, Loyola could be able to maintain parts of its current standards, according to Love. But if the policies place more rigid regulations on universities, Loyola might need to make changes. “If the regulations come forward and mandate that we must do something a certain way, then we will have no choice but to either comply or to engage in the legislative process,” Love said. Following the Trump administration’s repeal of Obama-era guidelines last September, Love said Loyola’s policies remained unchanged under the interim guidelines set as a replacement. Unlike the Obama administration’s letter, which provided guidance to help shape university policy but left the details up to specific schools, DeVos’ reported new rules could impose specific legal regulations on universities, The

Times reported. If implemented, they’ll seek to limit a school’s liability only to incidents reported to have occured on campus or in university programs, The Times reported. This means if a student reports an incident of sexual misconduct in an off-campus student apartment, the university is not legally required to investigate it. Mira Krivoshey, assistant director of health promotion in Loyola’s wellness center, said she sees this particular rule as one of the most “damaging.” “What we understand about sexual misconduct is that most of it doesn’t happen on campus,” Krivoshey, a certified sexual assault advocate, said. “It happens at off campus parties and off campus apartments or on public transport.” While Krivoshey said Loyola will continue to offer support for students regardless of potential policy changes, she said she’s unsure if the university will still be able to hold perpetrators accountable for violating Loyola’s community standards off campus.

First-year making waves in women’s soccer

Fall Out Boy returns home to Chicago

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Fall Out Boy 9

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Former Loyola men’s volleyball coach Shane Davis left the program to become women’s volleyball head coach at Northwestern University before the 2016 men’s volleyball season. Now in his third year at Northwestern, Davis is preparing to return to Gentile Arena Sept. 15 — as an opponent. Davis played at Loyola from 2000-03 and is the program’s alltime digs leader. He was named the head coach in August 2003 — three months after graduation — and led Davis the Ramblers to back-to-back national championships in 2014 and 2015. In 12 seasons as Loyola head coach, Davis amassed a 265-88 record. He’s never been on the visiting team’s bench, but that’ll change when the Wildcats make the short trip to Rogers Park Sept. 15 to compete in the first-ever Chicago Cup — a tournament between Loyola, Northwestern, DePaul University and University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC). “Thinking about it now, I think it’s uncharted territory,” Davis said. “I’ve never been an opponent walking into Loyola’s arena or anything, so I can’t predict how it’s going to feel. But it’s going to be great just being there and seeing all familiar faces.” Davis was named Northwestern’s head coach Dec. 28, 2015 — six days before Loyola’s 2016 season opener — and has totaled a 31-42 record since taking over. He said because the turnaround was so quick, he didn’t get a chance to “get closure” on his time at Loyola. His first attempt at moving on was to go watch a Loyola match at Gentile Arena shortly after he was hired at Northwestern, which he said wasn’t easy. “It was really tough for my wife and I to watch the team that we had grown to build and to love and be a part of in a community for so many years,” Davis said. Davis 15


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The Phoenix won’t stop growing or learning FROM THE EDITOR’S DESK We’re already on our fourth issue of The Phoenix’s 50th year. Which means there’s 25 left for the 2018-19 year, but who’s counting? This week our issue features potential changes to Title IX policies from the Trump administration and how those changes might impact Loyola. Title IX affects much more than the number of sports teams we have and impacts the life of every Loyola student. The potential changes, first reported by The New York Times, have been explained and broken down by assistant News editor, Jane Miller. In the Opinion section, the Editorial Board implores Loyola stu-


dents to register to vote after former President Barack Obama made the sentiment a key point in his speech to students at the University of Illinois last week. Our Opinion editor Arian Ahmadpour shares his take on the confirmation hearings of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. Whatever side of the aisle you land on, it’s worth a read. In A&E, WLUW celebrated its 40th anniversary with a concert on campus, The Phoenix’s Photo editor Alanna Demetrius and Video editor Owen Connor have excellent photos from the event. A&E also has a review of a new Spider-Man video game and cover-

age of Chicagoland band Fall Out Boy’s return home with their show at Wrigley Field. My old section, Sports, has analysis of the women’s volleyball team’s surprising start to 2018 after struggling through 2017. Sports also has features of former men’s volleyball coach Shane Davis’ return to Loyola and a first-year women’s soccer player who’s already making a big impact on the field. The Phoenix is committed to bringing you coverage that benefits, engages and teaches you, I think this week we’ve done that. But if you disagree reach out and let us know. We’re constantly trying to grow, evolve and learn from our mistakes

contents News.

Changes to SDMA New fraternity and sorority to hit campus Religious men help students



Why you should vote in midterms


Fall Out Boy hits chicago WLUW blows out Irelands



Hustle to Hoyne XC friends

Corrections The Phoenix strives to maintain fairness and accuracy in its reporting and welcomes complaints about errors. Notify us of any inaccuracy at 1. The Phoenix mistakenly printed a picture misidentifying Darihanne Torres. The photo was not of Darihanne, but of another person. 2. The Phoenix reported Alderman Joe Moore had proposed a building on Loyola Avenue. The building was proposed by developer Bill Gold and Moore hasn’t given his support. 3. The Phoenix mistakenly identified an email from a Loyola administrator as a phishing email. It was a legitimate email and not a scam.

and what the Loyola community tells us. We believe we are a public service and we’re serving you, we are accountable to you and when we mess up we let you down. As you’ll see at the bottom of this page, last week we made some mistakes, but we’re determined to correct them and learn from them. The Phoenix should be better than that and our readers deserve better than that. But the good news is we have 25 of these left to keep getting better, for our sake and yours. This semester has already been full of news so we’ll have plenty of chances to prove we can do it.

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1. September 1, 2018 A Loyola student reported criminal sexual abuse offcampus near Pratt and Wolcott. 2. August 31, 2018 A person who wasn’t affiliated with Loyola reported a robbery in the 1200 block of West North Shore Avenue. 3. September 1, 2018 A Loyola student reported a theft at a business in the 6400 block of North Sheridan Road.

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Student diversity office responds to allegations of exclusion Alanna Demetrius The Phoenix

Student Diversity and Multicultural Affairs off icials closed the resource room last spring following allegations of “exclusive language and behavior.” The details of the behavior are unclear.


Administrators in Loyola’s student diversity office responded to alleged “exclusive language and behavior” last spring, according to an email sent by the office’s director, which was later obtained by The Phoenix. The exact nature of the alleged behavior is unclear. The director, Joe Saucedo, didn’t respond to questions. Staff at Loyola’s office of Student Diversity and Multicultural Affairs (SDMA) closed the resource room — a place for students in SDMA to hang

out and do homework — for 24 hours April 17 after allegations of “patterns of exclusive language and behavior” and “policing of individuals’ identities in the space specifically regarding who can or cannot be present in the resource room,” according to the email. SDMA is a department on campus which aims to teach students to be inclusive and build community with people of different backgrounds; the program provides mentorships, academic support and various resources on campus, according to its webpage. The resource room, located in room 116 of the Damen Student Cen-

ter, is one way students in SDMA can engage with each other on campus, according to its webpage. Moonis Nadeem, a sophomore studying neuroscience at Loyola who said he’s been in SDMA for two years, said he uses the resource room regularly. “I actually prefer coming here rather than going to the [Information Commons] because this is a place where I feel safe,” Nadeem said. “I feel as if the people in here are actually like my siblings who offer advice and are always willing to talk to me.” In Saucedo’s email to members of

SDMA, he urged community members to take a stance against behavior that contradicts SDMA’s missions and values. “The SDMA resource room must be a space that accepts, supports and affirms all races, sexes, gender identities, gender expressions, religions, ethnic backgrounds, socio-economic classes, sexual orientations, abilities and residency statuses,” Saucedo said in the email. “We challenge you to be conscious of the part you play in shaping the community through your interactions with those who hold similar and different identities from you.”

Saucedo didn’t respond to questions from The Phoenix as to the specific nature of the alleged behavior. Graduate assistant Tristen Hall, who works specifically with a program for first generation students of color who identify as women in SDMA, echoed Saucedo’s desire to resolve and prevent any behavior harmful to SDMA community members. “We want everybody to feel safe and welcome in SDMA, and if there are any things that … disrupt that, that would be our first priority to kind of address those issues and see how we can move forward,” Hall said.

TITLE IX: Some Loyola officials concerned about potential policy changes

continued from page 1 “Imagine a situation in which a student is sexually assaulted at an off-campus apartment by another Loyola student, but because it happened off campus, they still have to go to class with their assaulter, or their perpetrator, or their abuser,” Krivoshey said. “That is a huge red flag among these rules and something that could really damage students’ ability to participate in their education here at Loyola.” However, because the rules have not been officially implemented, many of their implications are unclear. The rules could reportedly provide additional deregulation, saying a university is only legally responsible for investigating incidents filed through “proper authorities” — described in The Times article as “an official who has the authority to institute corrective measures.” This means a report from a figure like a “residential adviser in a dormitory” wouldn’t be valid, the report said. The rules could also promote the use of mediation — moderated communication between the victim and accused through a third party, according to the Times report. The 2011 Obama administration letter deemed the use of mediation “inappropriate” in resolving sexual assault cases. According to Love, mediation isn’t used in cases of sexual misconduct at Loyola. “[With mediation] that is the university saying, ‘we will help you have a conversation and then whatever happens in that conversation, whatever information comes out, we won’t take any action on it,’” Love said. Krivoshey said she thinks mediation is ineffective in addressing instances of sexual misconduct. “When someone has been sexually assaulted or when they are in an abusive relationship, they don’t have the same power as the person who is doing the abusive conduct,” Krivoshey said, “So putting them up into mediation sets them up in this dynamic already

Christopher Hacker The Phoenix

Krivoshey said the use of “mediation” to handle sexual misconduct cases might be troubling for the victim. Loyola doesn’t use the practice currently, Love said.

Michael McDevitt The Phoenix

Loyola Campus Safety received 38 reports of gender-based misconduct in 2016.

when one person has control over the other person.” According to Krivoshey, mediation can also be traumatizing for the victim. “When one person has been violated by another person there’s trauma involved … and so to be questioned, sometimes to even be in the same room as someone who has violated you in that way is incredibly traumatizing and is not going to come to an outcome that satisfies anyone,” Krivoshey said. The reported changes could also give universities the freedom to choose the level of evidence in a case and whether they’ll have an appeals process, according to The Times. Universities would be able to select between the “preponderance of evidence” standard or the “clear and convincing” standard, The Times said. The less stringent preponderance

of evidence standard, used in civil cases, requires that more than 50 percent of the given evidence leans toward one side of a case, while the higher standard of clear and convincing evidence must be “highly and substantially more likely to be true than untrue,” according to Cornell University’s Wex Legal Dictionary. According to Love, the preponderance of evidence is the lower standard most often used in civil cases and the standard used by Loyola in cases of sexual misconduct. “What [preponderance of evidence] essentially says is if you start out with a position of impartiality and you investigate and it turns out … that the evidence, even ever so slightly favors one side over the other, then you should find in the favor of the side that has more evidence,” Love said.

