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Many Loyola students are outraged after they say the university’s private police force, Campus Safety, was racially biased and used excessive force against two Loyola students over the weekend. Campus Safety took a Loyola student into custody outside of Saturday’s sold-out men’s basketball game for intervening in a campus police search being performed on two black males — said to be scalpers — at the entrance of Gentile Arena. Some students believe Campus Safety’s actions were racially unjust. Students have since taken actions in attempts to
hold Campus Safety accountable, starting a petition, organizing a walk out scheduled for Feb. 28 and scheduling a town hall meeting for March 1. The university released a statement Feb. 25, which said two individuals were approached by Campus Safety police officers for allegations they were scalping tickets outside of the men’s basketball game. The Loyola website states the reselling of tickets outside of Gentile Arena is prohibited. Both men were not Loyola students. Campus Safety is a sworn police department that handles law enforcement and campus safety issues at Loyola. Loyola later issued a revised state-
ment. It acknowledged the heightened sensitivity to racial profiling by law enforcement, and said the issue on Feb. 24 was not about race, but about safety for the attendees of the basketball game. To further address community concerns about racial injustice, Loyola President Jo Ann Rooney sent a letter to the student body Feb. 27. She stressed Jesuit values and said there will be listening sessions with students, faculty and staff in the second half of the semester. “What I am hearing very clearly is that we can and must do more,” Rooney wrote. DETAINED 4
Dean of Students Will Rodriguez, left, talked to students after a Loyola student was detained for intervening in a Campus Safety search outside a basketball game.
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Students unlucky enough to be stuck up at gunpoint late at night near Lake Shore Campus probably won’t see the crook get caught. That’s because the percentage of violent crimes solved by the Chicago Police Department (CPD) around campus is alarmingly low. Violent crime remains a serious problem near Loyola, and The Phoenix reported that nearly half of the violent crime incidents Loyola Campus Safety claimed it turned over to CPD under the label “handled by another jurisdiction” over five years were unable to be located in the department’s records. However, many of the crimes CPD does receive from Campus Safety might still remain unsolved, according to solve rate data obtained through a Freedom of Information Act request
analyzed by The Phoenix. CPD’s clearance rate tracks which crimes are solved and which remain open. There are several classifications a crime incident can fall under: Open or suspended means a crime has yet to be solved or resolved, and cleared or exceptionally cleared indicates a case is considered closed. Cleared status can range anywhere from a suspect being arrested and charged with a crime to a suspect ending up dead. The percentage of violent crimes solved by CPD within the 24th and 20th police districts — which include Rogers Park and Edgewater — is comparably low to the clearance rates citywide. The Chicago Sun-Times found low clearance rates in the past for homicides and non-fatal shootings citywide, but The Phoenix centered its analysis on the Loyola area. CRIME 3
The men’s basketball team finished its regular season with a win Feb. 24 against Illinois State. It heads to St. Louis March 2.
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All 10 men’s basketball teams in the Missouri Valley Conference (MVC) wrapped up their regular seasons Feb. 24 and are now looking ahead to the conference tournament, taking place in St. Louis March 1-4. Loyola (25-5, 15-3) will be the No. 1 seed in the tournament — appropriately named “Arch Madness” — for the first time in program history, while Southern Illinois University is the No. 2 seed and Illinois State University at No. 3. Loyola’s Historic Regular Season
The Ramblers’ 25 wins are the most since they
won 24 regular season games during the 1962-63 national championship season. Loyola also set a program record with 15 conference wins, breaking the previous record of 13 conference wins during the 1984-85 season. That was the last time Loyola made the NCAA tournament. Loyola’s depth has been crucial to its success this season. Five players — redshirt junior guards Clayton Custer and Marques Townes, first-year center Cameron Krutwig and senior forwards Donte Ingram and Aundre Jackson — all averaged double-digit ppg this season. This marks the first time five Ramblers have averaged double-digit ppg since the 1965-66 season when the team made the NCAA tournament. ARCH 14
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FROM THE EDITOR’S DESK EDITORIAL Editor-in-Chief Julie Whitehair Managing Editor Michen Dewey General Manager Jill Berndtson News Editor Michael McDevitt Assistant News Editor Mary Norkol Assistant News Editor Christopher Hacker A&E Editor Luke Hyland Assistant A&E Editor Jamilyn Hiskes Opinion Editor Gabriela Valencia Sports Editor Henry Redman Assistant Sports Editor Nick Schultz Copy Editor Maggie Yarnold Copy Editor Sadie Lipe
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This week, The Phoenix profiled two women connected to our paper. One is Mary H. Marren, the first female editor-in-chief of Loyola’s newspaper, then called Loyola News. Marren died earlier in February, but set a precedent for decades to come. The other is Tahera Rahman, the first Muslim editor-in-chief of The Phoenix who’s now making headlines at her TV station in Quad Cities. These women paved the way for student journalism — and for women journalists in particular — and for that I’m personally grateful. Read about their times at Loyola and beyond on page 4. Phoenix News Editor Michael McDevitt analyzed years of crime data near Loyola’s Lake Shore
Campus. He found the rate violent crimes are solved or resolved near campus — while higher than other parts of the city — is alarmingly low. To read the breakdown and get a sense of how likely crimes are to be solved, go to page 3. After the Parkland, Florida shooting, President Donald Trump was photographed with notes listing topics to touch on while meeting with survivors. In this week’s Opinion section, one student argues these notes aren’t anything to be upset about while another finds the notes problematic. Read the opposing views on page 7. Two weeks ago, Arts and Entertainment reported on a new punk protest band founded by
Loyola professors. This week, A&E reviews the band’s first show at a small local venue. Check out how it did on page 11. In sports, campus celebrity Sister Jean talks to The Phoenix about her history with the men’s basketball team. She’s been an ardent fan since she taught at the now-closed Mundelein College and cheered on the team’s 1963 National Championship win. Flip to page 14 to hear about how she motivates the team. The Phoenix won’t have a print issue next week, but we’ll still be reporting online at loyolaphoenix. com. Enjoy your well-deserved spring break, readers.
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Off Campus A Loyola student reported credit card fraud to Campus Safety. The incident happened off campus at several locations in Buena Park. Campion Hall Residence Life staff in Campion Hall submitted suspected cannabis and drug paraphernalia to Campus Safety. 6000 block of North Sheridan Road A delayed battery report from a Loyola student was given to Campus Safety. The incident happened off campus. Baumhart Hall Campus Safety obser ved and reported criminally damaged property. The incident happened inside of Baumhart Hall.
Campion Hall A delayed battery report from a Loyola student was given to Campus Safety. The incident happened on campus.
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Damen Student Center Campus Safety witnessed two individuals with no Loyola affiliation scalping tickets in the Damen Student Center. Damen Student Center A Loyola student was detained by Campus Safety for interfering with officers performing duties. Damen Student Center Campus Safety observed and reported items had been stolen from the Damen Student Center.
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Students skeptical of Mundelein fire safety Carly Behm The PHOENIX
Kana Henning from Loyola Facilities said in the event of a fire or other emergency in Mundelein, the fire department would use an intercom system to instruct those inside on evacuation procedures.
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Every day, thousands of students head to Mundelein Center on Loyola’s Lake Shore Campus for classes, activities and studying. But some students wonder if the almost 90-yearold building could pose a hazard in emergency situations. Originally, Mundelein was the main building for Mundelein College, an all-female, Catholic institution, until it was incorporated with Loyola University in 1991. Students could stay in the building during the day instead of having to go to different buildings for classes. Now, the building is primarily used for classes. It has approximately 60 classrooms and as many as 2,500 people could occupy the building at once during the day, according to associate vice president for facilities Kana Henning. During class time and passing periods during the day, the stairwells often become congested and the line to the four elevators can extend outside the entrance doors. There are seven stairwells in the building, and
four of them exit on the first floor, according to Henning. Loyola sophomore Makala Dillavou said she thinks an emergency situation could get chaotic in Mundelein because of this. “I have classes on the sixth floor and higher so sometimes things get pretty backed up, especially with the stairs and the elevators,” the 21-yearold political science major said. “I think that would be a really scary situation if there was a fire.” Henning said Mundelein underwent renovations which concluded in 2014 to update the interior to the most recent fire and life safety codes for high rise buildings. The renovations included updates to elevators and the electrical and plumbing and installing a panel for communications. Requirements for high-rise buildings include an automatic sprinkler system, a voice communication system and an elevator recall system. The south entrance on Sheridan Road is currently being repaired for maintenance issues. This leaves two entrances for students in Mundelein. Mundelein passed its most recent building inspections last year, accord-
ing to the City of Chicago website. The building also was constructed to keep a fire from spreading for at least an hour, according to Henning, meaning if there was a fire in one area of Mundelein, there would be time for people to evacuate before the flames spread to another section of the building. Henning said if there was a fire, the fire department would use the intercom system to instruct people on evacuation instructions. “You’re likely not going to have
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every person trying to evacuate at the same time,” Henning said. Loyola is required to release data about crime and emergencies on campus, according to the Clery Act. Fire logs are released for residence halls on campus. There have been three fires reported in residence halls on the Lake Shore Campus since 2014, according to the most recent bulletin. But Dillavou said she thinks some people would be more inclined to focus on escaping the building in a fire rather than follow procedures. Escape plans posted in Mundelein instruct people to use the stairs to evacuate and follow the escape routes outlined. “In a crisis situation, sometimes people get really crazy and just decide to do their own thing,” Dillavou said. Another concern some students have is if there was an active shooter in the building. In Parkland, Florida, 17 high school students were killed when a gunman opened fire inside the school Feb. 14. “I get nervous, not so much about a fire, but especially with the prevalence of the news lately of a
shooter,” first-year biology major Mabel Johnson, 18, said. “I think it would be so awful to be here at that time because if you’re going down the stairs — there’s two sets of stairs that I know of — both of them would be packed with people. There’s really no way in Mundelein to avoid mass groups of people.” In the event of an active shooter, armed police officers on campus will contact the Chicago Police Department and enter the shooter’s area, according to Loyola Campus Safety’s website. Campus Safety Sgt. Tim Cunningham said Loyola recently published a post about the Parkland shooting online. The post discusses resources the university has in place to prevent emergencies and what to do in the event of an active shooter situation. People should locate exits and try to leave or hide if they can’t escape. Classrooms and conference rooms across campus also have special lockdown tools to prevent a shooter from coming into a room. The Chicago Fire Department didn’t respond to The Phoenix’s request for comment.
CRIME: Many crimes against students remain unsolved continued from page 1 The numbers The Phoenix examined run from Jan. 1, 2015 to Nov. 21, 2017, and include four categories of violent crime: homicide, criminal sexual assault, armed or strongarmed robbery and aggravated battery or assault. Murders have an abysmally low solve rate. Out of the 40 homicides within Rogers Park and Edgewater in the last three years, only 15 are considered closed. The 2014 fatal shooting of Loyola graduate student Mutahir Rauf on Albion Avenue near campus is still under investigation, according to CPD News Affairs. The October 2017 fatal shooting of local teacher Cynthia Trevillion off the Morse Red Line stop also remains unsolved. Arthur Lurigio, a Loyola psychology professor who’s studied clearance rates, said he thinks two factors contribute to Chicago’s low solve rate: the prevalence of stranger-on-stranger crime and the dwindling number of police detectives. “Homicides used to be the crime that was most easily solved because homicides involved people who knew each other,” Lurigio said. “Increasingly, homicides occur when the perpetrator and the victim don’t know each other.” In the first 11 months of 2017, detectives in Area North, where the Lake Shore Campus is located, closed 22 percent of murder cases — two out of nine, The Phoenix found. That number is slightly higher than the 17.5 percent citywide homicide solve rate for 2017 the Chicago Sun-Times found in
an investigation. The Murder Accountability Project, which tracks homicide clearance rates according to FBI data, shows Chicago had a regular homicide clearance rate of 70-80 percent in the 1960s and 1970s. Lurigio said more police detectives are needed to solve violent crime incidents. “Cops on the street do not solve crimes,” Lurigio said. “They come and respond to a homicide. They’re at the scene … But there’s homicide investigators that become the solvents.” CPD employs 900 detectives citywide, including 270 new ones, according to CPD communications director Frank Giancamilli. In 2008, CPD employed more than 1,200 detectives, the Chicago SunTimes reported. Other types of violent crime face similarly low clearance. Armed and strong-armed robberies have a clearance rate of only 19.3 percent for the last three years. In the first 11 months of 2017, police cleared only 64 of 394 robberies. For example, Loyola students were notified by Campus Safety of an early morning strong-armed robbery April 22 last year. An offender threatened a student with an unseen gun and coerced the student into withdrawing money from an ATM on North Sheridan Road, The Phoenix reported. This case remains unsolved, according to CPD News Affairs. Lurigio said robberies and other violent crime increasingly occur quickly and in public, which he said can leave the victims with little information to give police.
