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Volume 51

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NOVEMBER 6, 2019

LOYOLA PHOENIX The award-winning student newspaper of Loyola University Chicago

Loyola draws criticism after changing insurance provider RYLEE TAN

Many Loyola employees said they were “shocked, disappointed and frustrated” when the university announced in an Oct. 9 email to faculty and staff that the employee healthcare provider will change from Blue Cross Blue Shield - Illinois to Aetna. Health insurance is open to all fulltime faculty and full and part-time staff members, according to the 2020 Benefits Highlights, a document describing Loyola’s healthcare plan. All eligible faculty and staff are allowed to enroll in Loyola’s healthcare during the open enrollment period from Nov. 1 to Nov. 15., according to the university’s human resources website. Employees also have the option to opt-

out and receive coverage through their spouse’s insurance. The change, set to begin on Jan. 1, 2020, was made to prevent rising healthcare premiums — the amount paid for health insurance deducted from employee paychecks — according to the email from Loyola’s Division of Human Resources, the department in charge of employee management, payment and benefits. “Most employers … including Loyola experience an increase of total health care costs … 5 to 6 percent per year,” the email said. Some faculty and staff criticized the university for a lack of transparency, but they also said they’re frustrated because Aetna offers different coverage than the previous plan. Under Blue Cross Blue Shield, many

employees said they established relationships with primary care physicians, specialists and mental health providers. Some employees said their doctors aren’t in Aetna’s network — meaning if they want to keep using their services, it won’t be covered by their insurance and they will have to pay themselves. A waiver is available for those who are being treated for a chronic condition by someone not in Aetna’s network. The waiver only covers transitional care — meaning it will cover costs only until it’s safe to transfer care to an in-network provider — according to the 2020 Benefits Highlights. Many professors and staff said they were unwilling to switch doctors, citing a close relationship with their current provider and quality of care. STRIKE 13

Men’s basketball kicks off season with blowout win ABBY SCHNABLE PABLO ROSERO

Some Loyola students say mold in dorm rooms has made them sick. NEWS | page 5

The Loyola men’s basketball team (1-0) steamrolled the University of California, Davis 82-48 Tuesday night as its season opened in Gentile Arena behind a dominant performance from junior center Cameron Krutwig. Voted Missouri Valley Conference Preseason Player of the Year, Krutwig led the Ramblers offensively, earning himself a double-double with 15 points and eight rebounds. He also tallied 11 assists — the most in a game by a Loyola player since Denzel Brito in 2011. The Ramblers shot 35-for-63 from the field, but struggled at the three-point line, shooting 4-for-16. Four players scored double-digit points tonight led by Krutwig with 15 points. Junior guard Tate Hall, junior guard Lucas Williamson and first-year guard Marquise Kennedy scored 14, 13 and 11, respectively. Despite the high scoring output, head coach Porter Moser said he felt the team still hasn’t hit its stride from the field. “You want to create a team where it’s different guys different night,” Moser said. “We’re still not shooting it well. We were 3-for-18 last game and we’re 4-for-16 this game. We’re not shooting it well. We have to shoot it better moving forward.” MBB 16



Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s proposed budget taxes rideshare services, which could send students back to the CTA

A&E Editor Mary Grace Ritter praises the heavens that My Chemical Romance has returned.

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Behind the Phoens: A look into the Phoenix newsroom FROM THE EDITOR’S DESK

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 A&E Editor Mary Grace Ritter Assistant A&E Editor Olivia Turner Opinion Editor Adrian Nevarez Copy Editor Sean Hemmersmeier Copy Editor Leen Yassine

MULTIMEDIA Content Manager Maddy Baltas

This week, I’ll admit, I seem to have run out of ideas for my column. I started writing something earlier this week, but by the time I looked at it again in the newsroom, I hated every word. So instead of an introspective column, an update on my life and my coveted insight on everything Loyola, I’ll give you a look into the Phoenix newsroom instead. As I write this, things are in full swing. It’s about 6:30 Tuesday night, the night before this week’s edition of The Phoenix lands on newsstands around campus. You’d think it’s crunch time, right?

Not exactly. I’m scanning the newsroom and while I hear some clacking of keyboards and some discussions about word choices, it’s mostly drowned out by Mariah Carey singing “All I Want for Christmas is You,” accompanied by various news editors chiming in. Editors are cracking jokes, complaining about classes and shouting — always shouting. Sometimes we argue. Actually, we often argue — about everything under the sun. Politics, sports, class assignments, word choices in articles, staff editorial topics, which heinous quotes deserve to end up semi-permanently showcased on our quote board. Between all the swear words and laughing fits, I heard something pretty familiar. “Hey, if Norkol said she didn’t hate [my article], that’s a pretty high compliment,” Opinion Editor Adrian Nevarez said, met with giggles from other editors near him. I’m not that harsh, I promise. Well, maybe I am. But that means better content for our readers, so I’ll make the sacrifice, and our editors can, too. Somewhere along the line of argu-


3 Students react to new proposed rideshare tax

Sports Editor A&E Editor Opinion Editor

11 "The Morning Show" doesn't have much to show beyond star-studded cast

12 A Page Turner: E-readers are the bane of a

Opinion. 9 Chicago's gun violence isn't only on the City to fix


reader's existence




Nick Knacks: The 'blers are Chicago's last hope

Correction Last week, The Phoenix published a news article about the John Felice Rome Center. A photo caption said it costs $27,427 to study at JFRC for a semester. The correct tuition is $29,041 for a semester. We regret the error.

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Women's cross country sets record, winning MVC Championship

Indie pop band COIN jumps around The Vic Nov. 1


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5 Wellness Center expecting to expand staff

Design Editor Larissa Paseta


room is something I doubt I’ll encounter again. I’ve spent time in professional newsrooms and they’re not nearly as fun (sorry, Chicago Sun-Times). From changing every possible phrase to be a reference to The Phoenix (Hallow-phoen, Phoenix Phamily, the list goes on) to cracking jokes only Loyola student journalists would understand, The Phoenix’s newsroom is a hodgepodge of personalities and a hub of chaotic conversations. And I wouldn’t have it any other way. This week, Phoenix reporter Rylee Tan displays the ins and outs of Loyola’s decision to change insurance providers. The section also includes a report on students experiencing issues with mold in an on-campus dorm. Sports officially kicks off the long-awaited men’s basketball season and A&E hosts a combination of columns covering books and music. Opinion Editor Adrian Nevarez explains why people should think twice before criticizing Chicago.


Photo Editor Alanna Demetrius Video Editor Molly Gaglione

ments and poking fun at each other, we’ve also gotten into the habit of calling each other almost exclusively by our Phoenix nicknames. Many of us go by our last names. News Editor Mary Chappell started this trend, because she was the second Mary to join our staff — that simply wouldn’t fly. Instead, she’s gone by Chappell for nearly two years. That means once A&E Editor Mary Grace Ritter came on board, she couldn’t simply be called Mary Grace. MG it is, and always will be. Our Content Manager Maddy Baltas almost exclusively answers to her first and last name, “MaddyBaltas.” I’m not sure why it ended up this way, but it’s somehow comforting. I guess it’s only to be expected since we spend so much time together. There’s only so much you can do to avoid becoming close when countless hours every Tuesday are spent in a windowless room in the basement of the School of Communication. It’s a strange dynamic and I’d argue we wouldn’t otherwise be friends if we didn’t meet in the capacity of a student newspaper. But it’s a good thing we get along, because we’d probably strangle each other if we didn’t. The dynamic of The Phoenix’s news-

1. Oct. 28, 2019: Campus Safety reported an armed robbery at the Loyola Red Line station. The case is handled by the Chicago Police Department.

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2. Oct. 28, 2019: An incident of theft that occurred in Damen Student Center was reported to Campus Safety. 3. Oct. 31, 2019: Campus Safety received suspected drug paraphernalia found in Bellarmine Hall. 4. Nov. 1, 2019: Criminal trespass to land was reported, which occurred in Damen Student Center, was reported to Campus Safety. 5. Nov. 3, 2019: Campus Safety received a report of a bicycle theft at St. Louis Hall.


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Mayor’s proposed budget brings tax increase to rideshare services Isabella Falsetti | The Phoenix Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s proposed budget included an increased tax on rideshare services. The tax aims to reduce traffic congestion in the city and promote public transportation, such as the CTA.


Loyola students may soon be stuck with steeper prices for ridesharing apps such as Uber and Lyft. Mayor Lori Lightfoot is proposing a new tax that could add on as much as $1.75 to each solo ride within the downtown area. Lightfoot proposed a new city budget Oct. 23 that would include an increased tax on ridesharing services, a frequent mode of transportation for some Loyola students. If passed, an estimated $40 million of revenue brought in from the new tax is supposed to help bridge the $838 million budget gap, part of the $352 million in new revenue that is supposed to be generated by components of the new budget. City officials say the pricier rides have the potential to chase people away from ridesharing apps and onto more efficient modes of transportation, such as the CTA, lessening congestion and vehicle emissions. While Lightfoot’s budget hasn’t been passed yet, it must be approved by the City Council before Dec. 31. If passed, the budget would go into effect Jan. 1.

