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Volume 48

Issue 8

OCTOBER 19, 2016


Two men arrested for harassment outside Mertz TRISHA MCCAULEY

Two men who harassed several Loyola students outside Mertz Hall on Oct. 13 were arrested and now face criminal charges. Campus Safety officers saw the two men, Cesar Castro and Peter Rivera — both 35 years old and not affiliated with Loyola — harassing students outside the residence hall in front of the Damen Student Center, and took them into custody, according to Campus Safety Sgt. Tim Cunningham. First-year enRivera vironmental science major Maggie Brady said she and her friend were walking up the stairs of Mertz Hall when they were yelled at by the two men. Brady said one of the men apCastro proached her and her friend and said he was in one of their classes, but they responded that he wasn’t. When the women tried to walk away, that man tried to grab Brady’s friend by the hand, Brady said. “He told her he needed a woman in his life, and he was like, ‘What’s your name,’” said Brady, 18. “He was being really creepy and touching her arm and being really weird, and eventually, I was like, you know, ‘Let’s go.’” MERTZ 3

Church struggles to fund after-school program Loyola students volunteer at Rogers Park church to help provide free child care

University police are selective about what they report to students ELIZABETH CZAPSKI

Chris Hacker The PHOENIX

Loyola sophomores David Rojas (top left), Taylor Clark (top right) and Vicki Najjar (bottom) assist at an after-school program at the United Church of Rogers Park. Loyola students have been a part of the church’s program since it began in 2008.


It’s 3 p.m. at the United Church of Rogers Park at 1545 W. Morse Ave., and a small team of about five Loyola students are ready as children pour into the room. The dedicated group of education majors, some of whom work at the

church through the Federal Work-Study Program while others volunteer, welcome kids ages 6-13 to an after-school program. For the next three hours, they will serve, supervise and tutor the group of 40 grade schoolers, providing a safe, educational place for them to stay. Since the program began in 2008, Loyola students have helped the church provide free child care to lo-

Grammy-nominee kicks off first headlining tour in Chicago

Meet Cam, the singer/songwriter taking the country music scene by storm. She is a multi-nominated artist who just returned from her honeymoon and is gearing up for her first headlining tour, the Burning House Tour, which is named after her biggest hit. The tour kicks off in Chicago at Joe’s on Weed Street (940 W. Weed St.) on Oct. 27. Unlike artists who have grown up on the stage, 31-year-old Camaron



Ochs, or Cam, as she is known in the music world, had a different journey to the country music scene. She was working in a college psychology research lab when she says she hit a wall. A professor gave her life-changing advice: “Picture yourself at 80,” he said. “What would you regret not having done more: psychology or music?” “I had always loved music, but I didn’t know anyone who was a musician or who made money off of music,” Cam said. CAM 14

cal families, but that goal is becoming harder to achieve as Chicago Public Schools (CPS) continues to slash its budget. After CPS almost laid off 250 teachers and faculty and barely dodged a teacher strike on Oct. 11, the after-school program at the Rogers Park church faces struggles of its own.

Loyola students receive emails from Campus Safety about crimes that occur on or near campus, although those emails do not come as often as they could. Campus Safety is selective about which crimes it alerts students about, The Phoenix reported in its coverage of the “Let’s Talk Safety” forum held on Sept. 28. When it comes to sending crime alert emails, Campus Safety refers to the Clery Act, a guideline for universities about how to share information about crime on campus. “We are guided by the Clery Act, but also issue alerts for significant threats that occur outside the Clery Act requirements,” stated Sgt. Tim Cunningham in an email to The Phoenix. “All crimes Campus Safety is aware of are considered for notifications through the lens of campus community safety, Clery requirements, investigative process and Clery guidelines.” Campus Safety is concerned that students will not take crime alerts seriously if they are bombarded with them. “Too many crime alerts could lead to students starting to ignore the messages,” stated Cunningham. “This is why we do not send out emails for every single incident on campus and is why we follow the [Clery Act] guidelines.” ALERTS 4

International players lead men’s soccer to No. 15 rank

Up-and-coming country singer Cam scheduled to perform at Joe’s on Weed Street this month NICK COULSON

Campus Safety wary of excessive email alerts

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Five players on the No. 15 Loyola men’s soccer team’s 25-man roster (111-1, 4-0-1) are from countries outside the United States: Elliot Collier and Jordan Valentic-Holden from New Zealand, and Fabian Lifka, Marius Kullmann and Matthieu Braem from France. Those players are among 12 international athletes walking around Loyola’s campus. Collier, a junior forward, is from Hamilton, New Zealand, and came to the United States to play soccer for the Ramblers. He said he attended a soccer academy in his home country

before coming to Loyola but that the sport is played with a different style here in the States. “It’s a different physicality,” said Collier. “It’s much more higher paced and physically demanding than back home.” Whenever athletes decide to play sports at the collegiate level, they must go through a recruitment process in order to play for the NCAA. Men’s soccer head coach Neil Jones, who is also from New Zealand, said YouTube, Skype and recruiting websites have made it easier to recruit players from across the world. MSOC 20


OCTOBER 19, 2016

FROM THE EDITOR’S DESK EDITORIAL Editor-in-Chief Grace Runkel Managing Editor Nader Issa General Manager Robert Baurley News Editor Trisha McCauley

Grace Runkel, Editor-in-Chief

Assistant News Editors Julie Whitehair, Michael McDevitt A&E Editor Alex Levitt Assistant A&E Editor Nick Coulson Opinion Editor Sadie Lipe Sports Editor Madeline Kenney Assistant Sports Editors Dylan Conover, Henry Redman Copy Editors Angie Stewart, Renee Zagozdon

ART Photo Editor Michen Dewey

This week’s issue of The Phoenix is our biggest issue so far this year. With 20 pages of new content, there’s something for everyone. On the front page, read about how the Chicago Public Schools (CPS) budget crisis affects an after-school program close to Loyola’s Lake Shore Campus. For eight years, the United Church of Rogers Park has provided free child care to local families with the help of Loyola student volunteers. But after not receiving the $30,000 promised to it by the CPS Safe Haven program, the after-school program is in jeopardy. See how the church is dealing with the challenge on pages 1 and 3.

Illinois voters: Don’t miss the small but very important graphic on page 5. It will tell you the deadlines for voting online, by mail and in person for the presidential election. Registered to vote in a different state? Head to to learn about the voter deadlines relevant to you. By now, everyone has heard about the vulgar “locker room talk” by Republican nominee Donald Trump in tapes where he describes groping and kissing women without their consent. Read The Phoenix editorial board’s take on the highly discussed topic on page 7. Get into the Halloween spirit and


15 LUMA features new exhibition

3 Ride-sharing versus CTA 4 Federal study spells job troubles for some majors

Design Editor Kristen Torres

5 Controversial Vector Marketing recruits students


5 Illinois voter deadlines

Web Editor Patrick Judge


Content Manager McKeever Spruck

14 “Skooby Don’t” review


15 Bon Iver album review

Faculty Advisor Robert Herguth

16 “Hand to God” review

Media Manager Ralph Braseth

17 Fall activities around the city




7 Trump controversies

News Desk

8 Third-party spoilers in a two-party system

Sports Desk Arts and Entertainment Desk

9 Sale of Tribune Tower ruins historical value

Letters to the Editor

SPORTS 18 Rambler Madness


19 Men’s soccer rundown

Photo Desk

20 Chillin’ with Dylan


Tuesday, Oct. 11 | 6:05 p.m.

Loyola Plaza A person previously warned to stay off campus was found on Loyola property. Campus Safety arrested the offender for trespassing.


Thursday, Oct. 13 | 4:59 p.m.


Friday, Oct. 14 | 1:45 a.m.


flip to pages 10 and 11. Photo editor Michen Dewey went behind the scenes of Statesville Haunted Prison to see what goes into giving the actors spooky makeovers. Want to see a rising country superstar in concert? You’re in luck: Grammy-nominated Cam is scheduled to perform in Chicago on Oct. 27. Before you go to the show, find out more about the singer’s late start to her music career on pages 1 and 14. After reading this week’s issue of The Phoenix, head online to to take part in a survey about mental health services at Loyola. Your response will help direct the focus of an upcoming article.

Mertz Hall Two men with no Loyola affiliation harrassed students between the residence hall and Damen Student Center. Campus Safety arrested both offenders. 63 Bar and Grill Staff members turned over several fake ID cards believed to belong to Loyola students.

Saturday, Oct. 15 | 12:20 a.m.

6531 N. Newgard Ave. Campus Safety responded to a loud noise complaint, made contact with the lease holders and restored peace.



Times represent when incidents were reported, not necessarily when they occurred.

Saturday, Oct. 15 | 11:37 p.m.

Main parking structure Chainlinks reported that one of its customers has yet to return a bicycle rented earlier this year and cannot locate the individual.


Saturday, Oct. 15 | 11:16 p.m.


Sunday, Oct. 16 | 12:24 a.m.


Sunday, Oct. 16 | 11:06 p.m.

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6565 N. Glenwood Ave. Campus Safety responded to a loud noise complaint, made contact with the lease holders and restored peace.


International House A resident reported the theft of personal property, a coat left unintended in a common area.


Mertz Hall Residence Life turned over narcotics and drug paraphernalia to Campus Safety. Due to the amount of narcotics found, the student was taken into custody, charged with possession and transferred to the CPD’s control.

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OCTOBER 19, 2016


Ride-sharing popularity surge could derail CTA business


Owen Ruggiero


Loyola students can ride the CTA Red Line as part of the U-Pass program, a flat rate incorporated into the university’s tuition that gives students who are enrolled full-time unlimited rides on trains and buses every semester.