Criminal sexual assault cases had a solve rate of 26.8 percent in the area between January 2015 and November 2017. One instance of a sexual assault The Phoenix reported, which occurred off campus around 2 a.m. Sept. 24, 2016 on North Kenmore Avenue, was solved, according to CPD. But many more sexual assault cases might not reach police. During the 2016-17 academic year, reports of gender-based misconduct more than doubled from the previous year, according to Loyola’s Title IX Office, which often handles these reports internally. Aggravated assaults and batteries, which are grouped together by CPD, had a solve rate just under 40 percent between January 2015 and November 2017. In 2017, police cleared 162 out of 342 incidents. This was the highest violent crime solve rate for the data The Phoenix examined. In September 2016, CPD arrested an individual accused of an aggravated battery against a Loyola student on North Winthrop Avenue. The student reported she was walking home near Seattle Residence Hall days earlier when she was groped by two men, allegedly including 22-year-old Soroush Aflaki. Aflaki was arrested and charged, therefore CPD considers the case solved. Still, many more crimes near campus remain unsolved. A battery Feb. 26, 2016 in the 1200 block of West Arthur Avenue remains unsolved, in addition to an armed robbery that occurred in broad daylight April 26, 2016 in the 1300 block of West North Shore Avenue, CPD said. Lurigio said, while Chicago suffers from an egregiously low clearance rate
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for murders and other violent crime, the clearance rate near Loyola seems better than other parts of the city, where community relations between citizens and police aren’t as cordial. “Chicago is violent in just a few places,” Lurigio said. “The city overall is safe … It’s four or five different police districts that get the bulk.” CPD Sgt. Michael Malinowski said good community relations are an essential part of solving crimes. “Detectives work with community members,” Malinowksi said. “They’re working with these community members that’ve had something terrible happen to them.” CPD said in a statement to The
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Phoenix it’s stepped up its efforts to foster better relations between officers and locals in the hopes of solving more crimes. Malinowski said CPD often relies on citizens for the most credible leads. “There’s only so many police officers. There’s only so many police detectives,” Malinowski said. “[But] we’re a part of and empowered by the community … when the detectives come around, now it’s easy for these community members to talk to them.” Additionally, it makes sense that solve rates for 2015 would be higher than 2017 because police have had more time to investigate and close cases, a CPD spokesperson said.
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Reporter making history got her start at The Phoenix JULIE WHITEHAIR email@example.com
Tahera Rahman, a reporter for WHBF Local 4 News of Quad Cities, hasn’t only been delivering the news lately — she’s been the subject of the news. Rahman, 27, who began reporting earlier this month, is believed to be the first female, full-time TV reporter to wear a hijab on mainstream U.S. news. Years before paving the way for Muslim women on TV, Rahman was breaking barriers at Loyola: She was the first Muslim editor-in-chief of The Phoenix. Rahman served as editor-in-chief her senior year at Loyola during 201213. She said she wasn’t aware she was the first Muslim editor-in-chief until after she graduated. “When I realized I was the first Muslim one it was really cool to know that but … I was glad that I didn’t know it [until] afterwards because I mean I was able to focus on the task, focusing on the paper and making that the best it could be,” the Naperville native said. Former sports editor Nick Amatangelo, who’s now a multimedia journalist at KETV in Omaha, Nebraska, worked with Rahman when she hired him on The Phoenix staff. He said she was a leader who actually listened. “She was the captain of the ship and she ran it, and she ran it very well and we were very successful under her,” the 25-year-old said. “We had a lot of great moments and a lot of challenging moments, but she was able to … help steer us through those moments and have us come out on top.” Rahman, who was a journalism and international studies double major, said working for The Phoenix gave her real-life experience with
calling sources and she made sure to carry the advice she received from advisers with her after graduation. She said she loved working with the newspaper and had a close bond with the staff — with whom she still keeps in touch. “I think in a lot of ways it’s such a hard profession and that … people get burnt out quickly or they just don’t want to approach it at all and so I think when you find people who are passionate about it in college that says a lot,” Rahman said. “I think that we all have … certain characteristics that are the same.” After graduation, Rahman was a producer for a Chicago radio show and wrote for a Muslim women’s organization. She eventually took a job at WHBF as a producer and was working there for about a year and a half before she became a reporter. Rahman said she had applied twice for a reporting position at the station and almost gave up trying entirely after she didn’t get the job a second time. “When I didn’t get it, I really thought … that was pretty much the end of it. And … I basically told my mom, … “Maybe I should just relegate myself to producing,’” Rahman said. “My mom basically kicked me in the butt and … she said, ‘No. I mean, of course you’re gonna keep going. This has been your life. You … have gotten up every single time and you get up this time, too.” Rahman said after a few weeks, she started trying again and would come into work on weekends when she wasn’t scheduled to hone in on her reporting skills. She said she would set up her own interviews and helped other reporters with their stories to gain more experience. “I knew I would always regret it if I didn’t keep trying,” Rahman said.
“I’m the kind of person who isn’t happy until I … have achieved my goals. And so I knew that if I stopped … after a year I would probably be back in the same position where I wanted to gear up again.” Rahman’s family was overjoyed when she finally got the reporting job, she said, with her parents tracking the analytics and reach of her stories. She said the response from viewers to her work has been mostly positive and she’s had messages from across the world pouring into her social media. “When I’m here at work it’s very much like, ‘OK, I’m focusing on my job and nothing else outside this newsroom or the Quad Cities matters [because] I’m on deadline.’ But when I go home and I read my Facebook messages and my emails and my Instagram messages … it kind of weighs on me again with how big of a milestone this is,” Rahman said. Rahman said she recently got a message on Instagram from a 13-year-old Muslim girl who wants to be an actress and was inspired seeing Rahman on TV. “She said … ‘Since I see you, you look like me and my mom, and you’re on TV, now I feel like I can do what I want’ and so it was really, really powerful,” Rahman said. Rahman has been able to carry the Loyola and Phoenix connection with her to WHBF — her coworker is Grace Runkel, also a former editor-in-chief of The Phoenix (201617). Runkel, 22, said she began working with Rahman as a reporter when Rahman was still a producer. “She’s one of the hardest workers that I know. Whenever anything goes wrong during the day, you know, the rest of us might complain about it … but she kind of just takes it in stride
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Tahera Rahman is the first woman to wear a hijab on mainstream television news.
and continues on and just does what she needs to do to get the story done,” Runkel said. Runkel said it was fun having a Phoenix connection between the two and she thinks the newspaper prepared Rahman well for her position. “When she was a producer, you could tell she’s kind of used to being a leader and even now as a reporter, I think she’s still very much a leader in our newsroom,” Runkel said. Amatangelo also recognized Rahman’s drive. “It couldn’t happen to a better per-
son,” he said. “She’s one of the hardest working people I know and she deserves everything she’s gotten and then some and with her work ethic, she’s just beginning.” Rahman said it’s important to put in the work and keep at your goals even when they may seem unattainable. “Things are going to be hard. It’s not easy to accomplish your dreams. It’s not,” Rahman said. “But if you put in the hard work and if you concentrate on being a better person inside and outside of your craft, people will notice.”
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On a Tuesday night in the late 1950s, the staff of Loyola’s weekly newspaper, then called the Loyola News, could be found in Lewis Towers laying out the next day’s issue. Not much has changed since Mary Herely Marren became the first female editor-in-chief of the Loyola News, except for a move to the School of Communications basement. Marren died Feb. 13 due to complications with the flu and pneumonia. She was 82. Marren was born at Presence Saint Francis Hospital in Evanston — the same hospital where her three daughters were born — but lived in Rogers Park for the majority of her life, where she eventually attended university. The class of 1958 alumna served as editor-in-chief during her senior year and headed a staff of 15 students, which included former CBS correspondent Bill Plante. Marren entered Loyola history by becoming the first female editor-in-chief of the school newspaper. Classmate and friend Gloria Johanns said there wasn’t much emphasis on that back then, perhaps because there were other women on staff. “It wasn’t a big deal that she was a woman editor,” Johanns said. “It was a first, but at the time it was just that she was the one who was best suited. I don’t remember that anyone even noticed that it was a woman.” Johanns remembers the small staff as a congenial group and one that produced a few marriages: Marren met her husband Joseph on staff. “I remember that she was a calming influence, and some of us maybe lacked that,” Johanns said. “When everyone else was shrieking ‘How are we ever going to get this done?’ Mary just worked through it.” Upon graduation, Marren was offered a job with Time magazine, but
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Mary Herely Marren, the f irst female editor-in-chief of The Phoenix, studied at Loyola f rom 1954-1958. She passed away on Feb. 13. She was 82 years old.
turned it down because she was getting married to Loyola alumnus and former Loyola News colleague Joseph Marren, according to Marren’s child David Marren. Together they started a large family that remains close to this day. Marren was also a strong advocate for education. In a phone conversation with The Phoenix, David Marren joked he was the only child of nine not to receive a graduate degree. While her older children were attending university, Marren returned to work to support their education and worked at A&C Electric Company for 15 years. Marren also served as an oblate — an individual who isn’t a monk or a nun but has affiliated his or herself with a monastic community — to the Order of St. Benedict at St. Scholastica Monastery, where she went to grammar and high school. Marren was a strong woman in the newsroom and at home, according to her son. Diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma around the time of her pregnancy with her fourth child, Marren underwent surgery to remove it four months after giving birth. Nine months after the surgery, Marren gave birth to her first daughter, followed by
four more children, according to David Marren, 54. David said his mother was respected. He recounted how, one day while his sisters were at work at S&C Electric Company, their mother came down to visit them. As she walked by, the boys nearby fell silent, he said. David said his mother’s defining traits were dignity and caring for others. He said she ensured her children received a quality education and impressed upon them values, such as honor and respect, and she did it all with love. “She was always there for us,” David said. “Life can hand you a lot of crushing defeats, and it seemed like every time that that would occur, she was extending a hand. Even far into adulthood.” Marren set the precedent for female editors-in-chief at Loyola’s paper, whose last (at least) four editors-in-chief have been female, and while Marren is remembered as the first, she’s remembered by many more as a caring woman, mother, wife and grandmother. Marren is survived by her husband Joseph, nine children and 20 grandchildren.
The incident occurred Feb. 24, when student organizers from Students for Reproductive Justice, Loyola Young Democratic Socialists, Students for Justice in Palestine, the Black Cultural Center and the African Student Alliance and other student supporters, were protesting against the university’s funding of a new athletic facility, scheduled to begin construction this spring. They were standing in front of the entrance to Halas Recreation Center when they saw the two men being searched. Alan Campbell, a senior at Loyola, said he saw the men being patted down and approached the officers and two men. Campbell was later taken into custody by Campus Safety after interfering. Loyola’s statement said Campbell refused to identify himself as a Loyola student and did not comply with the officer attempting to keep Campbell away from the investigation. It also said the Campus Safety officer struggled to handcuff Campbell because of his resistance, and Campbell was taken to the ground. Campbell strongly denies that he was physically involved in the incident before he was handcuffed by police. Loyola’s student handbook states students must present their ID when asked by a university official in an official capacity. “I didn’t even have a chance to tell them I was a student before they cuffed me,” Campbell said. “I kept telling them ‘I’m a student,’ like you can see in the video, but they still put me in the [police] car.” Campbell said he thought Campus Safety took inappropriate disciplinary actions when responding to the incident. “There was excessive force used by Loyola’s police department. They were searching, spread eagle, two black males while we were protest-
ing,” Campbell said. “It was unjust, it looked completely wrong that Loyola was taking that action completely out in the open.” Another protester, Paloma Fernandez, a senior and friend of Campbell, took action by defending Campbell. Fernandez said Campus Safety took the two men to another location, and Campbell followed while chanting on behalf of the two men. “Alan kept chanting that these men should be let go, that they were not doing anything wrong,” Fernandez said. Fernandez said at that point, Campus Safety forcibly detained Campbell and brought him to the ground. “I was trying to help Alan as well, and that further annoyed one of the cops and he put his attention on me, grabbed me, pushed me against the wall,” Fernandez said. The statement and video footage confirmed Fernandez was physically restrained by the officers. Tori Windham, a sophomore, said she was walking through Damen with a friend when the events transpired. “We were walking through the tables and chairs [in the Damen atrium] and we saw Alan, and we saw the two men being searched up against the wall,” Windham said. “Alan was calling attention and people started looking and everyone was starting to crowd around.” Windham said she saw the officers get physical with both Campbell and Fernandez. “They handcuffed him and pinned him to the ground, and then they grabbed Paloma by her shirt. It was extremely uncalled for,” Windham said. Other students came to Fernandez’s aid. She was eventually let go. The two men who were scalping tickets were detained, questioned and eventually released with a verbal trespass warning, Loyola’s statement said.
