August 21, 2019
Back-to-School Issue 2019
A Century of Sister Jean Loyola’s beloved basketball chaplain and campus celebrity passes a milestone birthday this year, but the 100-year-old nun is hanging on to her youth. MARY CHAPPELL NICK SCHULTZ email@example.com firstname.lastname@example.org
Sister Jean Dolores-Schmidt, BVM, said eating well, sleeping well and praying well have helped her lead a long life — but it’s almost like it’s in her blood. “My dad’s family … they all lived to be about 95,” she told The Phoenix in her Damen Student Center office. “When I got to 95, I thought, ‘Well, maybe I’ll do more than that.’” She certainly did — the self-proclaimed “international sensation” celebrates her 100th birthday Aug. 21.
pervisor and dean. The many years she’s spent around college students has helped push her to the century mark, she said. She said she enjoys seeing students in her office in Damen, which is full of pictures of Loyola students and faculty members on the wall. She also has two bobbleheads on a shelf — her bobblehead from the Final Four and another one of Cardinal Blase Cupich, the head of the Archdiocese of Chicago. “I want to live just as much as I can,” she said. “I want to be with students and listen to their stories. I keep my door open all the time so they can come in. … I want to make myself available.” Sister Jean 6
A fixture on campus Sister Jean rose to international fame in March 2018 as chaplain of the Loyola men’s basketball team during its Cinderella run to the NCAA Tournament Final Four. Also a former academic advisor and chaplain of several residence halls on campus, she’s been a fixture at Loyola since 1991 when it merged with Mundelein College — an all-girls school run by the Sisters of Charity of the Blessed Virgin Mary (BVM), an order of Catholic nuns based out of Dubuque, Iowa. In her 30 years at Mundelein, she was an education professor, student teacher su-
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Rogers Park sees violent summer MADISON SAVEDRA email@example.com
Since the 2018-2019 academic year ended in early May, The Phoenix has reported multiple instances of gun violence, assault, robbery and other accidents in Rogers Park, following a trend of an increase in the amount of violent crimes in the summer months. Compared to the other seasons of the year, the summer months — May through September — typically have an increased level of violent crime, according to a 2017 study done by researchers at Drexel University. The researchers found crime rates were also higher on the hottest days of those months. Dr. Leah Schinasi — one of the researchers — said the correlation between warm weather and higher crime could be explained by social behavior and the idea that when it’s warmer and more comfortable outside, there are more people outside. This can then allow for more opportunities for crime, she said. VIOLENCE 3
Women’s soccer looks to build off NCAA tournament appearance LU CALZADA firstname.lastname@example.org
Coming off a Missouri Valley Conference (MVC) Championship and its first NCAA Tournament appearance in 11 years, the Loyola women’s soccer team is hoping to make it happen again. The Ramblers topped the preseason poll last season and didn’t disappoint in the MVC Tournament, beating Illinois State University and Drake University last November to win their first MVC title in program history. Loyola is the preseason favorite for the second year in a row, but head coach Barry Bimbi said he isn’t paying it much mind. “Our goals and expectations for the season were set before the poll came out,” Bimbi said. “[They] weren’t dependent on the preseason poll.” This year, Bimbi said the team has taken its objectives a step further from last year, shifting its focus from simply making the NCAA Tournament to winning a game during the tournament. Last year, the Ramblers fell to Florida State University in the first round. Now that Jenna Szczesny and Madison Kimball graduated, the Ramblers are without two of their top players from last season. Szczesny was the first play-
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After making it to the NCAA Tournament for the first time in 11 years and losing some key players to graduation, Loyola women’s soccer head coach Barry Bimbi said he doesn’t just want to make it back to the big dance. He wants to win a tournament game.
er in the program’s history to be MVC Player of the Year, and Kimball finished with a career high of nine goals, ranking her third in goals in the MVC. This year’s team brings in a large
group of first-years along with forward Simone Wark, a graduate student coming from the University of South Carolina. “We knew from when we first signed this class it was going to add depth to the
roster, and it’s really shown that in preseason,” Bimbi said. “The training sessions are a little crisper, they’re more competitive.” Women’s soccer 14
AUGUST 21, 2019
Welcome back to reality, Ramblers
FROM THE EDITOR’S DESK And just like that, we’re getting ready for school again, and I’m sitting in the newsroom again, scrambling to write this week’s article on deadline. After a summer studying abroad in France, I feel like I’ve been vaulted into reality at a pretty harsh speed, but I hope I’m ready to get back to it. I studied in Arles, France for six weeks and stayed with a host family who I adore. Of those six weeks, my host parents probably spent five of them trying to convince me to write my articles in French so they could follow along with me throughout the year. Unfortunately, I don’t think writing in French would serve you, our readers, very well. But because I have a space in this paper dedicated to my thoughts, I decided on a compromise — just a few short sentences in French as a tribute to the family who took me in all summer: “Bonjour ma famille d’acceuil! Vous me manquez beaucoup et j’espère que vous allez
EDITORIAL Editor-In-Chief Mary Norkol Managing Editor Emily Rosca Business Manager Nataly Bitar News Editor Mary Chappell Assistant News Editor Kayleigh Padar Assistant News Editor Madison Savedra Sports Editor Nick Schultz Assistant Sports Editor Kyle Brown Assistant Sports Editor Abby Schnable
bien. À bientôt!” Like most Loyola seniors, I’ve been thinking a lot about how the year ahead is going to go. More importantly, and more ominously, I’ve been thinking a lot about where I’m going to be and what I’m going to be doing a year from now. That being said, I don’t want to spend so much time worrying about the future that I don’t enjoy this next year. I can’t wait to get started on my final year at Loyola and as the guardian of The Phoenix. But it’s important to remember that this isn’t my paper. It belongs to the readers — it’s just my responsibility, and that of my staff, to take care of it for a little while. To welcome you back to campus, and to welcome the class of 2023 for the first time, we have a great issue. News covers the summer’s police activity in Rogers Park and details the issue of beach safety in the neighbor-
hood. Sports gears up for the fall with previews of women’s and men’s soccer and women’s volleyball. A&E provides a look into the Argyle Night Market not far from the Lake Shore Campus and Opinion Editor Adrian Nevarez encourages Loyola students to dive into the neighborhood around them. We also have a very exciting Closer Look into our very own Sister Jean’s 100th birthday. And while she hasn’t quite reached the level of stardom as Sister Jean, I also want to wish a very happy birthday to my aunt and godmother, Colleen Goodrich. She’s taught me a lot about life, family, growing up and more. But most importantly she taught me not to take myself too seriously. Happy birthday, Aunt Beef! And with that ... let’s get to work!
contents 11 Lollapalooza recapped on 35mm film
A&E Editor Mary Grace Ritter
4 Fight for beach safety 5 Equality in Loyola’s hiring process
Assistant A&E Editor Emma Sulski
8 Administration, AAUP need to eliminate middleman
Opinion Editor Adrian Nevarez
Copy Editor Sean Hemmersmeier
12 “Recursion” bends mind
Copy Editor Leen Yassine
13 A trip to Woodstock with art
14 A preview to men’s soccer
Content Manager Maddy Baltas
16 Five years of highlights
Photo Editor Alanna Demetrius
Lake Shore Campus
Video Editor Molly Gaglione
1. Aug. 14, 2019: Campus Safety reported criminal defacement to university property at the Granada Center and St. Joseph Hall.
Design Editor Larissa Paseta Web Editor Nida Hameed
2. Aug. 15, 2019: A Loyola student reported a burglary to Campus Safety. The incident occurred on the 6500 block of North Newgard Avenue.
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3. Aug. 16, 2019: Campus Safety received a report of criminal damage to a Loyola student’s vehicle. The incident on the 6400 block of North Lakewood Avenue.
4. Aug. 18, 2019: Campus Safety arrested a Loyola student for battery committed against another student at Baumhart. 5. Aug. 19, 2019: Campus Safety received a burglary report which occurred on the 6300 block of Winthrop Avenue.
AUGUST 21, 2019
Activists say water safety improvements are ‘never fast enough’ Courtesy of 49th Ward
49th Ward alderwoman Maria Hadden teamed up with first responders and water safety organizations to teach Rogers Park residents about beach safety and the dangers of Lake Michigan.
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Multiple drownings in Lake Michigan across the city in the past year have have led to a water safety movement calling for better water safety signs, more community education and an increased lifeguard presence. Rogers Park and the city as a whole have made changes to waterfront safety since last summer, including introducing new educational programs and putting up a red flag when lifeguards aren’t on duty, according to Halle Quezada, a Chicago Public Schools teacher and founder of the organization Chicago Alliance for Waterfront Safety (CAWS). Last summer, 13-year-old Darihanne Torres died after being caught in a rip current at Loyola Beach. The incident sparked a larger conversation about waterfront safety in Rogers Park, The Phoenix reported. Quezada said she was on the beach the night Torres drowned and started CAWS to increase public knowledge about dangerous water
conditions and how people can help in drowning situations. “Looking in hindsight, there was so much we could have done before that moment if we just knew,” Quezada said. “We just didn’t know. I’m not comfortable being in that position again. I’m not comfortable with losing another life. … Since I’m not comfortable with that, I have to make sure I’m working to change it.” Joe Moore, alderman of the 49th Ward when Torres died, created the Lakefront Safety Task Force after her death — which included CAWS and other water safety organizations — in order to generate ideas on how to make the water safer. At the beginning of this summer, Moore’s task force presented 13 recommendations to the city of Chicago to make Lake Michigan safer. Maria Hadden, the current alderwoman of the 49th ward — which covers Rogers Park — said her office is working to implement these recommendations. She said they’re starting by equipping beaches with rescue devices, which weren’t previously present on any Rogers Park beaches.
Two bodies were pulled from Lake Michigan this summer, including a 56-year-old man at East Lake Terrace Beach July 2 and a 64-yearold man named Croslene Kettle at West Pratt Boulevard June 25, The Phoenix reported. It’s unclear if they drowned, as the causes of death are still pending, according to Natalie Derevyanny, a spokesperson for the Medical Examiner. So far this year, 28 people have drowned in Lake Michigan, which is 87 percent more than last year, according to the Great Lakes Surf Rescue Project. Rogers Park has the highest drowning rate in Chicago, according to studies the taskforce examined. Quezada said this is partly because people live directly on the waterfront and have easier access to the lake compared to other Chicago neighborhoods. One of the recommendations the taskforce made was to have lifeguards present on beaches during daylight hours, from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Right now, lifeguards only work from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., according to the Chicago Park District.
Another recommendation was improving signs surrounding the beaches, including repainting fading signs and adding new ones with information about dangerous currents and how to contact first responders. Other suggestions include better training for first responders, increased water safety education in schools and making flotation devices available at the beach. The city has made changes to waterfront safety since last summer, such as introducing new educational programs and adjusting the current beach flag system by putting up a red flag when lifeguards aren’t on duty, Quezada said. Quezada said her organization doesn’t necessarily agree with the flag change because internationally, the red flag means dangerous conditions, so using a red flag to indicate something else might confuse people. In addition to city-wide changes, CAWS partnered with Hadden and other groups involved in water safety — such as the fire and police departments — to host educational events in Rogers Park where residents can learn
different skills. About 30 Rogers Park residents met July 29 to learn about different water safety tips at an event on the beach organized by Hadden, first responders and multiple water safety non-profit organizations. They learned about what to do if they feel unsafe in the water or see someone else in distress. They also learned how to best watch children in the water and where to find inexpensive swim lessons, according to Hadden. Attendees were able to practice using life rings and perform CPR. “Not everything is common sense,” Hadden said. “A lot of people enjoy the lake and we’re in such close proximity to it, we can become really comfortable with it and sometimes forget about some of the dangers.” Although some changes have been made, Quezada said she still feels that more could be done. “As long as people are dying, it’s never enough and it’s never fast enough,” Quezada said. “I’m glad that there are changes but our work isn’t done yet.”
