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Volume 51

Issue 19

FEBRUARY 12, 2020

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

A student was expelled from Loyola after a rape allegation.

Then he walked the stage at graduation. READ THE FULL STORY PAGE 6

Women’s basketball ‘starting from scratch’ after rough January KYLE BROWN

After a historic 9-0 start to its season, the Loyola women’s basketball team (15-7, 6-5) stumbled out to a 4-5 start to Missouri Valley Conference (MVC) play. Now, the team is “starting from scratch” in an effort to break the slump. The Ramblers burst onto the scene at the start of the season, becoming the first Division I team to reach an 8-0 record on the road. Since then, Loyola has lost three consecutive road games. “Our January didn’t go how we wanted it to go or what we thought

it might be,” Loyola head coach Kate Achter said after Loyola’s win over the University of Evansville Feb. 8. “A lot of that was in our control. That edge that we had with proving people wrong and competing seemed to become complacent. Some of that’s on me, and some of that’s on them.” The Ramblers opened Missouri Valley Conference (MVC) play in the beginning of January riding a 9-2 non-conference record. But Loyola has struggled in conference play, currently sitting at 6-5 — with four of those wins coming against the bottom two teams in the league. Loyola suffered a 13-point second

half collapse on the road against Valparaiso University Jan. 24, after which Achter called out her players. “They need to grow up,” Achter said following the loss to the Crusaders. “We haven’t played well in a long time. It’s on them. They need to decide.” The Ramblers were visibly upset — and verbally in Achter’s — after the two-point loss to the Crusaders, but the worst was still to come. Immediately following the Valparaiso game, the Ramblers lost to the University of Northern Iowa Jan. 31 and Drake University Feb. 2 by a combined 48 points. WBB 14

Neil Beran The Phoenix

Women’s basketball head coach Kate Achter addresses her team — then 12-4 — in the huddle in a game against Illinois State University Jan. 19.



Loyola should nix the use of standardized tests, writes The Phoenix’s Editorial Board.

Here’s where to enjoy a Valentine’s Day dinner on a college student’s budget.




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An absent bookworm's return to leisurely reading FROM THE EDITOR’S DESK

EDITORIAL Editor-In-Chief Mary Norkol Managing Editor Emily Rosca Business Manager Nick Miller

A few summers ago, I had one of the

News Editor most mind-numbing jobs imaginable. In comparison to my high school Mary Chappell job at a lively ice cream shop or my

Assistant News Editor work as a Phoenix editor — which Kayleigh Padar both are like herding sheep — this 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

job was nothing less than insufferable. I didn’t even do anything most

of the time. So, when I was working my hardest to find anything to do but watch the clock, I unintentionally slipped back into a habit that had faded since I started my busy college life. I began reading — a lot. I read TIME magazine’s articles about the most influential people of the year. I read opinion pieces in the New York Times, Chicago Tribune and Chicago Sun-Times about everything from addiction to travel to dogs. I read transcripts of court testimonies from former Olympic team doctor Larry Nassar’s trial. I read lengthy New Yorker articles and personal essays. I read social commentaries and satire pieces. I’d been a big reader since I was a child. I began the Harry Potter series when I was in kindergarten, although I think it was mostly to show my siblings that I, too, could be included in that cultural phenomenon. But somewhere along the line, I fell off the reading train. I suspect this happens to many people — it became more of an obligation or chore

Copy Editor Sean Hemmersmeier Copy Editor Leen Yassine


3 15 Softball opens


2020 season with 3-2 record at Rambler Rumble

8 13 Rome-ing

Around: Seeing the Pope is worth the early wake-up

Photo Editor Zack Miller

Design Editor Larissa Paseta

Lake Shore Campus

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"To All The Boys" follow-up crams in too many subplots


The Phoenix rounds up five rom-coms to celebrate


Bulls guard's music video has Loyola connections


Brownie Points: An ode to Marquise Kennedy

Security Notebook

2. Feb. 6, 2020: A Loyola student in Baumhart Hall reported electronic harrassment to Campus Safety.


3. Feb. 6, 2020: Residence Life submitted drug paraphernalia to Campus Safety found in Marquette South.

Sports Editor

Opinion Editor


1. Feb. 3, 2020: Residence Life submitted suspected cannabis found in Mertz Hall to Campus Safety.

News Editor

A&E Editor

Arts and Entertainment.


Audio Editor Luis Mejía Ahrens

Managing Editor

Loyola should nix ACT/SAT requirement for applicants

Valentine's Day with, single or taken

Video Editor Molly Gaglione


School doesn't keep data on effectiveness of blue lights


Content Manager Maddy Baltas


Plans for apartment building at former Heartland Cafe site are downsized due to zoning restriction


Web Editor Kashyap Patel

I’ll be able to get through the stack of books that are collecting dust on my shelf. But until then, I’ll just have to do what I can. In the News section this week, Phoenix reporters investigated a case of alleged sexual assault where the accused man was expelled and banned from campus. A few weeks later, he walked at graduation. In Sports, women’s basketball looks to improve after a rough patch during the start to conference play. A&E has all your Valentine’s Day needs, from a list of restaurant recommendations to the best rom-coms to watch during the season. In Opinion, The Phoenix Editorial Board urges Loyola to consider cancelling the use of standardized tests in its admissions process.


Assistant A&E Editor Olivia Turner Opinion Editor Adrian Nevarez

than a piece of my day I actually enjoyed. I read things for school and work, and I did my best to keep up with the most important news of the day through reading. I still think I read more than most people my age did. But when I got past the obligatory reads, I was able to dive into the things I was genuinely interested in. I learned a ton, and my conversations grew richer as a result. I’m sad to say I’ve fallen victim to the “I don’t have time to read” excuse time and time again. But that summer — when I was forced to slow down because my days were just. that. slow. — I found a way to fill my time that had gone forgotten. In a way I guess I’m thankful for that job, even though it made my mind feel like mush. Now I try to read as much as I can. Even if I don’t get to read full books as much as I used to, I take time on my commute or before bed to dive into an interesting longform feature or hard-hitting investigation. One day I’ll have one job, not three, and

4. Feb. 8, 2020: Campus Safety arrested someone with no Loyola affiliation for trespassing in Mertz Hall.

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5. Feb. 9, 2020: A Loyola student reported theft to Campus Safety. The incident occurred in Damen Student Center. 6. Feb. 9, 2020: A Loyola student reported electronic harrassment to Campus Safety. The incident occurred in San Francisco Hall.


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New plan released for former Heartland Cafe site Bushra Ghaniwala | The Phoenix The developers of the apartment building set to be constructed in place of Rogers Park’s demolished Heartland Cafe have changed their plans for the property due to zoning issues, officials said.


Developers of the apartment building slated to be built on the grounds of Rogers Park’s demolished Heartland Cafe (7000 N. Glenwood Ave.) have downsized the plans for the property, officials said. The cafe served as a community hub in Rogers Park with poetry readings, live music, vegan food options and political events. The land was purchased by the Goldman family in January 2019 and the cafe was demolished in May 2019, The Phoenix reported. The initial proposal for the site was shared in June 2019. The revised plan has cut the residential units to half the original amount and doesn’t provide any affordable housing units, according to the website of the 49th Ward, which serves most of Rogers Park and some parts of West Ridge. The change in plans is partly because the 49th Ward decided not to change the site’s zoning designation, according to Torrence Gardner, director of economic and community development for the 49th Ward. Gardner said the developer’s initial plan didn’t include enough afford-

able housing units and could make the area around West Lunt Avenue and North Glenwood Avenue more densely populated. The initial plan for the site con-

“I would love to see the retail component go to some kind of use that includes a community gathering space ... within the constraints of econmics.” SAM GOLDMAN Developer

sisted of 60 dwelling units across five floors and one floor for parking and utilities, according to the 49th Ward website. The new plan will have 30 residential units across three floors, the website said. The ground floor will house retail space and the fifth floor will have a 467-square foot party room and a 568-square foot deck overlooking North Glenwood Avenue. The plan also includes a parking lot for 15 cars

and storage space for 30 bicycles, according to the Ward website. Developer Sam Goldman said the plan was revised because 49th Ward Alderwoman Maria Hadden and the community decided not to approve a zoning change. He said he’s now building what’s possible without the zoning change. He said the building will be about ten feet shorter than initially planned due to the current zoning laws. Goldman said construction might start as early as March 2020 when his team receives approvals from various city departments to begin work. Gardner said the developer has the right to build anything within the bounds of the current zoning designation. Gardner said Goldman doesn’t need to present his redevelopment plans to the community like he did in June 2019 because he isn’t seeking a zoning change this time. When asked about the previous plan, Goldman said the increased dwelling units would’ve satisfied community needs. “We were making some concessions to try to put together a project we thought would suit the community well as well as provide much needed density on transit which we are looking for throughout the city,” Goldman said. “People want to live near the

train and we were trying to deliver to that need.” Rent prices haven’t officially been released. Goldman estimates that it would range between $1.85 and $2.30 per square foot. According to a US Neighborhood Price Index on, on average, family apartments cost $1.31 per square foot and single person apartments cost $1.91 per square foot in Rogers Park. Gardner said experiences from the Heartland site’s redevelopment has persuaded the Ward to include community planning processes in future development projects.

Gardner said he hopes new local laws will require each residential building to have a higher percentage of affordable housing units. He said Hadden is looking to work on such legislation. The Ward communicates any community recommendations about the ground-floor retail space to Goldman and his team, who welcome such suggestions, Gardner said. “I would love to see the retail component go to some kind of use that includes a community gathering space … within the constraints of economics,” Goldman said.

Alanna Demetrius | The Phoenix

Bushra Ghaniwala | The Phoenix The 49th Ward office chose not to change zoning laws for the development because the plans didn’t have enough affordable housing units and the building would’ve been taller than others nearby.