As ride services Uber and Lyft overtake taxi cabs, the ride-sharing programs offered by these companies could also provide competition for the Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) and Metra, especially with students. Ride-sharing costs continue to drop around Chicago. Uber’s UberPool and Lyft’s LyftLine — which allow customers to split the cost of trips equally with passengers nearby who are traveling in the same direction — began operating in the city last year. In 2015, the number of taxi rides across the city dropped 23 percent from 2014 as Uber and Lyft gained popularity, according to city taxi data. Now, the growth of ride-sharing has the potential to make commuters rethink taking the train or the bus. UberPool took customers to their destinations between neighborhoods in Chicago faster than the CTA Red Line would, 78 percent of the time, one DePaul Chaddick Institute of Metropolitan Development study found in 50 trials. In that same DePaul study, however, the CTA beat out ride-sharing ser-

vices for a lower average cost. A CTA train fare cost $2.29, while an average UberPool fare cost $9.66 in the study. That $9.66 would be split equally between the number of passengers who shared the ride. For Loyola students who travel throughout the city on a daily basis, it’s tricky to decide whether cost or speed is more important, considering the wide selection of transportation options. Loyola senior Eleanor Novak said she recognizes the different benefits of UberPool and the CTA, so her choices between them vary. “I ... use the train because it’s free [with a U-Pass included in tuition] but [I also use] UberPool because it’s faster,” said Novak, a 21-year-old psychology major. Novak said she ultimately values the ability to quickly catch an UberPool with friends over the lower cost of taking the train. For John Michael, a 21-year-old junior finance major, the question of whether to take an Uber or ride the CTA when he needs to get home late at night takes some thought. “If it’s late … I would rather take an Uber, but I’ll usually end up taking the train,” Michael said, “Because I don’t

have a whole lot of money to spend.” CTA spokeswoman Irene Ferradaz said she thinks the DePaul study wasn’t extensive enough to show that ride-sharing services outpace the CTA system. “The study, while interesting, is limited to just 50 trips and doesn’t include morning rush service, when the majority of people are commuting and where CTA service excels,” wrote Ferradaz in an email statement to The Phoenix. She also said that while ride-sharing services could be cheaper than the El, those services often contend with construction, car accidents and rush hour traffic, while the train does not. The DePaul study does mention Red Line delays, transfers and stops as reasons for lagging behind some UberPool trips. Uber had not returned The Phoenix’s inquiries by the time of publication. Mary Caroline Pruitt, a spokesperson for Lyft, said in an email statement to The Phoenix, “Cook County residents have made it clear that ride-sharing services like Lyft provide them with reliable and affordable transportation options.” Another CTA advantage is the reli-

ability of CTA prices, according to Ferradaz. She said the cost of public transit is more consistent than that of ride-sharing, which sometimes includes “surge” pricing — a system in which fares can rise based on increased demand. CTA prices are more affordable for most Chicagoans, Ferradaz said. Loyola students are able to ride CTA trains and buses an unlimited number of times for a flat rate — $135 per semester while enrolled as a full time Loyola student — with the U-Pass program. While it’s unclear what effect ride-sharing has had on CTA ridership, recent numbers do show a decline. The most recent CTA monthly ridership report from July 2016 showed a total drop in ridership of 6 percent compared with July 2015 — bus ridership decreased by 8.4 percent and train ridership decreased by 2.9 percent. Nick Memisovski, the manager of Campus Transportation at Loyola, said he thinks ride-sharing services impacting 8-RIDE vans and the CTA won’t happen in the near future, but said he believes partnering with such services could be beneficial. “I’m hoping we can do a partnership … in the future for the students, as

long as they’d be able to get a discount over [Uber and Lyft’s] current rates,” said Memisovski. For now, Memisovski said Uber and Lyft aren’t looking for that type of partnership, based on previous conversations he’s had with the companies. However, Memisovski said he is interested in how other schools have integrated ride-sharing into their campus transportation systems. “I’ve seen other universities where they subsidized [ride-sharing trips], where a student will pay half and the university will pay half,” said Memisovski. “So, we’ve seen it at other universities, but it’s still in very, very infant stages.” Memisovski said he thinks the scarcity of available Uber and Lyft drivers at certain times makes meaningful competition with 8-RIDE distant. But he thinks that ride-sharing services help when students are beyond 8-RIDE’s boundary or far from a CTA stop. “I think it has its place in the market,” said Memisovski. “We do know students use Uber … late at night, or even during the day, to places and destinations where regular normal transit services wouldn’t take them.”

CHURCH: CPS budget cuts affect after-school program continued from page 1 This summer, the church planned to receive $30,000 as part of the CPS Safe Haven program, which is supposed to provide free after-school care for students, but the money ran out and CPS had to restrict the allocations to the 30 poorest schools, leaving the program to fend for itself for the foreseeable future. Until the program is able to find alternative sources of revenue, its budget is restricted to $1,000 per week to cover food, school supplies, maintenance and the wages of its 11 employees. “We’re basically providing childcare three to four hours a day, five days a week, for 40 children,” said the program’s director, the Rev. Wesley Dorr. “A thousand dollars per week barely covers it. It’s putting us behind because I’m still fundraising my salary from outside the congregation. Safe Haven was supposed to cover those basic needs.” Further compounding the program’s troubles, CPS cut the budget of nearby Field Elementary School by 33 percent this year, a loss of more than $100,000. These funding losses continue to restrict public schools’ ability to provide after-school care and extracurricular programs, creating an even greater need for people such as Loyola senior Shannon Le to work there. Many of the children struggle for necessities such as food and school supplies, according to Le, who studies

secondary education and serves as the program’s student coordinator. “A lot of kids come in and need pencils to do their homework,” said Le. “Sometimes, parents, when they come pick up their kids, pick up some bread as well, and some of the kids, when we serve them snacks, are always still hungry for more. That’s why Safe Haven [funding] would have been great.” Despite the challenges, the Loyola students who work at the after-school program continue to help the children they serve stay on track. “A lot of the students have complained about teachers either filling in their homework for them or not being as supportive as they could be,” said sophomore Vicki Najjar. Najjar, an education major, said the children there need extra support, “especially because they’re so young, they’re so impressionable and susceptible to influence.” As CPS teachers and students return to school after narrowly avoiding a strike that would have put thousands of children out of their classrooms, the employees and volunteers at this after-school program continue to search for funding. “Our goal is to raise about $10,000 this month through the pumpkin patch, and we’re also starting a gofundme campaign,” said Dorr, who added that the program is always searching for new Loyola volunteers. “They are the heart of our organization,” he said.

MERTZ: Students concerned for their safety Nida Hameed The PHOENIX

Two older men were arrested outside Mertz Residence Hall on Oct. 13 for harrassing several Loyola students who live there.

continued from page 1 When the two friends went into Mertz Hall, they talked to the desk attendant. An officer in the lobby heard Brady’s story and went outside to arrest the men, according to Brady. Brady said the situation made her uncomfortable and she is glad the men were arrested. “It might have seemed like something small just to go on campus and to talk to people, but it was a big deal and I’m kind of glad that they were [arrested] because now, hopefully, they won’t do it again,” she said. “Even though it might be something minor, it’s still kind of a big deal.” Another Mertz resident, firstyear political science and social advocacy and change double major Chelsea Halsted, said she was not harassed but witnessed the two men being arrested from the window of her third-floor bedroom.

“I did see the men,” said the 18-year-old. “They were both dressed in all black.” Halsted said she was upset that the incident was not addressed in her residence hall by resident assistants or the resident director. It wasn’t addressed until the next day, when Campus Safety sent out an email informing the whole Loyola community of what had happened. Halsted also said she is concerned with her safety on campus with all the recent sexual violence cases. “It’s kind of scary to think that people can just walk onto campus and start harassing people,” she said. Both men face criminal trespass charges and have been taken into custody by the Chicago Police Department. Prosecutors have also charged Rivera with simple battery and Castro with simple assault. In Illinois, simple battery is defined as “a person intentionally

causing bodily harm to an individual or making physical contact of insulting or provoking nature with an individual,” and simple battery is defined as “a physical attack on a person in which the victim does not suffer severe bodily injury,” according to the Chicago Police Department Clearmap, a crime description database. None of the Loyola students involved were injured, according to Cunningham. “Campus Safety is committed to keeping the Loyola community safe and will not tolerate people who try to cause harm to our students, faculty or staff,” Cunningham stated in an email to The Phoenix. This the latest incident of harassment of students on campus. Last month, there were three reported sexaul assaults and four reported sexual abuses on and near Lake Shore campus.


OCTOBER 19, 2016

Some majors mean job trouble for students EILEEN O’GORMAN

The New York Federal Reserve (NYFR) updated its annual study on the labor market for recent college and high school graduates. The unemployment rates range from the lowest at 1 percent for miscellaneous education majors, to the highest at 8.8 percent for anthropology majors. The study, which takes information from the U.S. Census and The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, focuses on the unemployment and underemployment rates from college graduates of individual majors. Loyola’s most popular major, biology, has an unemployment rate of 5.1 percent. This year, students with college degrees outnumber those with only high school diplomas for the first time in U.S history. With 11.6 million new jobs created since the 2008 recession, 11.5 million jobs have gone to workers with education beyond a high school diploma. However, attending college does not ensure a student’s success, as evidenced by some of the more popular majors at Loyola topping the unemployment list. Mass media has an 8.6 percent unemployment rate, environmental studies has an 8.5 percent unemployment rate, fine arts has a 7.6 percent unemployment rate and English has a 7.5 percent unemployment rate. One of the majors with a relatively low rate of unemployment, at 1.8 percent, was agriculture/ food systems. “I think the low unemployment rate is due to a rather small supply of workers who work in the agricultural field,” said Kevin Erickson, the urban agriculture coordinator for Loyola’s Institute of Environmental Sustainability (IES). “There’s obvious-

ly growth in this field and it’s pointing towards a new area. We’re seeing a lot of young people move towards the urban agricultural field.” Loyola launched its food systems major in the fall of 2014, and no Loyola students have graduated with that major yet. But students from Loyola’s urban agriculture program have gone on to work as farm managers, sales coordinators and managers for large agricultural centers. “A farmer has to be all these things at once,” said Erickson. “We’re finally seeing that [urban agriculture] is a seriously considered driver of jobs and very much part of the future of America.” While college students worry about unemployment, underemployment rates have also been a concern. Underemployment happens when people are not employed in positions that make full use of their skills and abilities. Business majors have one of the highest underemployment rates, at 61.4 percent. “I think the underemployment rate is so high because when you graduate with a business degree, there’s a lot you can do with it,” said freshman business major Nadia Youssef. “That’s why people tend to choose business. Once they graduate, some people think that they’ll be a CEO right after graduation, when it’s really all about climbing up the ladder.” Youssef said she worries about being underemployed, but she said she is confident she has chosen a major with a wide variety of positions. She also said it could be difficult to track underemployment, due to the emergence of new, unconventional business titles, such as social media organizer or research analyst, that might utilize dif-