The tax on pool options — where a rider shares their trip with others — will be lowered to $0.53 within the downtown area. However, single rides that start or end in the designated downtown area, which includes Loyola’s Water Tower Campus, will have an additional charge of $1.75. Outside the downtown area rides will see an increase from the previous tax rate of $0.72 to $1.25. The designated downtown area

“I think as a broke college student, the extra few dollars might be too much so I might just try to take the train.” NICK JURKIEWICZ Loyola student

that will be subject to the tax spans from West North Avenue to Roosevelt Road in the south, and Lakeshore Drive to the Chicago River’s

North Branch in the north, along Grand Avenue, then out as far as Ashland Avenue to the west. Inclimate weather and construction can delay CTA options for students, which they have access to through the CTA U-Pass — the cost of which is factored into tuition. Because of this, many have turned to ridesharing apps as an alternative. Andrew Mullins, a senior environmental studies major at Loyola, said he thinks rideshare services provide the best solution to work around a busy schedule. “I feel it is easier because it fits with the timetables I currently have,” Mullins, 21, said. “If I don’t need to be anywhere fast, the bus is perfect because they are always delayed.” Isabel Sanchez, a first-year neuroscience major at Loyola, also said she thinks ridesharing apps provide an accessible alternative to public transportation. “[Uber] is easier to get around, faster, you don’t have to walk as much and it takes me right where I need to go so I don’t have to wait as long,” Sanchez, 18, said. The new tax could turn students away from rideshare apps due to the increased price, and could push more to take public transportation. Nick Jurk-

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iewicz, a first year Loyola student who hasn’t decided on a major, said he’s concerned about how much the tax will add onto rideshare costs. “I think as a broke college student,

“I think it will actually be useful. It’s nicer to have more cars off the road, especially downtown, so increasing public transportation is a good thing.” ISABEL SANCHEZ Loyola student

the extra few dollars might be too much so I might just try to take the train instead,” Jurkiewicz, 18, said. Despite this, some students said they see the potential benefits of the tax hike, such as reducing the high-levels of traffic downtown. “I think it actually will be useful,”

Sanchez said. “It’s nicer to have more cars off the road, especially downtown, so increasing public transportation is a good thing.” A study conducted by the University of Kentucky on San Francisco roads found that ridesharing services were a major contributor to increased congestion in dense areas of the city, making streets nearly 73 percent more full than they had been. In response, San Francisco has recently proposed a similar tax that will appear on ballots this year. However, the tax differs greatly in where the revenue will end up. Half of all of the money made through the proposed tax would go to the San Francisco County Transportation Authority while the other half would go to San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency. The revenue from these taxes aim to improve the public transportation infrastructure of San Francisco as well as making it capable of taking on the new burden of rideshare tax refugees. If the San Francisco tax is passed, it would go into effect Jan. 1, 2020, the same day as the Chicago tax will be implemented if passed.

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Mayor Lori Lightfoot proposed a new city budget Oct. 23 which included an increased tax on ridesharing services, such as Uber and Lyft, that would increase revenue by an estimated $40 million.


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INSURANCE: Provider switch a ‘burden’ to employees continued from page 1 One tenured professor — who asked to remain anonymous to protect the privacy of his family — said the change to Aetna has left his family unsure of what to do. The professor’s family has a history of depression and suicide, with his son attempting suicide five years ago, he said. “Our ongoing process of healing has required lots of therapy,” he said. His family uses a combination of mental health specialists that only take Blue Cross Blue Shield, he said. “It also takes years to build a good therapeutic relationship,” he said. “Now, because none of our current therapists are covered by Aetna … all four of our relationships with therapists must now be broken.” Vice President for Human Resources and Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer Winifred Williams said through Loyola spokesperson Sarah Howell the decision to switch was based on several factors. “During the process, our goal was to mitigate rising employee out-of-pocket health care expenses while maintaining access to high quality health care providers and services, and mitigating increasing costs to the University,” the statement said. According to the statement, remaining with Blue Cross Blue Shield would have resulted in premium increases, whereas Aetna would keep rates the same as last year. The university also found 96 percent of covered employees would experience no change with their healthcare providers and some providers used by faculty and staff, out of Blue Cross Blue Shield’s network, would be covered by Aetna’s network, according to the statement. The administration said they understand the feelings some employees have about the switch, but said the switch to Aetna was made “for the greater good of the majority of employees, and to minimize disruption as much as possible,” the statement said. Tavis Jules, an assistant professor of cultural and educational policy at Loyola and head of the faculty council — an advisory body to the president to allow communication between faculty and administration — said the switch was a “unilateral decision” done without faculty input. Loyola has a system of “shared gover-

nance” with the faculty and staff, according to Jules. Several committees exist to allow input from employees before decisions about faculty are made as part of the “shared governance,” according to the university’s website. The benefits advisory committee — which is in charge of advising the university on employment benefits — wasn’t consulted before the switch, Jules said. The university didn’t respond to requests for comment about the lack of faculty input. As a result, the Faculty Council passed an Oct. 30 resolution calling for a “reconsideration of the transition to Aetna and reconstitution of the Benefits Advisory Committee.” The resolution also “urges President Rooney to commit to practicing shared governance in future decisions.” Some faculty and staff are working to fight back, with one staff member — who asked to remain anonymous for fear of losing his job — starting a petition. The petition has 50 signatures as of Nov. 5, but it’s unknown when it will be sent to Loyola administration, the staff member said. This decision has left many faculty and staff “shocked, disappointed and frustrated,” according to the petition. The change in providers is a “burden … [to] those who require specialized care because we are trans and gender-nonconforming, have a pre-existing condition, a disability, require behavioral and mental health supports or are members of the LGBT+ community,” the petition said. The petition “demands” Blue Cross Blue Shield be reinstated as the insurance provider, or the money saved by the university because of the switch be passed on employees through premium reductions. “I see six doctors right now, none of them are on [Aetna’s] network,” the staff member who created the petition said. “If there’s no change, I’m going to find a new job.” Ben Johnson, a Loyola professor of environmental history and president of Loyola’s chapter of the American Association of University Professors (AAUP), said the decision to switch healthcare plans was done in a “terrible way.” In response, Johnson sent out a multi-question survey to professors and other faculty asking if they were aware of the change and how it would impact them. It also included a section for pro-

fessors and faculty to voice concerns

and comments. Of the 231 professors who responded to the question, 191 professors — 82.68 percent — said they would have liked “more advance notice,” allowing time to find alternative providers or enrolling in their spouse’s health plan. Despite the opposition to the new insurance, some professors welcomed the change and said they thought they had enough prior notice. “Thanks for keeping the costs constant,” one professor said in the survey response form. In another comment, the respondent said they “cringed” when they saw the university was transitioning to Aet-

na, but said they appreciate costs will remain low. The survey also asked if “the transition to Aetna [is] worrying to you.” Of the 240 who answered this question, 95 people — 39.58 percent — responded “a great deal” while 20 people, or 8.33 percent, said “not at all,” according to the survey. Some professors said they aren’t surprised with the way the change happened, with one professor calling it “another shady [Loyola President Jo Ann] Rooney initiative that benefits the bottom line.” Neither Rooney nor Williams responded to questions from The Phoenix. Another person who left an anonymous comment with the AAUP survey

said health insurance is a major benefit and the change will impact their decision to remain at Loyola. Johnson said the lack of transparency in implementing the change is a “disturbing pattern” which shows “it’s not just that [Rooney] and her colleagues are out of touch with Loyola’s reality … it’s that they don’t seem to know how out of touch they are.” Rooney has been criticized in the past by the AAUP, calling her “illequipped” to lead the university, The Phoenix reported. A Phoenix staff editorial also criticized her for prioritizing profit over university values. Loyola has also been accused of lacking transparency with its board of trustees, The Phoenix reported.

Alanna Demetrius The Phoenix

After the university announced it would be switching insurance providers from Blue Cross Blue Shield to Aetna, employees fought back by starting a petition, which has 50 signatures as of Nov. 5.


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Students allege sickness from mold found in St. Louis Hall EMMAGRACE SPERLE

Some students have sent a petition to Loyola officials after they said mold in an on-campus dorm made them sick — with one student saying he coughed up blood several times as a result. The university said some students may be sensitive to mold, but residents aren’t in danger. Francis Koch, a 19-year-old accounting major, said he coughed up blood several times this semester while living in St. Louis Hall (6244 N. Winthrop Ave.). He said he spent a few nights sleeping in the Loyola Information Commons because he couldn’t stand to be in his room for more than three hours. Loyola’s Department of Facilities, which manages building maintenance on campus, received three service requests for mold in St. Louis Hall, according to Kana Henning, the vice president of the department. A resident assistant filed the first two requests Aug. 15, and a third request was made Oct. 14. Henning said they found common

mold and mildew in the showers caused by a lack of ventilation and recommended students keep windows open when showering to improve airflow. The bathrooms don’t have exhaust fans but Residence Life and Facilities are discussing what long-term maintenance is needed, Henning said. This is the first time Residence Life has overseen St. Louis Hall, because it was an International House last year — a residence hall which housed some international students. While some students may be more sensitive to mold, Henning said there’s no danger to residents. In an Oct. 28 email to Facilities and Residence Life, students said they were concerned about having their windows open in the winter. A resident who The Phoenix isn’t naming said she experienced “flu-like symptoms,” such as coughing, a runny nose and sore throat, this semester, which only cleared up when she left her dorm. She said her doctor said her symptoms were due to an allergic reaction from mold. “It was really shocking to find out that

Isabella Falsetti | The Phoenix

Some students have moved out of St. Louis Hall due to complaints over mold.

the reason I was sick all semester was because I was having an allergic reaction to mold,” she said. The resident said she thought the mold was mostly from the old air conditioning units, where she saw black spots and “mold-like spheres.” Students sent a petition to Residence Life and Loyola’s Office of the President Oct. 14 detailing frustrations with the conditions in St. Louis Hall. The petition has more than 150 signatures as of publication. “The conditions in St. Louis are affecting our health and academic performance,” the petition reads. “We are experiencing issues with mold, pest, fire hazards, and malfunctioning radiators.” Deb Schmidt-Rogers, Loyola assistant vice president and director of Residence Life, said she received the email and petition from the students. She said Loyola hired an independent company to test for airborne mold outside the dorm, in dorm rooms and hallways the next morning, Oct. 15. Schmidt-Rogers and Henning met with St. Louis Hall residents to address their concerns Oct. 17. In the meeting,

Schmidt-Rogers said facilities planned to shampoo carpets and deep clean bathrooms, which was done over the next week. The company returned to test again a week later on Oct. 21. Both tests came back negative, lacking “conditions that would suggest there were internal air quality issues at the time of the inspection,” according to Schmidt-Rogers. In the Oct. 28 email to Facilities and Residence Life, students also contested these results, which they say don’t meet the requirements for safe levels of mold indoors. It’s unclear if this is true, as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has no specific guidelines for indoor mold count. According the the CDC, mold can cause “stuffy nose, wheezing, and red or itchy eyes, or skin” and people with asthma and allergies may have more “intense reactions.” During this time, the air conditioning units in all the rooms were removed. This happens every year when the heat in the building is turned on but was a few weeks earlier than usual due to student concerns, Schmidt-Rogers said. Residence Life bought fans for a doz-

en students after the department received complaints of overheating without the air conditioning units. Residence Life and Facilities didn’t give an exact cost for the tests and fans when asked, but Henning wrote the tests have cost about $1,000 in the past. Schmidt-Rogers said the fans were “not a significant cost.” Since removing the air conditioning units, the female student said her symptoms have subsided. Six students have relocated to other buildings on campus, Schmidt-Rogers said. Koch moved out of St. Louis Hall Oct. 18 and said his symptoms have cleared up since he left. Despite not finding evidence of airborne mold, Schmidt-Rogers said Residence Life will still accommodate those who wish to move. This isn’t the first time The Phoenix has reported on alleged “air quality issues” in an on-campus building having “bodily effects” on people. Last year, employees working in BVM Hall told The Phoenix they reported issues to the administration in 2013 with little being done by the time the story was reported in February 2018.