VIOLENCE: Nobody charged after 7 shootings this summer continued from page 1 An analysis in police crime data by The Chicago Tribune in 2017 found this trend in Chicago. By looking at daily crime and average daily temperatures, The Tribune found crimes such as battery — which includes shootings and assaults — and theft rise with temperature increases. Six people injured and two killed in shootings between May and August After a violent summer of seven shootings in Rogers Park, nobody has been charged with any of the crimes, according to Chicago Police Department (CPD) News Affairs Officer Jessica Alvarez. All the incidents are still open and under investigation, except the shooting at the 1600 block of West Jonquil Terrace, which has been suspended due to uncooperation from the victim, Alvarez said. A 25-year-old man was shot in his upper arm May 30 while at Loyola Park — about a mile from Loyola’s Lake Shore Campus — but was listed in stable condition after being transported to Presence Saint Francis Hospital in Evanston. Two days later, early in the morn-
ing of June 1, a 53-year-old woman was shot in her torso outside a building at the 1600 block of West Jonquil Terrace — 1.6 miles from Lake Shore Campus. Police told The Phoenix she was taken to Saint Francis Hospital in stable condition. Two teenagers were shot on the evening of June 25 at the 7300 block of North Rogers Avenue — 2.3 miles from Loyola’s Lake Shore Campus. One victim, a 17-year-old boy, was shot in the right leg, and the other — a 15-year-old boy — was shot in the right ankle. Both boys transported themselves to Saint Francis Hospital in good condition. Two days later, on June 27, another teenager was shot. The 17-year-old boy was shot in the torso while standing on the sidewalk on the 6900 block of North Glenwood Avenue — about one mile from Loyola’s Lake Shore Campus — in the middle of the afternoon. He was pronounced dead at Saint Francis Hospital, police said. A 42-year-old man died on July 1 after being shot in the leg, abdomen and lower backside while standing outside at the 7500 block of North Rogers Avenue — 1.4 miles from Loyola’s Lake Shore Campus — at approximately 9:17 p.m., according to CPD. He was pronounced dead the following morning at Saint Francis Hospital.
Nearly a month later, early in the morning on Aug. 3, a 25-year-old man was riding his bike at the 6900 block of North Ashland Boulevard — about a mile from Loyola’s Lake Shore Campus — when someone inside a passing car shot him in the leg. He was in stable condition after being taken to Saint Francis Hospital. On the night of Aug. 9, a 40-yearold man was approached at the 7500 block of North Paulina Avenue — 2.2 miles from Loyola’s Lake Shore Campus — by two unknown men who said they were going to rob him. The victim ran away, but was shot in the hand. He was in good condition after being taken to North Shore University Hospital in Evanston, police said. Violence at the CTA
A woman was attacked and sexually assaulted after a man followed her home from the Morse Red Line stop — one stop away from Loyola’s Lake Shore Campus — early in the morning July 9. Police have since found and charged the alleged perpetrator. Early in the morning July 30, a man was stabbed in the chest by an unknown person outside the Howard Red Line stop. The 54-year-old then boarded a southbound train, and was found on the train at the Morse stop in
critical condition. He was then taken to Saint Francis Hospital. Outside the Loyola Red Line stop on the evening of Aug. 7, a 60-year-old woman was beaten and robbed by an unknown person. No one has been arrested in regards to the stabbing attack or robbery, according to CPD. String of strong armed robberies
There were three violent robberies in Rogers Park — each a few miles away from the Lake Shore Campus — from June 12 to 16, in which the same group of young men beat and robbed the victims. The first occurred the evening of June 12 at the 7600 block of North Bosworth Avenue, and the second happened only hours later at the 1800 block of West Birchwood Avenue. The third, on the early morning of June 16, took place at the 2000 block of West Fargo Avenue. No one has been arrested for these robberies, according to CPD. Fatal car crash on campus A 24-year-old man died July 8 after crashing into the Loyola University Chicago sign near the Sullivan
Center on Loyola’s Lake Shore Campus, The Phoenix reported. He hit the curb while driving his car at a very high speed, causing him to collide with the sign. The car was extremely damaged due to the crash, and caught fire, police said. The man was taken to Northwestern Memorial Hospital where he was pronounced dead. Deaths in Lake Michigan Two Rogers Park residents were pulled out of Lake Michigan this summer. The first occurred on the morning of June 25, when a 64-year-old man was found unresponsive in the water at the 1000 block of West Pratt Boulevard, and was pulled onto shore by witnesses. He was taken to Saint Francis Hospital where he was pronounced dead. A 56-year-old man was then found dead in the water on the afternoon of July 2 — at the 7700 block of North Eastlake Terrace — after being pulled ashore by Chicago Park District lifeguards. In the wake of these deaths and more, Rogers Park and Chicago activists are calling for better water safety education, The Phoenix reported.
AUGUST 21, 2019
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Adam Driks, a professor in Loyola’s Department of Microbiology and Immunology in the Stritch School of Medicine, died June 6 from an immune system disease. Driks is remembered by his family and the Loyola community not only as an accomplished scholar and scientist, but a “hysterical” guy with never-ending curiosity. Before Driks came to Loyola in 1995 he recieved his doctorate from Brandeis University and completed his post-doctoral training at Harvard University, according to an email sent to the Loyola community by Campus Ministry. According to Driks’ wife of 40 years, Jean Greenberg, his love for biology started as a young child. Greenberg shared part of an autobiography assignment Driks wrote about himself in 1995 with
The Phoenix. “My parents tell me that my interest in biomedical research started around the age of four,” Driks wrote. “I would spend long periods of time … reading anything that dealt with biology, including my father’s books on anatomy for artists, medical journals that he occasionally brought home from the printing shop where he worked.” Greenberg said his research in microbiology was only one example of the countless things in which he invested his time and curiosity. “Adam was a very unusual man,” Greenberg said. “He had a huge curiosity about many things, not just science. He had an intense interest in philosophy, in Buddhism and in all kinds of science that he didn’t actually study.” Alan Wolfe, another professor in the Department of Microbiology and Immunology, helped show Driks around Chicago when he started and worked alongside him at the universi-
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Collegues of Adam Driks, a professor at the Stritch School of Medicine, remembered him as someone hilarious who could always make them laugh.
ty until his death. “I couldn’t leave my office without passing by his in the evening, so there were plenty of times where I would end up spending an extra hour hanging out talking about all sorts of different things with him,” Wolfe said. “It usually wasn’t about science actually, it was about students, space aliens — you name it.” Wolfe praised Driks’ scholarship, but above all his hilarity. “He was an extremely funny man,” Wolfe said. “He could take any topic you gave him no matter how mundane, and he would go off on a riff. He’d have us all in stitches.” Wolfe and Ed Campbell, another professor in Loyola’s Department of Microbiology and Immunology, both recalled times when they had to sort through graduate school applications for hours on end with Driks — a typically dull task. However, by the time the stack of applications was sorted through, Driks would have them all laughing. Campbell said Driks had a talent for mentoring and changing his mentoring style depending on the situation. “He could be very direct without being upsetting, but he also had approaches where the mentee was completely unaware they had been mentored until well after the fact,” Campbell said in an email to The Phoenix. “He used the latter on me to great effect and I will be forever grateful.” Greenberg said Driks had a talent for listening, and was her go-to for anything she was dealing with. “If I was ever trying to work out how to think through a problem, he was the guy you could really get him to listen and question you deeply about different angles,” Greenberg said. Campbell said Driks could even
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Adam Driks, a professor in Loyola's department of Microbiology and Immunology, died in June due to an immune system disease.
make arguing with him an enjoyable experience, knowing that whatever he would say next would provide some perspective he hadn’t considered before. “I have never met anyone I enjoyed arguing or disagreeing with more than Adam,” Campbell said in an email to The Phoenix.” “His ability to have a brilliant discourse was so appealing, I often did it on purpose. … I just wanted to hear what he was going to say next, except insight and brilliance were his medium, rather than crudeness.” Wolfe said Driks had mastered knowing when to be serious and when to crack a joke. “He managed to figure out when he was supposed to be serious and when he could be really goofy, and he did that really well. We are all going to
miss that,” Wolfe said. Some of Driks’ most serious work occurred outside the walls of Loyola as one of academia’s leading experts on anthrax, a type of bacteria that can be used as a biological weapon. “A lot of the work he did was behind closed doors, but it was very, very impactful,” Wolfe said. Wolfe said Driks will continue to have an impact on his life while he continues his work at Loyola. “He’s a real scholar, and that scholarship prevailed everything and it affected his colleagues and students around him in ways that people aren’t even aware,” Wolfe said. “I know I channel him all the time, a lot of the things that come out of my mouth, even if I have rephrased it, the idea came from Adam, at least to some degree.”
ing to raise tuition over and over?” In her inaugural address, Rooney said she prioritizes the need for Loyola to stop relying on increased tuition to fund the university, The Phoenix reported. However, Loyola’s tuition has increased every year since 1989 and hasn’t stopped going up during Rooney’s tenure, The Phoenix reported. In its letter, the board of trustees made clear its support for Rooney and her leadership at the university. The board praised Rooney’s “prudent economic approach,” in the letter. “The fiscally conservative approach helps to ensure our University is better positioned to succeed in the face of increasing challenges in higher education, which have caused other institutions to take such drastic actions as significant salary and benefit cuts and the elimination of hundreds of faculty and staff positions,” the board’s response letter said. The board also said the “prudent economic approach” has made room for Loyola’s new Parkinson School of Health Science and Public Health as well as merit-based and need-based scholarships and improved facilities throughout the campuses. The AAUP also mentioned Rooney’s governing style in its letter, saying she didn’t take much consultation from faculty in making decisions for the university, especially before moving forward with a one-provost model — meaning one provost will oversee all of Loyola’s campuses. The one-provost model came after Loyola’s unsuccessful year-long search for an academic provost. Without a permanent provost, the AAUP said Loyola is lacking academic leadership. “Three years into President Rooney’s tenure in office, we still have only an interim provost and thus no real university-wide academic leadership,” the letter said. Caughie said she felt the decision to
choose a one-provost model was made entirely by Rooney, without any faculty input. “Deans were not involved, department chairs were not involved, faculty were not involved,” Caughie said. “We feel this is disastrous for a university because even if there are differences, you want to be heard.” Caughie said the new provost search doesn’t include any input from faculty and students other than those on a designated committee. “We really are concerned about what’s going on with the provost search and if this model is going to work,” Caughie said. In its response letter, the board said it supports Rooney’s “One Loyola” single provost model. “Recruitment of an outstanding provost who is a strong academic leader, and the addition of a Vice President of Advancement, are the highest priority for the Board as we continue to implement One Loyola,” the letter said. In its letter, the AAUP noted Rooney has met with the chapter more than past university presidents, but it still sees a need for change. “The Board should understand that there is no personal animus with Rooney; in fact, she has spent more time meeting with the faculty council and the AAUP leadership than other presidents have in the past,” the letter said. “Yet to many faculty, chairs and deans as well, the points above add to a disturbing picture of a university leadership that is out of touch with the experience of teaching and learning on our campuses and is ill-equipped to lead us forward.” The board defended Rooney’s time as president, citing Loyola’s three-year streak of record first-year class sizes, “all-time high levels in one-year retention rates” and Loyola’s 89th rank in U.S News and World Report’s ranking of national universities.