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Anti-violence group expands to Rogers Park following streak of shootings SAMAR AHMAD email@example.com
Violence in Rogers Park within the past few months has caused residents to call upon Mothers Against Senseless Killings (MASK), an anti-violence campaign. With the frequency of crime in Rogers Park, some students have concerns regarding their safety on and around campus. There were 873 violent crimes reported in Campus Safety’s jurisdiction since 2013 as of November, The Phoenix reported. Jacqueline James, a sophomore neuroscience major, said she’s scared to walk back from work late at night. “I get off of work at 11 [p.m.] sometimes because I work at bopNgrill and I have to walk down a badly lit street,” James said. “Sometimes I have no choice but to do that.” James, 19, said she fears being approached because assault situations can escalate quickly. “Assault is something that hap-
pens within a matter of seconds,” James said. MASK was formed in 2015 in response to a shooting in Englewood, known to be one of Chicago’s most dangerous neighborhoods. The organization aims to build stronger communities through reducing violence and food and housing insecurity, according to its founder, Tamar Manasseh. Manasseh said she formed the group to protect her children and build safer communities. “Instead of being reactive, I wanted to be proactive,” Manasseh said. Now, the group has been invited to protect Rogers Park, home of Loyola’s Lake Shore Campus. Manasseh said the group expanded to Rogers Park when residents flooded the group with emails and phone messages requesting help to spread anti-violence awareness. “We don’t go anywhere unless we’re called and invited in,” Manasseh said. MASK officially expanded to
Rogers Park in November 2017, following the shootings of a 15-yearold boy and 64-year-old Cynthia Trevillion, which both occurred Oct. 13, 2017.
lion was shot in the head and neck, according to CPD. Samantha Aguilar, a sophomore biology major, said the shooting of Trevillion surprised her because she thought violent crimes in Rogers Park were rare. “It shocked me because I usually regard Rogers Park as being a safe area especially because there is a huge proportion of students who live here,” Aguilar said. Aguilar, 19, said she thinks the group’s presence in Rogers Park will help prevent further cases of assault against women on campus. “I feel like [MASK] would help with issues where female students are being assaulted on campus,” Aguilar said. The group wants to improve the relationships between residents by helping them communicate better with one another to prevent crime from happening. “Chicago is a city full of neighborhoods, but no one’s neighborly,”
“Chicago is a city full of neighborhoods, but no one’s neighborly. I don’t want neighbors to be afraid to say ‘hi’ and ‘how are you.’” TAMAR MANASSEH Founder of MASK
Trevillion, a teacher at the Chicago Waldorf School on West Loyola Avenue, was fatally struck as she was walking near the Morse Red Line stop with her husband. Trevil-
Manasseh said. “I don’t want neighbors to be afraid to say ‘hi’ and ‘how are you.’” Manasseh said the group offers an informational orientation which teaches residents how to combat violence in neighborhoods. Jennile O’Connor, a first-year business management major, said she supports the group’s expansion to Rogers Park because the campaign’s presence will bring anti-violence awareness to the community. “A group that spreads their anti-violence message can help you learn more about how to help others and how to protect them,” O’Connor said. O’Connor, 18, said the group will provide an extra step to staying safe on campus, especially for women. “Any environment that you’re in, especially as a female, you have to be conscious of what you’re doing,” O’Connor said. “You have to assume the worst because you never know what’s going to happen.”
Evolution of MASK: From Englewood to Rogers Park MASK was formed in 2015 by a mother who had concerns about her children’s safety.
OCTOBER 2017: Two shootings in the Rogers Park area spark concerned residents to contact MASK for assistance.
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Following the fatal shooting of Cynthia Trevillion near the Morse Red Line stop in October, concerned residents contacted MASK about violence in Rogers Park.
JUNE 2015: A shooting in Englewood, one of Chicago’s most violent neighborhoods, inspires Tamar Manasseh to create an anti-violence group, Mothers Against Senseless Killings (MASK).
NOVEMBER 2017: MASK officially expands to the Rogers Park neighborhood following shootings in October. Michen Dewey
Loyola ranked seventh in annual Go Move Fitness Challenge BAYLEE CORONA firstname.lastname@example.org
In its second year of participation, Loyola University of Chicago ranks No. 7 out of 23 universities competing in the online Go Move Fitness Challenge, a fitness competition among the faculty and staff of U.S. Jesuit universities. This year Loyola had 217 participants and more than 111,000 minutes of movement, as of Feb. 26. Last year, Loyola ranked No. 5 of 20 universities, with 362 participants and 295,000 minutes of movement. The sixth annual competition ran throughout the month of February, and faculty and staff recorded their minutes of movement to determine which Jesuit institution is the most active. This challenge is “a way for employees from across the country to connect, work towards a common goal of moving more, and implementing healthy habits into their daily routines,” according to the University of San Francisco’s website. Suzanne Kisylia, the University of San Francisco’s wellness program manager, has been involved with facilitating the Go Move Challenge since its onset, when the University of San Francisco and Santa Clara University competed in the first annual Go Move Challenge. “We started off with two [universities] … the goal is get all 28 Jesuit schools participating [in the challenge]. It’s really to connect our universities and this is a great way to do it, by having a common goal of moving more,” Kisylia said. She also mentioned the Go Move
Facebook page, where faculty and staff from different universities can post pictures and videos of their exercises. The page is another way for colleagues to connect, to see what other universities are posting and to interact with each other through the comment section. Go Move defines movement as “any intentional exercise that causes at least a small increase in breathing or heart rate,” which includes cardio, weightlifting, yoga, sports and other kinds of strength or fitness training. Currently, Loyola Marymount University is in first place with 533 participants and a total of 380,000 minutes of movement. While universities such as Gonzaga University in Washington and St. Peter’s University in New Jersey are beating Loyola University Chicago by more than 22,000 minutes, Loyola is ahead of Marquette University in Wisconsin and Fordham University in New York by more than 10,000 minutes. Once a university registers and commits to participating in the Go Move Challenge, its logo will appear on the website’s home page where participants can view events and other information about their university’s progress. Participants must use their valid university email to create an account on the website. Once they have an account, they can track and log their minutes online. When participants log their minutes of movement, they must indicate the university they are affiliated with, the type of exercise they’re doing and the duration of that exercise.
The challenge has expanded over the last six years, with faculty and staff from eight Jesuit universities accumulating more than two million minutes of exercise collectively in February 2016. This year, 23 of the 28 U.S. Jesuit universities are taking part in the challenge. According to Kisylia, the two prizes awarded to the winners of the competition are bragging rights and a traveling plaque with the university’s name and the amount of minutes they logged. The plaque was used as an award for the first time last year due to the different sizes and circumstances of the various universities. Shannon Yeager, the assistant director for Loyola’s Adult and Transfer Center, is one of Loyola’s 217 challenge participants. Yeager walks to and from work every day, which is about two miles collectively, and logs her hours through the Go Move Website. “It’s great that Loyola is encouraging us to be active, especially faculty and staff, because we sit all day long,” Yeager said. “[The challenge] is also encouraging me to consider going out and taking a walk at lunch ... every little bit helps.” The Loyola faculty member said it was fun to compete against other universities and to see how they were doing in the challenge. She hopes to see more people get involved in the challenge next year so Loyola can win. Nicole Calaustro, an exercise science major who works at the Halas Sports and Recreation Center, said since the challenge started Feb. 1, she has seen more faculty and staff pur-
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Loyola staff and faculty have the chance to take on other Jesuit universities in the Go Move Fitness Challenge, which runs throughout the month of February.
chase Halas gym memberships. “Hopefully if they keep it up, they are more likely to continue exercising and their body will get used to working out every day,” Calaustro said. “They will be able to experience making small time in their busy schedules to exercise … it will be a positive impact.” Jenny Wojcik, a sophomore nursing major who also works at Halas, said this challenge would be good for Loyola faculty and staff because they would be more likely to continue a regular exercise routine after the challenge ended. “[The challenge] is a month and habits take a month to form, so this could kickstart good exercise habits and healthier eating,” Wojcik said. Samantha Nondahl, another nursing student working at Halas, said “a lot of staff come [into Halas]” and the
competition of the challenge could push them to work out more. “If I were thinking of participating [in the challenge], competing against the other students would get me to do it,” the junior said. Cindy Lopez, a first-year psychology and philosophy double major, said this challenge would be a “healthy release of stress and bad energy” for professors with a stressful workload. Lopez suggested Loyola host a competitive workshop or activity to raise awareness for the challenge, since she had never heard of it. Christopher Goueti, a first-year computer science major, said he would love to see more professors competing and participating in sports on campus, and this challenge could be a step in the right direction.
FEBRUARY 28, 2018
Gender equality means women with choice Jim Young Loyola University Chicago
THE PHOENIX EDITORIAL BOARD While many Loyola students are looking to their calendars and marking March with spring break plans, the month has something else to offer: it’s also Women’s History Month. Women’s rights have certainly come a long way since the 19th amendment was put into place in 1920, which gave women the right to vote. But, even with the strides made in the women’s movement in the last year, there still exists this timeless dichotomy in which women must choose between career and caregiver. But why must a woman need to choose? As students — some of us graduating as soon as this spring — we are thinking about our careers and our futures. As we think about where our paths will lead, we need to remember that women can have it all, if they want it — the education, the career, the relationship and the children. Compared to 65 percent two decades ago, 80 percent of women with professional degrees or doctorates have a child by the age of 44, according to the Pew Research Center. But that doesn’t mean the workforce has ushered in an era of gender equity. Just like there shouldn’t be pressure for a woman to choose a family or career, there also shouldn’t be pressure for women to get married or have children at all. Not choosing to do either of those things is just that: a choice. Those decisions shouldn’t be something people are shamed for. Most people who have made the decision to be childfree have considered it over a long period of time and thought about how parenting would impact their lives, according to a study conducted by Amy Blackstone, a sociology professor at University of Maine. Women shouldn’t be faced with
having to worry about being shamed when dealing with the responsibilities and joys of motherhood while still holding a successful career. There should also be no shame around a successful woman taking help from family members or babysitters when necessary. Some companies even offer in-house daycare, including large corporations such as Home Depot, Allstate Insurance, Nike, Twenty-First Century Fox and Time Warner. There’s also the other parent or partner to consider. Men are just as capable as women in providing care to children, but our society is still clinging on to old beliefs about the domestic role of women as caregivers
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and men as the sole financial provider. Female caregivers spend 60 percent more time providing care compared to males, according to a study conducted by the National Alliance for Caregiving and the AARP Public Policy Institute. But those beliefs need to be forgotten if we are to move forward with a new societal outlook. The societal changes we need are things some young women are currently fighting for, such as improvement in paid parental leave and access to healthcare for women of color. In 40 nations across the world, the shortest amount of paid leave required
for new parents is two months. The United States sits in last place as the 41st nation and the only country that doesn’t mandate any paid leave for new parents, according to data from the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development. Whether or not people can afford to take months off work or worry about losing their jobs are large problems people face when deciding to have children. If 40 other nations can handle giving new parents a few months off, so can the United States. Improvements can’t stop there. The racial disparity in maternal healthcare between white and black mothers is alarming. Black mothers in the United
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While the majority of undergraduate and gradute degrees obtained in the nation belong to women, fewer women are seen higher up in the workforce ladder or in higher government positions. Even fewer of these positions belong to women of color.