ferent skills from business majors. Anthropology majors have the highest unemployment rate, the annual study showed, and a high underemployment rate at 59.1 percent. Anne Grauer, treasurer of the American Association of Physical Anthropologists, and professor of anthropology at Loyola, said it is difficult to place an anthropology major into one position. “Many of our courses are cross-listed, so students can explore different avenues,” said Grauer. “Our [anthropology] students go in all different directions after they graduate. I have students in medical school, nonprofit, [the] military, zoos and museums. We have students in business. An anthropology degree isn’t giving them a technical training.” Grauer said the main goal of the anthropology department is to teach students to think critically because critical thinking is a skill that every line of work requires. Often, it’s hard to classify students with non-technical degrees — in fields such as anthropology and philosophy, that teach students different ways of thinking — as underemployed. The difficulty of determining underemployment for these students is due to the wide range of positions those students can fill, including jobs not directly pertaining to their major, according to Grauer. Loyola’s Career Development Center (CDC) works toward making students more successful. “It’s a partnership between us and the student, so we can’t ensure anyone of anything. We can build the skills to greatly increase odds [of becoming employed], said Kathryn Jackson, the director of the CDC. “There’s a kit online for all of our services, so

Eileen O’Gorman


The Career Development Center (CDC), located in the Sullivan Center in suite 255, helps students with job interviews, professional connections and career counseling.

Eileen O’Gorman


Loyola junior Dan Krapu works on homework in the Career Development Center.

if our timing is ever off with you, everything that we would be able to give you is still available to download to make it easier for students.” The CDC arranges job shadowing opportunities, employment fairs and LUConnect, Loyola’s own version of LinkedIn that connects students with

Loyola alumni. “Don’t panic,” Jackson advised students. “There are a lot of jobs out there. Yes, it’s competitive, and it may not be a dream job right out of the gates, but there are a lot of opportunities here that we provide for students.”

ALERTS: Students prefer transparency, honesty with emails continued from page 1 One Loyola student, who wished to remain anonymous, was the victim of an attempted robbery on Aug. 28 near the intersection of Sheridan Road and Albion Avenue. The student was leaving Bellarmine Hall when two men approached and asked for money. The men then grabbed the student’s bag and began to hit the student. The student said the men fled when another person came around the corner and witnessed the attack. The student reported the incident to the Chicago Police Department the same day and reported it to Campus Safety the following day. The only crime alert Campus Safety sent out in August involved a homicide near the intersection of Devon and Hoyne avenues on Aug. 6, according to the Campus Safety crime alert website. However, one attempted strong-armed robbery was reported on that date, and another was reported the day after, according to Campus Safety police logs. “I really don’t have any complaints about how [Campus Safety] dealt with me personally,” said the student who reported the Aug. 28 incident, calling Campus Safety “really great and really helpful.” Many of that student’s friends, though, were upset they did not receive a crime alert email about the incident, according to the student. Campus Safety might have decided not to send an email because the student reported the incident to Campus Safety the day after it happened — after

originally calling the Chicago Police Department, the student said. “It didn’t really irk me at all, but a lot of my friends who were ... trying to advocate for me got really angry,” the student said. Loyola student Maggie Holtz, 18, said she sees both sides of the issue. “I feel like [only sending out crime alerts for certain incidents] almost … [sends] a message that your crime happened, but it’s not as important for us to broadcast as [another] person’s crime,” said the first-year nursing major. “At the same time, [Campus Safety officers] probably don’t want to desensitize us and they probably don’t want to be bombarding us all the time.” David D’Angelo, a 20-year-old junior at Loyola, said he pays close attention to emails from Campus Safety. “I know I look at every single email I get from Campus Safety [and] at least read it through just to see what it says, and ... people I know also take those seriously, so I don’t think they go overlooked,” said the finance and business information systems major. Rachel Kubacha, 21, said she understands Campus Safety’s hesitation about sending too many crime alert emails, but she still questions the decision. “It makes sense why they wouldn’t constantly be updating us, because that is obnoxious and unnecessary,” the senior political science major said. “But it’s not a good message to send to the entire public of the school that only certain people’s crimes matter, because [to] what point does that escalate?”


OCTOBER 19, 2016


Students question company’s recruiting CARLY BEHM

One marketing company’s presence on Loyola’s campus has some students skeptical. Vector Marketing, founded in 1981, sells knives from CUTCO Cutlery by employing independent contractors. The company actively recruits people, and 85 percent of its sales representatives are students. The independent contractors set up oneon-one meetings with potential customers and are given a base pay for each appointment as well as commission for sales. Vector recruits at Loyola’s Lake Shore Campus and did so at a table in the Damen Student Center earlier this month. Kathryn Jackson, the director of Loyola’s Career Development Center, said the university’s relationship with Vector goes back more than eight years. The company has been subject to controversy over its methods for training sales representatives and has faced

lawsuits for requiring unpaid training of its independent sales contractors. In a 2014 lawsuit, a group alleged that this requirement violated the Fair Labor Standards Act, which establishes minimum wage, overtime pay eligibility, recordkeeping and child labor standards affecting full-time and parttime workers in federal, state and local governments, according to the Office of Financial Management’s website. Multiple online forums, such as, have described Vector as a “scam” and a “pyramid scheme.” Sai Cheekireddy, a fifth-year biology and bioinformatics double major, worked for Vector for five months in 2014. He said he thought Vector was a scam because, during training, Vector asked him to provide contacts of people he knew. Those people were then recruited. “There was an app, which I don’t have downloaded now, obviously, it’s a Vector app … Once you sign up, it uploads all your contacts to their server and every summer they call all my contacts and say [I] rec-

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ommended you for this job,” said Cheekireddy, 23. Mary Ann McGrath, the interim department chair of marketing at Loyola, explained that with a pyramid scheme, salespeople are responsible for recruiting new employees and earn additional profits based off of their recruits’ sales. Joel Koncinsky, a public relations manager for Vector, described Vector Marketing as a single-tiered direct selling company. “We offer commission to sales reps for the selling of products – not for the recruitment of their friends.” Koncinsky said. Sai Cheekireddy, a fifth-year biology and bioinformatics double major, worked for Vector for five months in 2014. He said he thought Vector was a scam because he felt that Vector’s claim that students could make $17 per hour was misleading. “You only make $17 an hour if you signed up for Vector when the company first started and nobody else heard of Vector knives,” said Cheekireddy. Koncinsky made it clear that the

$17 hourly sales rate is inaccurate. “We’re not sure how the rumor started that we pay an hourly rate because we’ve never offered to pay an hourly wage since 1981,” said Koncinsky. “Our reps earn a commission for sales made and we also offer a guaranteed base pay per qualified appointment.” The base pay for an appointment in Chicago is $17, according to Koncinsky. Loyola student Melissa Aristoza, a junior social work major, went through training with Vector and decided not to work for the company. She said that when she called to inform Vector of her decision, the company was persistent in trying to make her change her mind. “It seemed to me like they were making excuses to try to make me stay, to the point where they were badgering me and being belligerent and disrespectful towards me, and at that point, I was getting very frustrated and I hung up,” said Aristoza, 20. Loyola’s Jackson explained that Vector is a multi-level-marketing company

(MLM). An MLM pays its salespeople commission from the sales of people it recruited, according to Investopedia, an online resource for finance. These types of businesses sometimes face criticism, according to Jackson. “There’s controversy surrounding most MLMs,” said Jackson. “I’m not surprised at that at all. What they say about Vector is what they say about Avon, Mary Kay, Juice Plus [and] Rodan and Fields. MLMs aren’t for everyone.” Jackson explained that sales positions also might not be a good fit for everyone. “A lot of sales jobs get a bad rap because it takes a really specific kind of personality to enjoy sales, and if you don’t enjoy sales, it’s not usually a pleasant experience,” said Jackson. The Career Development Center (CDC) is attentive to student feedback, according to Jackson. Any complaints about employers will be looked into, and action will be taken if there is a pattern. There has been only one reported complaint about Vector Marketing in the past eight years, Jackson said.

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Melania Trump denied the sexual assault allegations against her husband, calling the women who came forward “dishonest” and claiming that the election is rigged, according to the New York Times.