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Meant to keep students safe, effectiveness of blue lights unclear EMMAGRACE SPERLE

More than 150 emergency blue light phones dot Loyola’s Lake Shore and Water Tower campuses and are often highlighted in prospective student tours to show Loyola helps keep students safe. However, Campus Safety keeps little data on whether they actually increase student safety. The blue light phones are connected directly to Campus Safety’s 24-hour dispatch center, Admin Commander Tim Cunningham said. Whether the button is pressed for an emergency situation or not, Campus Safety “always comes running,” he said. But according to Cunningham, the “vast majority” of blue light calls are non-emergency. “[The blue lights] are used every single day by lost UberEats drivers,” Cunningham said. “Almost every single time those phones are used, they are used by someone who is lost and trying to find their way around campus.” Cunningham confirmed Campus

Safety feels the lights improve the safety of students because they are a resource for students to “quickly and easily” summon help. Despite this, Cunningham couldn’t provide data when asked about how many blue light calls they respond to, or what percentage of them are actually emergencies because dispatch doesn’t keep track of the source of each call. Cunningham couldn’t give an average response time for calls, but Campus Safety responds “as quickly and safely as they can,” he said. He also couldn’t answer when they were first installed and why Loyola chose to implement them, or how many there were on campus. Campus Safety is only responsible for picking up the phone when it rings, he said. Loyola isn’t able to put the emergency posts off university property, Cunningham said, despite most violent crimes such as assault, armed robbery and shootings happening off-campus. In an email to The Phoenix, David Wieczorec, the network manager

Rachael Lombardo The Phoenix

Over 150 emergency lights are on Loyola’s campuses to help keep students safe.

Rachael Lombardo The Phoenix

Cunningham said Campus Safety responds “as quickly and safely as they can” to calls made from emergency blue lights.

for Loyola’s Information Technology (IT) Department — which handles Loyola’s technology support — said the installation and connectivity for each post can cost anywhere from $5,000 to $8,000. Upkeep of the phones is split between the IT Department and Facilities — which manages building maintenance on campus — according to Richard Jacques, assistant director of Facilities. Facilities ensures the blue LED lights work, while IT makes sure the phone is connected, Jacques said. Loyola mathematics major Amanda Hensmann, a 21-year-old mathematics major, said her friend used the blue lights when she felt nervous about walking alone at night when there was a man following her. She said she was happy with the response from Campus Safety and it helped her feel safe. Nicholas Synovic, a second-year computer science major, said he once saw them used when someone got a head injury playing soccer on the west quad. “I hope to never use one, but it’s

good to know we always have that option,” the 19-year-old said.

“Almost every single time those phones are used, they are used by someone who is lost and trying to find their way around campus.” TIM CUNNINGHAM Campus Safety

Campus Safety also holds routine tests several times a semester to make sure the phones are working properly, Cunningham said. An automatic system sends a ping to each phone to make sure they are online, but Campus Safety performs manual checks regularly as well, according to Cunningham. “We touch every single phone and

make sure we can hear the dispatch and they can hear us,” Cunningham said. They’ve also tried to clean the lights and clear spiderwebs in the past, but Cunningham said they reappear overnight and Campus Safety can’t keep up. About 10 to 15 of the phones are also reverse broadcast systems, so they can be used for public service announcements in the case of an emergency, such as a tornado, Cunningham said. If there are any places the broadcast can’t be heard, Campus Safety decides if another light needs to be added he said. Campus Safety also reevaluates if more posts are necessary any time Loyola’s campus expands, Cunningham said. Loyola biology senior Arlisse Lim said the lights used to make her feel safe, but now that she’s adjusted to being on campus they don’t impact her anymore. “I thought about [them] as a freshman but now that I’m so used to everything I don’t [notice] them,” the 22-yearold said. “I’ve never felt the need to use them, especially on campus.”

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A Phoenix investigation


A male Loyola student was expelled and banned from campus this past April after a school investigation found he raped a female student, documents show. And yet the following month he was decked in cap and gown, walking across the Gentile Arena stage at graduation, shaking Loyola President Jo Ann Rooney’s hand as his name was called over the loudspeaker, The Phoenix has learned. The woman who accused him of assault later spotted an online photo of him at the event and said she was horrified. She described his presence there as the latest in a series of indignities she suffered from the school since reporting the man’s misconduct to administrators in 2018. “I had seen this picture of him at graduation,” said the woman, who spoke to The Phoenix on the condition she not be publicly identified. “So I called the [university] super freaked out, and I was like … ‘He was able to get a cap, gown, get his name up there and walk across the stage and nobody said anything?’”




A student was expelled from Loyola after a rape allegation.

Then he walked the stage at graduation. School officials were hardly apologetic — telling reporters they believe the male student effectively snuck onto stage. But he claims he received an email laying out graduation day logistics, and school officials acknowledge he was listed in the graduation booklet. Rooney “was not aware who he was” at the commencement, according to Sarah Howell, a school spokesperson. “Since he had been expelled, he knew he wasn’t allowed on campus and, as such, he was not allowed to attend the graduation ceremony,” Howell said. Had Campus Safety, the school’s police force, “been notified of his presence, he would have been escorted off campus,” Howell said. The man’s name was in the graduation booklet, Howell said, because it was published before his expulsion. “The Office of the Dean of Students is reviewing how this occurred and is working with the schools and colleges to ensure this will not happen in the future to the best of their ability,” Howell said. The accused man spoke to The Phoenix, confirming he’d been expelled from the university. He said “it seems justified” the school expelled him. He said he “was working under the full assumption” he had the female student’s consent, but in hindsight he realized his “perceptions … were obvi-

ously incorrect.” When asked if he owed the woman — who was his girlfriend at the time of the alleged assault in early 2018 — an apology, the man said: “I do.” “The fact that I had done anything to make anyone feel like this horrifies me,” he said in the interview.

“The fact that I had done anything to make anyone feel like this horrifies me.” ACCUSED MAN

The Phoenix isn't naming him because he hasn’t been charged with a crime. The woman opted not to press charges against him, preferring to pursue her case through the school's inhouse process. She said she wasn’t interested in hearing from him. “It’s not like his apology is going to mean anything,” she said.

Asked whether the school owes the woman an apology for the graduation debacle, Howell said: “I cannot comment on this or any other case.” ‘It’s something that needs to be brought to attention’

Sexual assaults are an all-too-common reality at schools across the country, including Loyola, where just last week The Phoenix reported four new allegations in campus dorms. But Loyola has consistently faced harsh criticism for the way school officials have handled them, with a rebuke often coming from the very people officials are supposed to be helping — the survivors. The Phoenix published a story in September about three Loyola students who said they were assaulted by another male student who has since been kicked out of the school. They said they were frustrated with the school’s investigative process, which they argued took way too long and was riddled with problems. That story inspired the woman in this story to come forward and share her experience with the paper. “I had a very similar experience and I think it’s something that needs to be brought to attention,” she said. “Individually [the university] won’t help students, so maybe if there’s enough [complaints], they’ll be like, ‘Hey, we need to actually support our students.’” The woman in this case said she met the man accused of assault through a campus club during her first year at Loyola when she was 17 and he was a 20-year-old junior. They started dating, and from the start of their relationship, the woman said he continuously pushed her to have sex with him, beginning the first time they were alone together.

“He would always push a little bit and the next few months just kept pushing and doing other things I was uncomfortable with.” FEMALE STUDENT

“Every time I was over at his apartment, it would be a lot of pressure,” she said. “He would frequently ask if we could have sex, and I always was like, ‘No.’ … He would always push a little bit and the next few months just kept pushing and doing other things I was uncomfortable with.” After months of pressuring her, the woman alleged he raped her one night at his off-campus apartment in late January or early February 2018. “One night, I was over there and I kept saying that I didn’t want to, and he just kind of stopped listening and did it anyway,” she said. “I just froze.” ‘I just felt like there was no one on my side’

Even before the alleged rape, the woman said she wanted to break up with the man, but she said he guilted her into staying. She said she was ner-

vous to end the relationship for many reasons, and was concerned she might lose friends who also knew him. She said she broke up with him at the end of the spring 2018 semester, several months after the alleged assault. But she still saw him on campus since they had classes in the same hallway, she said. She said she hadn’t yet reported the incident to the university, so the school couldn’t put any restrictions in place, such as a no-contact directive, which bans alleged offenders from contacting the person, even through a third party. “It was awful,” she said. “I would deliberately get to class early and then stay [late] so I didn’t have to see him.” Aside from that, the woman said the situation strained her other relationships, too. “I just felt like there was no one on my side,” she said. “I had a friend who was like, ‘No one’s going to believe you, so you shouldn’t report it.’ I felt like I was doing it by myself.” ‘They can’t just keep ignoring problems’

When the woman finally reported the alleged assault to the school, she was met with delayed responses and “excuses,” on top of the emotional stress, she said. In November 2018, she emailed Tim Love, the school’s point person for sexual misconduct complaints and investigations, and said she didn’t hear back for weeks. When asked about his slow response, Love wouldn’t comment because he said he’s not allowed to discuss specific cases. When he did respond to the woman’s initial email, she said he told her she could file an informal report, which puts the incident on record but doesn’t result in an in-depth inquiry. She said she was also told she could start a formal school investigation, which could end in sanctions for the man, involving anything from writing an essay to getting expelled. Thinking an informal report wouldn’t make an impact, she said she decided to start a formal school investigation. The school’s investigative process has been the subject of scathing criticism in recent years. Some students, including this one, have been vocal about the perceived shortfalls — such as a lack of transparency, timeliness and compassion for those making the accusations. Last spring, the school announced a new office, called the Office for Equity and Compliance, to better deal with sexual misconduct complaints. In The Phoenix's September report where the same man was accused by three women, one of those women said an investigator mistakenly sent the accused man an email — containing "sensitive information" — which was meant for the woman. “I almost wanted to drop [the investigation] multiple times because I was like, ‘I’m so tired of having to deal with this,’” the woman who’s the focus of this story said of the investigative process. She said she didn’t report the assault to the police because she felt like a criminal investigation would go nowhere. Only 20 percent of female student victims of sexual violence ages 18 to 24 nationwide report to law enforcement, data shows. Some survivors don’t go to the police because they believe it’s a personal matter, not important

enough, or they opt to go through another channel, such as the university, according to the Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network (RAINN), a nonprofit anti-sexual assault organization. The woman in this case said she received an email from the school Dec. 17, 2018, saying the university’s investigation had begun. The entire process lasted about five months — ending in April 2019 — when she was told the man was found responsible and expelled, she said, and which records reviewed by reporters show. Love said he couldn’t confirm the sanctions or timeline of a specific case. Love also didn’t respond to a question about how long an average sexual misconduct investigation takes at Loyola. Throughout the investigation, the woman said the process felt “dragged out,” and she didn't get responses from employees when she tried to check on its progress. She said she felt like she had to call multiple times and send numerous emails when she wanted to talk to someone or schedule a meeting. Some Loyola employees made excuses about why they weren’t responsive, she said. “They can’t just keep ignoring problems,” she said. “A lot of people in the office were like ‘Oh, we got really busy,’ and [I] was like ‘Okay, and?’ That doesn’t excuse missing this or not replying.” Love said he doesn’t “recall any significant delays” from this case.