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Loyola’s chapter of the American Association of University Professors (AAUP) called for an “intervention” with Loyola President Jo Ann Rooney, portraying her as “out of touch” with the experiences of Loyola faculty and students and “ill-equipped” to lead the university forward in a recent letter to Loyola’s Board of Trustees. The letter, which represents around 200 faculty members, laid out concerns regarding Rooney’s governing style and financial decisions which led to the elimination of programs such as the English Language Learning Program (ELLP) and large-scale changes to the Loyola University Museum of Art (LUMA). The AAUP also mentioned the two recent academic strikes — graduate workers and non-tenured track professors — Rooney’s publicized media policy, the severance of the Beijing Center and decreased participation in studies at the John Felice Rome Center as points of concern. However, the board of trustees’
June 7 response letter to the AAUP — given to The Phoenix by Loyola spokesperson Evangeline Politis — didn’t specifically address any of these concerns. Politis told The Phoenix the board’s letter is the university’s only response at this time. Rooney couldn’t be reached for comment after multiple requests from The Phoenix. Loyola professors Rhys Williams, president of Loyola’s AAUP chapter, and Pamela Caughie, AAUP’s appeals advocate, co-wrote the letter on behalf of the organization. Caughie said she hopes the “intervention” will increase communication between the president and faculty, and promote increased fundraising for the university. The association has over 200 chapters at universities nationwide and aims to promote academic freedom, shared governance, uphold professional values and to promote the economic security of faculty members, according to its mission statement. The letter said the group wanted to give Rooney two years to assess the university’s needs and make plans to improve, but as Rooney finished her
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The AAUP’s letter outlined concerns with Rooney’s governance at Loyola.
third year as president, the AAUP said it isn’t satisfied with her progress so far. “Unfortunately, Dr. Rooney is just finishing her third year as president, and the ‘austerity’ budget cuts being implemented — however financially necessary they may be — also point to her failure in her fiduciary responsibilities,” the letter, obtained by The Phoenix, said. Loyola ended its ELLP earlier this year with no apparent replacement for students enrolled at Loyola who seek to learn English, The Phoenix reported. The administration also decided to close LUMA to the public this past year after changing the museum’s purpose due to the amount of money it was losing, The Phoenix reported. The chapter also referenced what it views as a lack of fundraising following the Loyola men’s basketball Final Four run in March 2018 and ahead of the university’s 150th anniversary in 2020. While the chapter says the university did little to no fundraising for these events, it’s unclear if the university did capitalize on these things. “[The Final Four and 150th anniversary] would seem to be great opportunities to really step up annual giving with all the publicity… as far as we know there’s not much being done about that, and that’s a real concern,” Williams told The Phoenix. Fundraising and donations also can impact the cost of tuition, Williams said. Around 70 percent of the school’s budget is made up of what students pay for tuition, housing and dining, The Phoenix reported. Next year, students will see a 3.3 percent increase in their tuition, The Phoenix reported. “You can’t keep increasing tuition forever. … I think everybody at Loyola, faculty and administration is very concerned with higher tuition costs,” Williams said. “So the question is, what is the plan to try to increase advancement and annual giving to make sure that we aren’t just continu-
AUGUST 21, 2019
Jesuit high school loses Catholic identity for employing gay staff member, Loyola says it ‘wouldn’t happen here’ KAYLEIGH PADAR firstname.lastname@example.org
A Jesuit high school in Indiana that employs an LGBTQ teacher is no longer being recognized by the Archdiocese of Indianapolis as a Catholic school, raising questions about the independence of Loyola and other Jesuit schools. Two years ago, a teacher at Brebeuf Jesuit Preparatory School in Indianapolis married someone of the same sex. The Archdiocese of Indianapolis asked the school not to renew the teacher’s contract, according to an online statement from Provincial Brian Paulson, S.J., one of the leaders of The Midwest Society of Jesuits, which sponsors Brebeuf Jesuit. Brebeuf decided not to remove the teacher, which caused the Archdiocese of Indianapolis — led by Archbishop Charles Thompson — to stop formally recognizing the school as Catholic, according to a Catholic legislative act issued June 21. Although the school won’t be formally recognized, Jesuit priests will still be allowed to serve in leadership positions and host mass, according to Paulson’s statement. At Loyola, faculty is hired without regard to sexual orientation or marital status, according to its Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action and Nondiscrimination Policy, which Chief Diversity Inclusion Officer Winifred Williams referred The Phoenix to when asked for comment. “Loyola University Chicago recognizes that in order to excel as Chicago’s Jesuit, Catholic University and uphold our mission of being a diverse community seeking God in all things and working to expand knowledge in the service of humanity through learning, justice and faith,
we must continue to hire the best talent and secure the full participation and commitment of all employees,” the policy states. All employment decisions — including recruiting, hiring and terminations — are based on skills, ability, education and experience, the policy states. Evangeline Politis, a university spokesperson, said on behalf of Loyola President Jo Ann Rooney a similar situation wouldn’t occur under Loyola’s administration. “No,” Rooney said, according to Politis. “It wouldn’t happen here.” Jim Prehn, the rector of the Jesuit community at Loyola said Jesuit schools are able to make independent hiring decisions because they receive funding from a religious order, not from the archdiocese, which are regional arms of the Catholic church. “[Thompson] simply said [Brebeuf] cannot call themselves Catholic, but by virtue of being a Jesuit high school, they are Catholic,” Prehn said. “So, I think the bishop’s actions have kind of created this strange system in which there’s a school sponsored by a Roman Catholic religious order, but he won’t call it Catholic.” Prehn said Thompson’s decision was unusual and most bishops wouldn’t challenge a university on the issue. “It seems to me this was kind of a very short-sighted decision by the archbishop of Indianapolis who didn’t think through the consequences,” Prehn said. The Archdiocese of Chicago declined to comment. Frances Bartouletti, a student at Loyola and the vice president of Rainbow Connection, an LGBTQ student organization, said she doesn’t worry about a similar situation because of the school’s mission of inclusivity
and because the university wouldn’t risk getting negative press. “I know that Loyola prides itself on being incredibly inclusive,” Bartouletti said. “I also believe that the Archdiocese of Chicago prides itself on being pretty inclusive. They’d get a lot of negative publicity… I don’t know if Loyola would want to risk that. I know there are some LGBTQ faculty [at Loyola].” The junior studying education and history said she supports Brebeuf Jesuit’s decision to stand by the teacher and often worries about the impacts her queer identity could have on her future employment. “I don’t think that your identity should matter when it comes to teaching children at a base level, regardless of whether it’s a Catholic institution or a public institution,” the 20-year-old said. Thompson said in a press conference June 27 he didn’t order the employee be removed due to their sexual orientation, but because they were publicly involved in a same-sex marriage, which the Catholic church doesn’t recognize as legitimate. He said ministers of the church should be bound to live by Catholic principles. “I’m a sinner, too,” Thompson said. “I don’t have all the perfect answers… I’ve been entrusted with the care of souls in central and southern Indiana, and I’ve been entrusted to do that, and to use as my markers the teachings of the Church.” In Paulson’s statement, he said the teacher doesn’t teach religion and is a long-time valued employee. In the press conference, Thompson said he asked for the employee to be removed after the same-sex marriage had been brought to his attention, but he didn’t seek out employees to terminate.
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A similar situation wouldn’t happen on campus, according to Loyola’s president.
A statement on Brebeuf Jesuit’s website said the school decided not to remove the teacher because it wanted to remain independent in decisions about the school’s operations. It also stated following the order would harm the school’s staff. “As an institution with a mission to develop men and women for others, our intent has been to do the right thing by the people we employ while preserving our authority as an independent, Catholic Jesuit school,” the statement said. The Midwest Society of Jesuits plans to appeal the decision through the standard process according to church law, Paulson’s statement said. Brebeuf Jesuit isn’t the only Catholic school to be involved in this situation. Another Indianapolis school
in the same Archdiocese, Cathedral High School, faced a similar decision just days later but chose to fire the LGBTQ teacher in order to keep its Catholic status, according to a statement on the school’s website. In the statement, Matthew Cohoat, the chairman of the board of directors, and Rob Bridges, the president of the school, described the decision to fire the teacher — which occurred after 22 months of discussions with the Archdiocese of Indianapolis — as “agonizing.” Cathedral High School isn’t overseen by a religious order since it isn’t Jesuit. Therefore, losing its ties to the Catholic church would mean it would lose its nonprofit status and not be allowed to employ Catholic priests, according to Cathedral High School’s statement.
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A man was charged with murder after the fatal shooting of a Northwestern graduate student in Rogers Park last fall. Diante Speed, a 20-year-old from Chicago’s Portage Park neighborhood, was arrested Aug. 6 in the 200 block of West Belmont Avenue and charged with first-degree murder after he was identified as the person who fired shots at 25-year-old Shane Colombo last September, police said. Colombo, a doctoral student, was waiting at a bus stop Sept. 19 in the 7500 block of North Clark Street when he was caught in an exchange of gunfire between two men, The Phoenix reported. He was pro-
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Shane Colombo was standing at a bus stop at the 7500 block of North Clark on Sept. 19 when he was shot by Diante Speed (left) during an exchance of gunfire.
nounced dead at Presence St. Francis Hospital as a result of multiple gunshot wounds, The Phoenix reported.
Speed is being held in jail without bond and is set to appear in court again Aug. 27, police said.
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A man was arrested in Michigan and charged after allegedly sexually assaulting and robbing a woman he followed home from a CTA station last month in Rogers Park, authorities said. Borbor Sesay, 23, was taken into Chicago police custody Thursday after being extradited from the Kent County Jail in Grand Rapids, Michigan. He was charged with three felony counts of aggravated criminal sexual assault and one felony count of robbery, according to Chicago Police Department News Affairs Officer Steve Rusanov. Sesay followed a woman from the Morse Red Line station July 9 and reportedly sexually assaulted and robbed her inside her apartment building at about 1:30 a.m. in the 1300 block of West
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Borbor Sesay was charged after he alledgedly sexually assaulted and robbed a woman who he followed home from the Morse Red Line stop July 9.
Lunt Avenue, The Phoenix reported. Sesay is being held in jail with no bail, according to the Cook County
State’s Attorney. He is expected to appear in Cook County’s Criminal Court Aug. 29.
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Loyola legend Sister
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Sister Jean smiles at her 99th birthday party in the Damen Student Center.
Don’t just take her word for it, though. Janet Sisler, a Mundelein alumna and the current vice president for mission integration at Loyola, has known Sister Jean since Sisler was 18 years old. Her office is next door to Sister Jean’s, giving her a front-row seat to the students who stop by to say hello and take pictures with her neighbor on a daily basis. Whenever people stop by, Sisler said, it brightens Sister Jean’s day. “Young people fill her with hope,” Sisler said. “Young people fill her with enthusiasm, with a will to engage. She has that little spark in her eyes when she’s meeting with young people. We’ve all experienced that.” When she’s not mingling with fellow Ramblers, Sister Jean maintains her upbeat demeanor. Jane Neufeld, the vice president of student affairs at Loyola and longtime companion of Sister Jean, described her as “hilarious” and said Sister Jean was still humble after she went viral. Neufeld mentioned a time when she drove Sister Jean to get her hair done during March Madness shortly after she’d been on Good Morning America. “We drove like five blocks [and] she was talking about somebody at work whose husband wasn’t well or something,” Neufeld recalled. “I was like, ‘Sister, you were on Good Morning America this morning,’ and she was like, ‘I know. Anyway…’ It wasn’t just a day in the life, but she didn’t make a big deal out of it.” Sisler said Sister Jean sees good in all things, but often pushes those around her to be better. Sisler added one of Sister Jean’s trademark sayings, “Worship, Work, Win,” is also a life motto. “You know, ‘Worship, Work, Win,’ that’s more than just a tagline,” Sisler said. “That’s her life really summed up. ... If she sees that you could improve someplace, she’s the first person to offer that, but in the most loving way. ... She’s challenging, but also encouraging.” The Mundelein days
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Sister Jean poses for a portrait during her time at Mundelein College, 1983.
Sister Dodie Dwight, a fellow BVM, came to Mundelein in 1963 and has known Sister Jean ever since.
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Sister Dodie said she’s admired Sister Jean through the years for her “untiring energy and dedication.” As an administrator at the college, Sister Jean was often willing to step in and help whenever needed with jobs in the dorm and weekend classes, among other tasks. “She just kind of did whatever was needed in an emergency,” Sister Dodie said. “She stepped in and filled in.”