States are 243 percent more likely to die from pregnancy or childbirthrelated causes, according to a study from the Centers for Disease Control. Another way women are fighting for improvement is by pushing to elect more female political leaders and having an equal number of women among corporate executives across all fields of work. Right now, women make up less than 20 percent of the U.S. Congress and the U.S. House of Representatives, respectively, and 22 percent of the U.S. Senate, according to the Center for American Women and Politics. Only 38 of the 105 women serving for Congress are women of color. Women make up around 51 percent of the U.S. population. They earn nearly 60 percent of undergraduate degrees and 60 percent of all master’s degrees. They account for almost 52 percent of all professional-level jobs, yet only hold 25 percent of executive and seniorlevel officials and managers, 20 percent of board seats and six percent are CEOs, according to the Center for American Progress. The numbers seem to show the higher up one goes on the educational and professional ladder, the fewer women they’ll find. This is partly due to women facing barriers to being both professional and traditionally feminine. Will it be easy to make decisions associated with a career, marriage and family? Absolutely not. Just like any big life decision, there will be challenges, but recognizing those challenges is the first step toward success. And everyone’s challenges will be unique to their situation, but you have every right to chase after the goals you set for yourself, not what society expects of you.
Mental illness loosely linked to U.S. gun violence
Sasha Vassilyeva email@example.com So far, there have been 34 mass shootings — four or more people shot or killed — in the United States in 2018, according to the Gun Violence Archive. After the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, more people who defend gun rights are using mental health issues to scapegoat talking points which call for more gun regulation — but each of
these counterpoints has flaws. Defenders of gun rights often claim gun violence is caused by people with mental illnesses. On Feb. 15, the day after the school shooting in Florida, House Speaker Paul Ryan said, “Mental health is often a big problem underlying these tragedies,” and that Congress wants to make sure those in the mental health system aren’t able to obtain a gun. In a 2013 poll, roughly half of Americans believed the mental health system’s failure in identifying those who were a possible danger to others was responsible for mass shootings. However, these claims aren’t entirely true. In a study of 235 mass murders, only 25 percent of perpetrators were found to have mental health issues at the time of the murders. Mass shootings carried out by people with
serious mental illness account for only one percent of annual gun-related homicides, and perpetrators of mass shootings are unlikely to have any history of psychiatric hospitalization, according to a 2016 study by the American Psychiatric Association. People tend to assume having a mental disorder can be the only explanation for someone doing something so horrible. Yes, some of these perpetrators do have some sort of mental health issue, and it’s been reported that Nikolas Cruz, the shooter of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, was dealing with an unspecified mental illness. However, this doesn’t hold true for most cases of gun violence. The American Psychiatric Association shows not only is there a minimal correlation between
psychiatric disorders and violence against others, but those who are mentally ill are more likely to cause harm to themselves than to others. The claim made by politicians and much of the public — that increasing limitations on gun access to those who have a history of mental health problems will solve America’s issues with gun violence — doesn’t seem to stand true. Another argument is that, rather than increasing restrictions to guns, increasing mental health care would solve this issue. Once again, the first flaw in this argument is that those with mental health issues aren’t the primary cause of gun violence in America. The second flaw is that with obstacles standing in the way of receiving health care, such as insurance coverage availability, receiving more mental
health care won’t be as easy as it’s made to seem. False claims about the correlation between mental health and gun violence perpetuate these beliefs in the public eye, stigmatizing those who are mentally ill. This, in turn, can cause society to frame them as criminals, shunning or discriminating against them. People who suffer from mental health issues might be afraid to talk about it or seek help, which only makes the problem worse. Mental health issues aren’t to blame for America’s gun problem, as data shows the great majority of gun violence isn’t caused by the mentally ill. Increasing mental health care, though it won’t do any additional harm, isn’t the answer to solving the problem with gun violence in the United States.
FEBRUARY 28, 2018
Fashion Month brings feminism to the runway
Beth Gillette firstname.lastname@example.org Fashion Month is upon us. The annual worldwide affair, which is a four-week period when top brands debut their most recent designs, began Feb. 8 in New York City and will end March 6 in Paris. The fashion world gets a lot of a flack and, of course, some of that is warranted. However, some designers and fashion influencers are making strides in the right direction — especially when it comes to feminism. Fashion is mostly marketed toward women, but it’s an enterprise almost entirely dominated by men. Bernd Kroeber, creative director for BCBG Max Azria used this to his advantage. The fall/winter 2018 Rough Glamour collection’s show Feb. 9 involved a female stylist (Kate Young), set designer (Anna Karlin) and soundtrack creator (Mimi Xu), according to the LA Times. Kroeber also incorporated art made exclusively by five female artists to be hung up in the presentation space: photographers Sinziana Velicescu and Adrienne Raquel, illustrators Langley Fox
and Blair Breitenstein and painter Katie Rodger. Having more than just models’ names in your show notes? Easy. However, Kroeber is hopefully starting more than just one trend in fashion by incorporating the work of talented women in his show. Designer Rebecca Minkoff skipped Fashion Week this year and instead spotlighted twenty different women on her social media wearing her new spring collection. These women are all either on the Women’s March committee or key supporters of the movement. Not only are these women involved in something important and successful in their fields, but they also don’t fit the standard of beauty generally seen in models. These women are various shapes, sizes, races and ethnicities — which highlights a positive direction the fashion industry is taking. Nepalese-American designer, Prabal Gurung is often known for his collections’ social commentary, even being nicknamed as the “Most Woke Man in Fashion” by The Washington Post. His 2018 collection utilized global inspiration, and his runway models reflected as such. “The whole idea of a 16-year-old model, white girl, tall, blond, size 0, is so archaic and one of the most excruciatingly boring ideas of beauty . . . It’s important for us creative folks, including the media, to have these conversations and hold one another
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As part of Fashion Month 2018, designers took the runway by storm at one of Jakarta’s most prestigious fashion shows, showcasing Austrailian and Indonesian collections, while highlighting designs catering to modern Muslim women.
accountable [for our actions],” Gurung said in an interview with Glamour Magazine. It’s obvious these “strides” aren’t necessarily huge, but in an industry that’s been plagued and dominated by so many issues — including underage models’ workplace rights, glamorization of mental illness and excluding women of color — it’s important to see at least some headway being achieved. It’s also important to be critical of
those following this process and using it as a marketing strategy. Tom Ford thought it was appropriate to slap “pussy power” onto some handbags and call that activism. What Ford failed to understand was this design does nothing for woman anywhere, especially when almost all of his models are the exact shape and size, visually championing only one kind of woman. There are less overt ways to express one’s support of feminism within fashion. He could have said
nothing at all and it would have been more impactful. Fashion Month was created as a way for designers to showcase their collections for the next season, but it’s morphed into a larger spectacle. It acts as a space for fashion to be viewed as art, and when designers use that space to make a statement on what is happening in our world, it sends a message different from any other platform. Fashion is more than just clothes; it’s a commentary on society.
Should Trump need notes to be empathetic? After meeting with survivors of the Parkland, Florida school shooting last week, photographs of Trump’s private notes, consisting of questions for the students, were released online. One line simply reminded Trump to say, “I hear you.” Two Loyola students discuss.
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President Donald Trump is being unjustly criticized for the first time in his presidential career. I’m referencing the recent revelation by the Associated Press showing Trump’s notes prior to his meeting with several survivors of the horrific mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, where an expelled student brought a large capacity semi-automatic weapon onto the Douglas campus and killed 17 people Feb.14. Politicians are often coached by aides or briefed by members of their staffs before public appearances, and it isn’t uncommon for public officials to rely on a teleprompter or pre-written statements when speaking in front of constituents. For example, Trump stuck to a prewritten speech during his first State of the Union address Jan. 30. Trump is well-known for speaking off the cuff and offering “alternative facts,” such as his statements made during the State of the Union referencing immigration, his proposed tax cuts and the U.S. unemployment rate which were written into his speech. But the criticism he’s faced in preparation for his meetings with the shooting survivors is unfounded. I’m one of the first people in line to oppose Trump, but I consider this one of his most “presidential” actions since he took office more than a year ago. Trump isn’t a trained crisis counselor — he’s a regular person like the rest of us. His background is in real estate and reality television, not discussing school shootings and gun control, as he’s been required to do in the
On Feb. 21, President Donald Trump invited the survivors and families of the Parkland, Florida school shooting, a massacre leaving 17 dead and many others wounded, for discussion and reflection on the tragedy. While Trump partook in a debate on gun control and school safety, Associated Press photographer Carolyn Kaster noticed and photographed a bulleted list of sympathetic questions and responses in the president’s hands. The list was comprised of questions on the experiences of the grieving Parkland community and ended with a statement simply saying “I hear you.” Does our president really lack the competence to remember to assure survivors of domestic terrorism they’re heard? Not only is “I hear you” a mere extension of a commonly-used crisis term “thoughts and prayers,” the most passive response when action is due, but it should be common sense to anyone with a heart beneath their ribs. So, when considering potential leaders for our country, why is emotional intelligence not considered? Like many politicians, Trump prioritizes everything monetary — even when it potentially puts Americans in harm’s way. The Parkland shooting is yet another instance of why America needs to implement gun control; however, under Trump’s administration, it appears to be unlikely. Due to the National Rifle Association (NRA) endorsing Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign — the earliest endorsement made by the NRA in history — the right to bear arms seems to be stationary. Even when correlated to the death of high school students, the president’s financial power seems to be what, literally, trumps all. Business tactics
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Survivors of the Marjory Stoneman High School mass shooting met with the President Feb. 21 to share their thoughts, answer his questions, and propose stricter gun control legislature in the U.S. to prevent future mass shootings.
wake of this horrendous tragedy. He’s no more prepared to meet with survivors of a traumatic event than the average American. A president is often required to be a leader in moments of crisis, so how does one criticize Trump for taking steps to appear as a leader? For once, Trump has done something worthy of the office he holds. He listened to his advisors, and he approached a delicate situation differently than what he’s done in the past. During his 2016 campaign, he called himself his own primary advisor — someone who doesn’t have experience in a political office or in a position of public leadership. Yet, in this situation, he took the necessary steps, such as meeting with the survivors to assess and respond to the survivors’ concerns and listen to what they had to say on the subject of school shootings and the weapons which enable massacres such as these. He also met with members of Congress to seek solutions to the continuing issue of school shootings. I’m not opposed to criticizing Trump. In fact, I am in favor of holding our president to a higher standard than the average citizen,
but the criticism he has faced in reference to his prepared notes was targeting an action which fits the bill of how a president should act in the wake of a national tragedy. Why not question Trump’s suggestion to ban “bump stocks?” A “bump stock” is a device that turns a semi-automatic weapon into a devastating fully automatic weapon. One such device was used to kill 58 people during the Oct. 1 Las Vegas shooting. Question Trump’s choice to propose this ban just over a week ago, rather than in the days following that atrocity. Why not question Trump’s suggestion to arm untrained school teachers with deadly weapons? Don’t criticize Trump for acting like an actual president in a time of mourning. Instead, critique him for his highly questionable proposals in response to this tragedy. Criticize the National Rifle Association (NRA) for pushing a pro-gun agenda or Florida’s Republican Sen. Marco Rubio when he provided a nonanswer about his NRA donations during a recent town hall discussion. Targeting the low-hanging fruit is easy, but don’t go after fruit that isn’t rotten.
shouldn’t beat one’s ability to connect with the emotions of the country, yet America elected a president who seems to have business experience as the only tool under his belt. Empathy is vital in any leader. It allows for self-reflection, as well as a better understanding of those around you and what they’re experiencing. With empathy comes better communication, a skill necessary for leading a country in times of prosperity and hardship. Empathy can also broaden global understanding, putting a person in the perspective of another country’s environment and using fortune to help those who need it. When leading a country, it should be necessary the leader holds the capacity to connect with those being led — anything less is unacceptable. The fact the president of the United States needs to remind himself to have a heart is terrifying and embarrassing. When sponsorship from the NRA is put above the deaths of 17 students and faculty, there’s a serious problem in political priorities. Emotion doesn’t make you weak, and there’s nothing more detrimental to a community’s internal strength than lack of communication and care for one other. A country’s strength doesn’t come in guns and money. A country shouldn’t be heartless.