Krivoshey said if schools change their standard to the clear and convincing standard, it would make it more difficult to find students responsible. “Oftentimes there isn’t a lot of physical evidence as to what occurred when a sexual assault takes place … holding these cases to a higher level of evidence essentially makes it harder to find someone responsible for sexual misconduct,” Krivoshey said. Along with deregulation, DeVos’ policies promote a new definition of sexual harassment which, unlike that of the Obama administration, only acknowledges one type of sexual harassment. The Times cites the definition as “unwelcome conduct on the basis of sex that is so severe, pervasive and objectively offensive that it denies a person access to the school’s education program or activity.” While Krivoshey said this definition recognizes one type of sexual harassment, characterized as “hostile environment,” it eliminates the “quid pro quo” definition of sexual harassment. Krivoshey described “quid pro quo” with the example of someone promising a student better grades or an invite to a party if the student agrees to go on a date with them.

“Only limiting the sexual harassment definition to this one of a hostile environment, it discounts all these other types of sexual harassment,” Krivoshey said. “It essentially invalidates people who experience that type of sexual harassment.” In the 2011 letter, sexual harassment was defined as an “unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature“ including “unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal, nonverbal, or physical conduct of a sexual nature,” The Times quoted. To determine if schools have properly addressed issues of sexual harassment, they’ll be subject to a new standard which The Times calls “deliberately indifferent,” meaning an institution will be at fault, “only if its response to the sexual harassment is clearly unreasonable in light of known circumstances.” The federal government won’t discipline schools who offer supportive measures as an alternative to legal action. These measures include counseling, campus escort services and changes in housing, according to The Times. The U.S. Department of Education didn’t respond to a request for comment from The Phoenix.



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Iconic Rogers Park Heartland Cafe building for sale after 42 years open MARY NORKOL

The building housing the Heartland Cafe in Rogers Park, known for its hippie feel and vegetarian and vegan options, is up for sale after being open 42 years, but owner Tom Rosenfeld said he’d like to see the restaurant remain in business. The Heartland Cafe, Heartland Studio Theatre and the Red Line Tap are housed in a 100-year-old building on Glenwood Avenue near Loyola’s Lake Shore Campus. The Heartland Studio Theatre has been used as a yoga studio, workout studio and community meeting space, but is used primarily for rehearsals for local theater groups, its website said. The Red Line Tap often hosts live music performances and the Heartland Cafe serves as an organic local market and restaurant. Rosenfeld, who lives in Rogers Park and farms organic produce in Michigan which sometimes appears on the Heartland’s menu, said there are two options for the space. A developer could buy the building and develop it for apartment buildings, in which case the Heartland Cafe would offer to be the first floor tenants and continue operating under Rosenfeld. In another case, a buyer could purchase the space and become the owner and operator. This would likely mean the Heartland Cafe would be run by the new owner in a similar way to Rosenfeld running the restaurant after buying it in 2012 from its original owners, Rosenfeld said. Motivated mostly by what he said were financial issues that come with keeping up an old building, Rosenfeld said he would choose whichever option works best for the community. Rosenfeld said he doesn’t have a specific asking price because he wants to

find the right owner. “We’re kind of open, and that’s why we don’t have a price on it,” Rosenfeld said. “There’s so many ways someone could look at this property, so we’re saying we want people to look at it and find their value.” According to the Craigslist listing, the space is available immediately. Rosenfeld bought the 9,600 squarefoot space from its original owners, Katy Hogan and Michael James, in 2012, according to the restaurant’s website. Rosenfeld has been the owner and operator since then. James also said he sold the Heartland Cafe for financial reasons, though he didn’t put it up for sale in the same way Rosenfeld did. James said he approached Rosenfeld and asked for a loan, which evolved into Rosenfeld buying the space. Rosenfeld said the restaurant and Loyola have had a deep connection over the years, with many students attending the Heartland on first dates. The restaurant also features the bleachers from the 1963 NCAA basketball championship, Rosenfeld said. “[It’s] a place that many Loyola students, particularly those who want the freedom of … expression and lifestyle that comes with a place like the Heartland and also comes with a place that’s farther away from campus,” Rosenfeld said. “It’s a place where people of a particular mindset can come and be together.” Rosenfeld said as Rogers Park evolved, the Heartland evolved too. “We’ve grown and evolved as a reflection of the neighborhood as well as part of the neighborhood,” Rosenfeld said. “A lot of people come here from nostalgia. A lot of our nostalgic people are people that come through Loyola. They come back for a reunion and they want to have brunch at the Heartland because that’s what they did when they

Alanna Demetrius The Phoenix

Rosenfeld bought the Heartland Cafe f rom its original owners in 2012, and now the building is up for sale again.

were in school.” Many political candidates have spoken at the Heartland during its 42 years open — including former President Barack Obama and former Chicago mayor Harold Washington. James captured then-42-year-old Obama on camera in February 2004 at a campaign rally for a seat in the U.S. Senate. He spoke alongside Aldermans Joe Moore (49th Ward) and Harry Osterman (48th Ward), who was a state representative at the time. Washington spoke at the Heartland just days before winning the democratic party primary, James said. “That was truly a wonderful event,” James said. “The place was packed inside, it was packed outside, Harold Washington is … people should pay more attention to him historically.” The Heartland has become a wellknown political hub in Rogers Park, and James said this was no accident. While

Photo courtesy of Michael James

Obama spoke at the Heartland in 2004 during his run for U.S. senator. He is one of many political figures to speak at the space, along with Washington.

he was teaching at Columbia College Chicago, James said a class he taught on social change inspired him to found the Heartland and make it a place for people to congregate and discuss politics.

“We wanted to create a place that would allow us to serve the community, provide people with some income and that those people would have time to do political work,” James said.

Man charged with Rogers Ranking: LUC 60th for ‘best value’ Park shooting one month later continued from page 1 According to its website, the best value ranking considers a school’s academic quality and the net cost of attendance for a student who received the average level of need-based financial aid. According to Loyola’s website, the average undergraduate Loyola student will receive $27,250 in financial aid per year. In a statement sent to The Phoenix, Loyola President Jo Ann Rooney emphasized the 60th best value ranking. “I am especially pleased by our high ‘best value’ ranking,” Rooney said in the email. “It is a testament to the talents of our students and the work of our faculty to develop innovative high-quality programs while keeping Loyola affordable and accessible for capable students from all backgrounds.” Some students say U.S News and World Report’s lists and similar rank-

ing systems can be a helpful resource when considering colleges and universities to attend. Leslie Owen, a first-year studying international business, said she used U.S News and World Report’s list before applying to Loyola. “I definitely looked at those lists when I was deciding what colleges to apply to,” Owen said. “I think it will help incoming freshman get a good idea of what Loyola has to offer.” Himal Koshy, a first-year studying economics and statistics, said he believes the ranking will help him after graduation. “[The ranking] will help when I am applying to jobs after school because coming from a higher ranked university adds prestige to my resume,” Koshy said. Margaret Callahan, acting provost and chief academic officer, said while the

rankings are meaningful, Loyola prioritizes other accomplishments. “We appreciate the hard work our faculty, staff and students do every day that impacts national rankings,” Callahan said. “And although national rankings of this type are very meaningful, we focus on our accomplishments in the classroom, research laboratories, athletics and our communities as our top priorities.” Callahan said she believes Loyola’s increase in graduation rate contributed to the jump in ranking. “The single greatest factor in explaining our move up in the rankings is the increase in our graduation rate,” Callahan said. “For several years, Loyola has worked to ensure that students are able to graduate in a timely manner. The success of these efforts was realized this past May with the highest graduation rate in our recent history.”

Photo courtesy of Chicago Police

Max Chessher, 29, was charged with a July shooting on North Winthrop Avenue.


A man was charged with the July shooting in Rogers Park which left a 17-year-old male injured blocks from Loyola’s campus. Max Chessher, 29, was arrested August 30 after video surveillance revealed his identity, according to Chicago Police. It was unclear if the surveillance showed him committing the crime. He was charged with one felony count of aggravated battery with the discharge of a firearm. An investigative alert — a notice among police departments to take someone into custody based on information indicating they were involved in a crime — was issued for Chessher. He was located by police at the 6500 block of North Artesian, then placed into custody and “charged accordingly,”

police said. The shooting, which occurred around 3:30 a.m. July 27, was on the 6500 block of North Winthrop Avenue. The original report indicated the shooting occurred on North Sheridan Road, but further investigation confirmed the actual location was North Winthrop Avenue, police said. It’s one of three shootings in two consecutive days, The Phoenix previously reported. Chessher is known to police, but the Chicago Police Department (CPD) didn’t provide further details. This instance of charging an offender with a violent crime is rare. In recent years, CPD’s solve rate has been shockingly low around Loyola’s Lake Shore Campus, The Phoenix previously reported. The 2017 solve rate for aggravated battery or aggravated assault offenses was reportedly just under 37 percent.

Alexandra Runnion The Phoenix

Loyola was ranked 89th best university in the country by U.S. News and World Report. It was a 14 rank jump f rom last year’s 103rd best ranking and the second time in three years Loyola has broken the top 100 universities.


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Loyola brings new sorority and fraternity to campus The Takeaways Around 15 percent of Loyola students are in a sorority or fraternity. Kappa Delta and Pi Kappa Phi will offer additional options for students interested in Greek Life. OLIVIA MILLER

Loyola students will have more choices within the Greek Life community following the establishment of two new organizations. The new sorority, Kappa Delta, and the new fraternity, Pi Kappa Phi, are recruiting this fall for each of their founding classes, according to Troy Stephens Jr., coordinator for sorority and fraternity life programming at Loyola. Kappa Delta will be the university’s seventh sorority within the Panhellenic Council, and Pi Kappa Phi will be one of five fraternities on campus within the Interfraternity Council, according to Stephens. According to Student Activities and Greek Affairs (SAGA), all of Loyola’s sororities and fraternities are student-led by the Panhellenic Council, Interfraternity Council and Multicultural Greek Council. There’ll be a total of twenty on campus sororities and fraternities between the Panhellenic Council, Interfraternity Council and Multicultural Greek Council, according to Stephens. Stephens said a main reason the university added a new sorority and fraternity was to accommodate Loyola’s increasing student population.