Larissa Paseta | The Phoenix

St. Louis Hall residents first sent a petition to Loyola administration Oct. 14 to express their frustrations over mold and pests.

Wellness Center to add 2 new counseling positions LEEN YASSINE

When junior Miranda Betancourt first came to Loyola from Puerto Rico, she said she struggled with anxiety while adjusting to a new environment. “I struggled with anxiety but I’d never really gotten help for it,” the 20-yearold theater major said. “My parents had struggled with anxiety too so we felt like we could handle it. But it got to a point where I was like, ‘Okay, I should probably go to the Wellness Center.’” Betancourt isn’t alone. From 2013 to 2018, the percentage of undergraduate Loyola students who reported being “diagnosed with mental health conditions in the past 12 months” more than doubled — from 13.2 percent to 26.8 percent — according to David de Boer, director of counseling services at the Wellness Center. Between those years, the percentage of students who reported being diagnosed with depression rose from 11.4 percent to 21.8 percent, de Boer said. In order to meet the growing needs of students, Loyola’s Wellness Center — which provides medical, mental and physical health services to students — is in the process of recruiting two new mental health counselors, according to de Boer. Some Loyola students told The Phoenix last semester scheduling an initial appointment with a counselor should be more efficient. One student said she waited one week in between her phone consultation and her actual appointment, while another said she waited one month. At Loyola, there have been 27 hospitalizations related to mental health between July 1 and the morning of Tuesday, Nov. 5, according to Amber Miller, Loyola’s assistant dean of students. Miller said Loyola’s previous process made it difficult to pull data regarding hospitalizations — which are transition-

ing into the new database — but said in an email to The Phoenix, “From what I can gather, the number of this year’s hospital transports is higher than in semesters past.” The new case-management system was implemented July 1, Miller said. Loyola’s new counselors are meant to “meet students where they’re literally at” by working in offices around campus other than the Wellness Center, de Boer said.

“It really represents a significant and major investment that the administration is making in student mental health.” DAVID DE BOER Director of counseling services

The first position being added is a staff counselor for diversity, inclusion and social justice initiatives. The counselor will be located in the Student Diversity and Multicultural Affairs (SDMA) office in the Damen Student Center. The counselor will be a part of and work with the Wellness Center staff, but most of their services will be provided in the SDMA office. Their position will involve outreach work, presentations, consultations with staff, individual counseling and hosting support groups and mental health workshops. “Historically … students of color sometimes express higher rates of stigma about seeking mental health services,” de Boer said. “And so the more we can reduce any barriers that there are to seeking our services … that’s one reason

we’re there.” The burden of stigma can contribute to increased rates of mental health problems, according to a study published in March 2019 by Psychiatry Online, citing reports of higher rates of psychiatric symptoms yet lower rates of diagnoses among racial-ethnic minority groups. “This may be especially true for students from racial and ethnic minority backgrounds, for whom specific stressors — such as discrimination and impostor syndrome — can contribute to increased rates of mental health problems,” the study reads. Tenzing Sherpa, a sophomore majoring in neuroscience, works with first-year students of color through SDMA. She said some students are hesitant to visit Courtesy of Loyola University Chicago the Wellness Center because they’re worried counselors won’t fully understand The Wellness Center has 15 staff members to service Loyola’s 12,200 undergraduates. their identities, backgrounds and experi- support at the Sullivan Center, through or the two counselors who work at Arences as students of color. the various offices there, whether it’s ac- rupe College — Loyola’s two-year associ“You wouldn’t want to talk to [a coun- ademic advising or the Student Acces- ate degree program designed for students selor] who doesn’t share the same identi- sibility Center or the Tutoring Center,” to graduate with little to no debt. ty as you,” Sherpa, 19, said. de Boer said. The Wellness Center’s 15 staff memSherpa said she thinks the Wellness The Sullivan Center staff often refers bers serve a student body of more than Center does a great job, but there’s also “a students to the Wellness Center without 12,200 undergraduate students, accordlack of awareness and communication” knowing if they go after referral, so the ing to Loyola’s website. between itself and the student body. She new on-site position is to make it easier In comparison to other schools in said having a counselor in the SDMA of- for students to get help, de Boer said. the area, DePaul University has 13 staff fice is a great idea because it means stuSimilarly to universities in the area, members for about 14,500 undergraddents will have a “familiar face” to con- such as DePaul University and North- uate students and Northwestern Uninect to the Wellness Center. western University, Loyola offers short- versity has 31 staff members for about The second counselor will work term individual psychotherapy — treat- 8,200 undergraduate students, among primarily in the Sullivan Center with ing mental health issues by talking with a over 16,700 total students on its Evanacademic advisors, tutors, students mental health professional. ston campus. within the Student Accessibility Center If a student needs longer-term ther“It really represents a significant — which provides on-campus support apy, they’re referred to counselors in the and major investment that the adminand accommodations for students with community, according to de Boer. istration is making in student mental disabilities — and other student support De Boer, a licensed clinical psycholo- health, and responding to the needs offices, including the Office of First-Year gist, said when he started at the Wellness that are being expressed by students Experience and the Financial Aid Office. Center in 2004, the staff was comprised of … and the rising rates of anxiety and The counselor will also work on training four people. Since then, it has increased depression,” de Boer said. and coaching for peer tutors, academic to 15 staff members — made up of psyThe new counselors will be available advisors and other staff. chologists, social workers, counselors to students as soon as next semester, “A lot of people get referred to us and a full-time psychiatrist. This number depending on the recruiting process, who are seeking additional academic doesn’t account for the two new positions he said.



As women’s soccer searches for its second consecutive When the Loyola women’s soccer seniors got to Loyola in 2016, Now, as seniors, they’re preparing to be the No. 1 seed in LU CALZADA

Stephanie Miller | The Phoenix

Loyola senior midfielder Aleksa Tataryn defends against DePaul.

Stephanie Miller | The Phoenix

The Loyola women’s soccer team didn’t become consecutive regular season conference champions overnight. It’s taken three years to bring the team from a losing record to where it’s now, and the 2020 class has been a consistent asset in this turnaround. According to the six seniors, their class’ close bond has been a crucial part in pushing them to work for success. They will play their final MVC Tournament together Nov. 8-10 in Springfield, Missouri, with Loyola playing in the semifinal Nov. 8. If they win, they will play the championship game Nov. 10. The six seniors are goalkeeper Kate Moran, defender Madison Laudeman, forward Savannah Cruz and midfielders Aleksa Tataryn, Sienna Cruz and Ari Banks. The Ramblers had a record of 5-11-3 in the 2016 season — the seniors’ first year on the team — and finished sixth out of seven teams in the Missouri Valley Conference (MVC). All of the Loyola seniors played the majority of those games except Moran and Savannah Cruz, who was out with an injury. In 2017, the record improved to 13-7, and it was 11-7-1 the following season when the team won its first MVC Championship. The senior players have tallied 41 total wins during their time at Loyola. The Ramblers were picked to win the conference in the MVC preseason poll — a survey of MVC coaches — in 2018 and 2019. In 2018, the Ramblers went on to win the MVC championship game, sending them to the NCAA tournament, where they lost 1-0 to Florida State University, the eventual champion. Head coach Barry Bimbi said this class is made up of “high achievers” who have grown a lot since their first year on the team. He said after working through their initial losses and learning the importance of hard work, they set a good example for younger members of the team.

“Success is easy for those [players] that weren’t around [for the losses] — it looks really easy,” Bimbi said. “But it takes dedication, it takes sacrifice to be … a successful Division I athlete. And they’re really educating the younger players on what it takes.” Laudeman said the seniors’ bond came from the transformation. The Chesterfield, Missouri native said they all take pride in themselves for being a part of such a turnaround for the program.

“Success is easy for those [players] that weren’t around [for the losses — it looks really easy. But it takes dedication, it takes sacrifice to be ... a successful Division I athlete.” BARRY BIMBI Women’s soccer coach

Bimbi said the seniors are all competitive, which has been an important part of their success. He said the players help push each other to improve, especially with all of them getting more playing time this year. “No matter if it’s a scrimmage, non-conference game, conference game, a game in practice, they compete,” Bimbi said. “That kind of separates them from classes in the past.” Moran — who missed her senior season due to a torn ACL — said she’s thankful for the support of her class through the ups and downs of playing in college. “Always having those girls by [my] side has meant a whole lot,” the Denver, Colorado native said. Savannah Cruz, who has played alongside her twin sister the last four years, said they have been the ones to reach out if anything was happening outside of soccer, even getting together for group meals to check in. “Coming in as seniors, we knew the expectation of us … and the picture we

wanted to put in the entire team’s head,” the Cottage Grove, Wisconsin native said. “We need to be a good senior class, we need to be there for the freshmen.” Redshirt graduate senior forward Simone Wark transferred this year from the University of South Carolina to pursue a master’s degree in integrated marketing. Since arriving in Rogers Park, she has been a strong force, scoring five goals and winning MVC Offensive Player of the Week Oct. 21 and Newcomer of the Week Oct. 21 and Oct. 28. Even though it’s her first year on the team, Wark said she’s picked up on the seniors’ camaraderie on and off the field. At South Carolina, Wark was the only member of her class on the team since her sophomore year. The Whitby, Ontario native said the welcoming and outgoing nature of the Loyola senior class has helped her transition here. “I was the only graduating senior, junior and sophomore, in my experience,” Wark said. “I think just having that support system … strength in numbers is truly something that signifies our senior class.” With their final college games on the horizon, many of the seniors, including Laudeman, said they will always keep soccer in their life even without professional playing careers. “I definitely hope to maybe coach my kids someday,” Laudeman, 21, said. “I could never completely let it go. I have little cousins and family friends who are younger and just dying to play, and they look up to me, as well.” Tataryn said her favorite memory on the Ramblers, even above the NCAA Tournament, was winning the 2018 MVC championship at home. The Plymouth, Minnesota native said she’ll be taking away a lot from her Loyola career, especially the memories of the program’s turnaround. She said she wants to leave that legacy of success. “[From] a losing season to sophomore year [when] we scored so many goals, and then last year making it to the NCAA Tournament,” Tataryn said. “It’s been … a really great career.” The Ramblers are set to take on Drake University in Springfield. Nov. 8. Kick-off is scheduled for 6 p.m and the game will be broadcast on ESPN+.