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Before taking office, Donald Trump speaks in Ottumwa, Iowa, Jan. 9, 2016.
Solo showcase celebrates senior dancers CARLY BEHM email@example.com
This past weekend, senior dance majors performed in the sunlit space of Palm Court in Loyola’s Mundelein Center at the Dance Senior Showcase. Each performance — the culmination of the seniors’ time at Loyola — was unique, and each dancer had her own special relationship to the university’s dance program. The Phoenix had the opportunity to speak with each of them about growth and future plans after graduating.
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“We all came in as very different people and that’s something you see in the showcase ... Loyola ... let us grow as individuals.” JORDAN KUNKEL Dance soloist
“It was just an emotional experience to do everything and realize who I am as a person. That’s what college is about — finding yourself — and I feel like I found myself this year.” SHARIDAN RICKMON Dance soloist
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FEBRUARY 28, 2018
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Samantha Banks and Steve Kazee (pictured) star in “Pretty Woman: The Musical” as Vivian Ward and Edward Lewis, respectively. The musical is based on Garry Marshall’s beloved film, “Pretty Woman.
‘Pretty Woman’ musical debuts in Chicago EMILY ROSCA firstname.lastname@example.org
The world premiere of “Pretty Woman: The Musical,” based on one of the most beloved romantic comedies of all time, will open at Chicago’s Oriental Theatre (24 W. Randolph St.) March 13 before headlining Broadway in July. The musical is based on the script co-written by film director Garry Marshall and film screenwriter J.F. Lawton, which set the groundwork for their 1990 hit film of the same name. The musical is directed and choreographed by two-time Tony Award winner Jerry Mitchell and features original music and lyrics by Jim Vallance and Grammy Award winner Bryan Adams. The Phoenix spoke with the cast and crew at a press conference about the history of “Pretty Woman: The Musical” and their experiences with the production. According to Lawton, it was Garry Marshall’s dream to see “Pretty Woman” on Broadway and he worked together with the current crew to make his dream a reality. After Marshall died in 2016, his daughter, Kathleen Marshall, continued to oversee the production, according to Lawton. Kathleen runs her father’s namesake non-profit theater, the Garry Marshall Theatre, in Burbank, California. She also has experience on the set of the original “Pretty Woman,” where she played a receptionist, and it’s for these reasons her father wanted her to continue his legacy, according to Lawton. “We want [the musical] to live in the way that he wanted,” Kathleen said. “We knew that it was a dream of his, and he was a part of putting this team together.” “Pretty Woman: The Musical” tells the now-classic love story of a spirited prostitute from Hollywood, Vivian Ward (Samantha Barks), who falls in love with New York businessman Edward Lewis (Steve Kazee), a millionaire who makes
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The cast and crew of “Pretty Woman” held a press conference at the Oriental Theatre Feb. 26 to talk with reporters about the production and what audiences can expect.
his money buying and breaking apart companies. Although hailing from different worlds, the two come together to lift each other out of their troubles and create a new life together. “It’s a love story about people who have to work at their relationship,” Marshall said. “There’s a moment where [Edward] really has to look at [Vivian] and listen, and she also sees him and really listens to him, which not everybody does. I hope that it’s inspiring, so we can listen to each other and love each other in this really joyous way.” Through all their struggles and successes, Vivian and Edward are accompanied by their loyal sidekicks. At Vivian’s side is her best friend and supporter, Kit De Luca, portrayed by Tony Award nominee Orfeh Alimorad. Alongside Edward is his trusted lawyer, Philip Stuckey (Jason Danieley). Stuckey is knowledgeable and useful when it comes to aiding Edward in his business deals with corporate typhoon James Morse (Kingsley Leggs), but he’s also a villainous, misogynistic man. Danieley said he’s happy this
character demonstrates women can rise above men such as Stuckey and put them in their place. “The musical really highlights the story of women’s empowerment,” Danieley said. “[Vivian is] in a bad place, and she has to prostitute her body to make ends meet. She desires to do better and to have more of a life, and she achieves that through her own strength with the aid of Edward.” Transforming any popular movie into a musical can present the struggle of maintaining its originality. With an iconic film such as “Pretty Woman,” audiences might worry some of the characters’ charm and humor could get lost in the process. When combining the script with music, Mitchell didn’t want to reinvent the story but rather transform it into more subtle, familiar ways, according to Lawton. “Being a huge fan of the movie, as well as it being a family movie, what I was most worried about was the casting of Edward and Vivian,” Marshall said. “When Steve Kazee agreed to come back [to Broadway], I loved
his voice and his presence. Samantha Barks has this voice, with such a range, and even in the earliest rehearsals, once they start singing, I don’t think about Julia [Roberts] and Richard [Gere] anymore. I think that Edward and Vivian, in their musical form, are Steve Kazee and Samantha Barks. That’s the musical, those two.” The score was crafted by Adams and Vallance in a way that adds a new dimension to the storyline. Audiences can expect to gain deeper insight into the minds of the characters, according to Marshall. “What I keep saying is that for people that love the movie, you’re going to get more — more information about Kit De Luca, more information about Edward and Vivian, and Mr. Thompson expands as well,” Marshall said. “They’re the characters we love as much as Edward and Vivian. This is an amazing, beautiful new version that adds in more to the story.” Although “Pretty Woman” is now 28 years old, its story is still relevant today. Vivian’s strong, independent char-
acter serves as a reminder that everyone should stand up for themselves and pursue their dreams, even if they might have do so in a less conventional way. “We’re here to celebrate love and the empowerment of women and the opportunity to have an equal relationship,” Danieley said. “That’s possible, and to celebrate that has imbued the work environment with love and humor.” Regardless of whether one has seen the movie a hundred times or possibly never at all, the timeless characters and radiating storyline of “Pretty Woman” will still be dazzling. “You’re going to go, and it’s going to be a unique experience,” Lawton said. “You won’t have to have seen [Pretty Woman], but if you’ve seen it, it’s like watching the film in a new way.” “Pretty Woman” will play at the Oriental Theatre March 13-April 15. Tickets can be purchased at Broadway in Chicago box offices by calling 800775-2000 and online at http://www. broadwayinchicago.com/show/pretty-woman/. Ticket prices range from $35-$105.
FEBRUARY 28, 2018
David Bowie tribute tour honors and celebrates his legacy EMMA INGRASSIA email@example.com
The Vic Theatre (3145 N. Sheffield Ave.) was the 10th stop on the American tour of “Celebrating David Bowie” Feb. 23. A tribute to the late, great artist who passed away in January 2016, the ensemble is comprised of Bowie’s friends, bandmates and other talented musicians. Rocking out in true Bowie style, the passion of the artists and the crowd captured the love for Bowie and for his music’s power to bring them together. New York native and former Rolling Stones vocalist Bernard Fowler sang Bowie’s 2003 single “Bring Me the Disco King” under starry blue lighting to open the concert. Singing in unison, the crowd connected with an appreciation for Bowie’s musical genius and legacy beginning with his self-titled album in 1967. Once the rest of the band came onstage for the 1974 hit “Rebel, Rebel,” Mike Garson, Bowie’s bandmate since 1972, introduced the rest of the members of the tour. Among them was Earl Slick, a guitarist of Bowie’s since 1974, Mark Plati, who worked with Bowie in the ‘90s and Gerry Leonard, who worked with Bowie from 2002 until Bowie’s death in 2016. As the night progressed, brilliant onstage light displays illuminated the most well-known songs of Bowie’s career. Fowler was one of three singers to pay tribute to Bowie throughout the concert. Fowler, along with Guatemalan singer-songwriter Gaby Moreno and rock icon Sting’s son Joe Sumner, emulated Bowie’s mannerisms and style of singing to again give the music the life it once had. Hits such as “Changes” and “Moonage Daydream” got the crowd singing along, while commentary
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Former bandmates and friends of David Bowie are touring the country to remember and celebrate the life of the rock icon by playing his music and talking about their experiences with him. The “Celebrating David Bowie” tour features artists performing music from many of Bowie’s eras, from the ‘70s through the early 2000s.
from Garson and Slick helped transform the music into a chronology of Bowie’s life and story he created behind the curtain of his fame. The middle of the set felt a bit drawn out, since many of Bowie’s top songs were played in the first half. However, the constant changing of instruments and singers kept the concert fresh with different variations performed on the legend’s classics. The chemistry of the ensemble and the breathtaking singers created a unique experience on its own. The combination of some of the top mu-
Faculty punk band rocks Martyrs’ stage at first show JAMILYN HISKES firstname.lastname@example.org
Loyola professor Christopher Martiniano performed with his new anti-Trump punk band, no.no.no. NO., for a vibrant, dynamic concert Feb. 21 at Martyrs’ (3855 N. Lincoln Ave.). For a first show, the young band showed promise and gave voice to those who share its outrage at the current U.S. political climate. Martiniano was joined by frontwoman and lead vocalist Anna Raymo and seasoned Chicago punk guitarist Jane Danger. Bassist Raedy Ping, a former psychology professor at Loyola, wasn’t in attendance due to illness, according to Martiniano. No.no.no.NO. was joined by two other Chicago rock groups, Oku and Fire Garden. Oku played first, offering melodic, softer rock music which the small crowd enthusiastically applauded. The band played a number of original songs during its hour-long set, along with a few covers. Fire Garden, whose sound was similar to Oku’s, played after no.no.no.NO. to a slightly larger crowd. After Oku’s performance, Raymo, Martiniano and Danger took the stage — with a brief warning from Martiniano. “We’re not a quiet band, just so you know,” Martiniano said. “Sorry about that.” While the musicians in Oku spoke to the audience between each song, no.no.no.NO. played its set straight through with few pauses, giving the effect of a performance art piece. The sound of screeching guitars, Raymo’s impassioned vocals and audio tracks from several of President Donald Trump’s speeches and other public statements filled the small venue as the band encouraged the audience to nod and clap along to the music. Each song
was full of defiant lyrics, such as “This has to stop,” “We are all burning” and “We have the power” — blatantly expressing the band’s disdain for the current presidential administration. Martiniano and Danger remained mostly stationary throughout the show, while Raymo worked the stage as she sang and screamed into the mic. Despite expressing anxiety over playing her first show in her recent interview with The Phoenix, Raymo dominated during every song. The anger was clearly felt and heard in her voice, elevating the band’s performance as a whole. No.no.no.NO.’s set ended with an audio clip from a speech given Jan. 20 at a New York City women’s march by indie rock artist Halsey. The audience applauded enthusiastically and the trio shared a group hug once the show was over. For a first concert, no.no.no.NO. seemed comfortable and confident onstage and showed promise as a young band. Some of the group’s songs would be easy to sing along with and headbang to if it were to grow in popularity, and band might soon get the opportunity to hear fans sing its lyrics during a show. To listen to no.no.no.NO.’s debut EP, “NOruption,” visit the band’s webpage or its Vimeo page. The single, “ameNO,” can be downloaded for $1 at Bandcamp.com.
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Anna Raymo and Christopher Martiniano rocked out on the Martyrs’ stage.
sicians in the rock world performing together unsurprisingly put on a spectacular show. The sheer enjoyment and passion of Fowler and Sumner kept the audience excited for every song, while Moreno stole the hearts of the crowd as she held every note and sang Bowie’s music beautifully. Just when the concert seemed to be winding down, the classic 1972 single “Suffragette City” reenergized and rocked the whole auditorium. The concert closed with a foursong encore, which Leonard kicked
off with an “Andy Warhol” solo. Even though most of the crowd might not have known the song, the appreciation for Bowie was rewarded by a devoted crowd that shouted for Leonard. Sung by Sumner, a beautiful rendition of the emotional 1977 ballad “Heroes” was the closing song the concert needed. Belting “We can be heroes,” the crowd came together one final time to honor Bowie’s legacy. As the ensemble took its final bow, the peppier 1983 “Modern Love” played through the speakers as a last feel-good moment to share
with the band. With the crowd and band singing and bopping to the same beat, there were moments which made the tribute show inside the small Vic Theatre feel like a stadium tour with Bowie himself. The magic in the high quality performers, in addition to the original band members, made this concert the perfect way to pay tribute to one of rock’s biggest and most revolutionary icons. “Celebrating David Bowie” will continue to tour North America through March 19.