The university has had growing class sizes in recent years with the current first-year class having just under 3,000 students, according to Stephens. According to SAGA, 15 percent of Loyola students are in a sorority or fraternity on campus. Each sorority has about 200 members, and fraternities have around 80 members, according to Stephens. Stephens said the Panhellenic Council made the decision to incorporate Kappa Delta into the Loyola community. “Kappa Delta did a really good job of explaining what makes sense here,” Stephens said. “See, a lot of organizations explain why they fit Loyola whereas Kappa Delta explained why Loyola fit them.” Maria Carlson, 20, member of Kappa Kappa Gamma at Loyola, said Kappa Delta visited campus last spring and talked with Loyola sororities about their new chapter. Carlson said the overall theme of Kappa Delta is confidence. Ryan Murphy, leadership development consultant of Kappa Delta nationwide, and Lilly Couch, president of the Panhellenic Council at Loyola, didn’t respond to The Phoenix’s request for comment. Conner Burk, director of expansion and growth for Pi Kappa Phi nationwide, said Pi Kappa Phi is excited to start a chapter at Loyola because the university aligns with the goals of the fraternity. “We believe that we can do very well because it’s a very service-based school. A lot of good values, and that’s where we seem to thrive as a national organization,” Burk said. “Because as a national organization, we put a lot of emphasis on service and so schools that also do that as well, we tend to

thrive very well with them and find the right people that end up being the right fit for that.” According to Burk, Pi Kappa Phi founded its own philanthropy in 1977, called the Ability Experience, which was created to serve people with physical and mental disabilities. Samuel Torrence, president of the Interfraternity Council at Loyola, said he’s open to a new fraternity on campus because it could expand Greek Life, which positively impacts the Loyola community as a whole. Torrence said the recruitment process is important because although Pi Kappa Phi has a national presence, every chapter is different among universities. “Pi Kappa Phi will start recruiting active leaders in the community, so generally what happens when a new fraternity comes on campus is they look for mainly juniors and sophomores and seniors to build a chapter of leaders on campus,” Torrence said. Danny Hawkins, member of Delta Sigma Phi at Loyola, said he supports more choices for students within Greek Life. “It’s nice to have a variety in a chapter,” Hawkins, 20, said. “As most things are, diversity is key — but I do think that, if there were more sororities and fraternities, it would give students a chance to find something they liked or give them more options, which I think is always better.” According to Stephens, Kappa Delta’s official recruitment weekend is Sept. 28-30, and Pi Kappa Phi representatives will arrive on campus Sept. 23.

Alanna Demetrius The Phoenix

The new sorority and fraternity will offer more options for students interested in Greek Life, particularily as Loyola’s population continues to increase.

Alanna Demetrius The Phoenix

The addition of the sorority Kappa Delta brings the number of sororities within Loyola’s Panhellenic Council to seven. Pi Kappa Phi, the new fraternity on campus, is the fifth fraternity within Loyola’s Interfraternity Council.

First-year students learn to ‘speak up, step in’ The Takeaways Active bystander and Campus Safety trainings are required of all first-years. Federal law requires universities to have some type of TItle IX training. Some students said they found the training repetetive. KAYLEIGH PADAR

With the #MeToo movement recognizing the issue of sexual assault, Loyola continues to implement its own measures for sexual assault prevention through its annual bystander training.

Loyola’s Wellness Center and police department run two safety courses — active bystander training and Campus Safety training — that first-year students are required to take before the end of September through University 101. The course is mandatory for first-year students and covers basic information about college, according to Loyola’s First and Second Year Advising assistant director, Kevin Clarke. The active bystander course took place Sept. 3-7 and taught students different ways to step in and stop dangerous situations involving alcohol or sexual assault, according to Mary Duckett, health educator at the Loyola Wellness Center. The course emphasizes practical methods, such as specific phrases students can use to safely stop a situation from escalating at a social event,

according to Duckett. The presentation is a continuation of the required Sexual Assault Prevention for Undergraduates online course first-year students took before the semester started, according to Duckett. The online course includes safety tips and testimonies from sexual assault. “I think we’re telling more people that you have to be the eyes and the ears so that no one gets off the hook.” JILL GEISLER PowerShift Summit

Katie Dickens, a first-year political science major, said the training reviewed information she already

Alanna Demetrius The Phoenix

First-year students gathered in the Damen Cinema Sept. 3-7 for required annual bystander training as part of their University 101 course. Students were introduced to methods they can use to step in during potentially dangerous situations.

learned through the online course. “I feel like I wouldn’t react to a situation any differently than after I took the sexual assault and alcohol online courses,” Dickens said. Other students, such as first-year communications major, Lily Buchen said the course was helpful. “I think that the training was more helpful than the online training because it got people involved and had better visual representations of situations,” Buchen said. Although the presentation might have seemed repetitive to some students, this is intentional, according to Duckett. “We really believe in health education,” Duckett said. “It’s important to use a variety of methods to educate students because people learn in different ways.” Duckett said she believes it’s important to give first-years basic information early. “We give this presentation to new students because they’re coming into a new community and a new environment,” Duckett said. “We want to make sure everyone has the baseline information.” This kind of Title IX training in universities is required by a federal law, called the Campus Sexual Violence Elimination Act. Nearby colleges Northwestern University and DePaul University also use this program, according to the schools’ websites. Other methods of training include programs that cover university regulations or survivor testimonies, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website. Jill Geisler, a journalism professor at Loyola who ran the PowerShift Summit in Washington D.C. dedicated to media professionals affected by #MeToo, said she believes this training encourages the community to hold perpetrators accountable for their actions. “I think we’re telling more people that you have to be the eyes and the

ears so that no one gets off the hook,” Geisler said. A 2015 study published in Journal of Violence Against Women found college students who participated in bystander training experienced an attitude change regarding sexual violence. A survey conducted 12 months later indicated the information from the program was still effective for students. Geisler said that the training seems effective because she originally learned about the term “active bystander” through a student who took the course. “Instinctively, I think it is a positive thing. I learned the term ‘active bystander’ from students well before I was involved with leading this effort,” Geisler said. “I became familiar with active bystander, the term and the responsibility, from a student in an ethics class. If [the course] is teaching educators, it just might be [working].” Geisler said the training is just one part of changing the culture surrounding sexual assault. “Take that training,” Geisler said. “Learn the right words, so you will feel better prepared in uncomfortable situations. But don’t stop there,” Geisler said. “Be a force for change and continue to hold the most powerful people accountable— the people who can make sure systems don’t support sexual misconduct.” Clarke said he believes the goal of this presentation is to start in class discussions to further the conversation. “I think where it really becomes beneficial is that as a community we’re talking about these things together,” Clarke said. “Students are having these conversations in a structured environment, which is University 101.” Training seminars are set to continue through Sept. 14. The Campus Safety course covers active shooter procedures and other general tips about staying safe around campus, according to Officer Kevin Newman, Campus Safety access control officer.


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Worship your way: Loyola’s spiritual leaders and student organizations SAJID AHMED

This semester, faith-based student organizations will continue serving hundreds of religious students on Loyola’s campus. Although Loyola is a Jesuit Catholic university, students are involved in multiple practicing religious groups, according to the Campus Ministry website. The Phoenix surveyed some of the organizations serving the religious needs of Loyola students, exploring their missions, some of their activities and their interactions with the greater campus.

Agape & Ecclesia

Agape & Ecclesia is an interdenominational community on campus seeking to help people “love God and love Loyola,” according to Agape Christian Fellowship Co-president Jacob Sierra, a senior majoring in marketing. Agape and Ecclesia consists of two different student groups, but they’re also the same, Sierra said. “Although we have different leadership … we’re all moving in the same direction,” Sierra said. “Everyone goes to both.” Agape meets weekly at 7:30 p.m. in Damen Multipurpose Room (MPR) to study and discuss the Bible, according to its website. Every Wednesday, 50-100 students gather to engage with the Christian sacred text, enjoying intimate space with familiar faces and just hanging out, Sierra said. “We’re not too closely associated with a specific denomination,” Sierra said. “[Everyone’s] free to partake in the Bible study.” Agape’s sister organization, Ecclesia, arranges weekly church services on Sundays at 7:30 p.m., according the organizations’ joint website. “Our goal is that you’re finding some way to explore your faith,” Sierra said. Hillel

Hillel provides the Jewish community on Loyola’s campus a place to ex-

plore their identities. “[Hillel is] a space where people can express their Judaism and … learn about Judaism in an open social environment,” Elisheva Krinsky, president of Hillel and a junior majoring in psychology and religious studies, said. “For us, Judaism is many different things,” Krinsky said. “We’re … pluralistic.” Hillel serves close to 100 undergraduate students on campus from various Jewish backgrounds, Krinsky said. Hillel stays busy throughout the year organizing events to serve its community and Loyola at-large, according to Krinsky. Regular events on campus include a monthly Shabbat dinner, a Hanukkah party, smaller learning-based events and service events, Krinsky said. Hillel gives Loyola’s Jewish community a home, according to Krinsky. “They’re my foundation,” Krinsky said. “We’re like a family.” Hindu Students’ Organization

Loyola’s Hindu Students’ Organization (HSO) does many things to serve Hindu students and the greater campus, Sohum Buch, president and senior majoring in criminal justice and criminology, said. With around 100 active members and a large alumni network, HSO holds events ranging from its monthly general body meetings to the annual Loyola Garba, which draws close to 1,000 people, according to Buch. “[The Garba] has been our favorite across our general body,” Buch said. Other key events include Diwali Dinner, retreats and Hindu Awareness Week, which consists of a week of discussions, performances and interfaith panels to get people acquainted with Hinduism. HSO maintains the Puja Room, a worship and social space on the second floor of the Damen Student Center, according to the Campus Ministry website. Prayers are held every weekday at 5 p.m. “Our mission is to celebrate and raise awareness of Hinduism throughout Loyola and our surrounding Chi-

cago community,” Buch said. “It’s focused around doing justice to Hindu holidays, being there to answer questions … and constantly refining how we run the organization.” Muslim Students’ Association

Building community and serving others is the foundation of Loyola’s Muslim Students’ Association (MSA), according to Kyse Zorub, MSA president. “One of our biggest goals is to build a community with the Muslims on campus,” Zorub, a senior studying Economics said. “Working with other people for your own religion … make[s] people feel like they’re part of something.” MSA does this through regular social gatherings, service events and dinners for its roughly 200 active members and the greater Loyola community, Zorub said. “We want to show what Islam is really about,” Zorub said. “Islam is not what you see in the media. If we do our part, we can make the lives of others a lot easier. [We can show] that Muslims care for other people.”

Meet Loyola’s Chaplains

As part of Campus Ministry, Loyola’s chaplains are leaders from various faith traditions who aim to inspire students to grow personally and spiritually, according to the Campus Ministry webpage. Chaplains are commonly associated with institutions such hospitals, workplaces and colleges, according to the International Fellowship of Chaplains website. This take different shapes but usually involves pastoral care, which is giving emotional and spiritual support to students through individual and group interactions.

Omer Mozaffar

Loyola’s Muslim Chaplain Omer Mozaffar provides pastoral care to the Loyola community, especially Muslim students, through individual counseling and weekly classes on topics of theology and Muslim life. He has been at Loyola since 2008 and served as chaplain for five years now. “The goal is that the student leaves the office better than they came in,” said Mozaffar. Mozaffar advises the Muslim Students’ Association. He is a lecturer in the Departments of Theology and Modern Languages and Literature. He is also a regular writer for the Chicago Sun-Times’ “Just Relations” column, a section dedicated to social justice.