“I almost wanted to drop [the investigation] multiple times because I was like, ‘I’m so tired of having to deal with this.” FEMALE STUDENT

“That’s not what we strive for, we don’t want people to feel that way, but I can’t say with any specificity about this case,” Love said. Under Title IX of the Educational Amendments Act of 1972, colleges have a responsibility to respond “promptly and effectively” to notifications and reports of gender-based misconduct. While state law doesn’t provide a specific timeframe to complete investigations, the Illinois Preventing Sexual Violence in Higher Education Act states “complainants alleging student violation of campus policy shall have the opportunity to request that the complaint resolution procedure begin promptly and proceed in a timely manner.” While the woman said she was frustrated with some university employees, she sought counseling from Loyola’s Wellness Center and said it was helpful. In addition to the challenges the woman faced, she said she has a health condition which worsened with the constant stress caused by the investigation. “All the anxiety and stuff made [my condition] so much worse,” she said. “I was sick, my grades dropped, which stressed me out more.”

When the investigation concluded, the accused student was found “responsible” for assaulting the woman and expelled and banned from Loyola, effective April 12, 2019, documents show. “I felt so much better for one day,” the woman said. The following day, she said the student facing the allegations appealed the decision, but it was later upheld, according to documents dated April 30 — just days before graduation. ‘I just wish Loyola would come up with a better way to support students’

When the woman went home for the summer in 2019, she said she saw a photo on social media of the accused man in a cap and gown.

“Like everyone else did, I showed up, I went to check in, I got my [card] and went to my assigned seat and waited until my roll was called. ... And then I walked at graduation.” ACCUSED MAN

He’s seen in a video on the school’s website walking across the stage at a commencement ceremony in Gentile Arena and the booklet from the ceremony lists his name as a graduate, The Phoenix found. The accused man said while he attended graduation, he hasn’t received a degree. “The ceremony of the graduation process is not the same thing as conferring a Loyola University degree,” Love said, speaking generally. The man said he was slated to finish classes in December 2018 — around the same time the investigation began. He said he’d earned the 120 credit hours necessary for a degree and wasn’t enrolled in classes in the spring. He had plans to walk at graduation in May 2019, he said, though he never received a degree. Loyola students who finish school in December can opt to walk the stage at commencement in May, according to Loyola’s website. It’s unclear if this student’s ability to receive a degree was put on hold because of the investigation, even though he said he’d received the 120 credits necessary. He said he received a notification in the spring that he was expelled. A few weeks later, he said he also received an email from Loyola with graduation day instructions, including where to park and where to sit, among other things. This made him think he had the go-ahead to attend commencement, he said. “That email made me think ‘Oh, okay,’ because I had completed my 120 credit hours,” the man said. “It was only later that I’d found out that was not the case.” Howell said school officials canceled his name card and pulled his tickets. However, the man said he was given a card and he and his family were able to get into Gentile Arena “without a hitch.”

“Like everyone else did, I showed up, I went to check in, I got my [card] and went to my assigned seat and waited until my roll was called,” he said. “And then I walked at graduation.” In addition to appearing at graduation, the woman said she heard from other people he had been on campus after he was first notified of his expulsion, despite being banned from the premises. She said she reported both instances he showed up on campus. Besides graduation, he confirmed he was on campus one other time for a club event during the appeal process. Because the man appealed the decision, it’s unclear if he was allowed to be on campus for the club event. He said he was under the impression he was allowed because he was appealing the decision. The man said after each time he was on campus, he was contacted by the school which reminded him of the ban. Love confirmed the school can notify people who aren’t allowed on campus. “There’s some limitation to what we can do,” Love said. “We could reach out and notify that person and remind them of the ban, we could tell them that they were reported to be on our campus, and we regularly do that.” However, Campus Safety Admin Commander Tim Cunningham said the university could follow up with a criminal proceeding if school officials have proof the person was on campus, but it’s decided on a case-by-case basis. He wouldn’t comment on the specific case and was speaking generally. “We could proceed in a criminal way and go that route, or we could do something administratively or we could leave it alone,” Cunningham said. “It’s up to the department that is responsible for saying that person is not allowed on campus.” The woman in this case — who remains a student — said she doesn’t regret opening the investigation, but wishes Loyola would’ve better met her needs and those of other students. “After everything, I’m glad I did it,” she said. “I just wish Loyola would come up with a better way to support students. … Just have more empathy.”

If anyone is in need of sexual assault resources, they can call the Loyola Sexual Assault Advocacy line at (773) 494-3810. The National Sexual Assault Hotline is also available 24/7 at 800656-4673. Loyola students can report sexual misconduct to The Office for Equity & Compliance at (773) 508-7766 or use the university’s EthicsLine reporting hotline, Loyola’s system for dealing with different complaints.

Among undergraduate students nationally:

23.1% of females


5.4% of males

experience rape or other sexual assault through physical force, violence or incapacitation Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network (RAINN)

Rapes reported in Lake Shore Campus Dorms

2017: 9

2018: 8

Data from the Campus Safety Annual Security Report and Fire Safety Report


of rapes are committed by a partner Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network (RAINN)

Sexual assault can take many forms, including: Attempted rape Unwanted sexual touching Forcing a victim to perform sexual acts Penetration of the victim’s body — also known as rape

Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network (RAINN)



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Submitting test scores for admission should be a thing of the past Adrian Nevarez The Phoenix

THE PHOENIX EDITORIAL BOARD Standardized testing has played a vital role in college admissions in the U.S., but some universities have started implementing policies that no longer require students to submit test scores when applying — Loyola should consider following suit. A record number of schools have dropped ACT and SAT admission requirements, according to an October 2019 report by the Washington Post. Prospective first-year students at Loyola are currently required to submit either an ACT or SAT score. However, as more universities drop this testing requirement, Loyola should think about what the test scores actually add to students’ applications. At the end of January, Northern Illinois University (NIU) announced in a press release it will no longer be considering standardized test scores for admission and merit scholarship decisions. The university explained it has come to the decision through national higher education studies and their own data showing a student’s GPA is a better indicator of future academic excellence. “Once we know a high school student’s GPA, one standardized test score is irrelevant,” NIU Executive Vice President and Provost Beth Ingram said in the press release. Students with high GPAs who apply to colleges without submitting test scores graduate at higher rates than those with lower GPAs who send in scores, according to a recent

study by the National Association for College Admission Counseling. This shows the obvious: students who had a good work ethic in high school will do better in college than those who had a high test score but a lower GPA. This would help Loyola enroll students who have shown more commitment to school work. Test scores are measured over the span of a couple hours while grades and academic resumes reflect a clearer picture of the student applying. Dropping the standardized testing requirement allows schools to focus

Mary Norkol Emily Rosca Mary Chappell Adrian Nevarez Nick Schultz Mary Grace Ritter

more on students as unique people rather than data. Standardized tests are very stressful, causing students to feel pressure to do well. Test anxiety is the trait accounting for individual differences to the extent that people find examinations threatening, according to a psychological study on test anxiety theories, assessment and treatments. There’s a lot of pressure for students to get good scores in these tests, in order to satisfy testing requirements and meet average admission scores

for schools listed on websites such as PrepScholar. The average ACT score for admitted students is between 25 and 30, according to PrepScholar, but it doesn’t mean those who score lower than the average won’t get admitted. These standardized tests are causing unnecessary stress for students applying for enrollment at universities. Students are encouraged to seek out resources to prepare for these tests. There are other ways to see what kind of student is applying for admission. Where standardized tests

show how a student performed on one particular day, writing samples show a student’s voice and personality and GPA shows work ethic and dedication. These traits are much more important than a numerical score on an exam. Spending a lot of money retaking the test, hiring specialized tutors — the ACT has turned into an entire money-making industry based off a test that most students are required to take to get into their school of choice. Why should people’s futures be decided based on one test?

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As a record number of schools drop standardized testing requirements for perspective students, Loyola should consider following suit and focus on students’ academic records.


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Student Voices: What are your favorite tattoo stories?

Zoe Lazowski Junior, marketing major

Elsa Connolly First-year, creative writing and film major

“What happened was we decided to get something spontaneous while we were abroad in our spring semester. We decided to get lip tattoos, which is something I would never do. We were in London. We go into this shop, and first of all it’s called ‘I Hate Tattoos,’ I should’ve known I was getting into something weird. We woke up the next morning and they [the tattoo parlor] were gone, not a trace. I got ‘ciao,’ one of my friends got 'JFRC' [John Felice Rome Center] and then the other one got 'Glovo,' which is basically the Italian version of Uber Eats.”