Loyola senior defender Madison Laudeman brings the ball upfield.

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Loyola graduate transfer forward Simone Wark dribbles around a DePaul defender during a game Sept. 12. Loyola senior midfielder Ari Banks defends against a DePaul ballhandler during a game Sept. 12.



MVC tournament title, its seniors look to leave their mark the Ramblers went 5-11-3 and finished 6th in the MVC. the conference tournament for the second straight year.

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Loyola senior midfielder Sienna Cruz is one of six players to have been on the women’s soccer team for the last four years. In 2016, Loyola went 5-11-3 and is now 12-4-1 four years later and headed to the MVC tournament.



NOVEMBER 6, 2019

With Sheridan Road dominated by corporate chains, local business suffers Alanna Demetrius The Phoenix

THE PHOENIX EDITORIAL BOARD Among the fast-food chains along North Sheridan Road near Loyola’s Lake Shore Campus lie empty storefronts begging for local businesses to fill the vacancies. Five Guys Burgers and Fries closed its doors earlier this semester after six years of business. Last semester, Royal Coffee bid adieu to its spot on the corner of Sheridan and Pratt. Bar 63, a former favorite Thursday night hang-out for Loyola students, said farewell to the neighborhood last year. GoGrocer also closed a few years back. These businesses closing their doors have left storefronts vacant, and it’s time Rogers Park reverts back to its local roots. The neighborhood has long been a poster child for local businesses — from the eccentric Armadillo’s Pillow bookstore to the somewhat swanky Rogers Park Social cocktail lounge. But near Loyola, storefronts have fallen into the trap of appealing to college students simply through corporate chains. Local businesses are essential to maintain the unique identity of Rogers Park and its niche economy. According to statistics from multiple studies performed by Civic Economics — an economic analysis firm — about 48 percent of each purchase at local businesses was recirculated locally, compared to less than 14 percent of purchases at chain stores.

The trend of chains moving into the neighborhood noticeably detracts from the Rogers Park character we see in our beloved local businesses. It’s no secret corporate chains are less unique than local spots. Instead of an offbeat interior design and an owner who lives a few blocks from work, cookie-cutter processes take over. The experience becomes less intimate and efficiency is prioritized over personality.

What chains like Taco Bell are missing is local color, community investment and often a friendly conversation.

It’s hard not to fall into that trap. College students often prioritize two things — cheap options and cheap options that are open late. Just look at the success of the Taco Bell on Sheridan Road. On any Thursday, Friday or Saturday night, the lobby is packed with students looking for a late-night snack. But what chains like Taco Bell are missing is local color, community investment and often a friendly conversation. Sam’s Chicken and Ribs is located near the Granville Red Line Station and it’s open until four in the morning on weekends.

Mary Norkol Emily Rosca Mary Chappell Adrian Nevarez Nick Schultz Mary Grace Ritter Regulars at Sam’s can expect their regular order to be thrown on the grill before they even place it. Sam’s should be an example for the type of business that should be located on Sheridan Road. With three shuttered businesses in close proximity to campus, this is an opportunity to show students the beauty of shopping local. Our preference? A replacement for Bar 63 — a locally owned spot for students to socialize on a weekend night. Last year, The Phoenix Editorial Board published a piece calling for more bars near campus, laying out numerous benefits, including safety. We wouldn’t argue with an authentic bakery either. Ideally, it would feature comfortable armchairs made for long hours of studying and a wide array of treats and snacks unable to be found at the several Dunkin’ or Starbucks locations within walking distance. Since the December 2018 loss of the Heartland Cafe just north of the Lake Shore Campus, we could also use a locally owned restaurant with more vegan and vegetarian options. Not to mention we’re feeling the absence of the Red Line Tap, where local musicians were able to showcase their latest work. To supplement Taco Bell, what about an authentic Mexican restaurant that’s open just as late? While North Clark Street just west of campus is dominated by good Mexican eats, it’s clear we’re missing

something like that in the area immediately around campus. No matter how much you love Margarita Monday at Flaco’s Tacos, that just doesn’t cut it as authentic or local. While Insomnia Cookies cures the hankering for sweets, it’s just another chain. We’d like to see a spot where students can hang out, satisfy their sweet tooth and put dollars back toward their community. This isn’t the first time this editorial board has voiced its appreciation for local businesses. We — as students and journalists

— have grown to know and love our community, but we need more opportunities to support it. While students have their own responsibility to patronize and appreciate local hubs, we can only call on Loyola students to appreciate their community if there are options to explore. This is a chance for Loyola to benefit the community and revive local business on Sheridan. Don’t get us wrong, we love Taco Bell in the newsroom, but we’d love even more to see Sheridan Road lined with Roger Park shops.

Madison Savedra The Phoenix

Five Guys closed its doors early this semseter after six years of business on Sheridan Road.

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Gun violence has been a defining issue for Chicago, a city known for its high homicide rates. Last week, President Donald Trump visited Chicago for the first time since he took office and he came with insults. “All over the world, they are talking about Chicago,” Trump said during a press conference with Chicago’s police department. “It’s embarrassing to us as a nation." We aren’t an embarrassment — Chicago is a world-class city with some of the most diverse neighborhoods, cultures and people in the country. Admittedly, it does have a problem with gun violence, but the blame isn’t completely on the City. The federal government is largely to blame as well. In 1989, Chicago law enforcement believed distributors were intentionally selling guns to individuals who intended on using or reselling guns in the city. Chicago filed a lawsuit against manufacturers, distributors and dealers of firearms in Illinois State Court and needed the information on stores they suspected were involved. The city of Chicago filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request with the United States Department of the Treasury Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF) to retrieve information on gun sales in local and national gun shops. The ATF holds information on gun sales and uses a tracking system to trace a buyer to a firearm by searching its serial number. The ATF provided most of the information that was requested but many significant details were left out, including specific names of individuals who were suspected

Gun violence in Chicago is just as much on the federal government as it is on the City Photo courtesy of Pixabay

The city of Chicago has a history of gun violence in many of its low-income communities and last week President Trump called it "embarrassing."

in the lawsuit. The City filed a suit against the ATF in federal district court under FOIA and the decision was in favor of Chicago. The ATF appealed a second time and the case was taken up by the United States Supreme Court. The Supreme Court reversed the appeal court’s decision and favored the ATF in keeping information censored. The decision to withhold this information made it difficult for

Chicago to enforce gun policies and keep guns from coming into the city. Despite Chicago’s strict gun regulations, which include background checks, gun violence is worsening in Chicago. Crime spiked in 2016 from under 40 a month to over 80, according to Northwestern University’s Institute for Policy Research. In the summers of 2016 and 2017, there were about 80 fatal shootings a

month in Chicago, according to the research conducted by Northwestern University. The violence was reportedly concentrated in a handful of communities, including Austin, Garfield Park, North and South Lawndale, Englewood and West Pullman. Many of these are lower income neighborhoods. The majority of the victims are young, black men between the ages of 16 and 30, according to data


compiled by the Chicago Tribune. The facts paint a clear picture of the problem present in these low income neighborhoods. There’s nowhere for kids and young adults to go when they aren’t in school. As the population in schools continue to climb, the funding hasn’t met the demand. Many schools are left with insufficient resources to teach students, so outside schools, programs such as day care and extracurricular activities aren’t as prevalent due to the lack of funding. The state needs to put more money into education and ensure it gets to schools, primarily those located in lower income neighborhoods. Illinois has been a blue state that holds up progressive values, such as strict gun regulation. Background checks and waiting periods are required when applying for a longrifle or handgun license. Chicago even banned handguns in 1982 but the ban was struck down in 2010 by the U.S. Supreme Court. Illinois became the last state in the nation to approve concealed carry which would allow residents of Illinois to carry a gun on their person if they have a license. Despite the gun regulations in Chicago, states including Indiana have gun regulations that are more relaxed and these guns bought in a different state could be transported into the city illegally. Even with strict federal gun laws, criminals will still find a way to smuggle guns, but let’s not make it easy for them. We can’t be complacent and allow gun violence to define the reputation of this cultural city. People — including the president — have given up on Chicago. But if the community continues to voice its concerns and calls for more federal funding, we may finally see a decrease in shootings.

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‘Call of Duty’ has finally returned to gamers’ good graces Courtesy of IGDB

The most recent addition to the “Call of Duty” series introduces a new multiplayer mode that works across gaming platforms, including Xbox, PlayStation and PC, allowing more players to go head-to-head.