Tyler Ward

Loyola’s Protestant Chaplain Tyler Ward counsels students, gives sermons, teaches and leads groups in discussion in his role as pastoral leader.

Orthodox Christian Fellowship

According to Alexia Chibucos, the Orthodox Christian Fellowship (OCF) serves multiple purposes for the roughly 30 students it serves. “[OCF] provide[s] a platform for anyone who is interested in learning about orthodoxy and helping our community,” Chibucos, Loyola junior and president of OCF, said. “It’s also a space for anyone and everyone to take a step back from campus life and think about life.” Chibucos said the members have “grown very close” through their involvement in OCF. Monthly discussions about life and religion are regular parts of the OCF community, along with social events, such as their recent Back to School Barbecue, Chibucos said. According to Chibucos, balancing faith and modern life is a huge aspect of OCF.

His goal is to foster a community on campus dedicated to following Jesus and loving others, according to Ward. He has been at Loyola for five years and acted as chaplain for two years. Ward also advises student groups Agape and Ecclesia.

Father Thomas Chillikulam Loyola’s Catholic Chaplain Father Thomas Chillikulam provides spiritual direction, worship and liturgy services, sacraments and general spiritual service for the student body. After many years of religious service in the Patna Province of India and Ohio, Chillikulam joined Loyola’s Campus Ministry in August 2017.

Chillikulam said he encourages students to get out of their comfort zone and get to know each other. He teaches several Christian Life Communities, which are weekly faith-based prayer and discussion groups.

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Chillikulam said he lived in India for much of his life and taught theology and philosophy on the academic level. He is familiar with Hindu traditions as well as Catholic, and said he accompanies the Hindu Students’ Organization on their retreats and attends their events.

Construction on Lake Shore Drive to affect commuters NIKKO ROCHA

Some students might face longer commutes after an Aug. 31 email from Loyola Transportation Services advised students to take the Chicago Transportation Authority (CTA) Red Line Train instead of driving or taking the bus due to the construction on Lake Shore Drive. The email said traffic has been reduced to one lane turning right onto North Sheridan Road off of Lake Shore Drive. It could take commuters up to an hour driving up Lake Shore Drive between North Avenue and Monroe Street, with northbound and southbound traffic reduced to two lanes in either direction, read the email. Improvements began Sept. 5 and will continue until further notice, according to the email. Gretchen Carey, manager of Campus Transportation, said the average shuttle time to the Water Tower Campus was 25 minutes during the first week of classes, but the commute can take around 45 minutes during the morning rush hour. This commute is expected to extend longer as construction ramps up, Carey said. Campus Transportation is working on finding alternative routes for shuttles to avoid the construction; and the road work is estimated to last for the next one to two months, Carey said. A report published by The Educated Driver found the average Chicagoan spends 503 days of their lives commuting. This amounts to

an average daily commute time of 64 minute according to the study. With the recent construction on Lake Shore Drive, the increasing commute times could impact the 7,000 commuter students at Loyola, such as Steve Mathew, a sophomore studying nursing who drives to school from Skokie. “Coming down North Sheridan the first day I drove here I was not expecting it to go down to one lane and I was like ‘Oh God, what did I get myself into?’” Mathew said. Despite the extensive traffic and his six mile drive taking up to thirty minutes, Mathew said he continues commuting by car. “I enjoy driving,” Mathew said, “Yeah, it’s hard to deal with traffic but for me it beats the train anyday.” While many Loyola students use the CTA, Campus Transportation writes 1,000 parking permits per semester for students who drive to school, according to Carey. Diann Villamena, a junior studying exercise science, said she commutes by train from Rosemont. “I commute an hour and a half, so that takes up a lot of homework time and study time,” she said. She said time spent on trains, buses and in cars means time away from family, academics and a social life. Michelle Wojtas, also a junior majoring in exercise science, faces a 50-minute drive to school from home and said she finds it hard to participate in social activities at Loyola. “I definitely thought about joining Greek Life or something like that around campus, but I just feel like I

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Students have been advised by Campus Transportation to take the CTA Red Line after Lake Shore Drive Construction has delayed commutes for both students who drive to campus as well as students who ride the Intercampus Shuttle.

dont have the time because I work on the weekends,” Wojtas said, “I try to go to things on the weekend but sometimes I don’t want to come back here on the weekends.” Commuting can take a costly toll on health, according to a Scientific American report indicating that commuters are affected by psychosomatic disorders at a higher rate than those who have a short travel time. Psychosomatic disorders are disturbances in the mind which are expressed physically, according to Britannica. It’s the the same concept of increasing blood pressure when a per-

son becomes angry, Britannica states. The symptoms commuters might face include headaches, backaches, digestive problems, high blood pressure and sleep disturbances, according to The Scientific American. However, for some Loyola commuters, the extra travel is worth it. “Sometimes I wish I could get away from my parents but sometimes I like eating with my family, it’s kind of nice to eat a homemade meal,” Mathew said. For some students, the options of traveling by train offers time to spare. “I watch Netflix [on the train],”

Villamena said, “But if I have an exam I’ll study or something, or like if I didn’t read the night before I’ll read then.” To combat the difficulties commuters face with their academic and social lives, the Office of Off-Campus Student Life organizes various events with commuter students in mind. Events posted on the office’s website include commuter connect gatherings, commuter appreciation days and Joe n’ Go Tuesdays, where non-residential students are offered a free cup of coffee in the commuter resource room in the Damen Student Center.

SEPTEMBER 12, 2018




You Can’t Afford to Sit This One Out Bercham Kamber

THE PHOENIX EDITORIAL BOARD Midterm elections don’t get the credit they deserve. While presidential elections have usually drawn the biggest voter turnout numbers, midterms have always proven to be just as consequential — yet their turnout numbers are dismal. That should change. The truth is midterms, while featuring a huge swath of candidates across hundreds of races at every conceivable government level, are often simplified to be a referendum on the party — and president — in charge. With all 435 House seats in the U.S. Congress in play this year, as well as numerous state and local elections, there’s definitely an issue or candidate out there for everyone. College-aged students have always been a vocal group when it comes to politics, but turnout has often been less promising. Yet the direction the country goes from here will have more of an effect on us than anybody else. Low youth turnout can’t be tolerated. This year, the midterms are a tug-of-war between two visions for the country — the “Keep America Great” crowd which supports President Donald Trump and his agenda and a radical shift from that toward the left, marked by several upsets by progressive Democrats against their more moderate primary opponents. Primary elections for midterm races this year have shown promising turnout numbers for both parties, Pew Research Center numbers revealed. Still, voting in primaries is often low and that doesn’t mean midterms will automatically see high turnout. Election Day is Nov. 6. Get registered and go vote. There’s never an excuse to sit out midterms — they’re too important.

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The Tea Party Movement, the anti-tax and anti-government spending movement that grew within the Republican Party during former President Barack Obama’s first term, upended 60 Democratic House seats in the 2010 midterms, made significant gains in the Senate that year and captured ten governorships. Turnout overall that year was only 41 percent, according to the United States Election Project. Yet that seismic shift in congressional control resulted in President Obama’s agenda being stalled and blocked at every juncture by his Republican opponents. In 2014, midterm turnout was just under 36 percent — the lowest it’d been since World War II. The identities that skew Democratic — minority voters,


poorer voters and younger voters — seem to sit out these crucial races. A Pew Research Center study determined that drop-off voters, those who voted in 2012 and 2016, but skipped the 2014 midterms, were largely voters under 50. In that same poll, only six percent of consistent voters were between 22-29 years old. At what could arguably be called the craziest political climate of a college student’s brief life, these midterms present a crucial opportunity to have your voice heard. That’s an especially big voice, as millennials have become the largest voting age population in the last few years. Love President Donald Trump and agree with the direction he and his Republican


Party are steering the country? Vote. Hate Trump and want to vote in Democrats that’d provide a check to his power? Vote. We penned an editorial earlier this year calling on students to take opportunities to make their voices heard seriously. Now, it’s time to step up. Speaking at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign’s campus Sept. 7, former President Obama urged college students not to sit out. “Just a glance at recent headlines should tell you that this moment really is different, the stakes really are higher, the consequences of any of us sitting on the sidelines are more dire,” Obama said. That’s why Loyola has set up great resources for students

searching for how to complete their civic duty to get them registered and urge them to the polls. Loyola Votes 2018 is the name of the university-wide effort to encourage students to vote this year. The group held a registration drive as students dropped by Centennial Forum in Mertz Residence Hall to pick up their university-sponsored CTA passes in August. Nearly 500 students signed up. But that’s not enough. Students can register to vote in the Damen Den Sept. 17 at 3:30 p.m. The Information Commons will host a voter registration table from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sept. 25. Loyola Votes is also hosting tables at Arrupe College Oct. 1 and in Lewis Library at the Water Tower Campus Oct. 3. In Illinois, the deadline to register to vote is Oct. 9, but the state offers a grace period through election day. If you’re an out-of-state college student here at Loyola, obtaining an absentee ballot that you can fill out and mail home is extremely easy — easier than you might think. You can sign up online and your application for an absentee ballot will be emailed to you. Print that out, fill it out and send it off to receive your ballot in the mail. Obama said in his speech voting has always been the way the nation has progressed and gradually gotten better — more often from grassroots movements than from those at the top. “As a fellow citizen, not as an ex-president, but as a fellow citizen,” he said to the crowd of fired up college students. “I am here to deliver a simple message, and that is that you need to vote because our democracy depends on it.”


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How the Court was Won: The Republican Disregard for the Supreme Court Arian Ahmadpour The PHOENIX


Perhaps one of the greatest legal debates that’s persisted since the ratification of the U.S. Constitution has been: what is the most important consideration for a judge in reaching a decision?Is it contemporary social attitudes? Is it the text of the law? Is it the guidelines placed by the founding fathers? While this debate continues with no right answer in sight, one thing which is generally agreed upon by essentially all sides of this debate is the concept of tradition: core to the common law traditions of our country is the concept that past actions are a guide for present circumstances. That’s why the Supreme Court, while not a formal legislative body, is so monumentally important to our government. The decisions they make will continue to guide judges for decades, if not centuries, to come. While past precedent has been reversed, it’s only occurred when the court was considering exceptionally important cases such as Brown V. Board of Education, which deemed segregation is illegal. Where the court and other branches of the U.S. government have intersected, such as the appointment of judges by the president and the confirmation of those judges by the U.S. Senate, traditions have been upheld in those instances as well. The president makes as many pieces of information about their nominee as possible available to the Senate and the American public; the Senate gives a fair consideration to the president’s nominee, a roll described as “Advise and Consent” by the U.S. Constitution. In light of those facts, the question becomes: What happened? What happened to the centuries old respect for tradition, for norms, for concrete and established precedents crafted after decades of work by decent men and women, both Democrat and Republican? And why is this president, and the modern Republican Party, so flagrant in their disregard of the historical foundations upon

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Senator Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) meeting with Brett Kavanaugh in July, shortly after he was nominated by Donald Trump.

which our judicial systems rest? The answer is simple. The Supreme Court is the last section of the U.S. government yet to be conquered by the far right of this country, and this current disregard for the traditions of the judiciary is the only way they can finally infiltrate the court. Even with the presence of staunchly conservative judges like Clarence Thomas, Samuel Alito and the late Antonin Scalia, the worst impulses of those judges were always kept in check by either the liberal or moderate judges. Ruth Bader Ginsburg has been famoU.S. for being a counterweight to her friend Justice Scalia, who, even if she wasn’t always a moderating force, provided a balance to his most right-wing and fringe views. Left-leaning judges wouldn’t balance their conservative colleagues by making them more liberal, but rather by reining them in, and bringing them in-line with the mainstream of American legal thought. But as the liberal lions of the court — justices such as Earl Warren, Lewis Powell and Thurgood Marshall — began being replaced by right-wing judges, the balancing forces to them began to diminish.