Trump’s comments reveal systemic problem, not isolated incident THE PHOENIX EDITORIAL BOARD Rape culture is entrenched in our society, and it’s an issue that’s not going away anytime soon. The magnitude of this problem was made clear after a tape surfaced of Republican presidential nominee Donald J. Trump making comments that describe what would be considered a sexual assault of a woman, and the excuses he’s tried to offer for making his comments since only prove this point. The Washington Post obtained the 2005 video in which Trump is heard telling Billy Bush, who was an Access Hollywood anchor at the time, how he groped, kissed and tried to have sex with a married woman. “I’m automatically attracted to beautiful [women] — I just start kissing them. It’s like a magnet. Just kiss. I don’t even wait,” Trump is heard saying in the video. “And when you’re a star, they let you do it. You can do anything.” After The Washington Post published the video on Oct. 7, Trump came out with a statement at midnight addressing the lewd comments in the video. “I said it, I was wrong and I apologize,” Trump said. He then shifted the focus of his message, adding that he believed his “foolish” words weren’t nearly as despicable as Bill Clinton’s actions as he accused the former president of abusing women. Trump also accused Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton of having “bullied, attacked, shamed and intimidated [her husband’s] victims.” Initially, NBC responded to the

surfacing of the video by suspending Bush, who had recently moved to anchor the “Today” show. The station then announced his termination on Oct. 17. The only consequences Trump has faced are a slight drop in the polls and a loss of endorsements from several Republican politicians, including Idaho Sen. Mike Crapo, Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley and House Oversight Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz, according to CNN. Have we reached a point where the anchor of the third hour of the “Today” show is held to a higher standard than a major-party candidate for President of the United States? First Lady Michelle Obama, who has spent the last eight years in the White House advocating for women’s rights, delivered a powerful speech regarding Trump’s vulgar remarks. Mrs. Obama expressed the same emotions that many American women also felt after hearing Trump’s comments on the video: outraged and hurt. “This is disgraceful. It is intolerable,” said Mrs. Obama at a Clinton rally in New Hampshire on Oct. 13. “No woman deserves to be treated this way. “None of us deserve this kind of abuse … Strong men — men who are truly role models — don’t need to put down women to make themselves feel powerful.” During the second presidential debate on Oct. 9, Trump attempted to downplay the seriousness of his comments, calling the conversation with Bush “locker room talk.” Trump’s current wife, Melania Trump, defended Trump’s comments

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with a “boys will be boys” attitude. She said her husband was “egged on” by Bush to engage in this “boy talk.” It can be true that women are a topic of conversation in locker rooms, but the dialogue on the tape doesn’t just discuss courting females; it details sexual assault. It’s wrong to trivialize the vulgar comments with the “guys being guys” mentality, but it’s even worse to pretend that more people in society don’t hold the same mentality. It’s more than upsetting that these comments come from a well-known public figure — and one who could be the President of the United States. Trump’s excuses for his comments only feed into the idea that sexual assault doesn’t exist in our society. What’s most infuriating is that the misogynistic sentiment expressed in Trump’s comments is carried out by other people against women every day. Where’s the outrage then? Trump’s anti-women attitude goes beyond what he said in the video recording. In the days following the tape’s release, as many as seven women, including former “The Apprentice” contestant Summer Zervo, have accused Trump of sexual misconduct. Trump has continued to deny the legitimacy of the allegations, positioning himself as “the victim” in this situation. Trump has also insulted the accusers and called Jessica Leads — one of the first victims to go on record against Trump — a “horrible woman.” Katrina Pierson, the spokesperson for Trump’s campaign, said these women are only coming forward for “15 minutes of fame.” Melania Trump

called these allegations “lies” and blamed Trump’s opposers for creating these allegedly false testimonies. “This was all organized from the oppositions,” Mrs. Trump said in an interview with CNN’s Anderson Cooper on Oct. 18. “And with the details … did they ever check the background of these women? They don’t have any facts.” Trump’s denial and discrediting of his accusers represents what many victims of sexual crimes experience today: victim blaming. Society’s refusal to believe the victim’s claims and insistence on downplaying the accusations is a recurring issue. When a survivor of sexual assault speaks out, people often blame the victim’s behavior rather than the attacker’s behavior. Although Trump’s comments should be taken seriously, the mindset he revealed to the American public is not as unique as it might seem. Sexual misconduct and harassment happens all the time, and it happens on our own college campus. Two 35-year-old men, who had no affiliation with Loyola, were arrested for harassing students outside of Mertz Residence Hall on Oct. 13. The Phoenix reported that a Loyola student said one of the men grabbed her arm before she broke away and escaped to the lobby at Mertz, where other students who were victims of the men’s harassment gathered. In September, there was a string of sexual violence at and near Loyola, including multiple incidents on Winthrop Avenue.

There have been eight reported acts of sexual violence, including four assaults and four abuses since Aug. 26. In Rogers Park, sexual violence is also increasing. There have been 47 criminal sexual assaults in Rogers Park this year, compared to the 34 that happened during the same time period in 2015, according to CPD data. Most people agree that sexual assault is a serious issue, but our society has continually neglected to give the problem the attention it deserves. People are right to be upset that Trump — a man who could be our next president — said such degrading things about women, but everyone must react with the same revulsion to every instance of sexual assault. The attitude that led Trump to make those comments is not unique to him. For a long time, our society has fostered an atmosphere in which such a mentality is acceptable. If more people responded with the same degree of disgust to every instance of sexual violence and mistreatment of women, then maybe our society could evolve to care more about the survivors of sexual assault and be less apologetic toward the people perpetrating those crimes. If Trump, a presidential candidate, isn’t even held accountable for his actions and comments toward women, how can we assume that we can hold everyday sexual offenders accountable? Society must be consistent when it comes to handling sexual assault, regardless of the offender’s political or social status. Trump shouldn’t be protected more than any other man.

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When considering third-party candidates, voters must look to the past

Petrit Kola | Contributing writer

The 2016 presidential campaign has become one of the most divisive and hate-filled elections in the history of American politics. Citizens are forced to either support “Crooked Hillary,” or join the so-called “basket of deplorables” that are Trump supporters. Clinton and Trump are the two most unfavorable candidates in American history, polls show. About 37 percent of voters consider Clinton “highly unfavorable,” according to a poll conducted by fivethirtyeight. That is about 5 percent higher than any candidate before her, excluding unfavorable ratings for Donald Trump. Trump is considered “strongly unfavorable” by about 53 percent of voters, which is more than 20 percent higher than the previous high, which was President Barack Obama in 2012. Nearly six in 10 Americans said they either “dislike” or “hate” Clinton or Trump, according to a poll done by NBC. The distaste for Trump among a number of likely voters is leading some to consider casting a so-called “protest vote.” This means voters would choose one of the third party candidates — Libertarian Gary Johnson or Green Party candidate Jill Stein — instead of one of the two major-party candidates. Based on prior elections, third-party candidates don’t gain much traction. The push for action against the two

major-party candidates rarely leads to a full third-party candidacy win. Look at the 1992 election with Democratic candidate Bill Clinton and Republican candidate George H. W. Bush. There was also a third-party independent candidate: Ross Perot. During the general election, a number of likely voters saw Perot as an alternative to the two major-party candidates. This was not as much of a “protest vote”; some voters actually identified more with Perot’s ideology. They believed that what Perot fought for, including lowering the deficit and protecting American jobs, were things that the other two candidates didn’t offer. Surprisingly, Perot did garner a decent amount of support. He received 18.9 percent of the votes compared to Bush’s 37.4 percent and Bill Clinton’s 43 percent. While Perot did receive a significant amount of attention and garnered a lot of support, he didn’t come extremely close to winning the election or taking second place. Perot is often used as an example of a third-party candidate who stole the election’s attention from the two primary candidates. Some say that the votes for Perot took away some of Bush’s, handing Clinton the election. This means that voting for Perot wasn’t a wash. It changed the tide of the election. Perot’s political campaign was important to many Americans who wanted a different ideology governing the country, and Perot ultimately earned 18 percent of the total votes. Another example — ­ the 2000 presidential campaign involving George W. Bush, Al Gore and Ralph Nader — shows that voting for a third-party candidate during a neck-tied election not only does little to raise support for that third-party candidate, but it can hand the election to one of the ma-

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The “spoiler effect” is when a vote is split between candidates; one “spoiler” candidate’s presence (Stein or Johnson) can draw votes from a major candidate, such as Clinton or Trump, according to popular political theory.

jor-party candidates — in this case, former President Bush. A quick look at this year’s presidential election shows that the third-party candidates could have that same effect that both Perot and Nader had in their respective elections: a spoiler for one of the two major candidates. As of Oct. 17, Clinton and Trump are close nationally among likely voters — 45.9 percent are likely to

vote for Clinton, 39.1 percent are likely to vote for Trump, 6.4 are likely to vote for Johnson and 2.4 are likely to vote for Stein, according to a RealClear Politics poll. In this election, voting for a third-party candidate will not win that candidate the presidency. Either Trump or Clinton will be our next president. But it could pull enough support away from Trump or Clinton to give one of those two the lead.

This is not to say voters should not consider voting for a third-party candidate, especially if they truly identify with that candidate’s platform. Third-party candidates are far from receiving a plurality of likely voter support, though the country will more than likely be stuck with one of the major-party candidates. So, voting for the “lesser-of-two evils” might be a worthwhile option to consider.

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With sale of Tribune Tower, wave goodbye to Chicago icon

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Real estate firms Golub & Company and CIM Group closed the sale of the Tribune Tower and the property adjacent to it at the end of September for $240 million, according to The Chicago Tribune.

Jamie Hiskes | Contributing writer

The Tribune Tower is a building familiar to many Chicagoans as the neo-gothic-looking monolith on Michigan Avenue. This tower has been home to Chicago’s most widely circulated newspaper, the Chicago Tribune, since 1925 — an astonishing 91 years. Last month, Los Angeles developer CIM Group purchased the landmark for $240 million, which means the Tribune will have to leave before they can celebrate a full century of residence. On Sept. 28, the sale was finalized. That should be concerning to every Chicagoan. The sale wasn’t the first indicator that the Tribune was in danger. In 2008, Tribune Media Company filed for bankruptcy and took four years to emerge from it.

Since then, the company has been selling its assets, laying off employees and reorganizing its business structure to prioritize online content in order to appeal to a younger audience. Tribune Media even renamed its publishing company from Tribune Publishing to “tronc” (yes, with a lowercase “t”), which stands for “Tribune online content.” These efforts are all classic symptoms of an old media giant struggling to stay on its feet. But selling its headquarters is a more harrowing sign than the others. No company would enter a deal like this unless it was certain that the sale was either its only optionor its most logical one. It’s true that Tribune Media will benefit greatly from the hefty check, but we can be sure it wasn’t an easy decision to make. Naturally, journalists around the country are interested in this story. The Hollywood Reporter, The Los Angeles Times, and other newspapers nationwide have run stories about the Tower’s sale. Soon after the Tribune sold its building, the Los Angeles Times — the other newspaper owned by Tribune Publishing — sold its iconic building to a Canadian developer.