“Bravo Six, going dark.” “Call of Duty” — one of the most recognized titles in modern video games — released its new game, “Call of Duty: Modern Warfare,” Oct. 25. The game plunges the player into a modern battle field and continues to shock as the campaign progresses. For a lot of college gamers, this game was a promise to bring “Call of Duty” back to its roots with boots on the ground and an engaging campaign. The beta, which was a soft release for two weekends back in September, teased awaiting fans with limited game modes in the multiplayer game mode. The game pays homage to the original “Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare,” which was released in 2007 and re-released in 2016 as a remastered title. The games lead players through an immersive campaign with situations and settings similar to real world military operations, primarily in the Middle East. The 2007 game was also popular for its online multiplayer community. The current “Call of Duty: Modern Warfare” was marketed as a reboot of the franchise. The game includes a “co-op” mode,

which are levels with objectives an online squad of players can handle however they want. Whether approaching the objective with stealth or running in with guns drawn out, the strategy is up to the players. The more recognizable game modes in the “Call of Duty” franchise have always been multiplayer and campaign. “Modern Warfare” is a boots-onthe-ground game. The past “Call of Duty” titles used unrealistic additions to their game-play, from exploding arrows to playing as a cyborg. Bootson-the-ground means players will no longer have to fear an enemy flying past their cover as a sweaty player named “xXNoobMasterXx” sprays bullets down from 20 feet in the air. This is great news for players interested in slower game styles, who actually enjoy using assault rifle classes which were unusable in past titles. For faster players, this game will take a while to get used to. Players can tinker with and modify weapons to their play style, thanks to the wide variety of customizations available. The field upgrades are special abilities that give players an advantage during a match. Players can activate their upgrade to maneuver silently for 20 seconds or use ammunition that

deals more damage to enemies. The multiplayer maps make great settings for these matches and can help highlight these field upgrades. Maps that came out at launch are one of the only problems with the game. They can be lopsided and frustrating at times. There are some areas that make it very easy to sit in one spot all game and shoot at enemy players as they walk by. It wouldn’t be an issue if some game objectives weren’t located in these locations, but unfortunately they are sometimes. Another feature of multiplayer has finally bridged the divide among gamers from every corner of the universe. Cross-platform play allows players using Xbox servers to join matches with players who are using PC or even PlayStation servers. This has somehow made lobbies even more toxic. The campaign is the best part of “Call of Duty: Modern Warfare.” The storyline for the “Modern Warfare” series of games has been well-received by most fans of the franchise. With the return of Captain Price — an iconic main character from previous games — this campaign was anticipated to be one of the best. This game didn’t disappoint. In the very first mission, it’s clear this

is a no-nonsense story. A group of men carrying automatic weapons are in the back of a moving van, passing around a cigarette. The camera pans from the television playing a terrorist manifesto, across the group, to a man wearing a vest strapped with explosives. The man gets out at Piccadilly Circus — a heavily populated tourist location in London. A few people walking nearby start to notice him, including a mother and her young son. Just as the suicide bomber lifts the detonator, the “Modern Warfare” title screen appears. It’s a chilling opening scene and it doesn’t get any lighter from there. The campaign highlights the true horrors of warfare in the modern era. The

bombings and fire fights in civilian populated areas show just how eary and disturbing war can be. There are missions where players even play as a child in Urzikstan, which is a fictional country located in the Caucasus Region that borders Russia and Georgia. Russian soldiers invade the country and it’s a disturbingly realistic first-hand experience of an invasion and mass killings. Playing as characters from different military organizations trying to take down a terrorist group in possession of a toxic chemical stolen from the Russians, the missions are immersive. The storyline pulls players in and keeps them craving more action.

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“Call of Duty: Modern Warfare” was released Friday, Oct. 25 to download.

‘Jojo Rabbit’ delivers wry humor, fumbles with tone PAIGE TWENTER

Taika Waitit’s (“Thor: Ragnarok,” “What We Do in the Shadows”) newest comedy-drama film, “Jojo Rabbit,” features a brilliant and childlike perspective on Nazi Germany, but struggles with its tone. The film, which had a limited release Oct. 18, centers on Jojo “Rabbit” Betzler (Roman Griffin Davis), a 10-year-old boy who navigates his life during the end of World War II with the help of his imaginary friend, Adolf Hitler (played by Taika Waititi). Jojo’s beliefs and blind admiration for the Nazi Party are tested when his mother Rosie Betzler (Scarlett Johansson) helps hide a Jewish girl in their home. Waititi’s canny perspective shines in the film, transporting the audience into Jojo’s thought process and viewpoint. By breaking the fourth wall in the first scene and low camera angles, the viewer is forced to look through

Jojo’s eyes, which alleviates the tension between the audience and the constant jokes about World War II. The cinematography blends Jojo’s youthfulness and the film’s humor together, as war-torn Germany is replaced by whimsical, pastel-colored buildings that add to the childlike perspective. The film never frames itself as historically accurate, rather, it creates its own reality through the eyes of Jojo. Cut shots are interwoven with comical scenes and help quicken the pace, which was severely needed as a large part of the middle dragged on at a deathly slow speed. The best moments were the eccentric comedic scenes that delicately and wisely combined slapstick jokes about World War II and youthful humor. Rebel Wilson, who played a camp instructor at a Hitler Youth camp Jojo attends, was in a majority of the film’s funniest moments. At times, however, it seemed the film was simply two different movies

carelessly mashed together. Following the humor-packed scenes in the beginning, the rest of the movie quickly devolved from its light-hearted tone into a quasi-dramatic direction. Oftentimes, there was no transition between humorous moments and emotionally-moving scenes, leading to confusion and an

overall letdown. Many of the dramatic scenes felt forced and flat, and they awkwardly took up a large portion of the film’s second half. The relationship between Jojo and Elsa Korr (Thomasin McKenzie), the Jewish girl Jojo’s mother hides, was sometimes heartfelt but mainly stale

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“Jojo Rabbit” interweaves comical and dramtic scenes that leave viewers confused

and predictable. A few memorable lines revolved around the film’s overarching question both Jojo and Elsa try to answer in their own way: who is the real enemy? In their classic — and often cliche — enemies-to-friends relationship, Elsa tells Jojo, “We’re like you, but human.” There were a few dramatic moments that worked, including a tense scene between Elsa and Jojo being confronted by Gestapo agents. During many of the emotional scenes, however, there was little suspense or anticipation, and the characters’ lives eventually lost their importance. Jojo’s confusion with his beliefs matched the confusing purpose of the movie. It was an awkward attempt at balancing drama and comedy to show the brainwashing of children in Nazi Germany. Overall, the film bit off too much and expected the audience to chew its bizarre direction. “Jojo Rabbit,” rated PG-13, hits theaters nationwide Nov. 8.

NOVEMBER 6, 2019

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‘The Morning Show’ isn’t the breakout Apple TV+ needs it to be ALEC KARAM

Apple entered the television streaming game with the launch of its own service, Apple TV+. “The Morning Show,” a drama led by Jennifer Aniston, Reese Witherspoon and Steve Carell, acts as the service’s most lucrative prospect in interesting viewers. The service debuted three of 10 episodes at launch. “The Morning Show” is often a hyper-serious, drab miscalculation of what a post-#MeToo backstage television drama should be. It’s a fine show, but given the star caliber and subject matter, it’s a case of wasted potential. “The Morning Show” takes place in a post-#MeToo world, where sexual harassment and assault victims publicized celebrity misconduct, such as the case of “The Today Show” host Matt Lauer. When morning show host Mitch Kessler (Steve Carell) is fired for sexual misconduct, his co-host Alex Levy (Jennifer Aniston) and the rest of the production staff scramble for a fix. When conservative news correspondent Bradley Jackson (Reese Witherspoon) becomes the subject of a viral video, The Morning Show executive producer Cory Ellison (Billy Crudup) recruits her for a guest spot

on the show. In a whirlwind, Bradley lands herself the coveted co-host position at the hands of Alex. “The Morning Show” is a mixed bag. The acting and character dynamics brought in by Aniston (“Friends,” “We’re the Millers”), Witherspoon (“Legally Blonde,” “Big Little Lies”) and Carell (“The Office,” “The 40 YearOld Virgin”) are expectedly phenomenal, as is the gripping directing. Aside from the main three actors, Mark Duplass also stands out as producer Chip Black with some much-needed energy. The show stumbles quite a bit elsewhere. With a huge ensemble, “The Morning Show” delivers under-baked characters in an overwhelming slew. Even after three full episodes, many of the main and recurring cast members remain forgettable and unnecessary entities to the show. Many share similar personalities, and trying to remember who’s who ultimately seems worthless. This problem doesn’t improve over the course of three episodes so it’s unlikely to vastly change by the 10th. Similarly egregious, the show’s conflation of morning news programs to be a high stakes and intensely serious industry rings hollow. Shows such as “Good Morning America” and “The Today Show” certainly amass a multitude of viewers, but are hardly the crème de la crème of the entertain-

ment industry. “The Morning Show” seems to forget that at times, which lessens the realism. The show’s other big problem are the episodes’ roughly hour-long runtimes. A strict editor would have greatly sufficed in cutting out the fat. This is particularly noticeable in scenes that deal solely with some of the periphery characters. If the writers don’t want to make these characters even slightly engaging, then they shouldn’t bother dedicating vital screentime to their mundanities. “The Morning Show” does occasionally poke fun at the relative unimportance of morning news stories, most often through Bradley. Still, it falls victim to taking itself too seriously. Relying on melodrama over dark comedy is a missed opportunity to utilize the show’s full potential, even though the comedic stars make great transitions into the dramatic field. Where “The Morning Show” shines, though, it shines bright. Aniston plays the role of Alex with adept understanding and nuance. She adds immense dimension to the role, maximizing her as sympathetic, strong and utterly captivating. Carell lights up his role as Mitch incredibly well, too. He brings likability to his morally gray character that enhances the show’s take on the #MeToo

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Jennifer Aniston and Steve Carell star in Apple TV+’s new show “The Morning Show.”

scandal to be more poignant and deep. Watching Mitch grapple with the dissolution of his career and image provides a fascinating segue away from the busy morning show production scenes and works as a strong balance. The standout of the show is Witherspoon’s take on Bradley. A fish out of water in the big city corporate world, Bradley provides quite a bit of comic relief and energy to “The Morning Show.” While many of the characters feel entirely depthless and dull, Witherspoon’s portrayal has enough personality to carry just about any scene she’s in. If the show can tighten its cast and

runtimes, “The Morning Show” could truly become Apple’s breakout hit. As of now, it’s middling. Aside from its star-studded cast, little about the show serves as a key persuading factor to subscribing to Apple TV+. It’s fine, but on a service that offers only nine shows at launch, fine just isn’t worth the price. “The Morning Show” streams Fridays on Apple TV+. The first two episodes are currently streaming for free on the site. At launch, the service features nine series, including Jason Momoa-led “See” and Hailee Steinfeld-starring “Dickinson.” Subscriptions cost $4.99 a month.