“I want to live just as much as I can ... I want to be with students and listen to their stories.” SISTER JEAN Loyola men’s basketball chaplain
Sister Dodie told stories about the turmoil existing at the college and throughout the country in the 1970s, including backlash and anti-war protests after the Kent State University shootings and civil rights issues at Mundelein. Sister Dodie said Sister Jean kept a level head when dealing with conflict at the college, including a time when the faculty at Mundelein asked to strike. Sister Jean also gave students of color a student center in Piper Hall — which is now home to Loyola’s Women and Leadership Archives — after they laid out a list of demands, Sister Dodie recalled. “She had the wisdom, she had the knowledge and she built the relationships and she was able to hold things together more than anybody else,” Sister Dodie said. “I think she was the glue because of not just her competence but her [willingness] to stand up for the truth as she saw it. She was able to make the peace and keep the peace.” Rising to ‘international’ fame
In 1994, three years after Loyola and Mundelein merged, Sister Jean joined the Ramblers’ men’s basketball team as its chaplain. Since then,
she’s been a staple at Gentile Arena, leading pregame prayers and watching every game with close attention. Sister Jean’s love for basketball has been nearly life-long. She said she played basketball growing up and used to watch basketball games at Loyola with other sisters from Mundelein. She recalled watching the 1963 men’s basketball championship game on a 11.5 inch television. When Loyola won, she remembered the men from Campion Residence Hall and the women from Mundelein’s then-Coffey Residence Hall running through the streets. “Hardly anybody had a TV in those days, but one of the sister’s brother-in-law gave us a little black and white TV,” she recalled. “... the game was delayed because of television time. It was so exciting. At the end of the game … they marched all the way down the white line of Sheridan almost to Evanston.” Her in-depth knowledge of the team was displayed in 2011, when former Saint Louis University associate head coach Porter Moser was hired at Loyola. When Moser walked into his office for the first time, there was a manila envelope with his name on it. Inside was a letter from a then91-year-old nun whom he’d never met — along with everything he needed to know about the players he was inheriting. “There was a note inside it that said, ‘Porter, I’m Sister Jean. Welcome to Loyola. I’m the chaplain. Just thought I’d give you a little report on each of your returning players,’” Moser said. “And it was basically a scouting report — it was very broad. ‘Great kid, needs to work on his shot,’ ‘Great kid, needs to get stronger.’ It was really funny, it was neat.” When the Ramblers made it to the 2018 Final Four, Sister Jean became an overnight sensation. The further Loyola advanced, the more media outlets came calling. Sister Jean’s face was everywhere — from CNN to ESPN and Access Hollywood. She said going so far in the NCAA tournament and becoming so famous was unexpected. “I never dreamed anything like this would ever happen to me in my life,” she said. “When we went to the NCAA, we were so delighted
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Sister Jean meets with a Mundelein College student at an advising appointment in the 1980s. Loyola men’s basketball head coach Porter Moser hugs Sister Jean at a basketball game, 2019.
what feeling old means’
Jean turns 100 to go. We thought that if we made it through the first bracket, we would be satisfied because we had never been on that big dance floor before.” Bill Behrns and Ryan Haley, two of Loyola’s sports information directors who handle media requests, had to keep up with the increased amount of people who wanted to interview Sister Jean. Behrns said the mania was worth it, even though he’d have to turn requests down on her behalf because “Sister [Jean] would say yes to everything.” “Sister Jean has more energy than a lot of people half her age, but you also have to remember she can’t be doing interviews 22 hours a day and sleeping two hours a day, which is honestly what it probably could’ve been during that run in March,” Behrns said. “It was that nonstop. We almost had to protect her from herself, so to speak.”
“She’s the chaplain for us all. She provides spiritual direction for so many people. So many people come to her for advice, for counsel.” JANET SISLER Loyola’s Vice President for Mission Integration
In November 2017, about four months before the Final Four, Sister Jean broke her hip and has been confined to a wheelchair ever since. During March Madness, she was wheeled around by Tom Hitcho, Loyola’s senior associate athletics director of operations. Hitcho, a former athletic trainer, built a close relationship with Sister Jean when she started as team chaplain. He’d give her advice on any medical treatment and even drive her out to Hoyne Field for soccer games before her injury. As Sister Jean became more popular, Hitcho wheeled her to more interviews. He said one of his favorite moments from the month was when she was interviewed by Coy Wire, a reporter for CNN, who told her he
was nervous about interviewing her. In true Sister Jean fashion, she provided words of comfort. “Sister [Jean] said, ‘What’s wrong? What’s the matter?’” Hitcho said. “He said, ‘Well, Sister, I’ve interviewed presidents [and] superstars throughout the world, and I’m very, very nervous.’ She said, ‘Don’t worry, I’ll help you through the interview.’” After her rise to stardom, Sister Jean has become one of the most recognizable people at Loyola — but there was a time when she wasn’t. When Steve Watson was hired as Loyola’s athletics director in 2014, he didn’t know who she was until his first athletics department staff meeting. Shortly thereafter, he said he learned how important she was through a conversation with former Loyola president Michael J. Garanzini, S.J. on the intercampus shuttle. Watson told Garanzini he was planning to meet with him to talk about how he was settling into his new role and discuss the state of the athletics department. He joked Garanzini’s response made him feel “about [an inch] big.” “I said, ‘Well, [we’re meeting] just to catch up and kind of let you know how things are going with athletics and how I’m acclimating and everything,’” Watson said. “And he said, ‘Well, if I wanted to know that, I’d just ask Sister Jean.’ It was so matterof-fact and quick … but it was kind of who she is.” ‘She just doesn’t stop.’
Despite turning 100, Neufeld said Sister Jean hasn’t slowed down. In fact, she said her milestone birthday has re-energized her in a way. “It’s so great to watch how excited she is,” Neufeld said. “I mean, she is coming to work almost every day. It’s an inspiration. She just doesn’t stop.” After Sister Jean’s hip injury, Sister Dodie brought Catholic holy communion to her apartment at The Clare and spent time with her through physical therapy. She said the way Sister Jean handled therapy is the same way she goes through life. “To hear the physical therapist say, ‘You really can stop and take a break now,’ and she would say, ‘No, I’m
fine,’ and just keep powering through things,” Sister Dodie said. “That’s a little vignette to say that’s how she lived her life. Nothing stopped her. She just powered through.” Although Sister Jean has become a household name on campus, Sisler said she hasn’t let it go to her head. She said Sister Jean says she’s no different than other BVM sisters and Loyola community members.
“Sister Jean has more energy than a lot of people half her age ... “ BILL BEHRNS Loyola assistant athletics director for communication
“A lot of people say, ‘Oh, she’s the chaplain for the basketball team,’” Sisler said. “But she’s so much more. She’s the chaplain for us all. She provides spiritual direction for so many people. So many people come to her for advice, for counsel.” When asked her thoughts on Sister Jean turning 100, Loyola President Jo Ann Rooney described it as “extraordinary,” and said the nun has unique relationships with many people around campus. She mentioned a framed prayer Sister Jean gifted her when she first started at Loyola from the late Father Pedro Arrupe, S.J. in which part of it says, “Fall in love, stay in love and it will decide everything.” In a recent university video interview with Sister Jean, Rooney said she looks at the prayer on her desk every day. As she prepares for a milestone birthday, Sister Jean said she remains upbeat and focused on being happy — which helps her maintain a youthful spirit. “I don’t really know what feeling old means,” Sister Jean said. “I’ve lived with older people, I’ve seen older people, visited them, and some of them are just so down all the time or depressed about even living. I think that has not happened to me because I’ve been with young people all the time.”
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Sister Jean looks over paperwork with other Catholic nuns wearing habits in the 1960s.
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Sister Jean poses for a photo in the 1980s during her time at Mundelein college.
The 100-year-old showed The Phoenix her new custom Loyola Nike sneakers.
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Sister Jean smiles at a Loyola men’s basketball player at a basketall game in Gentile Arena, 2019.
AUGUST 21, 2019
Adrian Nevarez The Phoenix
Direct communication is vital for university success THE PHOENIX EDITORIAL BOARD Over the summer, Loyola’s chapter of the American Association of University Professors (AAUP) penned a letter to the university’s Board of Trustees calling president Jo Ann Rooney “ill-equipped” to lead the university, resulting in a heated back-and-forth between the two parties through the pages of The Phoenix. The Board of Trustees defended Rooney in a June 7 response letter to the AAUP — obtained by The Phoenix — making clear its support for Rooney’s leadership, governing style and economic approach. In July, after The Phoenix published an article on the initial exhange, Loyola Chief Financial Officer Wayne Magdziarz submitted a letter to The Phoenix also backing Rooney. Three weeks later, Pamela Caughie, a former AAUP president who co-wrote the original AAUP letter, responded with another letter to The Phoenix. It seems the two sides are content with talking through a third party — in this case, The Phoenix. But the only way constructive change can occur is when the third party is taken out. The AAUP and the university need to understand real change can only come about through an active dialogue. The AAUP’s original letter, which was sent to Loyola’s Board of Trustees in June, contained specific reasons why the association was upset, The Phoenix reported. Some examples include two academic strikes, the media policy for which
Rooney came under fire last spring and the university’s severance from the Beijing Center.
“The AAUP and the university need to understand real change can only come about through an active dialogue.”
“Unfortunately, Dr. Rooney is just finishing her third year as president, and the ‘austerity’ budget cuts being implemented — however financially necessary they may be — also point to her failure in her fiduciary responsibilities,” the letter, obtained by The Phoenix, said. In Magzdiarz’s “Letter to the Editor” published July 9, he said “[Loyola’s] reputation has never been stronger.” Caughie responded Aug. 2 with her own “Letter to the Editor” which stated, “That reputation … was not made in three years.” It’s great both sides want to make their voices heard. However, nothing will come about if they only communicate via The Phoenix. It’s our responsibility, as always, to publish information and events at and around Loyola — but it’s not our job to be the middleman. In order to benefit students and the university as a whole, which should be both parties’ top priority, they need to have a face-to-face dis-
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cussion about how to improve the school. The basis of the AAUP’s argument aligned with some opinions expressed by The Phoenix’s editorial board in the past, specifically that Loyola is losing parts of its unique identity as a result of decisions by Rooney’s administration. We commend the AAUP for pointing out these flaws, and we believe they need to be addressed, but there’s a more mature and constructive way to do so. The AAUP took a good first step with its letter to the Board of Trustees, but it regressed when it responded to Magdziarz in the same way he responded to the AAUP: by filtering it through The Phoenix. This isn’t the first time the uni-
“In order to benefit students and the university as a whole ... they need to have a face-to-face discussion about how to improve the school.” versity has defended itself through denial instead of actual discussion resulting in actual action. Last year, during discussions about changing the university’s media policy, Rooney cited “inaccurate reporting” by The Phoenix as a reason for the policy. The policy was
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only changed after swift backlash not only from this editorial board but from criticism across the country. The administration’s handling of demonstrations in recent years by some members of Loyola’s graduate worker union also reflected its unwillingness to tackle issues head-on. It seems the only interactions with the graduate workers have been superficial at best. The tension between the AAUP and the administration is just the latest in a long string of examples of Loyola’s administration pushing
problems aside instead of listening to its personnel and working for meaningful improvement. The AAUP made a conscious effort toward change by reaching out to the Board of Trustees to voice their concern about Rooney. The university should do the same and engage directly with the AAUP. Until that happens, the two sides will be stuck in a stalemate. It’s time for both sides to step back, take a breath and make something happen. Otherwise, this impasse isn’t going to end.
AUGUST 21, 2019
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Part of going to school in Rogers Park is actually being in the city of Chicago. When all necessities are just a two minute walk away, there isn't much incentive to get out of bed — but I guarantee you that it’s worth it. Making a home requires effort, and for Loyola students that should mean being an active member of the community. With over 11,000 undergraduate students enrolled, Loyola generates a large amount of traffic through the surrounding area which feeds money to local businesses.