This is yet another indication that journalism is changing drastically, and that the once-great institution of the analog newspaper is dwindling more and more with each year. There’s one question I keep asking myself: Does anyone outside the field of journalism care about this story? I remember the uproar when the Willis Tower was sold and became the Sears Tower in 2009. Why haven’t I heard a similar outpouring of concern over the Tribune Tower’s future or the future of the media company it will no longer house? The disparity in reactions could come from the fact that the Sears Tower was, and still is, the city’s most widely known and loved landmark. So, in a way, a threat to the Sears Tower was perceived as a threat to the city as a whole. In a similar way, a threat to the Tribune Tower signifies not only a threat to Chicago’s own newspaper industry, but also signifies a threat to the national industry. In a Sept. 28 article, Tribune reporter Robert Channick accurately called the Tower “Chicago’s monument to newspaper journalism.” The Chicago Sun-Times, the

city’s other major daily paper, hasn’t had its own building since 2004, when its old headquarters were demolished to make room for the Trump International Tower and Hotel. Since then, the company has moved to the 10th floor of the River North Point building, which it shares with a number of other businesses. CIM Group has also significantly downsized its print newspaper and gone through several large-scale layoffs — including firing every one of its photojournalists in 2013. This begs the question: Is this what the future of the Tribune looks like? Although the Tribune Tower may not be scheduled for demolition, its transformation into a “mixed-use development” won’t convey the significance the building currently has. The sale of the paper’s headquarters suggests that Chicago is potentially forgetting an important part of its history. The railroads had a massive impact on Chicago’s growth in the early and mid-19th century, but so did the city’s media companies, including the Chicago Times, the Daily News and The Chicago Tribune. Those papers helped put Chicago on the map.

The Tribune hasn’t always been the city’s most popular paper, but it is now the sixth most circulated paper in the country, according to Cision, Inc. Chicago owes a lot to this newspaper. It isn’t something we can just forget, and it isn’t something CIM Group can neglect. When the Tribune Tower changes its name and becomes a hotel, a retail space or something else, people must remember what used to be there: The first newspaper to obtain the text of the Treaty of Versailles in June of 1919; the first newspaper to publish the complete transcripts of the Watergate Tapes in 1974; the newspaper that has employed 25 Pulitzer Prize winners since 1932 and has run one of the country’s oldest news radio stations, WGN, since 1923. We cannot forget the stories that broke in that newsroom on the fourth floor. We cannot forget the broadcasting and reporting legends who roamed those halls, including Chicago Tribune’s Jack Brickhouse, Mike Royko and Mary Schmich, . The Chicago Tribune will live on in a different building but it will never be the same.


Dislike and distrust of Clinton or Trump doesn’t justify voting for Johnson

Alice Keefe | Contributing writer

The Electoral College is designed to work in a two-party system, and it’s a system based on majority, not plurality. No matter how hard a third-party candidate campaigns, it is highly likely that Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump will be the next President of the United States. That means third-party candidates, whether they are a socialist, independent or communist, cannot realistically win a presidential election. Why, you may ask? Because it is nearly impossible for third-party candidates to get the majority vote, especially when they compete with two other

prominent, popular parties. It’s understandable that people are frustrated and disappointed with the two major-party presidential nominees. But voting for Gary Johnson — or Jill Stein for that matter — will not change this. Like it or not, third-party candidates are lagging behind major-party candidates based on recent polls. Right now, the New York Times’ poll shows Johnson earning 7 percent of the vote. The only thing voting for Johnson on Election Day will do is take a vote away from the party with which you typically align. Despite third-party voters’ insistence that they’re voting based on conscience, they’re only wasting their votes. Even Sen. Bernie Sanders and First Lady Michelle Obama have referred to voting for a third-party candidate as a “protest vote.” And you know what? They’re right in calling it that. The stakes are far too high in this election to cast a vote out of

spite or frustration. Even prominent Republicans are pledging their support for Clinton over Trump because of the danger they believe he poses to the country. Just last week, Trump defended what he called “locker room talk” comments in which he described groping women and making unwanted sexual advances toward them. Now, multiple women have stepped forward to accuse Trump of sexual harassment. If you believe that Donald Trump is the type of person who has the qualities and morals to lead our country, then by all means, go ahead and vote for him. But if his behavior and remarks disgust you — and, quite honestly, they should — then voting for Gary Johnson isn’t the answer. Johnson is not a purer candidate. He is not untouched by the perceived corruption of the government and corporations. In fact, if you take the time to look through his campaign finances, you’ll see that he is just as dirty as Clinton and Trump, if not more so.

More than 60 percent of all donations to Johnson’s campaign are funneled to a consulting firm and an ad agency, both run by people with whom Johnson has historically close ties. The consulting firm — a “Doing Business As” (DBA), which is a company that can be operated under several different names — is run by Johnson’s campaign manager and close friend, Ron Nielson. Johnson owes the consulting firm $1 million from his 2012 presidential run as a Republican, and it is estimated that 70 cents of every dollar donated to Johnson’s campaign have gone to the firm. Essentially, Johnson is using the money raised from his campaign to pay off his debt owed to the firm. So, in a few weeks, you could vote for Johnson, and you could justify that vote by saying he’s better than Trump or Clinton. But if Trump gets elected, can you live with yourself ? Can you be proud of casting your vote for an unknown and inexperienced politician whose

hands are dirty, too? On Nov. 8, you have a decision to make. You can walk into the voting booth and cast your ballot for Gary Johnson because you’re frustrated with the top two choices for our next president, but he is no better or smarter than Clinton. And while you may think voting Johnson is your moral duty, you are wrong. Your moral duty, if that is your guiding compass, is to do everything in your power to make sure a sexist, bombastic and failed businessman isn’t our next president. While a vote for Johnson isn’t a vote for Trump, it’s still helping elect Trump, and that’s something that is scary territory.

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Haunted house actors transform into real-life nightmares Productions and Statesville producer John LaFlamboy Jr., who bellows an inspiring pep Behind the scenes of a haunted house 40 talk before visitors arrive. “We will never stop working, we will never miles west of Chicago, airbrushes give out a say it’s enough, we will always try to find a constant, soft buzz. better way,” said LaFlamboy Jr. “We will always The makeup stations are never empty. Actors are shuffled in and out as fast as dig deeper with our characters, our actions, our body movements, because we are more than possible by makeup artists. Fake blood, masks and costumes are human in this building. We are Statesville.” Statesville wasn’t always a haunted everywhere to be seen. house. The Siegel family, the owners of the At Statesville Haunted Prison and City of the Dead in Crest Hill, Illinois, an alluring building, originally opened Statesville as a energy fills the air with excitement that haunted hayride in 1995, which they later is only accentuated by founder of Zombie discontinued due to safety concerns. Michen Dewey

In 1998, the Siegel family teamed up with Zombie Productions to create a haunted house in an unused building on the Siegel property. The idea of creating a jail filled with undead prisoners and guards was inspired by the actual Stateville Correctional Center, a maximum-security male prison in Crest Hill. From its inception, Statesville had one theme: a prison you can’t escape. The haunted house is located at 17250 S. Weber Road. Statesville is open 7-10 p.m. on Thursday and Sunday evenings, and 7-11 p.m. on Friday and Saturday evenings through Oct. 31.




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For many artists, it takes years of writing and recording to be nominated for a Grammy. But for native Californian and country singer Cam, the nomination came after her first hit song about a bad breakup.

CAM: A conversation with country’s newest rockstar continued from page 1 Following a move to Los Angeles, Cam met and began working with songwriter/producer Tyler Johnson (Taylor Swift, Pink). Under the watchful eye of Grammy-winning producer and songwriter Jeff Bhasker (Fun., Mark Ronson), Johnson and Cam cowrote songs, including “Maybe You’re Right,” which ended up on Miley Cyrus’ album, “Bangerz.” After moving to Nashville in 2013, Cam began recording an album, which was financed through Kickstarter, with the help of Johnson and Bhakser. One of the songs cut from the album, “Down this Road,” caught the attention of a Nashville radio programmer who began playing the song at his station even though Cam was unsigned at the time. With the airwave boost and Bhakser’s help, Cam found herself in front of Sony Music’s CEO, Doug Morris. Morris fell for Cam’s talent when she auditioned, and Cam went on to sign with both the country and pop labels of Sony. Work quickly got under way on

the newly signed artist’s debut EP. The four-song EP, “Welcome to Cam Country,” was released in early 2015, and included “Burning House,” the song that would launch Cam’s career. However, that was not the song selected to be her first single. It was a slower song — which Cam said didn’t seem fitting to release in the middle of the summer. “It was a great song and a very personal song, but it didn’t sound like a commercial hit,” Cam said. Cam performed the song during her debut performance at the Grand Ole Opry, and it impressed radio DJ Bobby Bones, who had her on his show the next morning. Bones asked her to play a little bit of the song that morning, and his audience loved it. “It shot up the iTunes charts because [the audience was] buying it. [Sony] saw this organic response in this choice that people wanted that song, and they immediately put it out,” Cam said. “A lot of people loved that song but didn’t think it was a safe single choice. It was really cool to have it move forward that way because it cut through at something so different.”

Cam’s album, “Untamed,” was released in December 2015 and included the songs from her EP in addition to seven others. Cam co-wrote every song on the album, which she said was the surest way to know that she loved every single aspect of the album during the tweaking or changing of lyrics and sounds. “I don’t really care about being famous or being a big country star. Some people like that stuff, and that’s not really why I do it. For me, I really have to care about the music a lot,” Cam said. “So, writing it and making sure it was something that I loved so completely, that was my way of making sure that I could make it through some of the harder parts.” Since Cam burst onto the music scene she has received a nomination for the Grammy Awards, Academy of Country Music awards, Country Music Awards (CMAs) and, most recently, the American Music Awards for Favorite Female Artist-Country. At this year’s CMAs, which will be held on Nov. 2, “Burning House” is nominated for Song of the Year and Music Video of the Year.