This was a deliberate and conscious attempt by the Republican Party to shift the court from an arbiter of the U.S. Constitution to a rubber stamp for right-wing policies. And of course, after decades of work by the Republican party, their crowning achievement came in 2017 with the appointment of Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court. Of course, Gorsuch’s appointment didn’t really shift the balance of the court; he largely filled the right-wing hole left in the court by Scalia. But what led to Gorsuch’s appointment is what is perhaps most telling of the Republican Party’s flagrant disregard for the traditions surrounding the court: the simple refusal of the court to even give former President Barack Obama’s nominee to the court, Judge Merrick Garland, was a radical break from history. Granted, the Senate has refused to give hearings to certain presidential nominees before, even judicial nominees. But it has given a hearing and consideration to every single Supreme Court nominee in history since 1866, even the nominees the Senate rejected. The Republican Party’s refusal to give President Obama’s nomination even consideration,

and waiting until Donald Trump nominated his own right-wing Judge, is a spit in the face of 152 years of tradition and the most grotesque politicization of the Court to date. The Republicans’ contempt for the Court’s traditions didn’t stop with Gorsuch, and Brett Kavanaugh is now only the latest example of this disregard. Prior to Kavanaugh’s appointment, the White House and the president would work to ensure as many pieces of documents written by their nominee as possible were made available to both the Senate and the public to decide whether

a nominee was right for the Court, and they would be given adequate time to look over those documents. But not only did the Republicans withhold ninetysix percent of the documents written by Kavanaugh from the public, they also dumped roughly 42,000 documents on the Senators considering Kavanaugh’s appointment to the court the night before the nominee’s hearing was supposed to begin. Republicans boasted they could get through the documents by the next morning, Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) pointed out during the hearings which would mean processing documents at a “superhuman” speed. The contents of these new documents are beside the point, the very fact that the White House and the Republican Party are concealing documents written by a nominee for the highest and most important court in the land is a break from centuries of tradition. But then again, they’re not considered with tradition or with upholding the Constitution; all the modern Republican Party has come to care about is pushing through its ideology at whatever cost is necessary — even if it means destroying the foundations upon which the Supreme Court rests. This is not “Texualism”, or any other legal philosophy; it’s a propegation of a political ideology. It is the most obvious case of the politicization of the Supreme Court in dedcaes. In short, it’s an utter disregard for the Supreme Court.

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Donald Trump announcing Gorsuch to be his nominee for the Supreme Court

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Mary Grace Ritter

The Phoenix

Alternative rock band Fall Out Boy returned to Chicago for a hometown performance at Wrigley Field Sept. 7. Making the experience all the more special, the band produced “The MANIA Experience,” a pop-up exhibit where fans could interact with songs on a virtual level. The concept featured a series of rooms, each corresponding to a different song from the band’s most recent album, “MANIA.”

Fall Out Boy returns for hometown show MARY GRACE RITTER

Fall Out Boy returned home to Chicago Sept. 8 to play what bassist Pete Wentz told the Chicago Tribune was their largest show in the city to date — headlining Wrigley Field (1060 W. Addison St). To make playing its hometown show even more special, it crafted “The Mania Experience,” a pop-up art exhibition building off the aesthetics of the band’s newest album “MANIA.” The band described the weekend-long event as “a three dimensional version of Mania” where fans would be able to “see, feel, hear, and touch all the different textures from the album.” This concept came to life through a series of rooms, each corresponding to a different song or lyric from the album. Upon entering the logo-adorned door, attendees began to see the world take shape with a “MANIA” neon sign and a gradient of colorful string hanging from the ceiling. Upstairs, each room was equipped with photo opportunities. With a pit full of pillows shaped like pills underneath the quote “the pills are kicking in” for “Sunshine Riptide,” a bedroom with the furniture on the ceiling for “Young and Menace” and a small forest with real palms and grass for “Wilson,” there was no shortage of backdrop options. One of the most elaborate spaces was based on the song “Heaven’s Gate.” In the ballad, lead singer Patrick Stump asks the person he loves to give him “a boost over heaven’s gate” if in the end he doesn’t make it to heaven but his love does. The gold room was made to feel like the inside of a music box, with purple ballerinas twirling from the ceiling. Fans were able to pick up one of the many headphones in the room and hear alternate versions of Fall Out Boy songs, including lullaby versions. The room centered around the song “Church” showed “The MANIA Experience” as a true collaboration between the fans and the band. The tiled wall read “Confess my love” and markers littered the floor prompting fans to cover the room with their own notes of gratitude or fandom meme references.

A glass case occupied the center of the “Church” room where Wentz and drummer Andy Hurley spent some time throughout the weekend. The members had headphones on but would sign new pairs of Vans shoes for lucky fans who received a secret stamp and would pose for photos. With “The MANIA Experience,” Fall Out Boy crafted something for and with the fans, allowing them into its headspace, adding another layer to the purple paradise that is MANIA. As free tickets were offered, fans who couldn’t afford a ticket to the concert still had the chance to be a part of the band’s unique homecoming. For those who were able to attend the show at Wrigley, it was a special experience for both die-hard and casual fans. Rapper Machine Gun Kelly and fellow Chicago natives Rise Against opened the MANIA Tour. Machine Gun Kelly began his set with a guitar-heavy song to show this crowd of rock ‘n’ roll fans not all rap is created equal. He continued to get their attention by running through the crowd, down the aisles and jumping from chair to chair. Rise Against brought their heavy sound and reminisced about growing up in the music scene with Fall Out Boy, looking at how far the “four nerds from Chicago” have come. Fall Out Boy entered the stage to a video chronicling their career set to “Take Me Out to the Ballgame” directly followed by a burst of streamers synced to “Disloyal Order of Water Buffaloes” — a song from 2008 album “Folie á Deux” which never reached commercial success, but dedicated fans recognized with passion. The band packed their set with songs from all seven albums, making sure to include ones made to fill a stadium such as “The Phoenix” and the 2014 hit “Centuries,” which allowed guitarist Joe Trohman’s solos to shine. Pyrotechnics, including flames, fireworks and a flame-throwing bass for Wentz, made the show more engaging as fireworks burst with the drums and emphasized the lyrics. The hometown show wouldn’t have been complete without the band’s self-proclaimed “love letter to

Chicago,” “Lake Effect Kid.” The song is a recent official release to promote the show at Wrigley, but has been around as a demo since 2008. Wentz encouraged those in the crowd to follow their dreams, commenting how the band went from playing shows with no one in attendance to headlining Wrigley Field. “This is fucking attainable,” Wentz said to the audience. “There is somebody in this crowd right now who’s in a band or who does a project who will be playing on a stage like this so stay who you are.” Stump performed a stripped down version of “Young and Menace.” While the studio version contains more electronic elements and cut up vocals, Stump’s voice and the piano are the perfect combination to showcase his talent. The frontman has the range to belt out long high notes and raspy growls in the same verse. Hurley displayed his skills during an extended drum solo which allowed Stump and Wentz to make their way to the B stage right behind second base where they performed hits “Dance, Dance” and “Thnks fr th Mmrs.” “Everybody in here is a part of this journey and is a part of this culture,” Wentz said thanking the crowd between songs. Once back on the main stage, Fall Out Boy played another ode to their city, “Chicago Is So Two Years Ago.” The song only makes an appearance at hometown shows so audience members can scream “there’s a light on in Chicago and I know I should be home.” As a final tribute to their origins, Stump dedicated “Grand Theft Autumn/Where Is Your Boy” from the band’s first album, “Take This to Your Grave,” to Wrigley because the song was originally written in an apartment a few blocks west of the stadium. The band closed with “Saturday,” the go-to closing song since the band’s inception. As the song came to a close, a full-blown fireworks show began in the stadium, and Wentz ran up to the barricade to scream with the fans. “This is our favorite track,” Wentz said. “This is our favorite place. You are our favorite people.” “MANIA” by Fall Out Boy can be streamed on all platforms.

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Chicago-native Fall Out Boy performed a homecoming concert at the iconic Wrigley Field. The band closed out its show with a full-blown firework show.

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Fall Out Boy’s drummer, Andy Hurley, sat in the “Church” room greets fans.

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Cultural Center Displays Chicago Mural MELANIE GORSKI

In 1989, 500 Chicago Public School (CPS) students got the chance to paint beside renowned pop and graffiti artist, Keith Haring. Together, they created the masterpiece that is The Chicago Mural — a vibrant, 488 footlong mural painted in Haring’s iconic animated, cartoon-like style. There are 36 panels of the mural on display at the Chicago Cultural Center. It took five days in May of 1989 to finish the monumental mural. In only one day, Haring painted his signature stick figures in thick black outline. The next four days allowed CPS students from 63 different area schools to personalize their assigned

section of the mural. Students were told, with limited instructions, to choose from five different colors and color between the lines. This freedom was interpreted in many different ways — some students painted solid colors while others drew complex patterns, wrote their initials or painted social messages like “Stop gangs” and “Say no to drugs.” The task of coordinating the people and elements which made this project possible belonged to Irving Zucker, a teacher at William H. Wells Community Academy in Noble Square. Zucker and Haring met at a dinner part of mutual friends in New York two years before the completion of the mural. Haring, having worked with children before in his painting

of several other murals in schools and children’s hospitals, mentioned his interest to Zucker to create a similar piece in Chicago. From there, planning took off for an artwork that would speak to the importance of the arts in education. As a child, Haring was intrigued by cartoons and animations, such as those from Disney, and picked up drawing to imitate the figures. Haring’s art education took him to New York City, where the artist used subway platforms as his canvas, drawing figures and scenes on empty advertising boards. Commuters and art critics alike became interested in the distinct patterns and figures Haring would create. Soon after, Haring’s art was

shown in galleries, and he was commissioned to paint murals all over the world. Haring kept his art accessible to the public by opening a retail store in the SoHo neighborhood of Manhattan, Pop Shop, to sell affordable items of clothing and merchandise of his designs on them. Haring painted all of his public murals for no pay, once saying, “If money is the goal, I don’t recommend [being an artist] ... It’s not a reason to be an artist. But, if you’re an artist, you are whether you like it or not,” Haring told WWTW Chicago Public Media in 1989. In the contemporary art world, Haring is known to have merged the high-end art scene with street art.