FEBRUARY 28, 2018
‘Annihilation’ is another science fiction masterpiece from Alex Garland LUKE HYLAND email@example.com
The latest film from science fiction visionary Alex Garland (“Ex Machina”) is an eerie, mind-bending trip into a gorgeous environment littered with metaphors and symbolism. Simultaneously a philosophical piece of science fiction and pulse-pounding horror film, “Annihilation” will likely be discussed and debated for years to come. The film follows a biologist and former soldier, Lena (Natalie Portman), on her journey to enter “The Shimmer,” a glazed-over mist that has mysteriously overtaken a forested area of Earth. Her husband, Kane (Oscar Isaac), entered “The Shimmer” on a previous expedition but never returned. Lena and four other scientists (Jennifer Jason Leigh, Tessa Thompson, Gina Rodriguez and Tuva Novotny) are sent in to discover what happened. “Annihilation” is based on Jeff VanderMeer’s novel of the same name and brings it to life in lush detail. The film’s visuals are stark at times and rich at others, creating an interesting contrast which acts as one of the movie’s themes. “Annihilation” itself toes the line between multiple genres effortlessly, just as its characters struggle to find their true selves once in “The Shimmer.” Once Lena and her team enter this cryptic zone, the film shows shades of Andrei Tarkovsky’s “Stalker” (1979) in its pacing and meandering plot. The characters simply wander, and time seems to be lost in these moments. Viewers aren’t quite sure how much or how little time has passed between certain scenes, which ultimately adds to the film’s captivating atmosphere. This unknown keeps viewers engaged. Garland holds these intriguing narrative questions in front of his audience like a carrot, ushering them along and hoping they don’t look too deep into other areas, such as
the characters. Plot drives “Annihilation.” While the film’s characters aren’t shallow, audiences won’t likely be watching because of them. With a predominantly female cast full of talented actresses, the film may have missed an opportunity to develop stronger chemistry among the team members before sending them into “The Shimmer.” The main scene getting to know these characters before they begin their journey — while effective enough — feels mandatory and leaves audiences wanting more. What audiences might not expect from “Annihilation” is how effective it functions as a horror film. Throughout its second act, the film fades in and out of the horror genre, including a beautifully unnerving scene involving a bear-like creature and disturbing footage found on an old camcorder from Kane’s expedition. Garland directs these scenes with perfect pacing and tone, allowing them to simmer until reaching a boil at the perfect time. Along with Garland’s direction, “Annihilation’s” haunting score pulls more than its fair share of creating the horror in the film. An unsettling melody of synthesizers plays sporadically over a quiet and steady hum, sending shivers down spines when overlaid with the film’s moments of intense imagery. During quieter scenes, the score becomes a soft fingerpicking guitar, lulling audiences into its rhythmic plotting. Once “Annihilation” reaches its odd ending, audiences will likely be split. While it may go on a bit too long, the film’s climactic scene is just strange enough for audiences to love it or hate it. Garland leaves plenty of room for multiple interpretations, and the film’s alluring ambiguity is what might keep it in conversations for decades. “Annihilation” is now playing in theaters nationwide.
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“Annihilation” stars Jennifer Jason Leigh (left), Natalie Portman, Tuva Novotnyin, Tessa Thompson and Gina Rodriguez, making the majority of its leads women. The fact that all five women are soldiers and scientists is also impressive for sci-fi.
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Portman performs admirably as a biologist and former soldier who ventures into “The Shimmer” to find her missing husband, played by Star Wars star Oscar Isaac, who disappeared after exploring the realm with a team of his own earlier.
Chinatown’s New Year parade kicks off Year of the Dog
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Chinatown kicked off the Chinese New Year with a bang with its annual Chinatown Lunar New Year Parade, which included prominent town residents, traditional dances and colorful costumes of all kinds.
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Despite the Chinese New Year occuring Feb. 16, Chicagoans had no problem waiting a week to witness the annual Chinatown Lunar New Year Parade. Dozens of marching bands, dance troupes and local businesses filed down Wentworth Avenue to usher in the Year of the Dog. The dog is a Chinese symbol of loyalty, responsibility, sensitivity and liveliness and represents those born in 1922, and every twelfth year since. Unfortunately, the 2018 fortune foretells a year of challenges and financial hardships, but that didn’t deter people from celebrating.
Festivities began at the intersection of Wentworth Avenue and Cermak Road, better known as the Chinatown Gate where approximately 30,000 onlookers waited in anticipation for the two firecracker strings hanging from the gate’s arch to burn out. Meanwhile, colorful dragons roved about, showing off their graceful dances and exquisite craftsmanship as drummers pounded their instruments behind them. The crowd erupted with cheer as the final firecracker went off, signaling the commencement of the parade. The celebration was instant. Young women dressed in traditional Chinese clothing walked along the
overflowing sidewalk. Red lanterns hung along trees, transforming Wentworth Avenue into a traditional Chinese street. The smell of noodles and seafood wafted from the restaurants lining the street, enticing many to chow down on some lo-mein and dumplings. Chinatown representatives, including Lakeside Bank executive vice president Stanley Bochnowski and Chinatown chamber of commerce executive officer Jimmy Lee, took the stage and began to present the participating bands, businesses, politicians and clubs as they walked along. Several high school bands marched in the parade, each with its own unique setlist. Saxophones,
mellophones, clarinets and baritones blasted their tunes as cymbals and drums kept the rhythm, occasionally halting to break out in dance. Pompom shaking cheerleaders and flag twirlers followed, putting on a colorful display. Girl Scouts and elementary school groups followed suit, handing out candy and wishing spectators a happy new year. Excited mothers pushed their children through the thick crowd so they could see from the rail and get some candy for themselves. The unexpected appearance of the Shannon Rovers Irish Pipe Band broke the sound of drums with its bagpipe performance. The group marched and played its setlist in tra-
ditional green and black kilts. The shrill notes pierced through the celebratory sounds, demonstrating the unique diversity of Chicago and its many neighborhoods. Several politicians, such as Illinois gubernatorial candidate Chris Kennedy, charismatically shook hands with hundreds in the crowd, campaigning for various government positions here in Chicago. Even Ronald McDonald made an appearance, shouting hello to the crowd with his signature smile. The 2018 Chinatown Lunar New Year Parade was undoubtedly a success, all thanks to those who participated and the thousands who showed up to watch — a fantastic start to the Year of the Dog.
FEBRUARY 28, 2018
T&F: RAMBLERS FINISH MVC INDOOR SEASON The Loyola men’s track and field team finished in seventh place and the women’s team finished in sixth place at the Missouri Valley Conference Indoor Championships. Ramblers reached the podium in five events at the championships.
WBB: O’CONNOR EARNS THIRD MVC AWARD First-year forward Abby O’Connor earned MVC Newcomer of the Week for the third time this season. O’Connor averaged 16.5 ppg and 4.5 rpg over two games during the past week.
MBB: RAMBLERS RUN AWAY WITH IT
The Loyola men’s basketball team won three out of five MVC specialty awards and seven AllMVC honors. Redshirt junior guard Clayton Custer won MVC Player of the Year, first-year center Cameron Krutwig won MVC Freshman of the Year and senior guard Ben Richardson took home Defensive Player of the Year. Along with those awards, Custer was named first-team All-MVC; senior forward Donte Ingram was named second-team All-MVC; Krutwig was named third-team All-MVC, All-Newcomer and All-Freshman, first-year guard Lucas Williamson was named to the All-Freshman team and Richardson was named to the All-Defensive team.
UPCOMING EVENTS MEN’S VOLLEYBALL FEB. 28 AT 7 P.M.
vs. MARCH 2 AT 7 P.M.
vs. MARCH 3 AT 7 P.M.
vs. WOMEN’S BASKETBALL MARCH 1 AT 7 P.M.
vs. MARCH 3 AT 7 P.M.
vs. MEN’S BASKETBALL MARCH 2 AT NOON
@ SOFTBALL MARCH 2 AT 12:30 P.M.
@ MARCH 2 AT 3 P.M.
@ MARCH 3 AT 3 P.M.
@ MARCH 4 AT 10:30 A.M.
@ MARCH 4 AT 1 P.M.
Player of the Year not enough for Custer Henry Redman The PHOENIX
Redshirt junior guard Clayton Custer became the first player in Loyola history to earn the MVC Player of the Year award after averaging 14.2 ppg and 4.2 apg.
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Two years ago, Loyola’s men’s basketball team received a new addition: a transfer from Iowa State University named Clayton Custer. Originally from Overland Park, Kansas, Custer has been playing basketball since he was a child. After sitting out the 2015-16 season due to NCAA residency requirements, he’s made an impressive impact this season, including helping the Ramblers win the Missouri Valley Conference (MVC) regular season championship and receiving MVC Player of the Year award himself. Custer said transferring from a Big 12 school to playing in the MVC wasn’t too different because they’re both good conferences. He said he loves playing for Loyola. “It was obviously a cool experience being at Iowa State for that year,” Custer said. “Once conference started, I didn’t have too much of a role on the team other than trying to make guys better in practice. The transition to the Valley has been awesome. The Valley is a really good basketball conference.” Custer has had a successful season: He’s averaged 14.2 ppg, going 54.4 percent in the paint and 46.2 percent from beyond the arc — which makes him
the second best three-point shooter in the MVC. When he injured his ankle in the Dec. 6 game against University of Florida, the team took a hit, according to head coach Porter Moser. “I just can’t say enough about Custer,” Moser said. “His numbers show it themselves. When he was out, we were 2-3 in those five games and we are 23-2 when he plays. That alone shows you a lot.” Not only was it a loss in numbers, but senior forward Aundre Jackson said it was a loss of leadership and comfort. “I was hurt. I didn’t want to lose [Custer],” Jackson said. “He’s one of our best players, so with him on the court it makes everything easier, but you have to trust in the process. You just have to stay with it and keep on grinding.” Custer’s numbers speak volumes, and Moser said he’s a valuable player on every level and a key member of the team’s success. “The passing. His field goal percentage. He’s really efficient, he’s a winner and I think that’s a big thing,” Moser said. “I just can’t say enough about him on what he means to us on a lot of different fronts.” Jackson said Custer is his favorite person to play with because he can affect teams in all kinds of ways. “He does so much,” Jackson said.
“He’s the point guard, so he starts the domino and you have to respect his jump shot. You have to respect his drive. You just have to respect him so much because he opens up things.” Jackson also said Custer is a good leader as Custer sees the floor from a different perspective and uses that to lead the team. “He’s a threat so you have to respect him. You have to actually scout him, focus in on him,” Jackson said. “With that it opens up everybody else. His leadership helps us, too, because when we are messing up in practice, when we don’t know the plays, he yells to get everyone into position. I think his leadership, combined with his skills, makes him a great player.” Since his season was so successful, Custer has received the MVC Player of the Year award. Students at games chant “MVP” when he’s on the court, but Custer said he tries to focus on his team rather than on his own success. “The only thing that is going through my head is just worrying about winning the next game,” Custer said. “I try to keep thoughts of that type out of my head just because we have too much going for us as a team. I love playing with this team and we are all selfless guys. I’m excited for what we can do here in
the next few weeks.” Although he tries not to focus on his individual success, he recognizes it’s part of the game. He said he makes it a point to put more time and effort into the team compared to his own success. “It’s obviously an honor to have,” Custer said. “Its really cool to have the fans here saying stuff like [MVP] and that’s part of what is fun about being a college athlete. The biggest thing for me is trying to do whatever it takes for our team to win.” After beating Southern Illinois University Feb. 21, the Ramblers clinched the No. 1 seed for the MVC. It’s the first time since 1985 Loyola has claimed a regular season conference title. They had been sharing the regular season title until the game against SIU. “[That] was something I’ll never forget. It was such a cool experience,” Custer said. “To win that game on the road the way we did. I think that shows that we’re staying focused. Even though we had a share we didn’t want to have the ‘co-’ in front of it so I think it shows a lot about our character that we came out and kind of made a statement in that game.” Custer and the Ramblers are scheduled to play March 2 in the quarterfinals of the MVC Tournament in St. Louis.