“I’m getting a tattoo of the numbers one, four, three. I grew up watching Mr. Rogers and there was a documentary that came out about him a couple years ago. He talked about the number 143 being his favorite and I just love everything he stands for. I’m getting 143 written in my sister’s handwriting and it stands for ‘I love you.’ One letter for ‘I,’ four letters for ‘love’ and then three letters for ‘you.’”

Molly Vincent First-year, environmental policy major

“We were at my senior sleepover in high school before the year started. Everyone was doing ‘stick and pokes’ and stuff like that and I decided to get a ‘stick and poke.’ It’s like the women’s symbol ‘cause I care a lot about women’s issues and women’s rights and I thought it’d be cool to represent that on my body.”

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What if everyone boarded the shuttle bus like decent human beings? Alanna Demetrius The Phoenix

The Loyola intercampus shuttle bus transports students between Loyola's Lake Shore and Water Tower campuses. At the Lake Shore campus, students are picked up near the campus transportation office in the winter months.


It was a snowy Thursday morning and I had been waiting for the shuttle bus, which transports Loyola students between Loyola’s Lake Shore and Water Tower campuses, for about 15 minutes. People slowly began to gather in the small room by the campus transportation office, where students are supposed to wait for the shuttle during the winter months. I pride myself on being familiar with how lines work and how the black crowd control bands should be used as a reference for forming a line, but apparently people are oblivious to this information. These students have clearly never been to Six Flags or the cashier station at Macy’s — they completely disregarded the normal protocol for line formations. It was anarchy in its purest form. People just kept coming in and moving toward the front of the barely formed line. Others didn’t even go inside and just stood outside, braving the cold and snow so they could cut everyone inside. After nearly 30 minutes of waiting,

I decided to abandon my own morals and stand outside in the snow, where a small crowd had gathered to board the still absent shuttle. It wasn’t long until the dusty white bus appeared around the corner. As soon as the shuttle was visible, you would’ve thought the Pope himself was in there. People began pushing to get closer as it exhaled to a halt in front of the crowd. Those who had just gotten there, not more than five minutes ago, were the first to get on. The smaller students were trying to slip by people and onto the bus, and some guys were trying to shoulder their way in front of me. People were desperately trying to get on this shuttle after waiting for five minutes without caring for those who had been waiting in line long before them. I wish I could say this was my first time experiencing this but I can’t. We are adults. This isn’t the lunch line in elementary school or a rave at the Aragon, so have some decency. I was one of the first people waiting in line for the shuttle and by the time I got on, there were only a couple seats left open. I’m sure the first person in line,

who had probably been waiting for 30plus minutes, didn’t get a seat at all. The same goes for the elevators at Corboy Law Center. When I was growing up I was told to step back from the elevator doors so the people inside could get out before I went in. Last week someone tried to pass through me to get onto the elevator. He just stood in front of me blocking my way out because he wanted to be the first one on. When I get off the Red Line train at the Loyola station, some people stand right in front of the doors and shoulder their way in as others get off. We are better than this. I’d like to think that at least Loyola students were above petty behaviors like this but a lot of them aren’t. With my tall stature and high center of gravity, I don’t want to stand up for the 20-minute bus ride any more than the next person but I don’t bum rush the shuttle when it pulls up. Put the selfishness aside — we're all struggling here and just because you want to sit down doesn’t mean you can push people over to get a seat. I’ll take my chances with public transportation from now on.

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Julia Garner stars in new film “The Assistant,” which is written, directed and produced by Kitty Green. Garner plays a film office assistant named Jane who begins to suspect that something is going on.

Kitty Green talks women’s role in the film industry SAM HALFPENNY

With two documentaries and a critically acclaimed film under her belt, writer/director Kitty Green looks to be starting a powerful career. “The Assistant,” released Jan. 31, is Green’s third film, and the first one to be released nationwide. Green opened up about making the film as well as the route she wanted to take with the messages in her movie. “The Assistant,” stars Julia Garner (“Ozark,” “The Americans”) as Jane, an assistant to a high-profile movie producer that has a toxic control over his workers. As she works through a normal day, she begins to have worrying suspicions that something vile is going on behind the scenes. Mundane and slow-paced, the movie simulates a more grounded and realistic approach than other films have with its topic about sexual abuse and figures such as Harvey Weinstein, who was accused

of assaulting dozens of women in the film industry. Green said it was a very delicate movie to be handled since the subject matter of sexual assault in the workplace is incredibly sensitive. She said the biggest challenge she faced was finding someone to fund the filmmaking. “A lot of people in the film industry didn’t want me to make the movie,” Green said. “We had a lot of trouble getting it financed straight out of the gate because people, often women at these companies, wanted to do it but their male colleagues shut it down.” 3311 Productions eventually provided funding, and the film took just 18 days to shoot. Most of the film takes place within one setting, as the audience sees Jane doing more of the mundane tasks around the office. Whereas her male coworkers are on business calls and taking care of the boss’ clients, she’s seen cleaning up and making lunch runs. This is a significant parallel as Green wanted to make clear that women are barred from certain opportunities in the industry when compared to their male colleagues.

“There’s a few issues I was interested in,” Green said. “One of them was a gendered division of labor in the workplace with women: getting the coffee, ordering lunches, looking after the boss’s children. And while they’re doing that, the men get to sit in on the meetings and the fact that helps men get promoted more easily and women aren’t.” However, the worst of Jane’s problems lay in her uneasiness and psychologically claustrophobic life in the workplace. Within the office itself, Jane seems trapped in a dilemma of both morals and general well-being. She knows about the unethical actions being committed by the head of the company, but there’s no one and nowhere she can turn. “The film is bleak, it’s set in that time when there was no way out, and people felt trapped in this position, and they felt there wasn’t anyone they could speak to about these concerns,” Green said. “But today I’m sure there’d be a place where she can go and report what she’s seen.” The film has a dreadful tone throughout to emphasize the horri-

ble events that occurred within the industry, but Green wanted to emphasize that there has been a giant step forward. Though a lot still needs to be worked out, there has been a significant change for women within the field of film and production. “My female friends are getting

more work and it’s getting better,” Green said. “I feel like we’re getting opportunities that we weren’t getting a few years ago, so I do think things are changing.” “The Assistant,” rated R, is showing in Century 12 Evanston and Century Centre Cinema.

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Director, writer and producer Kitty Green works behind the scenes of her film “The Assistant” with the crew and actors including Matthew Macfadyen (left). The film was originally released on Jan. 31.

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‘Parasite’ wins Best Picture, makes Oscars history HANNAH DUFF

The 92nd annual Academy Awards, which aired Sunday, featured significant wins, notable snubs and captivating performances. “Parasite” made history as the first foreign-language film to win the Oscar for Best Picture. It also won Best Original Screenplay and International Feature Film, while director Bong Joon-ho won the award for Best Director. Brad Pitt and Laura Dern took home the Oscars for their supporting roles in “Once Upon a Time... in Hollywood” and “Marriage Story,” respectively. Renée Zellwegger won the Oscar for Actress in a Leading Role for her performance in “Judy,” and Joaquin Phoenix won for Actor in a Leading Role in “Joker.” “Parasite” racked up four awards during the ceremony, more than all its competitors. It was followed closely by Sam Mendes’ “1917,” which won for Best Sound Mixing, Visual Effects and Cinematography. The rest of the awards were distributed relatively evenly among the nominated films. Taika Waititi became the first person of indigenous descent to win the award for Best Adapted Screenplay, which he won for his film “JoJo Rabbit.” This also makes him the first person of Māori descent to win the Academy Award for that category. Despite garnering much praise during the lead-up to awards season, Martin Scorcese’s “The Irishman” was the only film in the Best Picture category not to win an award. Greta Gerwig’s “Little Women” only took home the award for Best Costume Design, despite having been nominated in six other major categories.

Gerwig was one of many female directors snubbed for a directing nomination, alongside “The Farewell” director Lulu Wang and “Hustlers” director Lorene Scafaria. To commemorate them, Natalie Portman’s red carpet outfit featured a cape with the names of eight snubbed female directors embroidered in gold on the hem, with Gerwig, Wang and Scafaria among them. The Oscars went without a host for the second year in a row, with the show instead flowing smoothly between a star-studded list of presenters including Kelly Marie Tran, Maya Rudolph, Kristen Wiig and Mahershala Ali. Comedians Steve Martin and Chris Rock poked fun at the controversies that have dogged the awards show in recent years, including the tweets that cost Kevin Hart his hosting gig for the 2019 Oscars and the dearth of nominations for female directors and people of color, with the exception of Cynthia Erivo, all nominees for acting roles were white. The show featured several musical moments, including a performance of “Into the Unknown” from “Frozen II,” sung by Idina Menzel. She was accompanied by a host of international vocalists who dubbed the film’s soundtrack in their native languages. Erivo gave a powerful and moving performance of “Stand Up,” her original song which featured in the Harriet Tubman biopic “Harriet.” Erivo received a nomination for both her song and for her role in the film. During a segment dedicated to the songs that shaped films, rapper Eminem made a surprise appearance to perform his Oscar-winning song “Lose Yourself ” from his 2002 film “8 Mile.” Though he received a standing ovation, his performance left some attendees looking lost.

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The 92nd Academy Awards, which were held Sunday, featured performances from artists such as Billie Eilish and Sir Elton John.

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Bong Joon-ho’s “Parasite” took home 4 awards, including Best Picture, Orignal Screenplay, International Film and Best Director.

Billie Eilish sang a mournful and heartfelt rendition of the Beatles’ “Yesterday” for the “In Memoriam” segment, accompanied on piano by her brother and collaborator, Finneas. The segment honored the likes of Kobe Bryant, Kirk Douglas, Peter Mayhew, Anna Karina and

Diahann Caroll. Noticeably absent, however, were Disney star Cameron Boyce and “Beverly Hills, 90210” star Luke Perry. Perry, who died of a stroke in March 2019, made his last onscreen appearance in Quentin Tarantino’s “Once Upon a Time... in Hollywood,”

which was nominated for 10 awards. Though they weren’t included in the video shown during the awards ceremony, both Boyce and Perry are honored in the Academy’s online gallery. A complete list of the 2020 Academy Award winners can be found online.