However, Haring’s career was tragically brief. Just nine months after the completion of The Chicago Mural, he died due to AIDS-related complications. This kind of art, art which is colorful, exciting, vibrant and accessible is still relevant today and reminds viewers of the value of youth and the importance of celebrating that youth. The mural has caught the attention of many, including Loyola sophomore, Holly Smith. “This piece of art seems timeless and represents many topics that are still relevant in 2018,” Smith said. The Chicago Mural will be on display at the Chicago Cultural Center until Sept. 23, after which the 36 panels will be distributed among CPS schools.

Photo by Melanie Gorski The Phoenix

Keith Haring’s art piece, “The Chicago Mural,” lines the walls of the Chicago Cultural Center in the form of 36 panels. The Chicago Mural will be on display at the Chicago Cultural Center until Sept. 23.

Diving into the good and bad of Marvel’s Spider-Man MARCELLO PICCININI

From video game developer Insomniac Games, Marvel’s Spider-Man, released Sept. 7, delivered on the action-packed experience many gamers expect from superhero products today. The Batman Arkham trilogy, from developer Rocksteady, set the standard for superhero games for many gamers, and Marvel’s Spider-Man shows other developers can create a unique experience with superhero licenses too. Previous Spider-Man games, such as Web of Shadows and Shattered Dimensions, have featured original stories, but it wasn’t until the release of Rocksteady’s Batman Arkham Asylum that original superhero video game stories became a sensation in modern gaming culture. The narrative of Marvel’s Spider-Man follows this concept with an original plot using supervillains such as Mr. Negative, Rhino, Electro and more. From the moment the player takes control of Spidey, they will find the mechanics of the game mold together well. One can transition from exploring virtual New York to fighting a group of criminals seamlessly, which is crucial to making a proper superhero game. However, there’s more to the puzzle when it comes to making a proper Spider-Man game. There are multiple components that must be balanced, and one crucial aspect that can make or break the experience — the web swinging. The web swinging is often a developmental challenge for game developers creating a Spider-Man game. Few games have gotten it right, with Spider-Man 2 considered the pinnacle of what the experience should feel like. After only a few hours of gameplay, Marvel’s Spider-Man proves its ability to deliver and expand on the experience in the 2004 title. Through the addition of

variety of ways to play, it poses a problem for some individuals. The lack of options a player starts with might be discouraging for people with limited time to play video games. In order to get the upgrades necessary to add an extra flair to one’s gameplay experience, players must first explore the game content thoroughly, which means straying from the main plotline to explore side activities present in the open world. Additionally, in order to unlock alternate suits to wear in game, such as the Iron Spider suit from Avengers: Infinity War, the player must gather tokens by interacting with different sections of content. This means to unlock all this game has to offer, one must first play through the less compelling aspect of the game — the side quests. While the miscellaneous crimes, which sprout up throughout the city, are fun and add another layer to the experience of being Spider-Man, the side missions in Marvel’s Spider-Man offer little to write home about. The Batman Arkham trilogy featured side missions which would have Batman attempt to track down lesser known villains such as Hush and Firefly while offering unique ways to play. However, Spider-Man’s side missions consist of catching pigeons and fixing New York’s pollution problem, with a small handful of side missions dealing with smaller members of Spider-Man’s list of villains. Overall, the side missions hardly expand on the idea of being a powerful superhero and instead make Spidey the errand boy of New York City. Despite the shortcomings of Marvel’s Spider-Man, it’s still a game worthy of being bought from the PlayStation Store or a video game retailer at the price tag of $60. Insomniac has set the precedent of how it should feel to be Courtesy of Insomniac Games Spider-Man, while nailing the feeling of being a The web swinging skills of Marvel’s Spider-Man have been revisited and reinvented by developers. broke young adult turned superhero. brand new gameplay systems, Insomniac has nailed what’s required to make swinging as Spidey so exciting. The momentum system allows players to build up speed throughout their time swinging. Players can either jump off the top of a building to gain large amounts of momentum quickly, or they can jump off the ground and gradually gain speed as they continue moving. Players can also catapult themselves off street lamps and rooftop ledges to gain momentum and add an extra boost to their movement. Additionally, gamers can gain swinging speed power-ups as they level-up, as well as unlock new features which make gaining speed even more streamlined. This streamlined feeling to gameplay applies to the combat as well. The combat in Marvel’s Spider-Man plays roughly like the freeflow combat system present in the Batman Arkham games, which allow the player to move from enemy to enemy with ease to capture the feeling of being a hyper powerful being.

However, the standout difference between the two franchises is Spider-Man’s ability to take the fight off the ground and into the air using his enhanced agility, something not present in the Arkham games. Spider-Man’s range of web tricks also set this game’s combat apart from Batman’s. Using his webs, Spidey can wrap an enemy up, pull them into the air or bring an airborne enemy crashing down to the ground. This range of utility allows the player to experiment with different techniques to get the most out of the game’s combat system. The stealth system has also seen innovation in Marvel’s Spider-Man. If the player feels overwhelmed by the amount of weapon-toting criminals in a room, they can opt to silently take out enemies from a vantage point or drop to ground level and sneak up behind them. As gamers progress through the story, more gadgets will become available, such as the trip mine and web bomb. These gadgets give the player new ways to approach a stealthy situation. While Marvel’s Spider-Man does offer a

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WLUW celebrates 40 years of indie programming

Owen Connor The Phoenix


Owen Connor The Phoenix

Owen Connor The Phoenix

In honor its 40th anniversary, Loyola’s student-run radio station, WLUW 88.7 FM, organized a free concert at Ireland’s Pub 10 Sept. 7. The event was originally located on the East Quad of Loyola’s Lake Shore Campus, but due to inclement weather, the concert was moved indoors. WLUW hosted Chicago-native bands, Deeper, The Slaps and The Valley. Aside from the music, non-profit organization Ourmusicmybody and music television JBTV had tables at the event, as well as the School of Communication, Alumni Relations and WLUW. WLUW partnered with Iceland Airwaves to give attendees the chance to win an all-expense paid trip to Iceland with tickets to local music festival, Iceland Airwaves, which includes more 220 acts from almost 30 countries, including Hayley Kiyoko, Snail Mail and Soccer Mommy. Alex Lowe, a first-year student studying psychology and neurobiology, said she decided to come to the concert because she loves live music. “I personally love live music and my friends were going, so I thought

it would be a fun thing to do on a Friday night,” Lowe said. “I thought it would be super chill, super casual.” Sophie Wyniemko, a first-year student studying environmental policy, enjoyed the atmosphere of Ireland’s Pub. “I’ve never been down here [to Ireland’s Pub], so I think the atmosphere itself is really cool,” Wyniemko said. The Valley, an indie rock band, started out the night. They energetically performed multiple songs and engaged with the crowd by coming off the stage and dancing with people standing front row. A variety of The Valley’s friends and family members joined them on stage for songs — one band member’s older brother came on stage to rap during the set. During the set, The Valley organized a moment of silence for rapper Mac Miller, who died Sept. 7, and performed a song inspired by his music. The Slaps, the second act of the night, started out with a significantly sadder song than The Valley called “The Whistle Song,” which introduced a mellow vibe. As the band continued its set, the members became more enthusiastic. The Slaps are an indie rock/garage punk band comprised of three

members, Rand Kelley, Ramsey Bell and Josh Resing. The three members are students at DePaul University and have been playing together since Sept. 2016, when Kelley and Bell met Resing at a party. People in the audience danced and sang along to the artists’ clear voices. The lead singer spoke very casually to the crowd. During the set, they introduced and performed new music. At the end of the set when the lead singer announced their last song, many audience members called out in protest, wanting an encore they never received. Deeper was the last of the three bands to perform. The band, comprised of members Shiraz Bhatti, Mike Clawson, Nic Gohl and Drew McBride, formed in 2014. One of the band’s goals in creating music is to avoid falling into a single genre, according to the Chicago Tribune. Their music was slightly more aggressive than the previous two bands and concert-goers started a few mosh pits. The band was extremely lively, jumping around to the upbeat music they were playing. Although the songs were more punk rock, there was a vibrant, positive undertone.

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Porn and Chicken: A Staple Recipe for Chicago’s Monday Night Raves EMILY ROSCA

DJ’s Dom Brown, Orville Kline and Fei Tang form the legendary Porn and Chicken (PNC), a production team known for their Monday night ragers at the legendary Chicago club The Mid. PNC started as a weekly rave and later began producing their own remixes such as “Riot” and “Snapchat That Booty Clap.” The popular parties feature live music, burlesque and a chicken wing buffet, leading PNC to be known as one of the city’s best dance parties.

In addition to performing at local music festivals, including North Coast and Freaky Deaky, the trio has also toured for audiences in New York, California, Hawaii and Japan. PNC performed at North Coast for the sixth year playing a back-toback set with dubstep duo, 2FAC3D. Before PNC captivated audiences with their remixes, The Phoenix caught up with Brown and Kline about their infamous parties and discussed the culture of PNC. **** Emily Rosca: PNC started as a party that happened on Monday nights, and it has since shifted to pro-

Courtesy of Dom Brown

(From left) Fei Tang, Dom Brown and Orville Kline form Porn and Chicken.