Players credit ‘trusting the process’ for success CLAIRE FILPI firstname.lastname@example.org
In 2013, Loyola joined the Missouri Valley Conference (MVC) and the men’s basketball team finished the season with a record of 4-14 in conference play during the 2013-14 season. Since then, men’s basketball head coach Porter Moser has been rebuilding the program to create a winning culture. Four years later, the Ramblers went 15-3 and won the MVC regular season title this season. Moser is finishing up his seventh season with the Ramblers and, with the help of assistant coach Matt Gordon, has changed the culture of the Loyola men’s basketball program. Moser and Gordon developed their coaching style from the late Rick Majerus, who’s considered one of the greatest college basketball coaches in history. Both Moser and Gordon worked with Majerus at St. Louis University (SLU) for four years and have carried on what they learned to Loyola. “A lot of those phrases and sayings that we use every day with the guys come from Coach Majerus,” Gordon said. “His little sayings and phrases … are the rules in which we play by. Because of those little rules, those little sayings, those little teachings, the guys — this really happened at SLU when we coached there — the guys started to view the game and see the game through Coach Maje-
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The Loyola men’s basketball team went 4-14 in its first season in the MVC. Four years later, the Ramblers won the conference.
rus’ eyes.” Gordon, who has been working with Moser since he was the team manager during Moser’s time as head coach at Illinois State University, said Moser’s hard work has helped make the program what it is today. “When I talk about the energy … he’s the leader driving that bus,” Gordon said. “What we are experiencing now, he has had this vision since he got the job. He knew it wasn’t going to be an overnight fix, he knew it wasn’t going to be something [like] ‘All right, we’re going to throw this together in a short amount of time.’ We needed to build it with kids of great culture and he needed to cultivate that culture with the right kids.” Moser talks a lot about the cul-
ture of the team, with the athletes describing the culture as the small things everybody has to buy into in order for the team to succeed. Senior guard Donte Ingram said the reason the team finished this season with so many wins is because it bought into those saying and rules. In the team’s locker room, there’s a wall they call the Wall of Culture. The Wall of Culture is a bunch of sayings, rules and phrases painted on the wall for all of the athletes to see. The things painted on the wall not only mean a lot to Moser, but they mean a lot to the athletes as well. “We got a culture wall in our locker room. We could point at any one of those terms and I could tell you what they mean,” Ingram said.
“Coming and getting this success we have been getting is because we are buying into those things and every single thing to keep a tight locker room and having guys bought in and willing to do all the things that it takes to win.” Gordon said the athletes are starting to see the game through Majerus’ eyes by not just watching the game as a fan, but by analyzing other teams’ games and watching their plays.
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ARCH: Ramblers head to St. Louis as tournament favorites continued from Page 1 Loyola’s depth has been crucial to its success this season. Five players — redshirt junior guards Clayton Custer and Marques Townes, first-year center Cameron Krutwig and senior forwards Donte Ingram and Aundre Jackson — all averaged double-digit ppg this season. This marks the first time five Ramblers have averaged double-digit ppg since the 1965-66 season when the team made the NCAA tournament. While Custer missed five games early on due to an ankle injury, Loyola lost two of its first three MVC games. The Ramblers went 14-1 after Custer returned to the lineup Jan. 7, with a lone loss of 69-67 at Bradley University Jan. 31. Custer’s 15.4 ppg, 4.3 apg and 50 percent three-point percentage during conference play have earned him MVC Player of the Year. First-year center Cameron Krutwig also shined in MVC play. The Algonquin native averaged 12.5 ppg and 6.4 rpg during conference play while finishing second in field goal percentage, shooting at a 61.5 percent clip in 18 MVC games. Krutwig’s performance gave him the MVC Freshman of the Year award and earned him third team All-MVC, MVC All-Newcomer Team and MVC All-Freshman Team honors. Ingram earned second team AllMVC honors and first-year Lucas Williamson earned MVC All-Freshman Team honors. Senior guard Ben Richardson also became the first Rambler to win MVC Defensive Player of the Year. Looking ahead to Arch Madness, head coach Porter Moser said his upperclassmen players have been crucial to getting the younger players to take each game as it comes, and he won’t change his mentality heading into the tournament. “The easy part is that our guys are veteran guys and they’ve bought into that philosophy [of taking things one game at a time] all year so nothing’s changing,” Moser said. “They know that we need to have a good week of practice, we need to get better … every team has an opportunity this weekend.” Loyola is scheduled to play its first game of the tournament March 2 at noon against the winner of the No. 8 University of Evansville vs. No. 9 University of Northern Iowa game, which is scheduled to take place March 1 at 6 p.m.
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Cameron Krutwig, Ben Richardson and Marques Townes combine for 28.6 ppg.
The tournament field When the MVC preseason poll was released Oct. 24, Missouri State University was picked to finish in first place and University of Northern Iowa was picked to finish in second. After both teams finished with 7-11 records in MVC play, Missouri State will be the No. 7 seed in the tournament and Northern Iowa will be the No. 9 seed. Both are scheduled to start Arch Madness March 1. Southern Illinois rode an 11-7 record to a second-place finish in the MVC standings, its highest since winning the conference in 2007. Redshirt junior guard Armon Fletcher, junior center Kavion Pippen and junior guard Sean Lloyd were key players for the Salukis this season. Fletcher was Southern Illinois’ leading scorer with an average of 14.2 ppg, which earned him second team All-MVC recognition. Pippen, the nephew of former Bulls guard Scottie Pippen, averaged 12.3 ppg to pick up All-Newcomer Team honors, while Lloyd averaged 11.9 ppg and picked up All-Defensive Team honors. T h e Salukis
are currently working with a sevenplayer rotation due to injuries. Head coach Barry Hinson said he’s not worried about the tournament so much as he’s worried about helping his players recover from back-toback, double-digit losses. “We’re just trying to get our guys back to playing the style of basketball specifically right before we played Loyola [Feb. 21],” Hinson said. “We’ve got a basketball team that
doesn’t have a lot of confidence and we’re worn down physically and mentally. Our biggest opponent right now is between our ears and with the rest of our bodies. So we’re trying to get that corrected before friday’s game.” Illinois State, last year’s MVC champions, finished third despite losing four of its top-five scorers prior to starting this season. The Redbirds went 10-8 in MVC play and were led by redshirt junior forward Milik Yarbrough, who averaged 17 ppg during the regular season after transferring from Saint Louis University, earning him MVC Newcomer of the Year ac-
colades. Junior forward Phil Fayne was also a key contributor for Illinois State, averaging 15.3 ppg this season en route to a second team All-MVC nod. The Salukis are scheduled to open Arch Madness March 2 at 2:30 p.m. against the winner of the No. 7 Missouri State vs. No. 10 Valparaiso University game, which is scheduled for March 1 at 8:30 p.m. The Redbirds are scheduled to take on No. 6 Indiana State University March 2 at 8:30 p.m.
Sr. Jean has faith in NCAA berth
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For 24 years, Sister Jean’s pregame prayer with the players has included strategies to win and scouting reports on the opposing team.
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Sister Jean, campus celebrity and 98-year-old chaplain of the men’s basketball team, has a relationship with the Loyola men’s basketball program which dates back decades. Teaching at Mundelein College in 1963, the Catholic, all-women’s school that neighbored and would later merge with Loyola, she watched on television as the Ramblers won the National Championship over Cincinnati 60-58 in overtime. An avid fan even then, Sister Jean was able to witness the greatest moment in the program’s history and take part in the campus celebrations that followed. Since her start as team chaplain in 1994, she’s witnessed the team’s slow, sometimes painful development from up close. The program has only recorded five winning seasons during her tenure. But now, in Sister Jean’s 24th year as chaplain, she’s able to witness another great moment in Loyola history: the program’s reemergence. “We’ve come a long way … I’ve seen our teams improve over the years and I’ve seen our recruiting improve,” Sister Jean said. This season, the Ramblers (255, 15-3), won the Missouri Valley Conference (MVC) Regular Season Championship, making it the program’s first regular season conference title since it won the Horizon
League in 1985. Now, the team heads to St. Louis as the No. 1 seed for the MVC Conference tournament, seeking its first NCAA tournament berth in 35 years. Not many people have invested more time into the program or are more excited about the team’s success this season than Sister Jean. As chaplain, she assists the team in a variety of ways, including checking up on players, praying with them before games and offering them her own in-depth, pre-game and postgame analysis.
“Before the foul business became so watched as it has in the last couple years, I used to say ‘Elbow them but don’t let the referees see you.” SISTER JEAN Men’s basketball chaplain
“Porter gives them the [scouting report] of who we should look out for and everything and I kind of repeat that, not from Porter. I look it up myself,” Sister Jean said. “Everybody, even the fellas who sit on the bench, get an email from me.” In the emails, Sister Jean offers encouragement and tells each player how they could improve and what
they did well in the previous game. A basketball connoisseur, she intently watches every home game from the stands of Gentile Arena. When the team is away, she either watches them on TV or play-by-play. Earlier this season, Sister Jean suffered a broken hip bone and femur that caused her to miss nine home games, but she still remained close to her Ramblers, offering as much help as she could from afar. “When I was in the hospital and in rehab … I could only send them one [email] because it was too much for me … on my iPad to be putting their individual notes,” Sister Jean said. Her scouting reports are indicative of a competitive spirit she brings to the job some might not expect from a 5-foot nun. “I pray with them before every game and my prayer is not the same that I say to the fans because I say that ‘we really want to beat the team’ and, before the foul business became so watched as it has in the last couple years, I used to say ‘elbow them but don’t let the referees see you,’” Sister Jean said. She said she wants a conference tournament title and NCAA berth for the team badly because she knows how much it would mean for Loyola. “If we get [a tournament berth], we’re going to be so much more in the limelight of Chicago because now we’re on the TV all the time and people are going to respect us more,” Sister Jean said. “I think we’ll get more students if we — when we — get this’” First and foremost, Sister Jean
wants the accomplishment for the players she’s worked so closely with. Coming into this season, she knew the team was special. She said she loves its unselfish play and commitment to one another, traits she credits to the mentorship of head coach Porter Moser. “This is a team with such great unity and sharing and they don’t care really, the way I look at it, who makes the basket as long as the basket is made,” Sister Jean said. “They just seemed to come together right away, and I know [Moser] had a lot to do with that.”
“I’m predicting that we’ll win it, I know we can, absolutely. I told the guys, ‘You gotta be like the Little Engine that said I could...” SISTER JEAN Men’s basketball chaplain
Going into the MVC tournament this weekend, Sister Jean’s scouting report firmly foresees the Ramblers capturing the title and punching a ticket to the big dance. “I’m predicting that we’ll win it, I know we can, absolutely. I told the guys, ‘You gotta be like the Little Engine that said I could, I could, I could,’” Sister Jean said. After Sister Jean watched the Ramblers win the NCAA Championship 55 years ago, she’s a main part of the engine that’s making history again for the men’s basketball program.
FEBRUARY 28, 2018
Students take notice of Ramblers success KYLE BROWN firstname.lastname@example.org
As the final buzzer sounded in Loyola’s 68-61 victory over Illinois State, Gentile Arena fans gave the Ramblers a standing ovation. The game further separated Loyola from the rest of the Missouri Valley Conference (MVC) and marked the first time Gentile Arena has sold out since 2003. The 4,963 people who showed up for
the last home game of the year was a dramatic increase from the previous high of 3,592 earlier in the season against Missouri State University. Loyola having its best season in 33 years played a large part in increased attendance, but another key factor is the growth of The Pack, Loyola’s official student section. The Pack is led by Marty Breslin, a junior doublemajoring in finance and sport management, who also interns in the athletics department. “We thought this year The Pack’s main objective would be to get people to the game,” Breslin said. “But, we realized like half way through t h e
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Senior Donte Ingram pumping up the sold out crowd at the end of the 68-61 win over Illinois State University Feb. 24.
year that people were going to come [and] we were going to get all of these students there and now it was about keeping them engaged and making them as loud as possible.” Wi t h steady grow-
Watson found ‘right guy’ for Ramblers rebuild
ing attendance, Breslin said The Pack was able to shift its focus from drawing fans into the stadium to making more noise and energy during the game. One of the ways it went about this was the creation of the “Rambler Rules,” which are five “rules” for students to follow to keep them engaged all game while also creating a rowdy environment for the visiting team. The rules include being as loud as possible, not sitting down during the game and yelling “You let the whole team down,” whenever an opponent misses a free throw. The combination of the Ramblers’ success and the increased energy at the games has created a buzz around campus; this year has been special and students are taking notice. Marisa Dickens, a sophomore dance and film major, said she’s attended a few
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Athletics director Steve Watson has ended conference championship droughts in his jobs at St. Bonaventure University and now at Loyola.