‘To All the Boys’ sequel has one too many subplots ‘Men Are From Mars’ is a back, Lara Jean has to face old feelings as if she were in a music video. This that never fully went away, resulting in could’ve been playful and clever if this comedic take on relationships


In his directorial debut, Michael Fimognari takes on the sequel to the hit Netflix rom-com “To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before.” Premiering on Netflix Feb. 12, the high-school romance film takes on too much trying to live up to the charm and creativity of its predecessor. Based on the book by Jenny Han, “To All the Boys: P.S. I Still Love You” returns to the love story between Lara Jean Covey (Lana Condor) and Peter Kavinsky (Noah Centineo). After months of fake dating in “To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before,” the two decide to take on this whole relationship thing for real. While navigating her first relationship, Lara Jean learns about all the complications that come with her “happily ever after.” She struggles with self-doubt and comparison to Peter’s ex-girlfriend and her ex-best friend, Gen (Emilija Baranac). When one of the five love-letter recipients, John Ambrose (Jordan Fisher), writes her

a classic rom-com love triangle. This main plot, while simple enough, comes with a series of subplots to liven it up and engage the side characters. But with none of the subplots getting the time or attention they deserve, they become mere afterthoughts to Lara Jean’s love life. Lara Jean’s dad jumping back into the dating scene is barely explored. Her newfound friendship with the wise and sassy older woman Stormy (Holland Taylor) goes largely untapped. Even Lara Jean’s closest friends are left on the back-burner. Each has the potential to become a strong plot in its own right, but instead, they leave the viewer with more questions than answers. Aspects of the cinematography were equally perplexing, pulling the viewer out of the immersive movie-going experience. In one scene, Lara Jean roams the high school halls down in the dumps. She stares into the camera, mouthing the words to the background song

style was established throughout the film, but that’s the only time the characters break the fourth wall. Despite some odd choices, “To All the Boys: P.S. I Still Love You” remains a wholesome look into a typical high school relationship (that started in a not-so-typical way). The film takes on a young relationship’s issues with lighthearted humor that’s still honest and open. Condor (“To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before,” “X-Men: Apocalypse”) handles Lara Jean’s world of firsts — her first real date, first real kiss, first awkward conversation about sex — with innocence but not naivety. She captures Lara Jean’s maturity and willingness to be vulnerable without neglecting the fact she’s still a teenager. The film leaves the audience with what they came for — feel-good romcom satisfaction. “To All the Boys: P.S. I Still Love You” will be available to stream on Netflix Feb. 12.

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“To All the Boys; P.S. I Still Love You,” the anticipated sequel to “To all The Boys I Loved Before” is set to premiere Feb. 12.


“Men Are From Mars, Women Are From Venus LIVE!” is a theatrical one-man comedy show with a fresh take on love just in time for Valentine’s Day. After performances in more than 50 cities across 30 states, it’s now coming to what star Amedeo Fusca describes as “one of the best theater towns to perform in’’ — Chicago. The show, taking place at Broadway Playhouse (175 E. Chestnut St.) beginning Feb. 11, is a comedic take on relationships and romantic tendencies. Originally based on a book of the same name by relationship counselor John Grey, the show is an “amalgamation of stand-up, storytelling, playing some characters and improv with the audience,” Fusca said. Fusca describes the show as a great date night and explains his goal is to “reaching the guys who got dragged to the show and don’t want to be there.” He aims to make the show memorable with conversational aspects, mainly “talking to the guys in the room throughout the show.” Fusca said he tries to get the audience as involved as possible because it creates for “a more fun and entertaining experience.” In addition, he makes a conscious effort to adapt to audiences and make it “as punchy as possible.” “We want you to fill in your own personal jokes or your own personal style of humor throughout,” Fusca said. Starting off as “a Pittsburgh kid with a knack for theatrics,” Fusca moved to New York 10 years ago to pursue his passion for comedy, the-

ater and storytelling. He said he enjoys making people laugh and likes the freedom that comes with a oneman-show. Fusca said he’s not trying to do serious commentary or analysis on relationships. “It’s not rocket science,” Fusca said. “I am trying to create a nice two hour date-night-out for couples that are coming or anyone that is coming.” He said his goal is to put smiles on people’s faces and make them laugh, something he’s successful at. “When I talk to them after the show they’re so happy they came out and that’s kind of the point,” Fusca said. Just as he gleans material for the show from observing everyday life, Fusca encourages aspiring actors and comedians to do the same. “Men Are From Mars, Women Are From Venus LIVE!” will be playing through Feb. 23 at Broadway Playhouse at Water Tower Place (175 E. Chestnut St.). Tickets start at $69.

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Loyola promotes journey of self discovery in production of ‘Fun Home’ PALOMA ASCENCIO

The chatter of an eager audience filled the Loyola’s Newhart Family Theatre Feb. 6, as the stage’s scenery gave life to the room. The set, filled with a mirage of colorblocked panels, left much to be imagined about the story that would unfold. Adapted by playwright Lisa Kron and musical composer Jeanine Tesori, “Fun Home” is the newest musical to take the stage at Loyola. Directed by Mark Lococo, Loyola’s director of theatre, the story follows the life of lesbian cartoonist Alison Bechdel. The show spans three different stages of her life — Alison’s childhood, her freshman year at Oberlin College and her present-day struggle to turn her life into a cartoon memoir form. The story begins in Pennsylvania as 10-year-old Alison struggles to fit her father Bruce’s expectations. While remembering her childhood, Alison makes an attempt to understand her father’s pain and trauma.

Bruce is a high school English teacher, funeral home director and home-renovation enthusiast who has lived his entire life as a closeted gay man. It’s only after 19-year-old Alison comes out to her family that she learns about her father’s true self. Despite the constant jumping between timelines, the story was clear and easy to follow. With each version of Alison, the audience experienced her journey of self discovery and acceptance while simultaneously witnessing Bruce conceal the same identity that he sees his daughter embrace. The play’s score enhances the highs and lows that Alison experiences, allowing the audience to truly connect with the emotions that she goes through. The actors immersed themselves into each musical number and delivered emotions that felt genuine and passionate. Throughout the show, the audience witnesses the complex relationship between Alison and Bruce. It’s most evident in the last scene between the two in which Alison struggles to talk to her father about her newfound identity. Despite wanting nothing more than to discuss her and Bruce’s similar path

to self discovery, Alison never gets the closure she desires. Four months after Alison coming out, Bruce passes due to a suicidal act. This heart-wrenching information leads into the final scene. The three versions of Alison gather center stage, surrounding a cartoon projection of

There’s never a better time for a romantic comedy than Valentine’s Day. Yet, choosing from the horde of identical love stories can be overwhelming. Here’s a rundown of five perfect romcoms to peruse this winter weekend. “Groundhog Day” (1993)

Many films attempt to capture the comforting warmth of a small town — it’s Hallmark’s entire brand. Yet, none do so as effortlessly as director Harold Ramis’ “Groundhog Day,” a romantic comedy starring Bill Murray as cynical news reporter Phil Conners and Andie MacDowell as vivacious producer Rita Hanson. After traveling to Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania, for the annual Groundhog Day event, Phil, Rita and cameraman Larry (Chris Elliot) become trapped by a snow storm. When Phil wakes up day after day in a time loop, he desperately searches for a break to this cycle. As he encounters this purgatory alone, he and Rita fall in love and work together to help Phil escape this time warp. “Groundhog Day” is the comfort food of movies. It’s warm, inviting, idealistic — it’s nostalgia comes to life. The chemistry between Murray (“Ghostbusters,” “Caddyshack”) and MacDowell (“Short Cuts,” “Multiplicity”) is magnetic and sells the central relationship superbly. It’s absolutely ideal for a Valentine’s Day in for those who want to avoid the unenticing Chicago cold. “10 Things I Hate About You” (1999)

“10 Things I Hate About You” is perhaps the most classic case of “good girl falls for bad boy.” Directed by Gil Junger, the story is a loose modern adaptation of William Shakespeare’s comedy “The Taming of the Shrew.” When Bianca Stratford (Larisa Oleynik), a goofy, fashion-focused teen, wants to begin dating, her father strikes a deal that Bianca can only date once her more introverted and serious sister Kat (Julia Stiles) does. Bianca devises to set her sister up with the school’s bad boy, Patrick (Heath Ledger). Against the odds, Patrick and Kat hit it off. The romance fires on all cylinders, as do the side characters. Bianca is effervescent and thoroughly entertaining. Rarely does a one-liner rival:

“There’s a difference between like and love. See, I like my Sketchers but I love my Prada backpack.” With a gripping love story and hilariously outdated fashion and references, this is an exceptional feel-good film to cozy up to this Valentine’s Day. “Confessions of a Shopaholic” (2009)

Rebecca Bloomwood (Isla Fisher) is a shopaholic who aspires to work at the fashion magazine Alette. After her credit card is declined while shopping, suave man Luke Brandon (Hugh Dancy) pitches in the cash she needs. Luke later hires Rebecca to write a column for “Successful Saving” magazine about her spending woes under the pseudonym “The Girl in the Green Scarf.” Directed by P.J. Hogan and based off the “Shopaholic” book series by Sophie Kinsella, “Confessions of a Shopaholic” is an absolute blast. The campy tone and Isla Fisher’s (“Wedding Crashers,” “Now You See Me”) wonderfully bubbly performance liven the film beyond mundanity into pure fun. It’s not high art by any means; it’s a silly, unrelatable film in which a woman with fake problems finds easy solutions. “Confessions of a Shopaholic” is an expert turn-your-brain-off film for those in need of escapism this Valentine’s Day. “Easy A” (2010)

“Easy A” is a tongue-in-cheek approach to Nathaniel Hawthorne’s novel “The Scarlet Letter.” The film follows 17-year old Olive Penderghast (Emma Stone) as she finds herself the center of countless rumors in the wake of a little white lie. Directed by Will Gluck, “Easy A” places romance on the back-burner for much of its plot, yet the love story between Olive and Todd (Penn Badgley) still resonates. Where “Easy A” lacks in the cryyour-eyes-out melodrama of “10 Things,” it makes up with witty, fastpaced comedy. Stone (“Crazy Stupid Love,” “La La Land”) is a comedic force and leads “Easy A” with a career-defining performance. The supporting cast are all knockouts as well. Particularly, Amanda Bynes’ (“The Amanda Show,” “She’s the Man”) performance as Marianne, a devoutly judgemental Christian, is hilariously over-the-top and energetic. “Easy A” is a dynamically colorful film that delivers effortless comedy and a solid love story. It’s as close to a modern teen classic as it gets and should be on everyone’s viewing list

witnesses a character battle with their own self acceptance-an issue all too familiar for many. “Fun Home” will be playing at the Newhart Family Theatre in Mundelein until Feb. 16. Ticket prices range from $6-20 and are available at

Hannah Foster Loyola Department of Fine and Performing Arts

“Fun Home” features main character Alison Bechdel at three different ages, each showing a different stage of maturity.