"Loyola students living near campus have a responsibillity as Rogers Park residents to be an active part of the communty' ADRIAN NEVAREZ Opinion Editor
Rogers Park is a neighborhood which students — as residents — need to take advantage of. Getting coffee, renting musical equipment, trying new food or just finding a new place along the lake to put your feet up and enjoy a brisk afternoon are all things you can find no more than a few blocks away from the Lake Shore campus. Too many Loyola students only travel from their room to class or the dining halls. Maybe it just
Loyola students need to explore Roger Park isn’t in their budgets to go out and spend money unnecessarily but that doesn’t mean they can’t explore Rogers Park. Finding new spaces is a key way to explore, and a change in scenery is always healthy. One way to switch it up would be to stop going to chain restaurants. Loyola is located in a very diverse community with a wide range in foods. With more chain restaurants moving into the area — Five Guys and Raising Cane's to name a couple — smaller businesses can’t compete. For example, Felice’s Kitchen was an amazing student-run pizza spot which had to close earlier this year due to slower business attributed to competing chain restaurants which opened down the street on Sheridan, The Phoenix reported. The variety of local coffee shops in Rogers Park alone is enough to get students to go out and try a new one each week. XO Marshmallow serves concoctions of s'moresflavored lattes and Metropolis is
an indie coffee shop on Granville Avenue with a European feel. Weekly excursions like this not only help with becoming familiar with the neighborhood, but they also benefit local businesses. For those who like hole-in-the-wall places, Rogers Park is full of hidden gems waiting to be discovered. Just walk down Sheridan Road and take your pick of one of the many shops lining the sidewalks. Flatts and Sharpe Music Co. as well as Nibbles and Nosh are just a couple of the many small businesses on Sheridan Road. No one has enough friends and the only way to make friends is to talk to people. This may be intimidating for people who would rather sink themselves into their phone. Being away from the hustle and bustle of Downtown allows people to make easier connections. Become a regular at the local bookshop, talk to the owner once in a while and put your phone in your pocket. Talk books with fellow readers at
Armadillo’s Pillow — on Sheridan Road — it's a cozy bookshop with a friendly staff which might appeal to students trying to get away from Cudahy Library. Always remember to be safe. Rogers Park is a gorgeous neighborhood which deserves to be explored, so get
a friend to come out with you. There is a history of students being assaulted and robbed near campus as well as series of strong armed robberies which occurred in Rogers Park this summer which The Phoenix reported on. Be aware of your surroundings and try to walk on well-lit streets or utilize campus transportation or rideshare options. People from all over the world come to attend universities here in Chicago. The opportunity and diversity which the city provides set Loyola apart from a state-funded school in the middle of Small Town USA. The problem is we have to jump on these opportunities because staying in our rooms or even just going to a fast food chain on at the outskirts of campus isn't cutting it. This is my call to action for Loyola students to explore and not just experience the community but to become a part of it. Support local business, befriend strangers, find opportunities, make Rogers Park your home.
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.Felice's Kitchen closed May 5 after being open for seven years.
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AUGUST 21, 2019
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Alternative reggae-fusion band the Dirty Heads performed tracks from its newest album “Super Moon” at Tinley Park’s Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre July 6 with 311, The Interrupters and DREAMERS.
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It may have taken 20 years of making music, but Dirty Heads frontman Jared Watson, known as Dirty J, has made an album he’s satisfied with from beginning to end in “Super Moon,” released Aug. 9. “In my mind we — finally after all these years — I think wrote an album that is 100 percent true to who we are,” Watson said in an interview with The Phoenix. The Dirty Heads signature ska, alternative, reggae-fusion sound lends itself to songs that shouldn’t quite work on paper, but meld together magically in the finished product.
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“Super Moon” is no different. The album’s title track, opener and lead single proves the Dirty Heads’ dedication to sonic exploration. The “‘70s sci-fi soundtrack vibe,” as Watson described it, simultaneously sounds nothing like what the five-piece band from Huntington Beach, California have written before and exactly what one would expect from the band. The layering of bellowing trumpets, light vocals and driving bass line make the track feel cinematic as if the cowboy on the album cover is about to ride off into a full-on Western film. The album may have the same creative energy the Dirty Heads established but according to Watson, the approach shifted. On the most recent albums — “SWIM TEAM” and “Dirty Heads” — the band worked with multiple producers and focused on electronic production rather than the instruments. That desire to get back to creative roots led them to six-time Grammy-award-winning producer Dave Cobb. Most known for his work in the country scene and the 2018 film “A Star Is Born,” the pairing may not seem obvious, but in terms of artistic freedom, Watson said they were on the same page. “When people start winning Grammys and they have these big songs and stuff, you kind of ... think
that everybody’s going to have this magic formula that they follow and Dave is the exact opposite,” Watson, 37, said. “He’s all about feel. He doesn’t care about structure and trend or what’s cool, what’s not cool. He just writes music.” Conversations questioning conventional song structure ended with neither party feeling like these unwritten rules needed to be followed. In pop music there’s a “don’t bore us, get to the chorus” attitude, according to Watson, which can be a limiting mindset. The Dirty Heads and Cobb debunked this notion. “If you make every part of the song great then what’s the chorus?” Watson said. In the words of Cobb, “It doesn’t matter. If you want to listen to every single part of the song, then nothing is more important than the other part.” Tracks “Cloudlifter” and “Lighthouse” proved their point. Instead of a chorus, “Cloudlifter” focuses on a slow, psychedelic, ethereal guitar riff. The twang and reverb make it reminiscent of a scene in an old Western where the cowboy roams the desert at night. The cinematic theme continues with a voiceover by Tommy Chong of comedy duo Cheech and Chong thoughtfully discussing how acid is a unicorn. Gritty, up-tempo guitar and drum
riffs backing vocalist and guitarist Dustin “Duddy B” Bushnell and Watson’s rap verses contrast the initial more delicate guitar, creating a roller coaster-like experience — mimicking the rush of a downhill fall and taking a breath as it builds back up. The wholesome, acoustic “Lighthouse” functions more as a poem consisting of four stanzas of Watson assuring his little girl, “When you’re lost in the waves, I’m your lighthouse.” Authenticity is palpable in the laid-back “Crow Bar Hotel,” which sounds like it was recorded in the bar of a beachfront hotel. The acoustic guitars, whistling and group vocals feel relaxed and inviting, like it was improvised and anyone could join Jon Olazabal and Matt Ochoa on percussion or take over for David Foral on bass. The encouraging love-your-life anthem “Horsefly” boasts positivity and invites listeners to go to their happy place, which for Watson seems to be a French village. “If … the bridge shows up and you don’t smile and you don’t picture yourself riding a bike in a little village in France and going and throwing baguettes at little villagers then something is wrong with you,” Watson said. Watson said the summery, instrumental bridge of the song may
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be his favorite musical bit the Dirty Heads have written. A bold statement having six previous full-length albums of instrumentals to choose from, but this is the first that Watson likes in its entirety. “I can honestly say — and this might bum some fans out but its just the truth — every album that we’ve done at the time that we get done with it I’m happy with let’s say 75, 85 percent of it,” Watson said. “As the years go by, I’m happy with 50 percent of it. This album from when we finished it to now there’s not a song on there that I don’t like.” “Super Moon” is available to stream on Spotify and Apple Music.
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AUGUST 21, 2019
Argyle Night Market serves a mouth-watering end to summer EMMA SULSKI email@example.com
Every Thursday in the second half of the summer, a single block of Argyle Street runs rampant with aromas of decadent street foods, the sound of Taiko drums pounding through the air and hundreds of people going from tent to tent to get a taste of Uptown’s best delicacies. From 5 to 9 p.m., the Argyle Night Market located between Kenmore Avenue and Sheridan Road — with its duckwiches, raw coconut drinks and banana sweet rice cakes — brings together the standouts of Asia on Argyle, a neighborhood-given name which highlights the diversity of the area. The market has been an annual convention for the past seven years. Greg Carroll, the director of partnerships and events for Uptown United, has been working with the market since year three. “I think there’s been a lot of efforts put into this district to make it safe and make it a place where people want to come out and walk around at night,” Carroll said in an interview with The Phoenix. “But I also think people in the community take a lot of pride that they have this amazing district in their neighborhood.” For eight Thursdays in July and August, the block becomes somewhat of a safe haven for the community, according to Carroll. Inquisitive children talk to police officers while adults get to know their neighbors. Nearly everyone partakes in the exchange of a few dollars for serving-sizes of delicious food. Each individual tent is run by a business, most of which come from Asia on Argyle, Uptown or the surrounding area. Among the most popular is Sun Wah BBQ (5039 N. Broadway), which received the prestigious
The Argyle Night Market, which runs down Argyle from Kenmore to Sheridan on Thursdays from 5 to 9 p.m., showcases local restaruants and performers.
America’s Classics Award from the James Beard Foundation. The restaurant serves its signature “duckwich” — slices of duck with garnish and sauce wedged in a bao bun — to anyone with three dollars. Other vendors include Tank Noodle (4953 N. Broadway) and Pho Xe Lua (1021 W. Argyle St.), both of which specialize in Vietnamese street food and have restaurants in the area. While Vietnamese fare is a staple of the market, a variety of other cultural cuisines are available. Kie-Gol-Lanee (5004 N. Sheridan Road) serves traditional Oaxacan-Mexican cookery while Immm Rice & Beyond (4949 N. Broadway) shows off its take on Thai street food.
From egg rolls to spring rolls, everything tastes freshly made and much of it is prepared right before the customers’ eyes. The duckwiches are perfectly tender, the chicken kabobs are seasoned just right and the banana rice cakes are sweet with a hint of savory. The food isn’t the only thing that makes the market worth attending — there’s also foot-tapping cultural performances every night. The market works with Chicago’s Elastic Arts, which provides the talent for each week, ranging from Taiko drummers to Hawaiian dancers to circus artists from Tsukasa Taiko, the Aloha Center and CircEsteem, respectively. The music of each evening begins
with a drum circle from 5:30 to 6 p.m., which amps up the crowd under a setting summer sun as drummers harmonize their varying rhythms on bongo drums. Carroll said the musical performances and the market as a whole wouldn’t be possible without Asian Human Services, a non-profit organization that seeks to help immigrants and refugees by providing them with helpful resources and support. “[Asian Human Services] sought us a couple years ago, wanting to get involved with the night market, and came in at a level when we had lost funding for our main stage and some of the bands,” Carroll said. “They stepped in and helped us for the last two years. We love that they see the value in being here and supporting this community.” The Argyle Night Market will be open every Thursday night through the end of August, and with the undying support of the community, it’s likely to remain a beloved summer tradition for years to come.
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Attendees can find banana sweet rice cake for a sweet-savory snack.
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Local restaurant Sun Wah BBQ serves up its famous “duckwich.”
AUGUST 21, 2019
LakeBreeze serves up beachf ront eats JACOB TRIVEDI firstname.lastname@example.org
Beachfront dining is a niche group among restaurants in Chicago. It makes sense — it’s snowing half the year and unpredictable for the rest. When summer finally arrives, these restaurants, cafes and bars blossom along the shores of Lake Michigan. A stone’s throw away from the northernmost part of the Lake Shore bicycle path is a seafoam green shack with a stained glass plaque. The plaque is inscribed with the restaurant’s name LakeBreeze (3800 N. Lake Shore Drive). The smell of freshly cut lime, charring meats and a salty beach breeze puts anyone in the mood to sip on a cool drink. LakeBreeze has a variety of tacos and burgers available for beach bums seeking sustenance. The drink menu features a few craft beers, wine and frozen cocktails such as piña coladas and strawberry daiquiris. As I sipped on a Revolution Cross of Gold, a golden ale, I gazed out toward the lake. The sky cracked as a fleet of crimson jets soared in a chevron formation. The Air and Water Show was in full swing. I ordered steak tacos and tater tot elote to accompany my crisp ale. The
tacos were topped with chunky red salsa, gooey queso and charred onions. The steak was incredibly tender to the point where it almost melted in my mouth. They vanished as fast as they arrived. As I baked under the afternoon sun sipping away at my beer, the tater tot elote arrived. The elote was topped with shredded pork, drizzled in cayenne mayo and a bunch of fire-roasted corn tossed in. This dish was nothing but tasty, however I wouldn’t recommend it while out on a beach day. It was a bit too heavy and greasy for the circumstances. The addition of tater tots to an elote dish was a strange inclusion. It detracts from what makes elote a satisfying summer side dish. What makes elote synonymous with summer has to be it’s simplicity and versatility as a side dish — fresh corn mixed with Mexican cheese, a dollop of mayo, a squeeze of lime and a dash of cayenne. Anything else added is just dead weight in my mind. LakeBreeze has a calm and inviting ambiance that paired perfectly with the lakefront. Open tables are accompanied by umbrellas and a beautiful view of the lake. Bar stools are available, fostering a laid-back atmosphere. The food selection is varied enough to provide beach-goers with options in both food and drink. Lighter options such as ceviche or lettuce wraps could have been a better compliment to the heat of the beach and the rolling waves. My meal was $25 with two dishes, a beer and a free tan. Check out their website at www.lakebreezechicago. com and be sure to pack sunscreen.