Indie pop group COIN lights up the Vic Theatre with electric energy AMANDA MAURER

The lights were low but anticipation was high as indie pop group COIN took the stage at The Vic Theatre (3145 N. Sheffield Ave.) Nov. 1. Alternative pop project Dayglow opened for the band, strutting on stage in cowboy hats and greeting the audience with a “Howdy, Chicago.” The five-member group started off the night with upbeat vibes to please COIN fans, with songs such as “False Direction” and “Hot Rod” from their album “Fuzzybrain.” Taking the stage in matching orange pants, COIN’s epic energy began immediately with their opening unreleased track “Into My Arms” and the more familiar 2018 single “Growing Pains.” Lead singer Chase Lawrence’s headbanging, hip-thrashing and overall exhilarating energy fueled the crowd throughout the entire show.

Rows of lights backlighting the band enhanced its performance and energy. Colors and intensity changed with every song, and flashing strobe lights amped up the crowd at just the right moments. The lights even coordinated with lyrics at times, especially with lines “Black and white / Rainbow,” from the song “Simple Romance.” About halfway through the show, Lawrence asked the audience if the band could perform a song from their new album, “Dreamland,” set to release Jan. 24, 2020. The crowd cheered in affirmation as the group played the new track, “Nobody’s Baby.” The band’s intensity only toned down when the setlist chilled out with “Malibu 1992” from its second album, “How Will You Know If You Never Try.” Lawrence then swapped his synthesizer for a keyboard and the band performed a slower, skeletal piano version of “Time Machine,” from their debut namesake album.

Contagious energy from each band member — lead guitarist Joe Memmel, bassist Matt Martin and drummer Ryan Winnen alongside Lawrence — returned for the final few songs, including most recent single “Crash My Car.” Lawrence’s voice rarely showed signs of fatigue despite the band performing 17 high-energy songs in just over an hour. Lawrence and the crew demonstrated their dedication to performing, and the crowd cheered, clapped and danced along to show their appreciation. “One more?” Lawrence asked the audience, who emphatically clapped and cheered in response. “Let’s make it count.” The band delivered an electric encore performance of the song “Feeling,” off the album “How Will You Know If You Never Try,” to close out the night. Dayglow and COIN are available to stream on Spotify and Apple Music.

Photos by Mary Grace Ritter The Phoenix

Indie pop band COIN jumped, danced and jammed at The Vic Theatre on Friday, Nov. 1. The Nashville natives are promoting their upcoming album “Dreamland,” set to be released Jan. 24, 2020.

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‘Terminator: Dark Fate,’ a thumbs up while submerged in lava BEN MOONEY SAM HALFPENNY

The “Terminator” franchise has been plagued by installments continually declining in quality. “Terminator: Dark Fate,” released Nov. 1, flips this trend. It may not be as fantastic as the first two films in the series, but it proves to be an entertaining movie that fits well in the “Terminator” universe. The plot follows Dani (Natalia Reyes), aided by Grace (Mackenzie Davis), Sarah Connor (Linda Hamilton) and Carl (Arnold Schwarzenegger), as she’s hunted down by a new type of Terminator. The heroes must run from place to place to escape the Rev9 (Gabriel Luna) as it attempts to stop Dani from creating a resistance movement against the future AI apocalypse. Directed by Tim Miller (“Deadpool,” “Sonic the Hedgehog”), this film has no shortage of fun, over-the-top action the series always delivers. Sam: Skynet Enthusiast

“Terminator: Dark Fate” takes plenty of notes after the multiple bombs released in the past, going back to its roots and retconning everything

beyond “Terminator 2: Judgement Day.” It gets rid of the over-complicated plots and storylines from the later films, focusing solely on the basic story from the original two films. It goes back to the original’s simplistic roots — a terminator trying to kill the one person who can stop their evil reign in the future and the protagonist’s goal to protect the target. By not making the plot too intricate or complicated, the writers — David S. Goyer (“Batman Begins,” “Blade”) and Billy Ray (“Overlord,” “Captain Phillips”) — make room to focus on a more linear and faithful story while adding an interesting new canon to the Terminator universe. The writing is both fun and inventful, giving the audience a long-awaited experience since the last good Terminator film nearly three decades ago. The writing shines with faithful portrayals of old characters and impactful new characters. The film knows exactly what its original characters should be like, never trying to overestimate or underestimate their skills or emotions. Sarah returns as the rugged and tough main character from the original films, hunting down any terminators that show up in the world. There’s plenty of heart in this film, with each actor bringing as much to the table as they can. The action is creative and fast-paced, with each sequence making the audience heavily invested in the scenes and the characters’ fates — their dark fates. Laugh please. But overall, “Terminator: Dark Fate” is a worthy and faithful installment in the Terminator series, giving original fans and new viewers an entertaining, action-packed sequel.

E-readers shouldn’t be a thing


As I continue to settle into my apartment months after I moved in, I've started to uncover items I thought were long gone. A disposable film camera, backup headphones and even old (and rather cringey) diaries. The amount of sentimental stuff I shoved into random bags and never unpacked is literally endless. One item I found didn’t spark any joy though — it actually made me cringe harder than those diary entries did. That item was an e-reader. I don’t remember packing that stupid thing, but it seems to have followed me. I remember being so excited to receive that Barnes and Noble NOOK as a gift. I had long been spending all my money on books and my shelves had become so filled with them that they began to make their way to the floor. I was ready for

E-readers take away the magic of physical books.

a change and I was sure switching to a NOOK was going to be a good one, but not even 30 pages into my first e-book, I hated it with a passion. I felt so bad I hated the gift, so I pretended to use it for years when really I kept it under my bed. Sorry, Dad, but it’s time you knew the truth. Physical books are just so much better. I seemed to have escaped the trap of e-books, unlike a lot of people I’ve come across. Though actual e-readers seem to be less popular than they were before, reading on tablets and devices is more prominent than ever. There are millions of e-books waiting to be downloaded and though it may be convenient for some, it spurs so much rage in me. Physical books have a magic to them. The vibrant covers, the way pages feel when they float between your fingertips — even the smell of new books is amazing (better than a new car smell). They’re comforting. You can’t beat that feeling of laying in bed with a book and a cup of tea and honestly e-readers are just not as cuddly as regular books (I know firsthand). E-books also make me feel removed from the story. Having smaller than average page size, funky text and pressing a button to turn a page is so distracting. I spend more time thinking of how much I hate reading on a screen than actually paying attention to the book itself. I guess I honestly just don’t get the point. For me, reading is about removing myself from this technology-cluttered society, taking a step back from constantly looking at a bright screen and getting lost in a world that’s not my own. It seems contradictory to me. My goal is to eradicate e-books from the planet. Maybe that’s an exaggeration, but I sure would love a world where they didn’t exist. I’ll be sure to make this point known the next time I see someone using an e-reader on CTA. Anyway, if anyone is in the market for an e-reader, I'm selling one. Email me for inquiries.

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The new “Terminator: Dark Fate” brings a fun, action-packed film into the “Terminator” universe after hiatus of decent films.

Ben: Andrew Yang Supporter

Being the best “Terminator” film since the second installment may make this film watchable but it doesn’t make it good. While possessing many laudable qualities, this film falls short in many departments. The acting is solid, but most of the characters aren’t given anything to work with, from the mediocre script to spotty direction. The simplicity of the script gives the plot a laser focus that works as a double-edged sword, helping the plot but hurting the characters and dialogue. The characters, with the exception of Sarah and Carl, feel

hollow and one-dimensional. Grace especially feels like she was written entirely by committee, with a comically predictable backstory and a “too cool for school” personality type. Thankfully, Reyes' performance compensates for the subpar character writing, making Dani a more interesting character. Boring cinematography clings to this film like white on rice. Almost every dialogue scene uses shot reverse shot technique and every action scene uses wide shots and fast cuts, making the film feel repetitive and neutering any sense of progress.

Slow panning shots mark the height of the cinematography of “Terminator: Dark Fate” and even these slightly uninspired shots are few and far between. The movie lacks the fundamentals of a great film — cinematography and writing. And frankly, that’s all that holds this movie back from being a classic like “Terminator 2: Judgement Day.” These aspects feel like they were created in a boardroom and left the film feeling more like a product than an artistic expression. “Terminator: Dark Fate,” rated R, is showing in theaters nationwide.

It’s not a phase, Mom, it’s a lifestyle


Not to be dramatic, but I wouldn’t be the person I am today without My Chemical Romance (MCR). Okay, that’s pretty dramatic but so is MCR. The iconic emo group wore its heart on its sleeve for 12 years until its breakup in 2013. It left fans with a short, unsatisfying statement, and a now-deleted tweet from frontman Gerard Way saying “It’s not a band, it’s an idea.” On Oct. 31, that “idea” announced its reunion. Grown-up middle school emo kids were filled with as much glee as any emo kid could muster proving it’s truly not a phase, Mom. I discovered MCR’s post announcing a show in Los Angeles Dec. 20 while alone in my room and blurted

out statements I’m not allowed to say in print. I never thought this day would come. I’d held out hope, but I never put too much stock into the idea. It was hard after all the false alarms — the song “Fake Your Death” with the release of its 2014 compilation album “May Death Never Stop You” and a cryptic tweet in 2016 of a flag with the piano of “Welcome to the Black Parade,” which turned out to be a commemorative album for the 10-year anniversary of its third album “The Black Parade.” Each time, I vowed to my mom that when MCR got back together it didn’t matter where I was, what I was doing or how much it cost, I would find my way to the show. Unfortunately, logistics have now gotten in the way and getting out to L.A. right before the holidays doesn’t look like a feasible option. The show sold out in a matter of minutes. I guess there are a few other people out there who made the same declarations I did. But, that just goes to show it really isn’t a phase. For many people like myself, these songs are able to articulate untapped emotions. After all, emo

is short for emotional and the overthe-top instrumentals, theatrical song structure and curated lyrics let me be as dramatic as I am in my head. It’d be a little weird if I ran down the street screaming about death, but Gerard can do that for me and I can walk down the street pretending I’m in a music video. So even though MCR was broken up for many of my formative years, it's still been actively rotating through my recently played. The band has and always will hold a special place in my heart with the coveted title of the reason I got into music. My seventh grade self wanted to know the hype behind my crush's MCR shirts. When I stumbled across the band on iTunes — because, yes, I was purchasing music at $1.29 a song for my iPod Nano — I listened to the 30-second clip and fell in love. I couldn't tell you why "I'm Not Okay (I Promise)" resonated with 12-year-old trauma-less Mary Grace, but here we are. Nearly 10 years later I can often promise I'm not okay, but My Chemical Romance's reunion definitely makes things a lot more okay.