5 romcoms to watch on Valentine’s Day ALEC KARAM

Bruce as they discuss his life and their father-daughter relationship. “Fun Home” aims to unite the audience with the true-to-life struggles of Alison and creates a surreal sense of seeing life through someone else’s eyes. Throughout the show’s 100-minute duration, the audience

this Valentine’s season. “Crazy, Stupid, Love” (2011)

When people think of a Ryan Gosling-led romantic movie, they think of “The Notebook.” Despite that, this superior Gosling romcom still exists. “Crazy, Stupid, Love” is a star-studded tour de force of romantic comedy. When recently divorced Cal Weaver (Steve Carell) meets playboy Jacob Palmer (Ryan Gosling), he learns firsthand how to reenter the dating world. Meanwhile, Jacob finds himself tempted to leave his womanizer ways due to his infatuation with Hannah (Emma Stone). The film has many intertwining plots that all work together to create a tight, succinctly written story. Every moment builds toward the climax, which gives “Crazy, Stupid, Love” infinite rewatch value. Not to mention, the chemistry between Stone and Gosling (“The Notebook,” “The Big Short”) is enthralling. There’s a reason the two went on to play love interests once again in 2016’s “La La Land” — yet another film that has upstaged this underrated classic in their careers. “Crazy, Stupid, Love” is a romcom that rises above romantic cliches and is an essential watch for any fans of the genre. All these films are available for rent on Amazon Prime and Apple TV.

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Julia Stiles and Heath Ledger star in “10 Things I Hate About You” (1999).

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Going out to eat for Valentine’s Day without breaking the bank LESLIE OWEN

As Valentine’s Day inches closer, it can be difficult to find affordable, romantic places for you and your significant other to dine at. Look no further! The following restaurants are good for both your partner and your wallet to enjoy on Valentine’ Day. Mango Pickle (5842 N. Broadway St.)

Mango Pickle is a quaint Indian restaurant off the Thorndale Red Line stop in Edgewater, about 10 minutes from Loyola’s Lake Shore Campus. Its atmosphere is intimate and cozy — great for a Valentine’s date night. The menu is small and features a selection of contemporary Indian dishes with prices ranging from $15-25. Mango Pickle’s menu also boasts a lengthy list of drink choices, including wine, cocktails and local beers. This restaurant is a great affordable spot for a more casual Valentine’s day. Stella Barra (1954 N. Halsted St.)

Located in Lincoln Park, Stella Barra is a pizzeria and wine bar with a lively atmosphere about 30 minutes from Loyola’s Lake Shore Campus off

the North & Clybourn Red Line stop. This upbeat restaurant serves handtossed pizzas for less than $20 that are big enough for two people to share. The menu also features pasta dishes that range between $13-18. Additionally, Stella Barra is a wine bar, serving countless options of wine, cocktails and beer. Stella Barra is offering a Valentine’s Day special from Feb. 13-15 that features a choice of three limited-time dishes made for two. The specials are sweet peppers stuffed with herbed cheese, spicy crab spaghetti and “hearts a flutter” pizza. The restaurant is are also offering two glasses of rosé for $20. Tango Sur (3763 N. Southport Ave.)

For a fancier Valentine’s Day meal, head to Wrigleyville’s Tango Sur, an Argentinian steakhouse 30 minutes away from Loyola’s Lake Shore Campus off the Sheridan Red Line stop. This candlelit restaurant is small and romantic, and best of all, it’s BYOB. The menu features authentic Argentinian cuisine with options for those who want to stay on budget. Entrees are typically meat-heavy and are reasonably priced, ranging from $1530 for a large dish. Bar Roma (5101 N. Clark St.)

If your significant other recently studied abroad in Rome and can’t stop talking about it, bring them to Bar Roma for an authentic Roman experience only 20 minutes away from Loyola’s Lake Shore Campus. Transporting them back to Loyola’s John Felice Rome Center, the ambiance of this restaurant decor is warm and the pasta options are endless. The dinner menu highlights Roman cuisine and includes various options for pasta and meat entrees under $25. Cacio e Pepe, a dish originating from Rome, is listed on their menu. A lengthy drink list featuring classic Italian cocktails such as an aperol spritz and wines will have your partner reminiscing about sunny Roma. M.Henry (5707 N. Clark St.)

If Valentine’s dinner isn’t in the cards this year, celebrate Galentine’s day with a brunch at M.Henry. Located in Andersonville about 20 minutes away from Loyola’s Lake Shore campus on the Red Line, the atmosphere is cozy and known to be a welcoming neighborhood brunch spot. M.Henry’s menu is all priced under $12, with all the brunch essentials including crepes and cinnamon roll french toast. The restaurant is also BYOB.

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Going out can get expensive, but these restaraunts don’t break your wallet.

Rome-ing Around: What exactly is a papal audience?


As my alarm chirped at 6 a.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 5, I had a thought that only the laziest, most exhausted college students could have — and one I never imagined myself thinking. “How badly do I really need to see the Pope?” Of course, I brushed the thought away almost as quickly as it came. After all, how many people even get to contemplate making that decision? The John Felice Rome Center (JFRC) canceled all classes scheduled for that day and reserved tickets for the student body to attend that morning’s papal audience. As I rolled out of bed at 6:15 a.m, I really had no idea what a papal audience even was or what I was getting myself into. All I knew was that our tickets said the event started at 9:30, but the JFRC Student Life team suggested we leave campus at 6:45. St. Peter’s Basilica is relatively easy to get to from the JRFC — both by bus

and by regional train. We arrived at the Vatican around 7:20 a.m. — just as the sun was rising — and I’ve never seen the square so empty. I took advantage of the opportunity and snapped some pictures of the outside of the Basilica while there weren’t crowds of tourists outside of it. We made our way to security, still without really knowing where we were going. We joined the mob (Italians don’t line up, they mob) in front of the metal detectors and waited what felt like hours to get through. It was kind of like airport security, except this wait had a view of the sun rising on the dome of St. Peter’s Basilica. And I got to keep my shoes on. We were told we’d be outside for the audience, but once we got through security we were ushered into a building that I later found out is the Hall of Pope Paul VI. While it wasn’t the open air of St. Peter’s Square I was expecting, the hall was still fairly breathable due to its sheer size and domed sunroof. Its stained glass windows and marble steps leading up to a sculpture of The Resurrection certainly felt fit for the Pope. We got to our seats at 8:15 a.m. and the enormous auditorium steadily filled with masses of people for the next hour. There are moments when life

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Loyola’s Rome students woke up early to attended a papal audience Feb. 5.

in Rome feels like day-to-day life, and there are moments when life in Rome feels like a cliche once-in-alifetime adventure story. As I found myself a mere few hundred feet from Pope Francis himself — and as the English-speaking religious representative gave a special welcome to all students from the JFRC — I definitely felt like the protagonist of a cliche travel movie. I could almost feel another version of myself watching this and thinking, “Oh, that would never happen.” And yet it did. Once Pope Francis — or Papa Francisco, as he’s called in Italy — finished processing in, various cardinals and bishops read aloud a selected

passage from St. Matthew’s Gospel in their respective native languages, which included Italian, German, Spanish, English and Portuguese. Pope Francis then gave a brief reflection (in Italian) on the first beatitude, a special blessing for those on earth who are “poor in spirit.” Later summarized and translated into each language, Pope Francis encouraged us to dedicate our lives to service in order to live by this beatitude. The ceremony concluded with a collective singing of the Our Father in Latin (which luckily was printed on the backs of our tickets). Pope Francis began visiting with members of the crowd, shaking hands and

blessing religious artifacts brought to him. Women even approached him donned in their wedding dresses in order to get their marriages blessed. Knowing the Pope would never have time to reach everyone in the crowd, we decided to leave around 10:20 a.m. We endured hours of standing and waiting, amidst crowds of people who spoke a variety of languages — and Pope Francis only had so much time to give. Still, there’s something special about an enormous hall full of people who have almost nothing in common, uniting in faith, admiration and pure excitement. And I’d say that made waking up at 6 a.m. feel a little bit easier.



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A Family Affair: Bulls guard’s music video features Halas and his brother

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Loyola men’s basketball assistant coach Drew Valentine (left) has helped coach his younger brother, Bulls guard Denzel Valentine, since their days at Michigan State.