Blake Crouch’s ‘Recursion’ is a mindbending novel to end the summer with OLIVIA TURNER email@example.com
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“Recursion” follows the stories of an NYPD detective and a neuroscientist.
Summer is coming to an abrupt end and that means it’s time to cram in one more leisurely read while there’s still a chance. With all the books that have come out this summer, Blake Crouch’s “Recursion” is gripping and completely mind-boggling. Blake Crouch, the best-selling author of “Dark Matter,” is the master of science fiction writing. His work continues to bring fresh, what-if scenarios to the literary world, and his newest novel “Recursion” — released June 11 — is no exception. A story of the validity of the mind, and the fragile state in which we all live, Crouch brings twists and turns no one could expect. The novel begins in 2018 with Barry Sutton — an NYPD detective — as he witnesses the suicide of Ann Voss,
who suffers of False Memory Syndrome. In the novel, FMS is a fairly new disease and one people don’t understand. The illness causes people to remember a life completely different from the one they lived, with vivid memories of the ones they loved and things they did that never existed. It becomes too much for the mind to cope with and drives the characters to take their lives. Ann wakes up one morning with a splitting headache, a nosebleed and vivid memories of a son she doesn’t have, driving her mad. Barry is completely enthralled by this case and begins to investigate, leading him to places he never expects. Crouch then takes readers back to 2007, when he introduces Helena Smith, a neuroscientist trying to invent a chair that will vividly replay memories in one’s head as a treatment for Alzheimer’s, a lifelong goal for her mother suffering with memory loss. Helena doesn’t get very far though. That is, until a mysterious man walks into her office and offers her a large sum of money to fund her work. While it can be confusing when characters’ stories are told simultaneously, Crouch executes this with ease. Both Barry and Helena have time to evolve throughout the book without one overshadowing the other. Not only do both characters’ stories have to drift apart, they also have to merge together. The intensity of the novel comes from the anticipation of knowing what Helena does in the past affects what happens to Barry in the future. The small details, like Helena’s research as a scientist and Barry’s actions as a cop, are interwoven between all the timelines throughout the novel. The
reader slowly starts to see things come together. Crouch does what he knows best: convinces the reader they know the answer when they don’t. What Helena creates leads to False Memory Syndrome, that much is understood, but it also creates things far worse. Soon readers see the world in chaos, trying to distinguish reality from fantasy. “Recursion” meshes intricate science with gripping storytelling — which is no simple feat. It might be simple for authors to overpower one element over the other, but Crouch successfully balances the two. His ideas of time travel and memory machines don’t seem too far-fetched. “Recursion” has much to boast — the tale is filled with ever-evolving characters that are sure to leave their mark on readers and Crouch’s attention to detail is unlike any other. Despite this, his writing can be heavy and at times confusing, simply because the complexity can be hard to keep straight. There are times when re-reading is necessary, but once the details are understood, it’s hard not to be awed. The novel also asks important ethical questions such as, “Just because we can, does that mean we should?” In an era where technology expands daily, people must always assess how far they should really be going. The story is perfectly summed when Barry thinks to himself, “Life with a cheat code isn’t life. Our existence isn’t something to be engineered or optimized for the avoidance of pain. That’s what it is to be human — the beauty and the pain, both meaningless without the other.” “Recursion” can be purchased at book retailers or online.
‘Good Boys’ is crass but kind-hearted SASHA VASSILYEVA firstname.lastname@example.org
LakeBreeze’s elote is made with corn, tater tots and topped with shredded pork.
The restaurant has a variety of craft beers, wines and frozen cocktails available.
The steak tacos are served with salsa, queso, charred onions and guacamole.
Being a tween isn’t easy. Between trying to build a status with the cool kids at school, exploring the possibility of romantic relationships and learning every bad word in the book, the life of a sixth grader is harder than it may seem. In director Gene Stupnitsky’s coming-of-age comedy “Good Boys,” three 12-year-old boys drop F-bombs, take sips of beer and practice kissing as they tackle everything their new, sixth-grade lives throw their way. Filled with raunchy humor most kids that age likely wouldn’t understand, the film captures the naive, awkward tween years in a sincere and kind-hearted way. Released Aug. 14, “Good Boys” is the story of Max (Jacob Tremblay) and his two best friends, Thor (Brady Noon) and Lucas (Keith L. Wiliams) — who collectively call themselves “The Beanbag Boys.” They grew up together, playing “Ascension,” riding bikes and keeping to themselves. Now, each faces personal challenges that come with getting older as they enter a critical point in their lives. Max’s mind is fixed on getting with — or at least talking to — his dream girl, Brixlee (Millie Davis). Thor’s love for music and singing is overpowered by his desperation to fit in with the popular kids. And respectful, rule-abiding Lucas struggles to wrap his mind around his parents’ divorce. Against all odds, these geeky rule-followers are invited to a party hosted by Soren (Izaac Wang), the coolest kid in school. Most frightening of all, it’s a “kissing party” — involving a not-so-kid-friendly game of spin the bottle — and Max’s crush will be attending.
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Jacob Tremblay, Brady Noon and Keith L. Williams wreak havoc in “Good Boys.”
As they scramble to learn how to kiss, Max uses his dad’s drone to spy on his neighbor Hannah (Molly Gordon), who he explains to his friends is a nymphomaniac — which by his definition is “someone who has sex on land and sea.” When the drone is taken down by a bus, Max convinces his buddies, with some hesitation, to skip school and go to the mall to buy a new one. The boys set off on a series of misadventures full of adult content and slapstick comedy. They face everything from sex toys, alcohol and drugs to crossing a multilane highway. The Beanbag Boys’ innocence is tarnished as they attempt to step out of their comfort zone into the grownup world. Tremblay, Noon and Williams are excellent in their respective roles and even better when brought together as best friends. Playing their own age adds an element of realism to the story. The sincere reactions to the absurd situations — including terrified shrieking while running through traffic, confusing sex toys for weapons and gagging at the sight of a dislocated shoulder — make them more realistic and relatable. While the movie relies mostly on
raunchy jokes and shock value, the humor is both witty and relatable, taking viewers back to the awkward days of middle school filled with voice cracks and discourse between cliques. Stupnitsky and writer Lee Eisenberg fill the movie with clever one-liners and small details — like floundering to open the child-proof cap of a vitamin bottle — that will likely leave viewers reminiscing their childhood. Behind the vulgar humor is a story about an important part of a child’s life. As they get older, the boys begin to realize the friendships they thought would last forever may start to fade as they each explore new interests and head their separate ways. Foul-mouthed humor aside, “Good Boys” is sweet and genuine. Not only does it show the value of friendship and self-discovery, it touches on topics like bullying, drug and alcohol use and the importance of consent. Successfully balancing absurd humor with wholeheartedness, this movie gives the audience a look back at their once naive, too-cool-for-school selves. However, whether or not real sixth graders should be watching the movie is questionable. “Good Boys,” rated R, is now playing in theatres nationwide.
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Lollapalooza EMILY ROSCA email@example.com
For nearly 30 years, Lollapalooza has been the definitive music festival of the Midwest, bringing artists from all over the world into the heart of the United States for four days, with 2019 being no exception. This year had festival-goers choosing between The Strokes and The Chainsmokers Thursday, Tame Impala and Childish Gambino Friday, J Balvin and Twenty One Pilots Saturday, and Flume and Ariana Grande Sunday. The rowdy energy was present not only in attendees within the festival grounds but those outside its walls. Some brave souls attempted to jump gates, knocking a set on Michigan
over, to get a taste of the live music. While a few made it in, others weren’t quite so lucky. Just three years ago Lollapalooza tickets would sell out within mere hours of going on sale. The four-day passes would go like hot cakes, and so did the single-day tickets. This year, Saturday was the only single-day pass that sold-out. Despite this year’s lower sales, the crowds showed up decked out in neon mini skirts, cami crop tops and doused in glitter, showing no indication of boredom or festival-exhaustion as they ran from stage to stage to get the best views of their favorite artists. Film photos — shot on a Canon Sure Shot — of the wildly popular festival bring back the humid days of diverse music, fashion and food.
Rapper Tierra Whack films a promotional video the day of her set on Friday, Aug. 2.
A fan gets a higher view of the crowd on the shoulders of fellow fest-goer.
The crowd moshes at Perry’s Stage during Jonas Blue on Saturday, Aug. 3.
Some festival-goers file out of Janelle Monáe’s set while others migrate towards the T-Mobile stage to wait for Childish Gambino’s headlining set Friday, Aug. 2.
Phoenix editors Mary Grace Ritter, Emma Sulski and Emily Rosca pose.
Edgewater Artists in Motion presents ‘Peace, Love and Understanding’ exhibit EMMA SULSKI firstname.lastname@example.org
It’s been 50 years since Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix, The Grateful Dead and many more artists performed at Woodstock on an August weekend in 1969, but the undying messages of good old-fashioned love and peace are undeniable at Edgewater Artists in Motion’s newest exhibit. On Friday, Aug. 16, Edgewater Artists in Motion (EAIM) unveiled “Peace, Love and Understanding” to the public at 1070 W. Granville Ave. The gallery compiles the works of dozens of Chicagoland artists, while remembering Woodstock through art inspired by themes of pacifism and anti-war sentiment. Kevin Flynn, president of EAIM, said it occurred to him that 2019 was the 50th anniversary of America’s most historically iconic music festival, sparking the idea for the exhibit. “I came up first with [the title] “War and Peace,” and then we went through the board and people thought that sounded kind of bleak and maybe too controversial,” Flynn said in an interview with The Phoenix. “So I just thought, well, peace, love and understanding.” Among the works was an homage to The Beatles by Rebecca Bowlin,
who painted four oil-on-canvas portraits, one for each member of the peace-promoting band. Works by Susan Spero, another artist featured in the exhibit, detail brightly colored oil paintings of Native Americans engaging in celebrations, playing games and dressed in traditional feathery headwear, producing a desire in the viewer to join in on the fun. In the second room of the gallery are two hard-to-miss charcoal-on-canvas works titled “Self Portrait” and “Untitled.” Stretching several feet across the wall, the blackand-white “Self Portrait” features detailed hands casting shadow puppets, and “Untitled” shows hands linking together as a young woman looks scared or unsure. While these illustrations indicate artistic maturity, they’re actually the work of 23-year-old student Emily Nakamoto. The shadow puppets in “Self Portrait” represent how stress can make things appear different from how they actually are, she said in an interview with The Phoenix. The hands in “Untitled” are the hands of her loved ones, making a chain of support, according to Nakamoto, who studies forensic science at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Those who seek the artistically unique, eccentric or just plain weird
need to look no further than the creations of artist Diana Gonzalez. Her mixed media work features collages composed of peculiar little oddities that may appear harmless on their own, but when brought together resemble something rather eerie. Making frequent appearances in these collages were animal skulls, broken doll parts, newspaper clippings and vintage photographs. The creations were reminiscent of ofrendas, which are the altars presented at celebrations of the Mexican holiday Día de los Muertos. Many of the exhibit’s works are up for sale, and prices range from $75 to $3000, depending on the piece. Though most of the gallery is consumed by unique and experimental artwork, there is a corner reserved for solely for jewelry and accessories. The unique work of Hedda Lubin is a standout, as her use of copper distinguishes itself from the typical silver and gold palettes found in most jewelry. For those on a budget, the jewelry at the exhibit sells for less than the artwork, ranging from $35 to $150. “Peace, Love and Understanding” will be open for viewings from noon to 6 p.m. on Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays through Sept. 15.