duction, as well. How did you guys decide to take this step? Dom Brown: We started as a party back in 2009, I think. It was kind of the natural progression. Everyone that’s involved comes together as a collective. I do vocals, Orville does most of our production work, and it just seemed like the natural thing to do to move into that as we started to play stages and as we started to perform. … Orville and I’s roots are in rock ‘n’ roll, metal and punk rock in the first place, so it just seemed like, “Why not bring the things that we love to what we’re doing?” ER: PNC is safe haven for all things lewd and lascivious. The event is in its eighth year — what has remained the same, and what’s next for PNC this year? DB: My body has changed. Orville Kline: We’ve finally grown into ourselves. DB: I feel like, oh my God, man, dude, since we started Porn and Chicken, it’s actually been about almost ten years. Nothing’s been the same. We were making it cool to be weird before it was the culture — before you had all these safe spaces … We were telling people they couldn’t have their phones [at the party] because we didn’t want people being body shamed, and we were telling people to lose their inhibitions. Back then, where it was like, we were the counterculture, I feel like now it’s more kosher. OK: It seems like everyone kind of caught up with us. DB: Now it’s cool to be weird. When we started, it wasn’t cool to be weird. It wasn’t cool to be different … It was so important for us to make a space for people to come be themselves, free of judgement, free of the harm that is social media and shit like

that. We wanted people to be safe and really party hard. ER: There is a no photo policy at your event. How has that played into cultivating a culture around PNC within the context of the Chicago dance scene? DB: I’ll tell you when it happened. There was a girl that was on top of the bar, and she was a thicker girl. She was living her fucking life — she was partying so hard. Someone took a photo of her and fucking posted it online, and they were talking shit about her. I was appalled. And from that moment on, we were like, “I never want anything like this to happen to anyone every again. Of course, we didn’t want people to see how crazy we were getting, too. So it was like, ‘No more phones allowed.’” It seemed like … it got incredibly crazy and I think that really played a major part in how cool our party is. When you’re always on your phone, you can’t be connected — you’re not in the moment. We never wanted people to share the experience. If you want to experience Porn and Chicken, you have to come. You’ve got to be there. ER: I was noticing even in the crowds here at North Coast, there are groups of teenagers standing at a performance on their phones and talking. DB: They’re just looking through their phones, like what kind of experience is that? If you’re in a club, why not fully immerse yourself in the experience? These kids don’t fucking party, that’s the problem. They’re there to be seen and look good. If your ass is partying, you don’t have time to be taking photos. You’re taking shots, ripping lines, going in. They don’t do that. Think about it, there is no real party culture. All those real

die-hard parties are gone, and that’s partially due to technology. ER: Now you guys have played North Coast several times in the past — what sets this fest apart from all the others? OK: A lot of our close friends are involved in throwing it every year, so this is a great way to wrap up the summer. DB: They call it “Summer’s last stand.” It’s kind of like the last real rip. OK: It’s all our friends and family, everyone we’ve been working with all year, comes out and hangs out and gets involved in the production. Whether they’re performing or bartending or hosting or vending cool merchandise, all that stuff kind of comes together. I feel like there’s a lot of Chicago involved. ER: You’re playing a back to back set with 2FAC3D, what are y’all bringing to decks production-wise tonight? DB: First and foremost, big shoutout to 2FAC3D. Those are guys we have really taken under our wings and looked after, as far as trying to get them on shows. Their process has been amazing to watch, and when we first thought of this idea, it’s a great synergy. Their music is a lot like ours. We have a collab together that’s going to be dropping on Dune Music, so they’re going to bring the bass, and we’re going to bring our live tracks. So we’re going to be doing a lot of our new live songs and that’s going to match their music. OK: It’s a nice balance. ER: Oh and I have to ask, where’s your favorite chicken spot in the city? DB: Harold’s Chicken, hands down. OK: Yeah, for fried chicken, for sure. ER: Do you guys frequent Harold’s often? DB: I don’t get there enough, but yeah. I mean, I owe chicken my success.






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SEPTEMBER 12, 2018

Hustle to Hoyne brings large crowd to soccer game

Alanna Demetrius The Phoenix

The 2018 “Hustle to Hoyne” drew its biggest attendance yet, as 913 fans — including over 600 students — came to Loyola Soccer Park to watch the Ramblers square off against Northwestern University Sept. 7.


The Loyola men’s soccer team (13-0) lost to Northwestern University 1-0 in this year’s edition of the Hustle to Hoyne, a tradition created to motivate fans about Loyola Athletics. Hustle to Hoyne drew 913 people, including more than 600 students, according to Loyola Athletics. Created in 2015 by the Loyola athletics department, Hustle to Hoyne has since become a tradition to kick off the new academic year. Designed to get new and returning students exposed to Loyola Athletics, the event has become an important new tradition for Loyola soccer, according to Loyola director of

marketing Brian Day. “Anytime we fill the stands and get the students behind the team it’s a more fun atmosphere both for the fans and the team itself,” Day said. “Our teams definitely feed off bigger and louder crowds and Hustle to Hoyne, the last three years we’ve done it, has been our biggest crowd of the season. It’s always great to start the season in one of our early matches with a really nice big crowd that gets behind these players.” Day said the importance of the event is that it has created a tradition for the men’s soccer team. “It’s important that each sport has their own unique tradition,” Day said. “That’s what it is for men’s soccer, as Hustle to Hoyne has become that main tradition to start the academic

year with athletics, and we’ve seen this carry over throughout the rest of the year.” Men’s soccer coach Neil Jones said the event is important to create a home field advantage for the Ramblers not just during the Hustle to Hoyne, but the rest of the season at Loyola Soccer Park. “In the recent years of success for this program, it’s always been based on home crowds and home field advantage,” Jones said. “So we need to take advantage of our great field and our unique environment and make it a fortress that other team’s don’t want to come into and play against us.” With Loyola Soccer Park’s location over a mile from campus west on Devon Avenue, Day said the event also informs Loyola students about

transportation options. “One of our major challenges with our soccer and softball programs is the field’s location being over a mile west of campus,” Day said. “So, getting the students and fans out to support at times can be challenging. So we’re always looking for different ways to energize the fan base and inform them of how to get out there to follow them later in the season,” Day said. Day also said the distance can negatively affect game attendance, but in the case of the Hustle to Hoyne, Loyola Athletics aims to use the over one mile long walk to build excitement for the game. “It’s become one of our more unique traditions as it’s usually pretty popular and a cool sight to see hun-

dreds of maroon and gold flags, the band, tons of students and cheerleaders marching down Devon Avenue and there’s tons of energy once you get to the game,” Day said. Jones said one of his biggest goals for the event was to give the fans an overall positive experience. He said this will help attendance for the rest of the season because he wants more students to return. “This is a common thing in sports in general, they’re customers and we need to give them a good feeling as they walk out of the gates at the end of the game, saying ‘hey that was pretty fun’ and ‘I could see myself coming back to more games,”’ Jones said. The Ramblers are scheduled to play at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville Sept. 15.

Women’s volleyball recovers from slow start with seven-game win streak

Through nine games...


The Loyola women’s volleyball team (7-2) won five games in total last season. Now in the midst of a seven game winning streak, the Ramblers have already eclipsed their previous win total through nine games. The program’s longest win streak since 2015 began Aug. 25 against McNeese State University. Since then, Furman University, Georgia State University, Marshall University, Utah State University, Western Michigan University and Canisius College have fallen to the Loyola team led by new head coach Amanda Berkley. The team also captured two tournament titles on their seven-game tear: The Rambler Challenge and the Kalamazoo Conference Center Tournament this past weekend. All this has come after an 0-2 start, which junior outside hitter Quinn Spieker said was primarily due to being rusty. Berkley agreed, saying the slow start was due to inexperience. “They had to get a little more comfortable playing wise and figuring out what it takes to actually win,” Berkley said. Whatever the issue was the team had it figured out by the next weekend when it swept three straight opponents en route to winning the Rambler Challenge. Berkley said she didn’t expect such a turnaround after seeing her team’s play opening weekend.







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0.141% Hit Percentage 0.217% The Loyola women’s volleyball team went 5-24 overall last season. Through nine games this year, the Ramblers are 7-2 and are currently on a seven-game winning streak.

“We didn’t play well the first weekend, so I think it was definitely a surprise with how well we did,” Berkley said. “And those were three teams that from film watching them, we thought it could be some tough matches.” Berkley said Spieker has been a driving force behind the win streak. In the last six matches, she has posted double-digit kills and led the team in kills five times. “Spieker’s very focused on every point,” Berkley said. “She’s very focused on every swing and I think that just kind of feeds to the rest of the team.” The Loyola attack is more than just Spieker. During the winning streak, senior outside hitter Morgan Gresham and redshirt junior middle hitter Heather Kocken have registered 47 and

40 kills, respectively. Junior setter Delilah Wolf has been distributing the ball to the attack well, with more than 40 assists twice during the streak and picked up Missouri Valley Conference (MVC) Player of the Week honors Sept. 10. “It helps to have more than just one big attacker on the team to get the other team on their toes about who’s getting set every ball,” Kocken said. “They have three attackers to try to stop.” Kocken’s effectiveness will only continue to improve with time, according to Berkley. In the offseason, Kocken made the switch from right side hitter to middle hitter. While Kocken said the adjustment took hard work, she’s stepped up and been a big piece in the team’s early season success. “It took confidence in myself and

working through certain things,” Kocken said. “I was learning a whole new position, so that took a lot of patience and trusting the process.” Kocken said her adjustment was also made easier by the new coaching staff instilling confidence in her. Spieker said the team’s change in atmosphere as the reason why the team is already outperforming last year’s record. “I think what we needed was something new and I think that’s what we got and from now on we just gotta keep bringing that energy on the court,” Spieker said. “We create it ourselves and we finally found a way to do that.” Despite the fast start, the team is driven to keep defying expectations. “At the beginning of the season,

our MVC standing was like eight or nine in the conference. It made sense because of our last year’s record,” Kocken said. “But now, this year, I think that just drives us to be top three in the conference.” Echoing the sentiment of her players, Berkley said her job isn’t done. She said the team “can’t be satisfied” with its early record. “From last year to this year, we definitely wanted to improve, but I want to win,” Berkley said. “I’m very competitive and I want to win every match.” Loyola returns to Gentile Arena to host DePaul University, Northwestern University and University of Illinois at Chicago for the Chicago Cup Sept. 14-15.

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Cross country teammates share bond from high school CLAIRE FILPI

In 2016, Max O’Meara graduated from Downers Grove South High School, leaving his younger crosscountry teammates behind. Now, two years later, two of his old teammates are running with him once again. First-years Stephen Pipilas and Akhil Ghosh, who also ran crosscountry at Downers Grove South, joined O’Meara at Loyola this season. O’Meara said having them come to Loyola was a pleasant surprise. “I would have never expected these two guys back with me in college,” O’Meara said. “I thought we would all kind of go out separate ways. It was really nice to find out we were all going to be running together again.” In high school, the trio was part of the 2015 cross country team that won both the West Suburban Conference (WSC)-Gold Conference Championship. At conference, Pipilas finished fourth with a time of 15:19 and O’Meara finished eighth with a time of 15:41.2. The team also became Illinois High School Association (IHSA) Class 3A Regional Champions. Pipilas and O’Meara finished in 5th and 6th places, respectively. Their times were less than a second apart. That same year, the team also finished in 12th place at the IHSA Class 3A State Championships, its highest placement at a state championship since 2002. At the time, Ghosh was in his first year of cross-country so he didn’t compete in the bigger meets, but he was in attendance. “When [O’Meara] was a senior, it was the first class to kind of get us to break though and get down [to] state as a team,” Downers Grove South cross-country coach Brian Caldwell said. “That kind of set the tone for some of the other guys.”