While down with a leg injury during the 2019 season, Chicago Bulls guard Denzel Valentine turned to his other passion, music — and Loyola students might find something familiar in his first music video. Denzel wrote and recorded his debut single, “Introduction,” last year and the video premiered on Instagram Jan. 30. The video features scenes of Denzel working out and getting back in shape following the injury. About 48 seconds in, there’s a shot of Denzel working out in Loyola’s Halas Recreation Center with his older brother, Loyola men’s basketball assistant coach Drew Valentine. The video shows Drew coaching Denzel during a workout on one of the courts. “Part of the video was me working out with Drew because I mention in my song, ‘Two workouts and some treatment and I’m trying to be the best,’” Denzel told The Phoenix. “I wanted to show part of me working out, and that’s

something I did over the summer was work out with my brother.” Drew, 28, has helped coach Denzel, 26, since their time together at Michigan State University from 2013-15. Drew was a graduate assistant men’s basketball coach and Denzel was a junior on the team in 2015 when the Spartans made an NCAA Tournament Final Four run. Denzel was drafted by the Bulls in 2016. One year later, Drew was hired as an assistant coach for the Loyola men’s basketball team and helped take the Ramblers on a Final Four run of their own. When he was deciding whether to take the Loyola job, Drew said Denzel wasn’t swaying him toward coming to Chicago so they’d be in the same city again. In fact, he told him the opposite. “He definitely didn’t want to put pressure on me,” Drew said. “[He’d say] ‘Being in the same city, that’d be awesome, but you’ve got to do what’s best for you.’” As Denzel prepared to return from his injury this year, he and Drew would work out in Halas three or four

times per week during the summer. They would’ve worked out in Gentile Arena, but the arena was getting a new floor and the new Alfie Norville Practice Facility wasn’t finished yet. So, they went to Halas — where Loyola students can also work out. But students didn’t usually get the chance to see Denzel at Halas. Because of Drew’s schedule with the Ramblers, the Valentines would usually be some of the first ones there. “My first priority is the players on our team … so we’d get in there at 6:30 [or] 7 in the morning before I would start my own day,” Drew said. “We were in there so early in the morning that we were the only ones in there.” Denzel doesn’t just come to Loyola to work out, though. He spends time around some of the men’s basketball players — whether it be attending games, visiting practice or getting food with them. He also tries to make it out to games at Gentile when he can. Although he hasn’t been able to make it out to a Loyola game this year, that’ll

change this weekend when Loyola takes on the University of Northern Iowa. It’s NBA All-Star weekend — the game is being hosted at the United Center — and Valentine isn’t participating in any events, meaning he can finally get to a Ramblers game. “Last year, I got to go to more [Loyola] games, obviously, because I was hurt and I didn’t go on a lot of road trips,” Denzel said. “I haven’t been to a game this year, so I’m not as close to the team as I was last year just because I’m not around as much.” Even with their different schedules, the Valentines don’t just bond on the basketball court. When Drew was hired at Loyola in 2017, he lived with Denzel for about three months before he got married. He also goes to a fair amount of Bulls games. They also both have a love for music. Denzel expects to release more songs in the future — and Drew might make an appearance on a few songs. “He raps too, man, I’m throwing it out there,” Denzel said. “I might have to throw him on a track soon.”

WBB: Ramblers hit reset button after rough patch


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continued from page 1 “A lot of [Achter’s message] has been that we need to refocus ourselves,” junior forward Abby O’Connor said following the win over Indiana State Feb. 6. “This week, we kind of started from scratch with the start of the second half of conference [play].” This three-game skid prompted the team’s fresh start — and so far, it has paid dividends. Loyola snapped the losing streak in a 65-55 victory over Indiana State Feb. 6. After the game, Achter said she thought this was the best her squad has looked in more than a month. That was just the second double-digit victory of conference play for the Ramblers after Loyola had six such wins against non-conference foes. Loyola followed the win over the Sycamores with a 77-45 drubbing of last-place Evansville — its secondlargest margin of victory this season. It’s important to note that while the Ramblers looked good in their recent victories over Indiana State and Evans-

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The Loyola women’s basketball team huddles up before its Feb. 8 matchup against the University of Evansville at Gentile Arena.

ville, most teams look good when they play the two MVC cellar dwellers. The Sycamores and Purple Aces have a combined 6-39 record this season. With the season winding down, Achter stressed the importance of competing. After she said she felt the team has lost a bit of its competitive edge, she used the new month as a way to encourage her players to step up their game.

“We just said if we want February to be different, we gotta lock in differently,” Achter said. “And what better [time] than the turn of a month than to start fresh.” If Loyola’s fresh start is legit, it’s not a moment too soon. The Ramblers are currently tied for fourth place out of 10 teams in the MVC with only seven games remaining in the regular season.

Loyola’s upcoming slate gets a little tougher. This upcoming weekend, the Ramblers are scheduled to travel to Illinois State University and Bradley University. The Ramblers managed to beat the sixth-place Redbirds at Gentile Arena, but couldn’t handle the second-place Braves at home. Loyola is scheduled to travel to Normal to take on the Redbirds Feb. 14. Tip-off is set for 7 p.m. on ESPN+.

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From players to coaches, men’s volleyball loaded with Midwest talent AMELIA ICKES

Volleyball may be more closely associated with sandy beaches and sunny weather than brutal winters, food drenched in ranch or people saying “ope” whenever bump into someone. But the Loyola men’s volleyball team is demonstrating the sport can flourish in the Midwest. The team’s entire coaching staff consists of Midwest natives. Head coach Mark Hulse, associate head coach Matt McCarthy and assistant coach Connor Wexter are all from Illinois. Of the group, Hulse was the only collegiate player who moved out of the region. Meanwhile, Wexter played at Carthage College in Kenosha, Wisconsin and McCarthy spent his college years playing for Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana. Loyola has five players on its roster who hail from the Midwest: seniors Kyle Piekarski and Kyler Kotsakis from Illinois, senior Ian Cowen from Ohio, and first-years Jack Yentz and Brian Voight from Wisconsin. While volleyball may be the most popular girl’s high school sport in Wisconsin, according to the National Federation of State High School Associations, men’s volleyball isn’t as popular in the state. Not every high school offers the sport, so athletes such as Yentz turned to club teams to get a chance to play. In order to improve, Yentz said he knew he would have to take the rare, competitive opportunities to play in high school. “[Playing volleyball in Wisconsin] was competitive,” Yentz said. “I knew from the start that if I wanted to be good, I had to play for the best team, so I went to play for the Milwaukee Volleyball Club and we kind of ran the ship in Wisconsin.”

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Seniors Ian Cowen (left) and Kyle Piekarski (right) both hail from the Midwest.

Head coach Mark Hulse (pictured) and his entire coaching staff are from Illinois.

The Milwaukee Volleyball Club was where Yentz first met Voight. Unlike Yentz, Voight was able to play for both his high school team and the Milwaukee club. However, he has also seen gender-based stereotypes toward the sport first-hand. “In Wisconsin, basketball and football are the powerhouse sports,” Voight said. “A lot of time people say that volleyball is a ‘girl’s sport,’ but over the past few years it’s been growing. It’s more of a high-level sport now.” The lack in popularity of men’s volleyball in the region isn’t exclusive to Wisconsin. McCarthy’s experience playing in both Illinois and Indiana has provided him with multiple

perspectives on what it’s like to play volleyball in the Midwest. “[Playing in] Illinois in high school was a really cool and positive thing,” McCarthy said. “But at Ball State, we were looked at as not the most popular sport on campus. It was definitely a different vibe in Indiana versus Illinois.” Men’s volleyball is also much less popular than other sports at the collegiate level. While 351 colleges offer Division I basketball and 130 offer D-I football, there are only 23 D-I and 25 D-II men’s volleyball programs. Only 12 NCAA championship winners have been from universities outside of California since the annual tournament began in 1970. Six of

these 12 championship wins have come from the Midwest, including two from Loyola. Despite the gender-based stereotypes and challenges to accessing the sport in the Midwest, Voight said he’s proud to start his collegiate career in the region. “I wanted to stay close to home so that [my family] could come to all the games,” Yentz said. “But on top of it being close, this program has a great history. I really like the coaches, [getting to] stay in the Midwest to help build the popularity for men’s volleyball and representing where I’m from.” The men’s volleyball team is the

only Loyola team that doesn’t compete in the Missouri Valley Conference. Instead, they face off against teams in the Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association (MIVA). While the Ramblers have five Midwestern natives on their roster, the other MIVA teams average around 10 players from the region on their rosters. Among these teams are Quincy University in Quincy, Illinois, which has seven Midwestern players on its roster, and Lindenwood University in Saint Charles, Missouri, which has a MIVA high 16 players from the Midwest. Loyola is set to battle both teams on the road this week, facing Quincy Feb. 13 and Lindenwood Feb. 15.

Loyola softball starts season 3-2 after Rambler Rumble tournament ABBY SCHNABLE

The Loyola softball team kicked off its season with a 3-2 start after hosting its annual Rambler Rumble tournament this past weekend. It was a good showing offensively by the Ramblers. They hit a combined .391, led by senior outfielder Jessica Shields, who hit at a .556 clip. In the circle, pitcher Madison Veres had a 1.84 earned run average (ERA) and she held opposing hitters to a .161 batting average in 14.2 innings. Veres was the only one of the four who played last year, but the other three — sophomores Sydney Ruggles and Bri Clifton, and first-year Dani Brown — also saw some action. “They did a really good job of owning who they are and starting

to grow into how they throw pitches and how that’s going to look facing opposing teams,” said Loyola head coach Alicia Abbott. Senior outfielder Shannon McGee said she wasn’t happy with the two losses even though the team walked away with three wins. The Ramblers committed nine errors over the five games, but McGee said it wasn’t the errors that caused them to drop the games. Instead, she said the team lacked energy. “Nothing against those teams that we lost to, they played great,” McGee said. “But those two games we lost we didn’t show up 100 percent of the time.” Last year, the team swept all five teams at the Rambler Rumble, including Butler Univeristy and Indiana University-Purdue University

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Junior pitcher Madison Veres (left) and Abbey Jacobsen (right) talk things over.