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A&E editor Mary Grace Ritter fangirls about one of her favorite bands, My Chemical Romance, finally getting back together.


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WOMEN’S SOCCER: NEMEC WINS FOURTH MVC FRESHMAN OF THE WEEK AWARD For the fourth time this season, midfielder Megan Nemec brought home MVC Freshman of the Week honors, the conference announced Nov. 4. Nemec scored a goal in Loyola’s 2-0 win over Evansville Oct. 31 and sits third in the MVC with six goals on the season.

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WVB: BARNES NAMED MVC FRESHMAN OTW First-year outside hitter Addie Barnes picked up her second MVC Freshman of the Week award this week, the MVC announced Nov. 4. Barnes averged 3.86 kills per set and 4 digs per set as the Ramblers defeated Evansville and Indiana State Nov. 1-2.





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A year after advancing to its first NCAA tournament since 2007, the Loyola women’s soccer team hopes to do it again as the No. 1 seed in this year’s MVC tournament. Stephanie Miller | The Phoenix

The Loyola women’s soccer team went undefeated in Missouri Valley Conference action and sealed the No. 1 seed in the conference tournament once again.


The match-ups are set and the days are numbered until the women’s soccer Missouri Valley Conference Tournament. The Ramblers stand out with their 10-game win streak, but all the top seeds are still fine-tuning their game before the Nov. 8-10 tournament. Loyola University Chicago

The Loyola women’s soccer team is gearing up for its second consecutive tournament as regular season champion. However, head coach Barry Bimbi said the Ramblers’ preparation for this tournament isn’t much different from the past. The Ramblers won their first MVC Tournament last season and went to the NCAA Tournament, where they lost 1-0 to eventual champion Florida State University. Bimbi said the team is preparing the same way as last year, but now with more confidence after seeing what it accomplished last season. Senior defender Madison Laudeman, 21, said the depth of the Loyola side this year will make the team stand out in the MVC. She also said last year’s championship proved the team can succeed after falling behind in the beginning. Last year, the Ramblers won the MVC Tournament championship game over Drake University 3-2. After

being down 2-1 going into the second half, current sophomore midfielder Abby Swanson and current junior forward Katharine Stephens scored to put Loyola ahead for the win. Bimbi said going into this year, he knew the team would be adjusting to losing some main goal-scorers. One graduate, forward Jenna Szczesny, scored 11 goals in 2018 and was then drafted by the Chicago Red Stars in the National Women’s Soccer League Draft. Another graduate, defender Madison Kimball, tallied nine goals in 2018. Despite losing top scorers, Bimbi expected the Ramblers to be different, but better, this year. “We have six or seven girls that can score five or six goals,” Bimbi said. “What we kind of envisioned the team to be, it’s coming true.” There’s one thing Bimbi said the team will need to improve on before the tournament: corner kicks. Bimbi said with games becoming more intense, it’s important the Ramblers master them since they can be direct opportunities for a goal. “They’re important this time of year,” Bimbi said. “That would be an area of focus for us: how do we get a little more efficient scoring off of set pieces … especially corner kicks.” First-year goalkeeper Grace Droessler said her focus during the tournament will be keeping the team together. “As a goalkeeper, [what’s] often

overlooked is setting the pace and the mentality of the game,” the communications major said. “That’s going to be really important … staying stable in the back and building up from there.” Droessler, 18, has been in goal for the entirety of Loyola’s win streak and has only let in more than one goal on three occasions. Bimbi said he hopes Droessler and Laudeman will keep playing well for the Ramblers, along with senior midfielder Aleksa Tataryn. Tataryn scored seven goals this season and was named MVC Offensive Player of the Week Oct. 28. However, Bimbi said a lot of her successes don’t appear in the box scores. “It seems she’s always the one passing the ball to the person who passes the ball for the goal, but it doesn’t show up in the stat sheet,” Bimbi said. “She’s really creating a lot of really good goal-scoring opportunities.” Illinois State University

Illinois State University head coach Brad Silvey said his team is focusing on getting back to scoring multiple goals per game. The No. 2 seed team has only scored one goal per game in five of its last six games, but scored multiple for most earlier games. “Our defense has stepped up incredibly well, our goalkeeping has been phenomenal,” Silvey said. “We’re still winning and earning

some positive results, but I think we’d like to be a little sharper in front of our opponents.” Silvey said the Redbirds have been able to adapt well to playing different opponents, which he thinks will be their biggest strength. Illinois State finished the regular season with a 1-0 win over Drake University Nov. 1 and a 6-1 conference record. Drake University

Drake University advanced to the semifinals of the MVC tournament with a 1-0 win over Valparaiso University Nov. 4. Head coach Lindsey Horner said the Bulldogs had a rocky start to their season, losing their first four regular season games. However, she said they started to pick up more wins as the upperclassmen became stronger leaders on the pitch. She said redshirt senior midfielder Vanessa Kavan, senior midfielder Cassie Rohan and junior forward Hannah Bormann have stood out so far. “They want to get on the ball and make something happen,” Horner said. “Those are three that … instead of letting the game come to them, just go and find ways to put their stamp on the game.” The Ramblers are set to take on Drake University in Springfield, Missouri. Nov. 8. Kick-off is scheduled for 6 p.m and the game will be broadcast on ESPN+.

Women’s cross country cleans up at MVC meet NICK SCHULTZ

The Loyola women’s cross country team had four runners finish in the top five as it won its first ever Missouri Valley Conference (MVC) title in Valparaiso, Indiana Nov. 2. Sophomore Anneka Murrin led the charge for the Ramblers as she won the meet as an individual with a time of 17:59.97 for the 5k — less than 10 seconds faster than junior Mimi Reimers. This is the third straight year a Loyola runner won the meet after Lindsey Brewis won back-to-back medalist honors in 2017 and 2018. Loyola sophomores Tarynn Culling and Kathleen Simms rounded out the top four at the meet, finishing with times of 18:15.90 and 18:19.89, respectively. Because Loyola won the title, coach Alan Peterson was named MVC Coach of the Year. “I couldn’t be more proud of how the team prepared and came ready for this race,” Peterson said in a statement after the meet. “They took

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For the first time in program history, the Loyola women’s cross country team won the Missouri Valley Conference title.

control from the start and never left it in doubt. It was a truly unbelievable performance from them.” On the men’s side, the Ramblers finished fourth out of nine teams. Senior Riley Demeulenaere was Loyola’s highest finisher in 10th place out of 67 runners. Sophomores Ian Cummings and Chantz Visse were the next Ramblers to

cross the finish line with respective times of 25:38.83 and 25:49.68. In a statement after the meet, coach Mircea Bogdan said even though the team didn’t finish in the top three, he thought it improved from last year’s eighth-place finish. “I thought the team competed hard today and gave all they had,” Bogdan said. “We came up a little short of our goal, which was to get

on the podium. … I am particularly happy for Riley, Ian and Chantz. Now we’ll turn our attention to regionals, where we hope to improve on our finish from last season.” With conference in the books, the cross country teams are next scheduled to compete in the NCAA Midwest Regionals Nov. 15 in Stillwater, Oklahoma.


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Women’s volleyball offense runs through two successful setters ANDREW ELLIOTT

Since beginning Missouri Valley Conference (MVC) play Sept. 27, two Loyola women’s volleyball setters have recorded 10 or more assists in every game while their opponents have only done this twice. During that stretch, senior Delilah Wolf and first-year Katie Mather have both recorded 15 or more assists four times. In their recent win over Valparaiso University Oct. 25, Mather racked up 24 assists and Wolf recorded 17. Both Mather and Wolf have more than 450 total assists each so far and both average more than five assists per set. Being in charge of the offense and distributing the ball, Mather and Wolf are two stars in the MVC as the R amblers currently rank third in assists per set in the MVC with 12.6. The team is also third in the conference in total assists with 1,084 and they hold that spot despite playing seven fewer sets than firstplace University of Northern Iowa. L oyol a he a d co a ch Amand a Berkley said the two-setter rotation is beneficial for the team as both Wolf and Mather are able to play off each other’s strengths. Berkley said it’s rare to have two setters on the same team who can do so many different things on the defensive end. “Last year, we only had one setter,” Berkley said. “This year, it’s nice to have the ability to do different things and use both of their strengths.” Mather, a neuroscience major, said Wolf has been “huge” in teaching her the ins and outs of collegiate volleyball. Mather said student assistant coach Anna Fluent, a former Loyola setter, constantly works with her and Wolf in practice on timing and ball placement. “Both [Wolf] and Anna have been really helpful,” Mather said. ”Anna taking that new role as a coach, she’s definitely been helping me a lot with the technical things that are really hard to miss. [Wolf] has really helped me being composed on the court and seeing what each individual hitter needs more of to make them successful.” Mather leads the team with 574 total assists and 6.83 assists per set. Wolf, a psychology major, said

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Delilah Wolf sets the ball for Loyola. Wolf averages 5.15 assists per set this season.

Mather already has excellent timing with the hitters on the team and is far better than most first-years at the position. She added Mather’s defensive presence on the team has helped balance out the rotation and complements Wolf ’s skill as a blocker. “She’s definitely smaller and lower to the ground on defense so having her in that back row is really nice,” Wolf said. “[With the two-setter rotation], we can just change up the routes and it makes the offense more dynamic.” In a performance that impressed Wolf and the coaching staff, Mather put up 16 assists against Northern Iowa, which sits in first place in the MVC. On the defensive end, Wolf is more

of a blocker and Mather is a backrow defender, and Wolf said there isn’t much advice she can pass down to Mather about defense. Wolf said along with her setting skills, Mather has progressed defensively, too. Wolf said she’s remained in the background as Mather has progressed this season, being there to serve as a resource when she needs. “I try not to overflood [her] with too much information,” Wolf said. “I’m there when she needs me or if she asks.” Loyola is scheduled to continue its season Nov. 8 when it takes on Missouri State University. First serve is scheduled for 6 p.m. and the game will be broadcast on ESPN3.