In 2017, Pipilas and Ghosh lead the team to another WSC-Gold Conference Championship, finishing with 17 points. Pipilas finished in first place with a time of 15:02.5 and Ghosh finished second in 15:11.6, just nine seconds behind his teammate. The team qualified for the IHSA Class 3A State Championships again. Pipilas finished 24th with a time of 14:52 while Ghosh finished 49th with a time of 15:04. “Last year with [Pipilas] and [Ghosh], we ended up having our best season ever, in school history,” Caldwell said. “They [all] did track and cross-country, so I was coaching them pretty much 10 months a year and then had them in class as well. I got to know them all pretty well.” Pipilas and Ghosh go back further than just running together in high school; the two grew up blocks from each other. When they were in seventh grade, they began cross-country together and have been running ever since. In high school, the two got closer. By the end of their senior year, Ghosh broke the school record for the two mile and was faster than Pipilas. Caldwell said he thinks having Pipilas to train with for three years really helped push Ghosh. “All three of them were a joy to coach,” Caldwell said. “[They are] just great people [and] hard workers. If the rest of my career is filled with guys like those three, it’s going to be fulfilling. I was lucky to be able to coach those guys, watch them develop and I’m excited to see them continue to see them do great things at the next level.” O’Meara, Ghosh and Pipilas spend time together off the track doing homework and playing volleyball. They all said having somebody they know at Loyola makes being here fun. “I was kind of surprised that he ended up choosing the same school I did,” Pipilas said. “I think it just helps

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Junior Max O’Meara was teammates with first-year cross country runners Stephen Pipilas and Akhil Ghosh in high school.

me, especially with running and everything. He pushes me [and] I push him. It’s the same vibe toward[s] each other.” Loyola assistant cross-country coach Mircea Bogdan said he began recruiting Pipilas at the beginning of his senior year, while Ghosh didn’t start to talk with Loyola until around April. Ghosh was also looking at University of Iowa and University of Illinois at Chicago. He said he didn’t make his choice to come to Loyola solely because his two former teammates were there, but it was always in the back of his mind. “Ultimately, I decided on Loyola because I fell in love with the campus,” Ghosh said. “I loved being in Chicago and I believed that this team had some

serious potential as a cross-country team to do some big things.” Since the three have known each other for about five years, they know how to bring out the best in each other, according to O’Meara. “[In high school, Pipilas and Ghosh] were so talented you had to work your hardest to keep improving,” O’Meara said. “I knew they would bring the same kind of atmosphere into this team. I already see the improvement in our team culture … I think that reminded me of what happened in high school and I would like to see that happen here as well.” Bogdan said the runners love to compete against each other, which helps

make them better. He also said having younger guys who are faster will help push the upperclassmen to improve. “When it comes to race day and the actual race, those guys fight,” Bogdan said. “In terms of giving it their best, they love to compete against each other, and they will not give up an inch against each other. I absolutely loved how much competition they bring between them, which is healthy for all of them and it’s healthy for us because that [helps] the numbers in terms of time.” Both the men’s and the women’s cross country teams are scheduled to travel to Illinois State University Sept. 14, where they’ll compete in the Illinois State Invitational.

DAVIS: Former Loyola MVB coach to return to Gentile Arena Steve Woltmann Loyola Athletics

Former Loyola men’s volleyball head coach Shane Davis had a 265-88 record in 12 seasons at the helm. Davis left Loyola just before the 2016 season to become the head women’s volleyball coach at Northwestern.

Continued from page 1 The ceremony took place at halftime of the men’s basketball game against Illinois State University and he stayed to watch the men’s volleyball team defeat The Ohio State University 3-2 that night. He said it was the perfect way to close the book on his career as a Rambler. “I don’t know what it was about the Hall of Fame night where it was just kind of the end chapter and it kind of put the exclamation point on

my career there,” Davis said. “After that point, it was so much more of a … relief. ‘Yep, I’m done. I’m on to the new thing,’ and it’s been great for me to stay involved as an alum and being around as an alum.” Davis has still been close to the men’s volleyball team, even having members of the team over to his house for dinner in January. He said the decision to leave Loyola was solely his and he tried to maintain a relationship with the team. Davis said his return to Gentile

has been in the works for the last few seasons, but scheduling conflicts with Loyola, DePaul and UIC prevented the Chicago Cup from happening. Since all four teams’ schedules worked out this year, the first edition of the tournament was set. Now, he said he’s excited for the chance to go back to where his coaching career began — the same place he won his first national championship in 2014. “There’s so many great people [at Loyola],” Davis said. “I think it’ll feel

kind of [like] a friendly environment, even though we are the opponent, so [I’m] looking forward to the opportunity to play there … I think it’ll be a really cool atmosphere and Loyola will do a good job hosting, as well.” During his time as Loyola’s head coach, Davis said he wasn’t able to just be an alumnus. He thought becoming the head men’s volleyball coach right after graduation made him more than a Loyola graduate. Now, he said he’s able to enjoy being an alumnus — nothing more.

“I’m really enjoying the peace of just being an alum [of] the men’s volleyball program, Loyola athletic[s] department and just Loyola in general,” Davis said. “That’s been a new role for me, and it’s been fun because I’ve never been able to be an alum at Loyola because I was always kind of the head coach right after college. It’s kind of the new chapter for me, which is a fun one as well.” Davis and the Wildcats are scheduled to take on the Ramblers Sept. 15 at 7 p.m. at Gentile Arena.

SEPTEMBER 12, 2018


Women’s golf returns after strong 2017-18 season BRENDAN GUMBEL

With a new head coach in Carly Werwie and an all-Missouri Valley Conference (MVC) player in Elayna Bowser returning, the Loyola women’s golf team is looking to build off its best MVC finish ever in 2017-18. The Ramblers finished the MVC Championship in fifth place, the highest the team placed since joining the conference in 2013. After two years as a graduate assistant at Carthage College in Wisconsin, Werwie is taking over for Carly Schneider, who left the program in May. Werwie said she’s looking forward to what lies ahead with her new team. “It’s fun to work with girls who play at a high level and who want to excel out there on the golf course,” Werwie said. “Everyone gets along really great and it’s like a family. I think there is a good energy between everyone with the excitement for the season.” Werwie was a student-athlete at the Division I level herself, playing at University of Wisconsin-Madison from 2007-11. She said she knows and anticipates the competitiveness that will now come with coaching.

“I feel like with my experience over the summer … I can help mentor the incoming [first-years] and lead them by example on and off the golf course” ELAYNA BOWSER Women’s golfer

“It’s fun to see that competitive side of everyone and whoever wants to be the best will put that extra work in and let their numbers do the talking,” Werwie said.

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Senior Elayna Bowser is taking on more of a leadership role on the Loyola women’s golf team this season, after playing in the USGA Women’s Amateur this past summer.

After an All-MVC honor and a spot on the MVC Scholar-Athlete team last season, Bowser had a big summer. On July 2, she qualified for the U.S. Women’s Amateur, which is the top women’s amatuer event in the U.S. Bowser was the first Loyola golfer to ever qualify for the event, according to Loyola Athletics. She said the tournament was key for her confidence moving forward and it showed her she was capable of playing with high-caliber golfers. “That was by far the biggest tournament of my life,” Bowser said. “I felt like I belonged out there and that I could compete against nationally ranked players. It gave me a whole new outlook and confidence in my

game that I’ve used moving forward.” Going into her final year and one of two seniors on the team, Bowser said leadership is something that’s also important to her. “I feel like with my experience over the summer and with my game as a whole, I can help mentor the incoming [first-years] and lead them by example on and off the golf course,” Bowser said. The Ramblers opened their season Sept. 9, when they traveled to Normal for the Redbird Invitational, and finished tied for ninth place with Evansville. The team’s scheduled to host the Loyola Fall Invitational Sept. 17 in southern suburb Flossmoor. After winning the event

last year, junior Morgan Brown said she knows it’ll take a group effort to repeat. “We’re going to go into it with the same mindset, not necessarily just to win but to play our best games,” Brown said. “Everyone is looking pretty solid and I feel like we definitely have a good run at that one as well as a couple more tournaments this fall.” The team will welcome two new first-years, Jenny Myslinski and Lorenza Martinez, both of whom played in the Redbird Invitational. Myslinski shot a 243 (82-81-80) to finish tied for 60th place, while Martinez ended with a 244 (79-76-89) to place 63rd. Brown said she knows

the challenges of competing collegiately, especially for first-years, and is embracing the opportunity to help lead the underclassmen. “Since it’s been two years now, [I’m just] just kind of getting it going and leading the freshman and sophomores on how to compete, stay focused throughout the season, and balance school in-season,” Brown said. “Especially with the [first-years] who haven’t played in tournaments, just coaching them through what it’s going to be like and keeping their nerves down because I’m sure everybody coming in is nervous their first time at a collegiate event.” The Ramblers are scheduled to compete in the Loyola Fall Invitational Sept. 17-18 in Flossmoor.

Abby Swanson finding her place on the women’s soccer team NATALYA JAIME

The Loyola women’s soccer team (3-5-0) welcomed six first-years to the team this year, but nursing major and midfielder Abby Swanson has started the season with a bang. Swanson said she started her soccer career in kindergarten. As she progressed, she got involved with a club team in third grade and never looked back. She played on both male and female teams growing up, then faced a setback her first year of high school when she tore her ACL while playing in a game. While she was injured, Swanson was a manager for the varsity team and returned her sophomore year to play again on the team. Her training was broadened to new territory when she joined a men’s club team. “With the guys, it was more focused on playing quick and always having your head up,” Swanson said. “I think that really helped with my speed of play.” Swanson said she had to balance her athletic and academic goals when choosing her college. Swanson said she toured the Lake Shore Campus and met head coach Barry Bimbi on her own — without her parents. Swanson said Loyola was one of the only places where she could pursue a nursing degree and play a Division I sport, which made it the perfect fit for her. “It felt right,” Swanson said. “So I went for it.” According to Bimbi, her competitive nature made her stand out during recruitment. He said it was evident Swanson is no ordinary player.

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First-year midfielder Abby Swanson’s three goals are tied for most on the Loyola women’s soccer team with senior forward Jenna Szczesny through eight games.

“When she came for recruitment, she came alone,” Bimbi said. “I asked where her parents were [and] she said she told them to stay in the car because she could do this on her own.” Swanson said she’s beginning to find a balance between her school and soccer schedules. “From the very beginning, I made it a priority to get into the habit of studying,” Swanson said. “Trying to get work done so I can still sleep.” Bimbi has been leading t_he wom-

en’s soccer team for eight years now; he said Swanson’s ability to focus is what she bring out in workouts. “She’s very serious, she’s very mature and she knows what she wants to do,” Bimbi said. “She’s a nursing major. Being an athlete and a nursing major is not easy. She knows she needs to be organized outside the field.” Swanson said it took some time for her to get comfortable and open up around her new teammates. Through travelling, practicing, eating

and studying around them, the team quickly got to know Swanson on and off the field, according to junior defender Madison Laudeman. “She has a great vision on the field, she works hard and is very willing to listen to what we have to say,” Laudeman said. “But she’s not afraid to direct people.” With a total of 14 goals overall and three goals under her belt, Bimbi said Swanson is off to a great start to the season. Swanson said being a part of

a supportive, motivating team, has helped her confidence flourish; she said this attributed to her early success. She said it’s nice to know the coaches have confidence in what she can do. “It’s about having those 90 minutes and what you can do with it,” Swanson said. Swanson and the Ramblers are scheduled to take on Florida Gulf Coast University Sept. 16 at Loyola Soccer Park.

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