Indianapolis (IUPUI). Three of the five games were shutouts. Although Abbott wasn’t the coach at the time, last year the team started off 5-0, but later fizzled out. She’s using this tournament as a gauge for the rest of the season. The four first-years on the team also had the chance to show off their skills. Although infielder Hailey Crabtree was the only one to tally a hit, the three non-pitchers had a total of seven at-bats. Infielder Amelia Thomas said she was excited to kick off her collegiate career with a 3-2 record. Although she only had four at-bats — including a strike out — she had much to take away from the weekend. “There were a couple times where we left a lot of runners on base,” Thomas said. “We talked about

not trying to do too much, but just settling down and doing your job.” Although two of the games were runaways, Loyola’s two losses and the win against Butler were decided by two runs. “One of the highlights of our weekend was [the players] never waved out,” Abbott said. “Our girls fought hard, even when their backs were against the wall or we were down runs.” Miami University was the only team Loyola faced that’s projected to perform well. The RedHawks won their first Mid-American Conference Championship last year and are expected to finish at the top again this year. Horizon League members IUPUI and University of Wisconsin-Green Bay were picked to finish sixth and eighth, respectively, out of nine teams.

University of Nebraska at Omaha was selected to finish last of seven teams in the Summit League Preseason Poll after finishing 4-43 last season. Butler was picked seventh out of eight in the Big East Conference preseason poll after finishing 16-32 last season. Ultimately, the Ramblers tallied wins against Omaha, Butler and IUPUI. “When we’re playing these teams and we’re putting the gas pedal down and we’re not bringing our foot up,” McGee said. “This team doesn’t want to quit against anybody.” The Ramblers are next scheduled to head to Huntsville, Texas to play in the Bearkat Classic Feb. 14-16 where they will face off against three teams: George Mason University, Houston Baptist University and Sam Houston State University.

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Junior outfielder Caitlin Engelking (No. 6) races towards home as the Ramblers took on the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay.


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Honoring National Girls and Women in Sports Day: A look at women’s sports

Abby Schnable | Sports Editor

We’re a week removed from National Girls and Women in Sports Day, but last week when my Twitter feed was flocked with posts about the day, it made me realize something — Loyola women’s sports have been dominating this season. Loyola has seven women’s sports teams and each of them has found something to be proud about. For this column, I wanted to put it all in one place for everyone to get a comprehensive look on the force that is Loyola women’s sports. So, pick a sport and enjoy as Loyola’s women’s sports are on the up-and-up. It’s time to turn to our Rambler ladies and their successes. Soccer

Starting off the with obvious, the Loyola women’s soccer team appeared in its second consecutive NCAA tournament. The Ramblers finished 14-5-1 and won both the Missouri Valley Conference (MVC) regular season and tournament titles. They also carried a lot of hardware home following the MVC awards, including eight All-MVC awards and three specialty awards. First-year forward Megan Nemec was named MVC Freshman of the Year while senior defender Madison Laudeman repeated as

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The Loyola women’s soccer team repeated as Missouri Valley Conference Champions after beating Illinois State 2-0 Nov. 10, earning a berth into the NCAA tournament.

MVC Defensive Player of the Year. Head coach Barry Bimbi and his staff repeated as MVC Coaching Staff of the Year. This success comes after losing in the firstround of the NCAA tournament last year and losing arguably their two best players — Jenna Szczesny and Madison Kimball. With their performance in the non-conference, I was worried, but they kicked any doubts I had into the back of the net. Volleyball

The women’s volleyball team had a recordbreaking season after finishing 21-10 in the regular season — its best record in 19 years. The Ramblers also grabbed a top-two seed in the MVC Tournament. For the first time in program history a Loyola player won MVC Freshman of the Year when Addie Barnes took home the honor. Both Barnes and first-year Taylor Venuto were named to the MVC-All Freshman team. Redshirt senior Heather Kocken also was named to an All-MVC team, rounding out the accolades for the Ramblers.

Despite an early exit in the MVC tournament, it was quite the adventure to watch. From the very beginning, this team was breaking boundaries, and I think it’ll continue. Cross Country

Capturing its first MVC title in program history, the women’s cross country team was led by sophomore Anneka Murrin. Five other runners finished in the top 10 and received All-MVC honors, earning them a spot at the NCAA Midwest Regional. At the regional, Kathleen Simms placed 19th and collected All-Region accolades — the fourth Rambler ever to do so. The women’s cross country team usually dominates, but this year felt special. Last year, Lindsey Brewis graduated, opening up the door for any woman to step into that top spot. Throughout the season, multiple women found themselves in the limelight. Basketball

Its season isn’t over yet, but the women’s basketball team made history with a 9-0 start

to the season. Then made history again by going 8-0 on opposing team’s courts — only one other team in NCAA Division I basketball did this: University of Connecticut. The Ramblers currently sit in fourth in the MVC and if they keep playing the way they’re playing, they’ve got a chance at making it to Sunday of the Hoops in the Heartland Tournament. Track and Field

After the most recent tournament, sophomore Claire Hengesbaugh and juniors Mimi Reimers and Tarynn Cullings currently rank third through fifth on the MVC leaderboard for the 3,000-meter best. Murrin and senior Rita Maurais clocked below-five-minute times for the first time in their respective careers. One of the 4x400 meter relay teams has already notched a season best. This is just the indoor season. Outdoor season starts next week, but this team is led by a myriad of powerful women. I expect the results to keep coming.


Women’s golf didn’t have the best start to the fall season, only capturing a top-half finish in two of the meets in which it competed. The Ramblers ended their fall season on a high note with a second place finish at the Charles Braun Invitational. Led by sophomore Lorenza Martinez with a 78.1 average stroke, this team might not be the best right now, but with as many young players as they have it’s only time until the tables turn. They’ll continue to chase success in their spring season. Softball

Just starting its season over the weekend the softball team is off to a 3-2 start. While the tournament didn’t go as well as they had planned, it opened the door to improvement. Under the tutelage of Alicia Abbott, the Ramblers are under new leadership. They’ve had a couple of rough previous seasons, but maybe the answer is women’s leadership. They’re due for an upswing.

No. 12 on the court, but No. 1 in our hearts: Marquise Kennedy

Kyle Brown | Sports Editor

Hello, lovely readers! It’s nearly Valentine’s Day and love is in the air. This means we’re in for a special edition of “Brownie Points.” If you’re new, you might be wondering what Brownie Points are. Well, it’s a column where I bestow Brownie Points or snatch them away depending on how a team or player is performing. That leads us into this week’s edition, where we look at Loyola men’s basketball first-year guard Marquise Kennedy — who has become the apple of Rambler fans’ eyes. To the elation of a packed Gentile Arena crowd, Kennedy made the gamesealing steal against Valparaiso University Sunday, Feb. 9. The Ramblers eeked out a 70-68 over the Crusaders, and Kennedy put his stamp on the game. He finished with 15 points on 6-for-7 shooting, wooing the crowd with his athletic finishes at the rim. I’ve written about the impact junior guard Keith Clemons — who Kennedy has referred to as the “point God” — has made since his season debut against Ball State University Dec. 3. Clemons took the

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First-year guard Marquise Kennedy takes the ball up the court and looks to pass against Valparaiso University Feb. 9. The Ramblers defeated the Crusaders 70-68.

reigns of the starting point guard spot, but Kennedy has made his presence felt coming off the bench. Fans’ infatuation with the electric young guard isn’t new, and it hasn’t wavered as he transitioned to the second unit. Coming off the pine, Kennedy’s production has stayed consistent. His scoring has dipped slightly from 10 points per game as a starter to 8.8 off the bench, but his assists, steals and rebounds have all risen. Fans aren’t smitten over Kennedy based on just his statistical impact, but also how he seems to make plays nobody else is capable of making. At least, that’s what draws me in when I watch a Loyola men’s basketball game, and if you’ve talked about Ramblers basketball with me, it’s probably

been apparent that I’m a not-so-secret admirer of Kennedy’s play. Kennedy’s draw has rarely been more apparent than the game against Valparaiso. I doubt anybody else on the team would’ve had the guts to take such a massive gamble with the game hanging in the balance. “We’ll talk later about that,” Loyola head coach Porter Moser jokingly said about Kennedy’s last-second play against the Crusaders. Moser has raved about Kennedy’s athleticism and his “natural ability to make plays,” and it doesn’t take long to realize just how special Kennedy is. Granted, gambles don’t always pay off. Kennedy has been far from perfect this year. He’s had certain struggles that naturally come with adjusting to college

basketball, but overall his pros have outweighed his cons. While Moser joked about reprimanding Kennedy for the dangerous move, he seems to understand that maximizing Kennedy’s potential comes in the form of accepting his jaw-dropping but equally risky plays. Whether it’s poking the ball loose from unsuspecting ball handlers or jumping the passing lanes, Kennedy’s high-risk, highreward defensive intensity has endeared him in the hearts of Rambler fans. But his swing-for-the-fences style of play isn’t just showcased on the defensive end. Kennedy is third on the team in scoring, averaging 9.1 points per game. His biggest offensive outburst came against the University of Evansville when he broke out for 20 points.

The way he goes about scoring is equal parts crazy and impressive. He’ll use his speed to blow by his defender, then he seems to embrace the contact of any opposing player who dares to challenge him at the rim. Whether it’s throwing down a dunk or kissing a layup off the glass, Kennedy has an impressive repertoire of scoring in the paint. So, based on his recent heroics against Valparaiso and propensity for highlight reel plays every time he steps on a basketball court, I’m awarding Kennedy five Brownie Points. Rambler fans, make sure to cherish Marquise Kennedy and his unrelenting passion for the game of basketball. He might be No. 12 on the court, but he’s No. 1 in our hearts.

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