Emma Sulski The Phoenix
Edgewater Artists in Motion presented “Peace, Love and Understanding,” an art exhibit in remembrance of Woodstock.
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Fans relaxed in the bit of shade they could find on under the trees in Grant Park.
‘Blinded by the Light’ is optimistic and naive LUCAS NABER email@example.com
A broadly sincere coming-of-age story about music’s ability to improve lives, “Blinded by the Light” is simultaneously the corniest and most inspiring movie of the year so far. It doesn’t hurt that the story’s focus on Bruce Springsteen means the soundtrack is laden with The Boss’s hit songs, making for some delightful, standout musical numbers. “Blinded by the Light,” released Aug. 16, is based on journalist Sarfraz Manzoor’s memoir “Greetings from Bury Park: Race, Religion, and Rock N’ Roll” (2007). Directed by Gurinder Chadha and co-written by Paul Mayeda Berges, Manzoor and Chadha, the film follows Javed Khan (Viveik Kalra), a teenager living in Luton, England in 1987. Javed is an aspiring writer frustrated with his family’s traditional Pakistani lifestyle. He dreams about independence from his family and hometown, and uses his journals and poems to express these frustrations. When school acquaintance Roops (Aaron Phagura) lends Javed two Bruce Springsteen cassettes, he ignores them at first. But after learning that his father (Kuvinder Ghir) was laid off, Javed fears his education and future are in jeopardy. Desperate and alone, Javed throws his poems in the gutter outside. He returns to his room, slips the first Springsteen cassette into his Walkman, pulls his headphones over his ears and is instantly electrified by Springsteen’s music. It’s here “Blinded by the Light” finds its footing with an enthralling, fantastical dance sequence set to “Dancing in the Dark” and “The Promised Land.” The musical number leads Javed around his room, through his house and out into the storm rag-
ing outside, where he scrambles to recover his poetry. Javed is hooked. His first listen expands into a full-fledged obsession. In Springsteen, Javed finds someone who understands his frustration and knows the way out. This new validation gives Javed the motivation to stand up to his father, meet a girl (activist teen Eliza, played by Nell Williams) and make progress in his writing. “Blinded by the Light” is too sweet for its own good at times. The cliche script has moments of genuine insight but prefers to handle them in broad strokes — most arguments are shouting matches and every emotional victory is uproariously accompanied by a Springsteen song. This approach cheapens the story to a degree — Javed’s relationships with his best friend Matt (DeanCharles Chapman) and girlfriend Eliza are mere sidenotes, outlined pleasantly but sparingly, with only minor impacts on the story. Javed’s writing career is handled similarly. He quickly goes from self-describing his poems as “rubbish” to writing front page content for the local newspaper, almost inexplicably. While the way the film handles Javed’s friendships, relationship and writing aspirations is heavy-handed at best, its portrayal of his family’s struggles and the racial discrimination they face in 1980s England is tender and genuine. The film depicts England’s National Front, a fascist, white supremacist political party that marches through Javed’s town to protest non-white immigration in England.
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MBB: PLAYERS OF THE YEAR EUROPE-BOUND Former Loyola men’s basketball players Clayton Custer and M a r q u e s To w n e s s i g n e d professional contracts in Europe this summer. Custer, the 2018 MVC Player of the Year, is headed to play for WKS Slask Wroclaw in Poland while Townes is set to play for UCAM Murcia in Spain. Townes, the 2019 MVC Player of the Year, played one game for the Chicago Bulls in the NBA Summer League.
MVB: AYLSWORTH, MAHAN GO PRO Former Loyola men’s volleyball players Collin Mahan and Avery Aylsworth signed professional contracts this summer. Mahan signed with Abiant Lycurgus in the Netherlands and Aylsworth signed on to play for Raision Loimu in Finland. Last year, Mahan became the only Rambler to tally 1,000 kills, 600 digs and 100 aces for his career. In Aylsworth’s four years at Loyola, he notched 609 digs, which ranks sixth on Loyola’s
MEN’S SOCCER: STEPHENSON SIGNS PRO CONTRACT Tucker Stephenson, who played on the Loyola men’s soccer team for two years after transferring, signed to play professional soccer with the Swope Park Rangers of the United Soccer League (USL). The USL is the second-tier soccer league in the United States behind Major League Soccer (MLS). Stephenson, who’ll be returning to his home town of Kansas City, tallied two assists last season.
SOFTBALL: ABBOTT NAMED HEAD COACH After Jeff Tylka’s contract wasn’t renewed, Loyola hired Alicia Abbott as its new softball head coach. Abbott, a native of south suburban New Lenox, spent the last five years at Northern Illinois University as an associate head coach and played collegiate softball at UIC and North Carolina State.
PRACTICE FACILITY SET TO OPEN AUG. 25 After more than a year of construction, the Aflie Norville P ra c t i c e Fa c i l i t y i s s e t t o open with a ribbon-cutting ceremonyAug. 25 at 4 p.m. A majority of the facility, which is attached to the Norville Center for Intercollegiate Athletics, was donated to the university by former men’s basketball player Al Norville in honor of his late wife, Alfie. The two-story building has two basketball courts, four volleyball courts and a room to study film.
WOMEN’S SOCCER: Ramblers try to follow up NCAA berth Abby Schnable The Phoenix
Despite losing key players such as Jenna Szczesny and Madison Kimball, the Loyola women’s soccer team has its sights set on another NCAA Tournament appearance.
continued from page 1 With so many new faces coming in, sophomore midfielder Abby Swanson said there was a transition period while new players adjusted to the team. However, she said having so many new players also offers them the chance to lean on each other for guidance, helping to integrate into the team. It hasn’t all been good news for the Ramblers lately, though. Senior goalkeeper Kate Moran, last season’s main goalkeeper, suffered a torn ACL and is out for the season. Bimbi said although it’s a “heartbreaking” way for her to end her career at Loyola, the team is prepared for the season since there are
three goalkeepers still in good health — junior Radhika Patel, sophomore Maddie Hausmann and first-year Grace Droessler. There have only been five game appearances between the three of them, and only two last season. “We might kind of juggle the minutes early in the season to see who kind of settles in and who the team has confidence in,” Bimbi said. “But we definitely have three confident backups in Kate’s absence.” When it comes to the rest of the veteran team members, Bimbi said the returning players who stand out include Swanson, the 2018 MVC Freshman of the Year, and senior defender Madison Laudeman, the 2018 MVC Co-Defensive
Player of the Year. Laudeman said there’s more depth on the team now due to the newcomers and the players are all determined to achieve their goals for the year. “I think coming off of last year we all see how much we are capable of,” Laudeman said. “I think we all want to prove to ourselves that we can accomplish what we set our mind to this year.” Loyola played its first exhibition game at University of Wisconsin-Green Bay Aug. 11 and won 4-0. The Ramblers play one more exhibition before taking on the University of Illinois for their first regular season game. Bimbi said the Ramblers need to focus on what more they can accomplish this
year, not just their successes from last year. He said so far in training, the players have done well to push each other to keep being better. Swanson said even though they have more confidence this season as the current champions, they are still working just as hard to come out on top. “I think [last year’s result] adds confidence to what we’re doing, but also, we realize we have a new group,” Swanson said. “With that comes new possibilities and opportunities to go even farther this year.” The team is set to open its season against University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana Aug. 22. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.
Men’s soccer ready to take Missouri Valley Conference crown TIM EDMONDS firstname.lastname@example.org
A season after falling short in the Missouri Valley Conference (MVC) title game, the Loyola men’s soccer team has one clear cut task in 2019 — win the MVC and reach the NCAA tournament. Hosts of this year’s MVC tournament Nov. 14-17, the Ramblers return several impact players and, according to head coach Neil Jones, hold a chip on their shoulder to avenge last season’s 1-0 loss to University of Central Arkansas in the MVC championship game in Evansville, Indiana. “Last year, being our first conference championship appearance was a big bit of experience of our guys and, obviously, you wished as a program that we could’ve won it,” Jones said. “Even with the loss, I think it kind of removes the monkey off our back and my hope is it gives our guys an edge this fall to look farther and more ambitiously and we hope to return to that same game this year at Loyola as the hosts.” Jones’ team returns nine major contributors from last season’s team as he attempts to return to the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2016. Alongside these returners are a quintet of new players to the program which is highlighted by junior transfer Justin Sukow, a midfielder from the University of South Carolina who will bring an eye for goal for the Ramblers as he fills the central attacking midfield role. “Justin’s a guy who’s super comfortable and smooth on the ball and he’s gonna help keep possession for us as well as another attacking element for us in the midfield that’ll definitely score some goals for us this season,” senior midfielder Aidan Megally said. Sukow joins seniors Giann Magno and Megally in a midfield that Jones said will be
The Loyola men’s soccer team is searching for consistency this season as it searches for another NCAA Tournament appearance.
key to his team’s success this season and a major source of strength for the Ramblers in 2019. The trio will service an attacking line of senior striker Chase Wright and sophomore wingers Billy Hency and Fabian Becerra — one that struggled to find consistency in 2018 and managed only 1.11 goals per game all season. Despite this, Jones said he believes a full year of experience for his attackers will pay major dividends in 2019. “One of the things we’ve improved a lot and which happens naturally is experience,” Jones said. “Players get older and I think that will be a big thing for us. The starting three we played up front last season was all [first-years] so those guys get older and gain more experience and I think the results will speak for themselves this season.” Despite a major sense of optimism among the team in serious success this season, the issue still remains of appropriately replacing a series of
talented players that left the program this spring. Jones’ squad was hit with graduations of star players in defender Grant Stoneman, and midfielders Tucker Stephenson and Fabian Lifka. Forward Vasco Cardoso also left the program for unknown reasons, and MVC Goalkeeper of the Year Josh Lagudah transferred to the University of Portland. Even with these losses, Jones remained adamant the talent he’s worked to bring in is more than enough to deliver the results he and the Ramblers expect this season. He also said the spring season was key in replacing these departures. “We lost a lot of talent, but we knew they were going to go and we’ve replaced them with good players and defensively, I think we’ll be young but very talented,” Jones said. “I think we had a positive spring season, which is important because of the seniors that leave your program, they’re gone and you get a chance to rebuild your program and get
new players in.” This month, the Ramblers begin their non-conference schedule, which Jones said is built with a major goal in mind — preparing his team for the grind the MVC schedule in which they’ll play every team twice. After the departure of conference foe Central Arkansas this offseason however — who joined the Sun Belt conference — the Ramblers believe they’re the favorites to lift the MVC at the conclusion of the conference season. “The new round-robin format will be good for us, I think,” Magno said. “I think it’ll give us a chance to properly figure out each of our opponents and give us a good gage on them as we look [toward] the MVC Championship here in Chicago of which, I think, we’re the clear-cut favorites.” The Ramblers’ season is scheduled to continue Aug. 25 against University of Wisconsin-Madison in an exhibition match in Madison, Wisconsin.