“[Award shows] are kind of like that picture you take on the first day of school. You kind of get a snapshot of where everyone was this year and the community that’s worked hard to put out this music. It’s really cool to celebrate that,” Cam said. “I’m really happy that ‘Burning House’ is part of the nominated songs. It’s really amazing. But, win or lose, that’s not really the point. The point is that we all get to be there to sort of celebrate the fact that we worked our butts off and put out some cool stuff.” In the midst of all this success, Cam is preparing to embark on her first headlining tour. Although she has toured with some of country music’s biggest names, she described headlining her own tour as “exciting” and “terrifying.” “It is somewhat terrifying to ever do something completely on your own,” she said, “but the people that are going to come to this are the original fans. These are going to be the fans that are around my entire career — the fans that I know best and the fans that I care about the most. I am excited to meet everybody.” The Burning House Tour will make

12 stops this fall. Joining Cam on the road will be opening act Adam Sanders. On the road, Cam said she will be decked out in her signature color, yellow. It’s a wardrobe choice she said is part branding strategy and part confidence-building. “I don’t really buy the whole [idea that] women have to be super sexy in order to be an entertainer or have a music career. I don’t really see the link there,” Cam said. “Yellow is a super open and welcoming color. It makes me feel better to be in yellow and people seem to be sweeter to me when I’m in yellow. Be sure to give “Untamed” a listen, but also watch Cam’s performances of “Hello,” “Uptown Funk” or Patsy Cline’s “Crazy,” and you’ll quickly realize that Cam is not your average artist. It’s quite obvious that this is just the beginning of a successful career for one of country’s kindest, most humble and most talented new acts. Tickets for Cam’s show at Joe’s on Weed Street cost $15 in advance and $20 the day of show. You can buy tickets at

‘Skooby Don’t’ gives the mystery machine a fun twist KAITLYN FOUST

Where can you see your favorite mystery-solving gang run around in a creepy old hotel with Cher, Chaz Bono, Kris Jenner and Caitlyn Jenner? At the latest show performing at Mary’s Attic (5400 N. Clark St.), “Skooby Don’t.” This amazing parody from Hell in a Handbag Productions features your favorite childhood cartoons all grown-up, and time has not been good to them. Velva (a parody of the classic character Velma) is an obnoxiously vocal, politically correct Bernie Sanders supporter who convinces her friends Fredd, Scaggy and Daffy, and their dog Skooby, to visit her aunt’s hotel. Velva fails to mention that her aunt is Cher. Cher’s son, Chaz, works for his mother as the bellhop for the hotel, where two guests are trying to launch a reality TV show. Those guests are none other than

Kris and Caitlyn Jenner. Skooby and his crew spend the whole night investigating a monster in the hotel while discussing the ins and outs of gender, identity, sexuality, body image and political correctness. While investigating the hotel’s eerie hallways, the characters take turns sharing their struggles and challenges of living in a modern world. David Cerda, the playwright and artistic director of the show, has cleverly recreated these childhood characters, giving them quirks and flaws that make them relatable and relevant. The actors portraying the “meddling kids and their dumb dog” have perfected their impressions of the original characters. Josh Kemper, who plays Scaggy, does exceptionally well in delivering Shaggy’s infamous cracking teenage-boy voice. Ed Jones, who plays Cher, also does a magnificent impression of the singer. The show is put on in a small theater, but the intelligently designed set maxi-

mizes the space, allowing room for the classic running montages. The work of set designer Brad Caleb Lee is not only beautiful and realistic, but it also captures the aesthetic originated by Cartoon Network. “The Gang” looked identical to their animated counterparts, and as Cher, Kris and Caitlyn undergo costume changes, their outfits became increasingly extravagant. For a fun night and a few hours of laughter, make sure you see “Skooby Don’t!” “Skooby Don’t” runs through Nov. 4. On Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, the show begins at 7:30 p.m., and on Sundays, it begins at 6:30 p.m. No performance will be held on Sunday, Oct. 16, but there will be an extra performance on Saturday, Oct. 29 at 3:30 p.m. Regular tickets cost $28 in advance and $30 at the door. VIP tickets, which include cocktails and special seating, are $42 and up. Purchase tickets Hell in a Handbag Productions Rick Aguilar by visiting From left, Will Kazda, Caitlin Jackson, Christopher Wilson, Josh Kemper and or calling (800) 838-3006. Elizabeth Lesinskiare star in Hell in a Handbag Productions’ “Skooby Don’t.”


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A new ultramodern sound has emerged from indie-folk band Bon Iver with the group’s third full-length album. “22, A Million,” which was released on Sept. 30, is the long-awaited follow-up to the band’s 2011 album, “Bon Iver, Bon Iver.” Justin Vernon, lead singer and songwriter of the group, dealt with anxiety and depression after the release of the first two albums. In search of relief, Vernon isolated himself into his cabin in Wisconsin. “22, A Million” derives from that isolation, and represents Vernon dealing with letting go of past struggles, feelings and places. Bon Iver takes artistic leaps and bounds with their experimental new record. The indie group aimed for and achieved a radical, ground-breaking sound. Chris Messina, a sound engineer who works with the band, created an instrument nicknamed “The Messina” that Auto-Tunes and alters both voices and instruments. The unique album name, “22, A Million,” represents Vernon’s battle against the rest of the world. The 10 songs on the album do not have ordi-

nary names, either. Song names such as “715 - CRΣΣKS,” “10 d E A T h b R E a s T ⚄ ⚄ ” and “21 MuuN WATER,” among many others, are unlike any other song names in the modern music world. As obscure as they may seem, the song names all carry some special meaning for the band. “33 ‘GOD,’” the group’s first single from the album, was released 33 days before the album came out and is three minutes and 33 seconds long. The number 33 also refers to “promises made by God” and the age of Jesus Christ when he died. Filled with religious references, “33 ‘GOD’” has a brighter feel-good sound. At first listen, people might not notice that the lyrics discussing a one-night stand are actually an extended metaphor about letting go of the past. In the background,Vernon’s Auto-Tuned voice quotes Psalm 22 from the Bible, singing, “Why are you so far from saving me?” and “I find God and religion.” The song “29 #Strafford APTS” mixes Vernon’s natural voice with the Auto-Tuned version of his voice to create an uplifting yet captivating track. The song’s soft, warm melody fills the listener with nostalgia. One surprise on the album is a sample of Stevie Nicks’ voice, taken from a YouTube video, in the background of “10 d E A T h b R E a s T ⚄ ⚄” — Nicks’ voice can be heard singing her song “Wild Heart.” The voice in the song sounds similar to that of the notorious Batman villain, Bane, but Bon Iver has that special touch that makes it enjoyable. On the final song of the album, “00000 Million,” Bon Iver drops the Auto-Tune and combines Vernon’s raw voice with a mellow piano in the background. The songs that make up “22, A Million” not only provokes thought, but also cause listeners to feel

a whirlwind of emotions. “22, A Million” is an astonishing album that has shocked Bon Iver listeners. The album is relateable and inspirational. Among the electronic and modernized sounds on the album come peaceful and comforting tones that Bon Iver has consistently managed to capture. It is evident that Justin Vernon is a musician who has undergone an immense amount of change, and his willingness to experiment with new sounds puts him ahead of his time. Vernon sings in “666ʇ” “It’s not for broader appeal,” meaning that “22, A Million” was not created to please all listeners. The album was created for his own peace of mind. If Bon Iver’s goal was to ruffle the feathers of its own indie-folk genre, then the group certainly succeeded. “22, A Million” is shocking and impressive.

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Justin Vernon, lead singer and songwriter of indie-folk group Bon Iver, performs at music festival Coachella.


Marcella Hackbardt, a studio art professor at Kenyon College in Ohio, is the photographer behind the True Confessionals exhibit at Loyola University Museum of Art (LUMA). Her work captures the beauty of confessionals found in churches all over Italy, from Rome and Florence, to Bologna and Emilia-Romagna. Even though the photos all deal with the same subject, Hackbardt said no two confessionals looked the same. Hackbardt said she decided to focus on confessionals because of their emotional appeal. “They have a sense of the bitter-sweet that I’m drawn to,” she said. Inspired by the work of the German conceptual photography duo Bernd and Hilla Becher, Hackbardt often centered the subjects of her photos in the frame, going against the rules of conventional photographic composition. A photo was an adventure in itself at every church. Hackbardt often had to explain her project to people in the churches and move pews and candles to get clear shots of the confessionals. Each photo has its own story about the artistic process behind it. In the artist lecture, which she gave on Sept. 27 at LUMA, Hackbardt presented some of her other works. Among them was her book, “Various Unbaked Cookies and Milk,” inspired by Ed Ruscha’s book, “Various Small Fires and Milk.” She said she likes the idea of collections of a certain obscure object (such as cookie dough or a church confessional). Hackbardt has taken part in several photo documentary projects, including “All Boy,” which featured photographs of young male dancers. In her digital work, Hackbardt por-

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A photograph on exhibit at LUMA.

trays poignant, beautiful scenes. They include natural landscapes and human faces contorted into expressions of confusion or hope. She said her subject matter often implies themes of finding God or spirituality. “I want to make work that talks about something greater or beyond,” Hackbardt said. The bulk of Hackbardt’s work focused on “True Confessionals.” Hackbardt pointed out an interesting contrast between the ornate confessionals she photographed and new technology, including electric wires and speakers. While confessionals might not always be conventionally used in churches anymore, Hackbardt said she understands they are sacred pieces of furniture. She said there has been a decrease in support of the Catholic Church and these particular pieces of furniture provide a sense of hope in churches. The exhibit takes up an entire hallway at LUMA, and it will remain open until Jan. 8. If you are interested in the juxtaposition of old and new forms of communication, humans’ changing understanding of faith or just ornate furniture, then definitely check out this exhibit. The photos from the exhibit are up for sale on Hackbardt’s website:

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Play explores details of Nebraska murder KAITLYN FOUST

Next to the Berwyn Red Line Stop sits the Steep Theatre (1115 W. Berwyn Ave.) with an ensemble that has received many accolades for its extraordinary productions over the years. This season, the ensemble members continue to prove their talents with the incredible production “Bobbie Clearly”. It’s playwright Alex Lubischer’s a genius exploration of grief and forgiveness with a perfect mix of drama and comedy. The atmosphere of the theatre creates a unique environment that director Josh Sobel

uses to bring the audience right into the action. In Milton, Nebraska, residents never expected such a devastating tragedy. The town is mourning the death of 16-year-old Casey G. Welch, while 15-year-old Bobbie is in an institution upstate, charged Casey’s murder. The grieving town, under the guidance Casey’s mother, Mrs. Welch, holds a talent show in Casey’s honor. Lubischer tells this story by presenting testimonials from Milton residents and tying them into a three-part documentary that spans many years. The documentary revisits characters eight years later­­— after Bobbie’s