Hot fall sports season could translate to post-season play

Abby Schnable | Sports Editor

It’s Novemb er. Prime sp or ts journalist time for us at The Phoenix. We’re in the stage where fall sports and winter sports cross over. Soccer and basketball at the same time? I’m here for this. Three Missouri Valley Conference (MVC) tournaments in the next three weeks — both soccers and volleyball. Loyola has a chance to come out on top of all three. Plus, men’s basketball and women’s basketball start this week. I’m in sports heaven.

Women’s soccer has the best chance to walk away with an NCAA tournament berth. That’s not to count out women’s volleyball and men’s soccer, but women’s soccer is undefeated in conference. The others aren’t. Newcomers Grace Droessler, Simone Wark and Megan Nemec are all dominating the women’s soccer team on top of their returning players. The Ramblers already won the regular season title — their first back-to-back title since joining the MVC — and if they win the tournament, they’ll be back in the NCAA tournament. This year, with secret weapon Wark, who has played in three NCAA tournaments with her former team, University of South Carolina. I honestly didn’t think they were going to be this good this year. I’m so glad they proved me wrong, though. Without former powerhouses Jenna Szczesny and Madison Kimball, the offense already took a hit. Then, losing starting goalkeeper Kate Moran to injury, it was going to be a challenge for sure. Despite a 5-4-1 non-conference season, the Ramblers destroyed conference play and haven’t lost

yet. I’d be surprised if they don’t walk away with Coach of the Year, Newcomer of the Year, Goalkeeper of the Year and Freshman of the Year. That’ll be announced in the next few days since the MVC tournament is Nov. 8-10. The Loyola men’s soccer team is a different story. It currently sits second in the conference with a 4-2-3 record. While usually a second place finish in the regular season would mean their chances of winning the tournament are likely, this year is an anomaly. Missouri State University is in first place and is the only undefeated men’s soccer team in Division I. Unfortunately for the men’s soccer team, it’s going to take a stroke of divine inter vention for them to win this tournament. I’d be most impressed if they did. They’ve had a pretty solid season — despite an unnecessary amount of ties in conference play. Junior transfer Justin Sukow has been a stand out player for the team. He’s the second leading scorer for the Ramblers, behind three goals from senior forward Aidan Megally. Sukow has been a much needed offensive

playmaker for the Ramblers. Alongside Sukow in midfield is sophomore Billy Hency, who is the assists leader with four. He also has tallied four goals. Megally leads the team with nine of Loyola’s 25 goals.

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Aidan Megally winds up to take a f ree kick against Drake University Oct. 27.

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Help us, Loyola Ramblers. You’re our only hope.

Nick Schultz | Sports Editor

Remember when the Bears were supposed to be contenders for the Super Bowl? Or how the Bulls and the Blackhawks were talking about making the playoffs? Simpler times, man. As we sit here now, the Bears have lost four straight games, the Bulls look like they’ve never played basketball after losing to two bad teams in the New York Knicks and the Cleveland Cavaliers, and the Blackhawks don’t know how to play defense or kill a penalty. Lucky for you, I’ve taken it upon myself to find the silver lining in this travesty that is Chicago sports. Two words: College basketball. Yes, college basketball’s back. It’s so great. Everyone else sucks in this town. We need a break from yelling at our TVs. And the Loyola men’s basketball team could be our only hope. Who’d have thought a team that lost to a Division II school last week could become the best team in town this soon?

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Junior center Cameron Krutwig put up 15 points, 10 assists and eight rebounds in the Ramblers’ season opening victory over the University of California, Davis.

That loss — which came at the hands of University of Indianapolis — put a sour taste in almost everyone’s mouths. No one went home happy after that one. But the Ramblers dominated University of California, Davis 82-48 at Gentile Arena Nov. 5 to restore hope in a team that looked so bad against Indianapolis. They looked like the Ramblers of old, even despite carrying a revamped roster with several new faces. The Big Fella, Cameron Krutwig, almost had a triple-double as he scored 15 points, grabbed eight rebounds and dished 11 assists. Three other players had double-digit points. They looked like the Ramblers we came to know and

love in 2017-18. Finally, a team depressed Chicago sports fans can watch to forget how bad everyone else is. For the next four months, Chicago will actually have teams to cheer for. Loyola might not make a run at the Missouri Valley Conference title after being picked fourth in the preseason poll, but it’ll be much more entertaining to watch decent basketball than whatever garbage the Bulls are playing at the United Center. You don’t realize how much you miss college basketball until you get stuck watching really bad professional teams. There’s a charm to it you can’t find in the

NBA, NFL or NHL. The players actually try — which is more than we can say for most NBA players. Instead of hearing about how Mitch Trubisky can’t throw a pass, we can finally hear about how great of a passer Cameron Krutwig is. Instead of hearing about how Zach LaVine can’t play defense, we can rave about how great of a defender Lucas Williamson is. Instead of talking about how the Blackhawks’ glory days might be behind them, we can talk about how promising Loyola’s future looks — which I wrote in this space a few weeks ago. I should add a disclaimer here. Loyola’s not the only Chicago college basketball team that’s supposed to be

decent. University of Illinois at Chicago was picked to finish third out of 10 teams in the Horizon League preseason poll and even picked up a first place vote. Between the Flames and the Ramblers, college basketball could be more exciting than any other major sport in town. Now, if only they played each other this year. But that’s another story. It’s hard to watch the Bulls struggle on the court. It’s even harder to watch the Blackhawks constantly turn the puck over. Don’t even start about watching the Bears’ offense. It’s college basketball’s time to shine in this great city. Oh, college basketball. I’ve missed you so much.

Dominant MVC Championship earns women’s cross country Brownie Points

Kyle Brown | Sports Editor

‘Sup y’all, I’m back with another edition of “Brownie Points” where I shed some light on the achievers or losers in the sports world. I’ll award Brownie Points to those who have earned it through stellar play and impressive performance. However, I won’t shy away from taking Brownie Points from teams following losing streaks or disappointing performances. This week, there was a big accomplishment in the Loyola Athletics community that might’ve flown under the radar a bit. Since there’s only one home match, fans don’t always pay enough attention to the cross country teams. But the women’s cross country team deserves everyone’s undivided attention. The Loyola women’s cross country team absolutely dominated at the Missouri Valley Conference (MVC) Championships. The Ramblers came in first by a mile. In cross country, the team score is tallied by the placement of the top five runners from each school. So,

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Junior center Cameron Krutwig is one of only three players left from the Final Four roster and is sure to play a key role in sustained success for Loyola the next two years.

first place earns one point, second place earns two points, etc. Because of this, the lowest team school wins the cross country meet. At the MVC Championships, Loyola earned a team score of 17 after sweeping the top four spots and Loyola’s fifth runner coming in at seventh overall. Second-place Bradley University, the two-time defending champions, finished with a score of 64. The MVC had never seen dominance quite like this. The 2003 Missouri State University women’s cross country team had the previous lowest team score at 29. The Ramblers were an astonishing 12 points lower than that. Sophomores Anneka Murrin and Kathleen Sims came in first and fourth place, respectively. Juniors

Mimi Reimers and Tarynn Cullings finished in the second and third spots, respectively. Loyola was expected to be good and competitive coming into the season. The Ramblers came in third place in the MVC preseason poll, right behind Illinois State University. Bradley ran away in the poll, finishing first while earning eight of the 10 first-place votes. Yet, the Braves’ best individual runner finished ninth — after all five of Loyola’s runners who contributed to the team score. Also, Illinois State finished fourth in the team standings. Loyola coach Alan Peterson won MVC Women’s Coach of the Year after the Ramblers won their first-ever MVC title. The Ramblers weren’t underdogs coming into the MVC Champion-

ships. But they also weren’t expected to win, especially not in such a dominant fashion. This means a hefty plate of Brownie Points for the Rambler runners. Since it was such a dominant team performance, I’m going to give the team a nice round number of 10 Brownie Points. But that’s not all for this week. On the men’s side, the cross country team finished fourth in the MVC Championship. There’s nothing exceptionally impressive or disappointing about that finish. However, Riley Demeulenaere earned the Ramblers’ lone top-10 individual finish. This is somewhat of a pity Brownie Point for the senior runner, but it still counts the same. Demeulenaere deserves recognition despite the middle-of-the-pack finish by Loyola.

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MBB: Ramblers roll past UC Davis for first win of the season continued from page 1 “It’s really hard to guard,” Krutwig said. “Coach has done a great job of putting guys in situations that are going to succeed and obviously tonight we had a bunch of guys in double figures.” As i d e f rom Kr ut w i g’s hu ge performance, the Ramblers received big minutes throughout the game from their newcomers. Hall, Kennedy, firstyear guard Paxson Wojcik, first-year forward Tom Welch and junior guard Jalon Pipkins all played more than 15 minutes, with Kennedy leading the way with 27. All five played their first Division

I minutes tonight and it translated to success, combining for 37 of the Ramblers’ 82 points. “It’s a race to maturity,” Moser said. “This was great. We were able to get [the new players] a lot of minutes. They were minutes when the game was on the line.” Just over 3,200 fans in Gentile Arena welcomed the Ramblers back to basketball season. This was a slight dip from the 3,795 fans that witnessed the 2018 home opener. The Ramblers’ next game is Friday night at Furman University in a rematch of last year’s 60-58 loss in Gentile Arena. Tip-off is set for 6 p.m. and the game will be broadcast on ESPN3.

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Senior guard Bruno Skokna dribbles past a University of California, Davis defender. Skokna had nine points against the Aggies.

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Junior center Cameron Krutwig tallied a game-high 11 assists against the Aggies.

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First-year guard Paxson Wojcik dribbles in his first collegiate game. Wojcik finished with four points and two assists.


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