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Women’s volleyball continues to build off last season’s improvement ANDREW ELLIOTT email@example.com
After an improved 2018 season under first-year head coach Amanda Berkley, the Loyola women’s volleyball team looks to make a jump to an upperlevel finish in the conference. After finishing 16-14 last season, Berkley said the young Ramblers have a large burden to bear as they seek to improve upon last season. Depth on the team was an issue last season and with the addition of so much young talent, the Ramblers are poised to potentially have a breakout year, according to Berkley. She said the incoming first-years have “an incredible feel for the game,” and have already started adjusting to the collegiate style of play. “This first-year group has done a great job, they’ve come in and really stepped up their level of play,” Berkley said. ”We’ve got a fairly deep team right now and it’s pretty fun to watch them compete and push the upperclassmen [to improve].” Last season marked an 11-game improvement in Berkley’s first season as head coach after taking over for Chris Muscat. Heading into her second season as head coach, Berkley said consistent development has been the goal for the team. The upperclassmen have done an excellent job preparing the seven first-year’s for the beginning of the season, according to Berkley. She said their leadership is irreplaceable and will prove to be a huge component of helping others in the program improve. After missing the Missouri Valley Conference (MVC) Tournament last year with a 0-3 loss to Missouri State University, Berkley said she thinks the team could be set up to have a breakout year. With the team having more depth
Senior outside hitter Quinn Spieker prepares to serve the ball. Spieker is one of four true seniors on the Loyola women’s volleyball roster for the 2019 season.
than last year providing an increase in competition, she said the Ramblers are heading into this season ready to take that next step. “I think we can improve upon the year we had last year,” Berkley said. “I think we have a chance to really improve our level of play going forward. … I thought last year was a really great step.” The Ramblers are bringing back 10 players who contributed heavily to the team last year. Outside hitter Quinn Spieker, who led the team with 2.96 kills per set, returns for her senior season. The Ramblers also return redshirt senior middle blocker Heather Kocken, who led the team in blocks last year with 1.03
blocks per set. Being one of seven seniors on the team, Spieker has taken on more of a leadership role and has helped with the coaching of the younger players, according to Berkley. She said Spieker has proved to be a natural leader and has worked with the underclassmen to help them adjust to the collegiate level. Berkley added Spieker has been irreplaceable in the beginning processes of getting the team ready for its season opener against Western Kentucky University. “[Upperclassmen] have helped the [first-years] understand what the expectations are,” Berkley said. “The senior class has really been great with
trying to get all of the [first-years] to understand what we are trying to accomplish and trying to win a championship here.” With the addition of seven first-year players, Spieker said team chemistry and getting out to a hot start are the keys to a good season. With the addition of the first-year players, every position is up for grabs, meaning there’s an added level of competition among the team every day as the number of players at each position has drastically increased, according to Spieker. “Team chemistry so far has been good,” Spieker said. “Something that is making it a lot easier is that the [first-
years] are coming in and playing really well. We have a lot of depth on the team and every position right now has at least two or more players fighting for the spot so I think that is really pushing everyone to perform their best day in and day out.” Berkley said the added depth to the team this year elevates the play of every player. With the addition of many talented first-years, she said the intensity of offseason practices and workouts has increased. Berkley said the Ramblers have been working hard all offseason and aim to get out to a hot start when they open their season against Western Kentucky University Aug. 30.
Men’s basketball ‘transitions’ into 2019-20 season How Sister Jean helped Porter
Moser through a major decision
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After back-to-back Missouri Valley Conference (MVC) championships and a run to the 2018 Final Four, the Loyola men’s basketball team enters a season full of “transition.” Gone are the faces who helped raise this program to the national spotlight — including guards Marques Townes and Clayton Custer, and coaches Bryan Mullins and Jevon Mamon, who left the program this offseason. Despite this, the Ramblers and their returning head coach Porter Moser still see a program with plenty of optimism and have remained adamant that regardless of who’s on the court and running practice, the high standards the program has built will remain. “The standards we’ve created here with our guys on and off the floor, the way we share the ball, the effort and enthusiasm, nothing’s going to change,” Moser said. B oth key contributors to the program’s elevation to national relevance, Mullins and Mamon headed south for Carbondale this offseason after Mullins accepted the Salukis’ head coaching spot and named Mamon as an assistant. Attempting to replace these “program builders,” Moser began by bringing in a pair of coaches from other teams. These coaches, video coordinator Patrick Wallace and assistant coach Jermaine Kimbrough, have brought the much-needed energy this summer as they acclimate to life at Loyola. “This is my ninth summer, and coaching changes are something that I’ve always had to deal with,” Moser said. “I’ve always prided myself on hiring guys that have high energy, so our additions Jeremaine Kimbrough [and] Patrick Wallace have been absolutely phenomenal for us this summer.” Alongside these new coaches, Moser is also overseeing one of the largest changes of personnel he’s experienced
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Porter Moser looks on as Loyola takes on Bradley at Arch Madness in March 2019.
in his time at Loyola, as seven new players have joined the roster since last season and he attempts to replace backto-back players of the year in Townes and Custer. “Now we miss two guys’ production, you’re talking about back-to-back players of the year so it’s [going to] have to be by committee,” Moser said. “You can’t put it all on one guy, but we’re lucky enough to have some serious new talent coming in to replace these guys.” This new talent — Keith Clemons, Jalon Pipkins, Tate Hall, Braden Norris, Marquise Kennedy, Tom Welch and Paxson Wojcik — six will be on the active roster this season. These players include a pair of junior college transfers (Clemons, Pipkins) a redshirt junior coming off his sit out year (Hall) and a talented trio of first-years (Kennedy, Welch, Wojcik) who’ve been dubbed Moser’s best recruiting class ever. Attempting to replace the production of both Townes and Custer will be no cake walk, according to Moser. Turning to a committee, Moser said he envisions a full team effort from both his returners and new recruits. Despite this tough task they face, junior guard Lucas Williamson said the team is up for the challenge and the team is faster and longer than it’s ever been during
his tenure in Rogers Park. “Our length and athleticism is the best that I’ve ever played with and ever see here at Loyola,” Williamson said. “We’re going to be very scary defensively and hopefully we can use our length defensively and turn that into easy offense.” Williamson, along with first-team All-MVC center Cameron Krutwig, headline a nucleus of returning talent that Moser said will continue to improve and integrate with his new arrivals as the Rambler’s coach said he hopes to take a different approach from seasons past with a faster and longer team that can wreak havoc on both ends of the floor. Even though the season’s more than two months away, Moser and the Ramblers have already started their transition from these players and coaches of years past. And despite the uncertainties it presents and all the challenges he and his program face entering 2019, Moser said transitions like these are what college basketball is all about. “Every year is a new challenge and yes, we lost some very productive guys, but that’s the beauty of it,” Moser said. “To see how much you can grow with the new set of guys combined with the returning guys and that’s the real fun part of what we have to do.”
When Porter Moser was hired as Loyola men’s basketball coach in 2011, he immediately forged a bond with team chaplain Sister Jean DoloresSchmidt, BVM. The two have become close friends — so close that she was one of the few people Moser turned to when he was faced with a crucial career decision in April. Moser flew out to New York to interview with St. John’s University and was in talks to become the Red Storm’s next head coach. The decision was so tough he wrote two letters on the flight home: one if he left Loyola for St. John’s and one if he stayed in Rogers Park. He ultimately chose the latter and is now preparing for his ninth season as the Ramblers’ head coach. But there was one more letter he hasn’t told many people about — and it came from Sister Jean. Four months after that fateful decision, Moser told The Phoenix Sister Jean was one of a handful of people he told about what was going on, a group which included Loyola Athletics administration and his wife, Megan. Before he left, Moser said Sister Jean wrote him a letter that was roughly a page and a half long. He didn’t go into specific details about what she said, but he said he still has the letter. “I met with her and I asked her to pray for me,” Moser said. “She did, and that night she wrote me a long letter that really meant a lot to me. To show what she means to me, in a very, very tough time, professionally, for me — and personally — I asked her to pray for me, and she had such amazing words of wisdom and she was a true friend in that … I confided in her.” After Moser made his decision to stay at Loyola, he stopped by Sister Jean’s office to deliver the good news and celebrate with her.
“I jumped in the office, I popped in … and I gave her a big hug,” Moser said. “I came into her office when I saw her and she was smiling ear to ear and she had her arms wide open like, ‘Come across my desk and give me a hug.’” Her letter and her prayers weren’t out of the ordinary for the now-100-year-old nun. Even when his first Loyola team went 1-17 in Missouri Valley Conference play in 2013-14, Sister Jean remained upbeat, positive and supportive of everyone — not just from a basketball standpoint, but also personally. Even after the Ramblers made their run to the Final Four in 2018, Moser said Sister Jean “doesn’t love us any more than the day we were 1-17.” She still sends the team emails after games and prays before games — even praying for the officials, which caught Moser off guard the first time he heard her do so. Nonetheless, he said he admires how she’s sincerely always there for everyone, whether it’s members of the men’s basketball team or Loyola students. “There are very few people in your life that have unconditional love — basically your parents,” Moser said. “Now I can throw Sister Jean in my ‘Mount Rushmore’ of people who have unconditional love for you.”
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Porter Moser presents Sister Jean with a custom jersey on her birthday last year.
AUGUST 21, 2019
I’ve made it to senior year. Time for my #OneLastDance
Hanako Maki The Phoenix
Sports editor Nick Schultz covered Loyola’s Cinderella run to the Final Four in 2018.
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The 2019-20 school year is upon us. Returning students are getting ready for another year in Rogers Park and rising first-years are preparing to begin a fouryear journey they’ll never forget. As for me… Holy crap, I’m a senior. *Gulp* Welcome back, Ramblers, and welcome to Loyola, class of 2023. My name’s Nick Schultz, and I’m beginning my second year as sports editor of The Phoenix. My job is to help inform you, the student body, about what’s happening in Loyola Athletics — and, occasionally, vent about Chicago professional sports in this space. It’s a job I don’t take lightly, and I thank all of you for reading. As I begin my last year at The Phoenix, I can’t help but get a little nostalgic. After all, it was just three years ago at this time I was moving into Mertz Hall for my first year at Loyola. Being from a small town, I didn’t know much more than cornfields, back roads and Casey’s General Store’s pizza. But here I am, entering the home stretch on my time at Loyola. It’s been quite the ride so far. The Cubs have made the playoffs every year I’ve been at Loyola (Well, so far. I’ll save that rant for another time) and won the World Series during my first year, which was something I never thought I’d see, if I’m being completely honest.
I also had the privilege of covering the Ramblers’ men’s basketball team’s magical Cinderella run in 2018, which meant I got on a plane for the first time ever (Yes, you read that right) and had the chance to talk with so many of my journalistic influences. Shortly thereafter, I was asked to co-host a sports radio show on Loyola’s student radio station, WLUW-FM 88.7, and am preparing to take the show over as my own in the near future. Stay tuned. Most recently, I accepted a news internship at NBC Sports Chicago — a station I’ve grown up watching. Three years ago, I never would’ve dreamed about getting an internship there, and it wouldn’t have been possible without my time at The Phoenix. I’m forever grateful for my time writing for a paper which, at the ripe age of 51, is now old enough to get AARP benefits. Ok ay, e nou g h r ambl i ng — pu n intended. Let’s cut to the chase: What can you expect from The Phoenix sports section this year? For starters, you can expect continued coverage of Loyola’s 13 Division I programs — from soccer to basketball to golf to track and field. Our team of reporters is fully prepared to provide you the only Loyola beat coverage in the city. We’ll have game recaps, features and long-form enterprise stories for your reading pleasure. Be sure to also check out our podcast, “Postgame.” We have big ideas in store for our second season, including interviews and more in-depth analysis. Please subscribe on Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your podcasts and leave us a review. Believe it or not, we actually read those. Most importantly, keep reading our work. This is going to be a great year, and we’re excited to get started. If you have any questions about anything or just want to talk Ramblers, reach out to us on social media. I promise you, we all constantly check our phones and 90 percent of the time, we’ll respond — unless you want to talk about the Green Bay Packers during football season. That’s where I draw the line. #BearDown, Norkol. I think I’ve filled enough space. Now, if you’ll excuse me, I’m going to take the floor for #OneLastDance, just like former NBA player Dwyane Wade did last year. Let’s have some fun.
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Nick Schultz at the first round of the 2018 NCAA Tournament with Sister Jean.