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release from the institution — and concludes with a surprising but realistic ending. Near the end of the show, male nurse Derek/Drake (Nick Horst) screams that certain tragedies and hardships could be avoided if we were all just “kind to folks” — the primary message of the play. The darker themes are offset by well-timed comic relief. The cast embodies funny, outlandish characters that each have their own distinct personalities. The comedy includes three dance numbers, which are set to the music of Christina Aguilera, The Killers and Queen, and each is funnier than the last. Two of the numbers are

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presented as acts in a talent show and one is delivered as a drunken karaoke performance. This element creates a comedic drama that will make you cry and laugh until you cry. The stage design is simplistic: Only a small piano sits on an otherwise bare stage. The major scenes occur at the Casey G. Welch Annual Talent Show, transforming audiences of “Bobbie Clearly” into the audience of this small town performance. The other scenes are differentiated by changing background noises that transport viewers to new locations. Thomas Dixon’s sound design and original music change the minimalistic stage

into many dynamic settings. “Bobbie Clearly” paints a beautiful picture of complex tragedy while examining the concept of forgiveness and exploring how healing is a constant struggle. The show’s blend of clever acting, brilliant writing and ingenious directing make this masterpiece a must-see for any theatre lover. “Bobbie Clearly” runs through Nov. 5, with performances at 8 p.m. on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays. Sunday matinees start at 3 p.m. on Oct. 9, 16, 22 and 30. Tickets range from $10 to $35. Reservations can be made by calling (773) 649-3186 or visiting www.

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With an attitude too crass to be church-friendly, an ill-tempered puppet in “Hand to God,” a production at Victory Gardens Theater, is stirring up laughter. Simultaneously hilarious and thought-provoking, the show beautifully captures playwright Robert Askins’s satiric story about the coexistence of faith and uncertainty. In Cypress, Texas, church is a central part of most people’s lives. Three children, mild-mannered Jason (Alex Weisman), flannel-wearing Jessica (Nina Ganet) and school bully Timothy (Curtis Edward Jackson), spend their after-school hours participating in Christian Puppet Ministry. Margery (Janelle Snow) is the club’s leader and Jason’s mother; she clings to running the club as a way of coping with the loss of her husband. Jason’s puppet, Tyrone, has an identity of its own. After Tyrone spirals out of control, using foul language, making sexual comments and constantly engaging in bad behavior, Jason begins to realize that Tyrone has been possessed by a demon. Tyrone commits violent verbal and physical attacks on children and they soon realize Tyrone is no ordinary puppet. This strange circumstance ironically breathes life into the statement, “The devil made me do it.” Perfectly casted, the actors had impeccable chemistry. With perfect comedic timing and stellar direction, these experienced actors contributed to what was an extraordinary show. Although their southern accents weren’t subtle enough to be believable, their sincere characterizations made up for it. Interestingly, the most unique part of the production was the American Sign Language interpret-

ers interacting with each other in front of the stage as part of the show. Although distracting, the interpreters added charm to the performance through their non-verbal dialogue and silly facial expressions. Weisman’s performance as Jason was exceptionally impressive, considering the difficulty he faced in simultaneously portraying Jason and the puppet Tyrone. Whenever Tyrone had something to say, Jason would speak as Tyrone. Even though Weisman didn’t attempt to mask the fact he was speaking for the puppet, the dialogue managed to effectively captivate the packed audience. Costumes, lighting, sound design, makeup and the eerily-realistic church basement set were extremely well executed. The set was dimly lit to set the right mood, and each prop was placed with great consideration. All technical and creative aspects of the show blended beautifully to paint a picture of a true-to-life church setting. The production engaged the audience with more than just humor. Cast members occasionally addressed the audience directly, a rare comedic choice. The entire audience, including myself, was laughing throughout the entire play, sometimes even to the point of tears. The raunchy language, sexual humor and risque jokes were implemented appropriately and didn’t overwhelm the play. Every aspect of the performance came together magnificently to create an introspective, satiric comedy that got the audience thinking, laughing and having a good time. “Hand To God” is playing at Victory Gardens Theatre. The show runs through Oct. 30 at various performance times. Tickets cost $15-$60 and they are available for purchase online at


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Chicago is home to a long list of fun-filled activities this fall

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This fall, there are tons of family-oriented activities to choose from in the Chicago Area. The Lincoln Park Zoo Fall Fest (left) takes place every weekend until Oct. 30. Apple Holler (center) is one of the greatest apple orchards near the city and is located in Wisconsin, just north of the Illinois state border. Kuipers Family Farm (right) offers a quieter fall excursion.


The return of pumpkin spice everything and cold breezes from the lake remind Loyola Students that the best season — fall — has finally arrived. Make the most out of the spookiest time of the year with these fall festivals and activities. Apples, Pumpkin Spice, and Everything Nice Grab that friend lucky enough to have a car and head to a nearby apple orchard, pumpkin patch or corn maze. All Seasons Orchard: Located an hour and a half away from Loyola’s Lake Shore Campus (LSC), in Woodstock, Illinois (14510 IL-176), All Seasons Orchard includes a pumpkin patch, corn maze and various fun farm activities. General admission is $14.50 per person and includes a one-half peck bag, which is about 6 or 7 pounds of apples. All Seasons Orchard is open seven days a week from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. County Line Orchard: Located one hour and 15 minutes away from LSC, in Hobart, Indiana (200 S. County Line Road), County Line Orchard has 40 acres of U-pick apples available to purchase from 9 a.m. - 5

p.m. daily, a corn maze and a barnyard jams band. Apples costs $1.79 per pound and general admission costs $1. Jonamac Orchard: Although apple picking is closed for the season here, Jonamac Orchard has a corn maze, pumpkin patch, petting zoo and house wine and cider tastings open for the remainder of the season, which ends Nov. 23. Located an hour and a half away from LSC, in Malta, Illinois (19412 Shabbona Rd.), Jonamac Orchard is open from 9 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. daily. Barnyard admission costs $4 for adults and provides access to a jumping pillow, the petting zoo and the barnyard play area. Kuipers Family Farm: Located an hour and a half away from LSC, in Maple Park, Illinois (318 Watson Rd.), Kuipers Family Farm has a U-pick apple orchard and a pumpkin farm activity area. Admission to the orchard is $10 per person and includes a one-fourth peck bag of apples and a hayride to the grove. Pumpkin farm admission starts at $10.99 per person. Apple Holler: Located one hour away from LSC, in Sturtevant, Wisconsin (5006 S. Sylvania Ave.), Apple Holler boasts a 70-acre orchard. Apple Holler also has farm

animals, a farmer’s market and hayrides. Admission costs $20 per person and includes a one-half peck bag. Apple Holler is open from 8 a.m. - 6 p.m. daily. Fall Fests

Lincoln Park Zoo Fall Fest:

Fall Fest takes place every weekend until Oct. 30 at the Lincoln Park Zoo (2001 N. Clark St.). Free admission to the zoo includes musical entertainment, a pumpkin carver and a number of other fun activities. Fall Fest also features ticketed attractions for younger folks including a ferris wheel, a corn maze, a hay mountain and more.

The Halloween Gathering Festival & Parade: Join the Chica-

go Cultural Mile Association on Oct. 22 for the second annual Halloween Gathering. The Daytime Festival is set for 2-5 p.m. in Millennium Park (201 E. Randolph St.). The Spectacle Parade is scheduled to take place from 6-8 p.m. along Columbus Drive, from Balbo Street to Monroe Street. This event is free and open to the public.

Northalsted Halloween Parade: The 20th Annual Boystown

Halloween Parade will take place on Oct. 31 at 4 p.m. along Halsted Street, from Belmont Avenue to Ad-

dison Street. The parade is known throughout the country for intricate costumes, creative programming and entertaining acts. The event is free and open to the public. Make sure your costume is to die for. Creepy Crawls

Zombies vs. Vampires: The

Zombies vs. Vampires Pub Crawl is scheduled to take place on Oct. 22 at 2 p.m. Buy your tickets now for your chance to win $500 for wearing the best costume. With your ticket, you will receive a “survival kit” that includes a map, a bar menu and a lanyard. The pub crawl will take place in six neighborhoods across the city: South Loop, River North, Downtown, Wicker Park, Wrigleyville and Lincoln Park. Tickets can be purchased at

A Nightmare on Hubbard Street: The fifth annual River North Halloween Costume Bar Crawl is scheduled to take place on Oct. 29 from 12-9 p.m. General admission costs $25 and includes access and express entry into all premiere River North host bars. Tickets can be purchased at Crawl-O-Ween: The 2016 Halloween bar crawl, Crawl-O-Ween, will span multiple neighborhoods.

Group admission tickets start at $10 per person and includes two $5 gift cards that can be used for food and drink, drink specials, entry and a costume contest. Crawl-O-Ween is scheduled to take place on Oct. 29 starting at 8 p.m. Tickets can be purchased at Haunted Hoopla

Chicago Hauntings Tour:

Chicago’s oldest ghost tour introduces visitors and natives alike to a very different side of the city. The 2.5-hour bus tour is fully narrated and has numerous stops at some of the most actively haunted outdoor sites in Chicago. Stops include murder sites, a serial killer’s body dump, Chicago’s most haunted house and much more. Tours are held year-round on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. Tickets are $36 per person and can be purchased at

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Chicago’s largest haunted house? Experience the legend of the 13th Floor at a top-rated haunted house. Open until Nov. 5, tickets start at $19.99 and include admission into two different haunted houses at the 13th Floor (1940 George St.).