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When Loyola athletics director Steve Watson arrived on campus in 2015, Loyola was two years into its transition into the Missouri Valley Conference (MVC) and it had been decades since the men’s basketball team had seen much success. Three years later, the men’s basketball team is the MVC regular season champion and has its best record in more than 30 years. Watson said he’s proud of how the Ramblers have played this year and of how the student body presence has grown at games. The final home game of the season Feb. 24 against Illinois State University filled all 4,963 seats in Gentile Arena. The sell-out for the game against the Redbirds surprised people all around campus. Loyola’s admissions office was holding an event for admitted students and had originally requested 500 tickets to the game and asked for more the week prior, but the athletics department had to say no, according to Watson. “It’s a great problem to have, trying to figure out how to wedge more people in there,” Watson said. The admissions office wasn’t the only group on campus competing to get inside, as for the first time since Gentile Arena’s renovation in 2011, the number of students allowed into the game had to be capped. The student support this season has been an important part of the team’s success this year, according to Watson.
“[The students] have been so good this year,” Watson said. “The way they’ve come out and supported it this year has been unbelievable. It’s been unreal. It’s been great.” The increase in student involvement with the men’s basketball team has a variety of causes, according to Watson. “It’s a combination of things, winning obviously plays a huge part of it,” Watson said. “I think the fact that our guys are the way they are and play the way they play makes it fun to watch. They’re not a bunch of jerks walking around campus, thinking they’re cooler than everyone else. [Head coach] Porter [Moser] does an amazing job before the games, during the games and after the games. He’s so appreciative of everything and he works so hard and does everything he can to get people to come to the games.” The attendance numbers aren’t just because of what happens on the court, but also what happens on the third floor of the Norville Intercollegiate Athletic Center in the athletics offices. “I think moving the student section has been a huge success,” Watson said. “I think the students love sitting over there. Our marketing people are doing everything they can as well. The giveaways have all been home runs and the promotions have been real popular with the students. It’s like it’s a perfect storm.” This season Loyola has given away hats, scarves and Chick-Fil-A at men’s basketball games. Watson has overseen the athlet-
ics department’s social media overhaul and communications strategies and plans for a new practice facility, in addition to the increase in the student body’s attendance at men’s basketball games. At his previous job as athletics director of St. Bonaventure University, the men’s basketball team made the NCAA tournament for the first time in 12 years and won its first Atlantic-10 Conference championship. Watson understands there are parallels between his two jobs, but the reason the men’s basketball teams at both schools have thrived is because of finding the right guy to lead the team, according to Watson. “It’s all about the leadership. You’ve got to have the right coach. The head coach is the key piece,” Watson said. “I’ve said it a million times, [Moser’s] the perfect fit. With his background, his enthusiasm and his passion, he’s the perfect fit for Loyola. We had the same thing at St. Bonaventure, it’s the right guy for the job. That’s what makes it all go. My job is to get out of the way and support.” When Watson arrived on campus, Moser was two years into adjusting his team to the higher level of competition in the MVC. Moser and Watson spent a lot of time talking about how it’s a process that takes time and they have to build a team the right way, according to Watson. “When he got here it was a rebuild, but it was a Horizon League rebuild, and then all of a sudden we’re in the [MVC]. So you really have to press reset again and start
over because we’re playing at a higher level,” Watson said. “We talked a lot about patience and doing it the right way. We’re not in a hurry, we’re committed to the long term. We aren’t making decisions for tomorrow, we’re making decisions for years down the road. We were on the same page with how he was going to build a program.” The Ramblers were picked to finish third in the MVC preseason poll, behind Missouri State University and University of Northern Iowa (UNI). With the regular season finished, Missouri State is in seventh and UNI is in ninth. The Ramblers weren’t underestimated this year, though, according to Watson; the team has just clicked at the right time. “I think we were probably picked where we should have been picked,” Watson said. “We’ve got a lot of new faces out there who are just playing at a really high level. When a team meshes the way it does, that doesn’t always happen. We’ve got guys who have sacrificed in a really big way.” This season is just one in what Watson said he hopes is the start of a new MVC powerhouse, such as Wichita State University or Creighton University — two schools who became perennial NCAA tournament teams in the MVC. “That’s the goal,” Watson said.
games this season. “There has been a lot more participation in the game,” Dickens said. “I performed a dance piece at halftime of one of the games and there were a lot of fans which was cool.” One way Loyola and The Pack have been able to build up student attendance and involvement is by creating unique opportunities for student participation within the game such as launching fake burritos for a Chipotle gift card, displaying unique talents such as the dance Dickens performed and shooting baskets in hopes of winning free books for a semester. Students are aware of the impact this season is having on Loyola as a whole. “It says that we have a lot of diverse different groups that can perform well and are a good representation of Loyola, not just in academics but athletics as well,” sophomore accounting major Paul Zougras said. Breslin said he’s excited about the future of The Pack. He’s set for early graduation next fall, so he won’t be as involved next season. However, he remains optimistic The Pack is in good hands and will continue to grow. “Considering where we are setting the bar, I am so excited for where we can go from here,” Breslin said. “We didn’t know what we were going to end up with. We knew we were going to have a good team, people were going to show up, but we didn’t know that they’re going to show up in this many numbers and with this passion.”
FEBRUARY 28, 2018
Loyola is on the rise — and not just on the court Henry Redman | Sports Editor firstname.lastname@example.org
The arrow is pointing up for Loyola, and not just for the the men’s basketball team, but for the school as a whole. For the past two years, Loyola has been named a top-100 university in the country by U.S. News and World Report, and by all signs has every intention of continuing to move up that list. All you have to do is look at Loyola’s list of “aspirational peers,” a list of schools Loyola wants to be compared to. Loyola’s current peers include other Jesuit schools in the midwest such as Marquette University and Creighton University. Its aspirational peers are telling about Loyola’s hopes — Case Western Reserve University, University of Notre Dame and Georgetown University are some of the schools on the list. Loyola’s goals are clear and part of achieving those goals is a successful athletics program — regardless if students like it or not. Notre Dame wouldn’t be the brand name school it is today without its football program. Georgetown wouldn’t be one of the best Jesuit schools in the country without five Final Four appearances and NCAA tournament appearances in 2010, 2011,
2012, 2013 and 2015. Loyola’s men’s basketball program is starting to find success. It just clinched its first conference regular season championship in more than 30 years and has the best chance to reach the NCAA tournament of any Missouri Valley Conference (MVC) team. The men’s team’s success comes at the same time the men’s volleyball team is No. 6 in the country and just beat the two-time defending national champions, The Ohio State University. This has matched up well with Loyola’s recent announcement it’ll build an $18.5 million practice facility for its men’s and women’s basketball and volleyball teams. Most of the money for the facility will come from a donation from Al Norville, according to school officials, but the school will foot some of the bill. Some students don’t like this decision and expressed their views with a protest during the men’s basketball team’s final home game of the season Feb. 24. Loyola knows success in athletics goes hand-in-hand with success as an institution. The men’s team’s good season this year means better recruits will decide to play for head coach Porter Moser. A brand new practice facility means Moser will be able to sell the school’s commitment and belief in its athletics programs. Better recruits and better teams mean the Ramblers have a better chance at making the NCAA tournament and there’s no better advertising for a school than an appearance in one of the greatest sporting spectacles this country has. March Madness averaged 10.4 million viewers per game in 2017. That’s 10.4 million people who might have never heard of your school before, and a portion of them are high school students and their parents who will soon have to decide where to go to college.
In 2013, Florida Gulf Coast University made a wild run to the Sweet Sixteen. The following year, the school saw a 27.5 percent increase in applications. After former MVC team Wichita State University reached the Final Four in 2013, the school had a 30 percent increase in applications. Loyola has been trying to grow, with year after year of record-setting freshman classes, and the NCAA tournament bump in applications would help them continue this trend. When Butler University made the final four in 2010 and 2011, applications increased 40 percent and, according to The Washington Post, the national TV appearances and media buzz were worth $1 billion to the university. Trust me when I say Loyola saw what happened to Butler and took it to heart. Butler is a small, Christian school in the Midwest and now, because of basketball, it’s one of the most recognizable mid-majors in the country. Loyola is putting its eggs into a lot of baskets, and one of those baskets happens to be athletics. The investment will only help the school in the future. It might be fair to say Loyola has other causes it could be spending its money on. Maybe the school should pay adjunct professors more and maybe it needs to build a new dorm to fix its housing crisis, but investing in athletics will continue to bring Loyola closer to its aspirational peers. For current students, you might not think Loyola becoming a better school in the future doesn’t help you because you already received your education, but future employers won’t connect the time you went to school with when Loyola became a top-tier institution. All employers will know is Loyola is a great school and believe you got a toptier education. Loyola becoming better in the future benefits us all and it can’t get better without athletics.
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Ben Richardson and Donte Ingram won 82 games over four seasons at Loyola.
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Fresh off its first season in the Missouri Valley Conference (MVC) in the 2013-14 season, the Loyola men’s basketball team welcomed Chicago-native Donte Ingram and Overland Park, Kansas-native Ben Richardson to the program. The Ramblers had just finished 4-14 in MVC play and the first-year duo was looking to jumpstart a program that had just three winning seasons in 30 years prior to joining the MVC. The 2014-15 team won the College Basketball Invitational (CBI) and ended with a 24-13 overall record. But, for Ingram and Richardson, it was just the beginning of two programaltering careers. Four years later, after Loyola went 25-5 overall and 15-3 in MVC play, Ingram and Richardson will graduate having won the fourth-most games over four years in program history. Loyola has won 82 games since Richardson and Ingram’s first year, which is the most since the class of 1985 won 83 games over four years. After former guard Milton Doyle became the first Chicago Public League player to wear a Loyola uniform since 2004, Ingram followed suit. Doyle graduated from Chicago’s Marshall High School, while Ingram graduated from Chicago’s Simeon High School, which has produced NBA products such as former Chicago Bulls player Derrick Rose and current Milwaukee Bucks star Jabari Parker. While at Loyola, Ingram developed into one of the most prolific scorers on the team and earned third
team All-MVC honors in 2017 and earned second team All-MVC honors in 2018. Although Ingram stayed close to home, Richardson graduated from Blue Valley Northwest High School in Overland Park, Kansas. While there, he won two state titles alongside his best friend and current teammate Clayton Custer. He was known as a great defender and continued to be a force while at Loyola. While his defensive numbers weren’t mind-blowing — he averaged just 5.9 ppg over four seasons — he was named 2018 MVC Defensive Player of the Year. The impact Ingram and Richardson have had has already positively affected the program. Over the years, they have developed leadership skills which have helped the team win its first MVC title this season. Without their contributions on and off the court, the transition to the MVC would have been even harder for Loyola. Without Ingram and Richardson, I’m not sure how the Loyola rebuild would have shaped out. Who knows if Clayton Custer would have wound up playing in Gentile Arena, or if Moser would have landed three Chicago-area first-years this year? When I first started on the men’s basketball beat last year, Richardson and Ingram were my first interviews. The team was coming off a 15-17 season and was looking to rebound from a loss to Wichita State University in the final minutes of the Arch Madness quarterfinals. I was just a little first-year born and raised in Illinois State University territory, so at the time, I didn’t quite realize I was talking to two key players in Loyola’s rebuild. With the program now shaping up to be a perennial MVC contender, there’s no doubt Ingram and Richardson will get at least some credit for helping the team get to this point. There’s a reason the student section was chanting “thank you, seniors” during the final regular season game against Illinois State Feb. 24. This season wouldn’t have been possible without them. I wish nothing but the best to Ingram and Richardson in their future plans. I look forward to, once again, covering the team at Arch Madness this year and seeing how the program moves on without them next year.