Nate Parker’s ‘The Birth of a Nation’ makes its mass-audience debut OLIVIA MCCLURE

From its subtle beginning to its tragic end, “The Birth of a Nation” proves to be as riveting and heart-wrenchingly disturbing as the historical events on which the movie is based. The film tells the story of an uncommonly literate slave who ignites a rebellion after witnessing his wife and others being viciously attacked by ruthless, slave-owning white men. At the start of the film, viewers are given a glimpse of a God-fearing, 19th-century Southern household where a young Nat Turner (Nate Parker) is allowed to receive reading lessons from the plantation matriarch, Elizabeth Turner (Penelope Ann Miller). In one of these scenes, Nat is handed a Bible after being told he wouldn’t understand the other books. Although the reading lessons end after Elizabeth dies, Nat shares scripture with his fellow slaves and eventually at plantations around the South. It is during these biblical journeys that he witnesses the fullness of slavery’s brutality firsthand, launching his staunch hatred of the oppressive white man. The film stands as a raw and unflinching expose of some of slavery’s most brutal moments. Nat’s story takes us on a jolting journey that is shaped by the film’s emotional resonance and its stellar musical score. With stunning eagerness, we are thrown into the fervor of emotions that festered among Nat and his followers. These high-strung emotions are embodied by the battle between slaves and slave-owners that occurs in a scene near

the end of the movie. Parker relies heavily on shock value to stir anger in viewers’ hearts, and the attempt is far from futile. Many stomach-churning scenes elicit strong reactions as the audience witnesses slaves treated like cattle with dirty faces and unkempt hair. The gruesome images of slavery drive Nat and other slave rebels to murder members of slave-owning households. Whether or not Turner and his followers are justified in their actions, the story’s historical expression is phenomenal. In a way, the film rivals Steve McQueen’s “12 Years a Slave” with its graphic and realistic illustrations of slavery. Both films appear to be stunningly accurate, yet Parker’s masterpiece takes a slightly different course. With austerity and originality, “The Birth of a Nation” stares boldly into the face of a white-dominated Hollywood, and perhaps even an oppressive modern society. With the American media heavily focusing on race riots in recent years, the film couldn’t have come at a better time, forcing us to contemplate our country’s moral foundation and the roles we play as upright citizens. The film deserves its own spotlight to showcase its brilliant cast, poignant writing and breathtaking cinematography. If nothing else, the film should be viewed as an exceptional cinematic feat worthy of the red carpet attention it will inevitably receive. “The Birth of a Nation” succeeds in dazzling and disturbing viewers to ultimately provoke admiration, much like a young and passionate Nat Turner subtly yet powerfully inspiring his followers.

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“The Birth of a Nation” was released on Oct. 7 and uses the same title as D.W. Griffith’s 1915 KKK propoganda film. The film stars Nate Parker as Nat Turner, an enslaved man who led a slave rebellion in Southampton County, Virginia.



RAMBLER RUNDOWN MSOC: THE RAMBLERS DROP TWO SPOTS IN NATIONAL RANKINGS The No. 15 Loyola men’s soccer team dropped two spots in this week’s NSCAA poll after a 1-1 tie with conference rival University of Evansville on Oct. 15. The Ramblers hold a 10-1-1 overall record, which is the best season for the program since Loyola joined the MVC.

WGOLF: STAED AND BROWN FINISH IN TOP 10 AT LOYOLA’S FINAL FALL TOURNAMENT Junior Jessie Staed and firstyear Morgan Brown tied for seventh place at the Dayton Fall Invitational on Oct. 18. As a team, Loyola posted a 315 on the second day of the tournament to add to its 619 stroke total. The score gave the Ramblers a fourth place finish out of 14 teams.

MGOLF: SOPHOMORE YAMAT SHINES IN THE RAMBLERS’ LAST FALL TOURNAMENT Sophomore Orion Yamat shot three over par, which was good enough for a fourth place finish out of 112 contestants at the Dayton Flyer Invitational on Oct. 18. As a team, Loyola finished in ninth place out of 18 teams with a team score of 610.

WVB: RAMBLERS BEAT BRADLEY Loyola (10-12, 5-4) beat Bradley University in four sets on Oct. 18. Senior outside hitter Morgan Reardon led the Ramblers with a match-high 23 kills en route to the team’s fifth conference victory.

The madness starts in Gentile MADDY BATLAS HENRY REDMAN

Chick-fil-A. High-flying dunks. Free T-shirts. Sister Jean. These are all things you can find at Rambler Madness, which is scheduled to take place on Oct. 20 at 7 p.m. in Gentile Arena. Rambler Madness is Loyola’s annual event that kicks off the basketball season and celebrates the men’s and women’s basketball teams. The Loyola Athletics department hosts Rambler Madness, previously known as Midnight Madness, to get students excited about the upcoming basketball season and encourage them to attend the games. Midnight Madness originally marked and celebrated the point in the season when NCAA rules allowed college basketball teams to hold full-team practices. The event includes a prayer from Sister Jean, remarks from the head coaches of the men’s and women’s teams, a dance involving student-athletes from every sport, a three-pointer contest and a dunk contest. Rambler Madness gives the women’s basketball program its first chance to work on rebuilding its reputation in the Loyola community after a scandal last season involving former head coach Sheryl Swoopes. Men’s basketball head coach Porter Moser said college basketball is not complete without fans filling the stands. The fans elevate the team, according to Moser, and he said fans make a difference in the outcome of a game. Moser said he hopes Rambler Madness will help students understand their vital role with Loyola sports. “It’s a night where we can get in front of them and say, ‘You are a part of the team,’” Moser said. “The student body


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Averaged 26 points, eight rebounds and three blocks last season for LeRoy High School Led his high school team to Illinois Class 1A state title in 2015

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“She brings a great enthusiasm,” said Moser. “She’s got a great spirit about her, a great competitive spirit … I think the student body will really relate to her, she’s bringing an energy level. I think the fans will really embrace watching her coach and watching her team play.” The women’s and men’s basketball teams are scheduled to begin their seasons in a double-header format on Nov. 11. The women’s team will face off Northern Illinois University at 5 p.m., and the men’s team will follow at 7:30 p.m. against Alcorn State University at Gentile Arena.


Scored double-figures in nine games last season



her debut in front of the student body. She said she is excited to get students ready for the season, but she plans to just be herself. “I am what I am at this point. It’s not going to be anything crazy,” said Achter. “I’m not going to go out there and do any kind of dance; that’s not really my personality. Maybe we’ll throw out some T-shirts and give students a reason to come to our games and support our players.” Moser said he believes that Achter is going to bring a very enthusiastic and positive tone to Rambler Madness.

Players to watch during the 2016-17 season


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Head coach Porter Moser said he wants fans to feel like they’re a part of the team.

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has a direct relation to our success.” Last season, when school was in session and attendance at games was up, the men’s basketball team went 8-3 at Gentile Arena. During winter break, when students were off campus and attendance in Gentile was down, the team went 2-6. Kate Achter, who is the new women’s basketball head coach, said she’s excited for her first Rambler Madness and hopes the event sets a positive tone for players and fans for the upcoming season. Achter said the women’s basketball team has been working hard to prepare for its upcoming season and this event will showcase the players’ dedication and excitement. “Any time you can get support for all of the hard work you’re putting in that no one else sees, I think that’s a good thing,” said Achter. Sophomore guard Brandi Segars said Rambler Madness gives the women’s team a burst of energy going into the season and showcases the different personalities of the players, which fans don’t have the opportunity to see during games. “Most of the time when you see us playing, we’re serious and it’s game time,” said Segars, who is from Queens, New York. “This is more like a nice, fun event.” Rambler Madness shows fans that the teams know how to have fun, according to junior forward Donte Ingram. He said success is easier if the teams enjoy themselves. “Since we have been putting hard work in practice, it gives us time to enjoy ourselves,” said Ingram, a Chicago native. “That reminds you that you have to have fun in the process. It’s business, but at the same time, you have to enjoy yourself. That brings success when you’re not taking yourself too seriously and just having fun with it.” Achter said she isn’t nervous for

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Heavily recruited in the Valley by Illinois State, Indiana State and Evansville

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Averaged 19.2 points and 7.7 rebounds per game last season with Prairie Central High School Led her high school team to win the 2016 regional title Her high school head coach Tom Garriot described her as a “selfless player” with the best handles in the area “by far”


OCTOBER 19, 2016

Men’s soccer ahead of the pack in race for MVC title TIM EDMONDS

The nationally ranked No. 15 Loyola men’s soccer team is experiencing one of its best seasons in program history, with only a single loss through 12 games and an undefeated Missouri Valley Conference (MVC) record. With three MVC games left, the Ramblers are on their way to an undefeated conference record, a No. 1 overall seed in the MVC tournament and a likely at-large bid in the NCAA national tournament. Here’s how the MVC men’s soccer standings look today. No. 1 Loyola University Chicago (11-1-1, 4-0-1)

The Ramblers have set the MVC on fire so far, with four convincing victories in the conference, highlighted by a 1-0 win over defending regular season champion Southern Illinois University Edwardsville (SIUE) and a 4-0 drubbing of 2015 conference winner Drake University. Led by forwards Elliot Collier and Alec Lasinski — who have each contributed five goals — the Ramblers have solved their scoring issues from last season. The Ramblers have already surpassed last year’s team with 27 goals in 13 games, compared to the 19 goals throughout the entire 2015 campaign. Backing up the forwards is a rock-solid defense, led by redshirt sophomore Grant Stoneman and goalkeeper Andrew Chekadanov, that held opponents to seven goals in 13 games. Forward Brody Kraussel leads the team with nine assists. The team is scheduled to face Missouri State University on Oct. 22 in a tough matchup that could decide the regular season conference champion. No. 2 Missouri State University (7-4-2, 3-1-1)

The Bears’ sole MVC loss came against SIUE on Oct. 11 in a game that ended 1-0. The Bears remain in a good position

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Jones, in his fourth year as head coach, has instilled a defensive mindset that has resulted in the Ramblers having the No. 9 ranked goal against average in the country.

to challenge the Ramblers for the regular season crown and can jump Loyola with a win in Chicago on Oct. 22. Led by forward Emmerich Hoegg and midfielder Stuart Wilken, the Bears pose a serious threat in the conference and are hunting for an NCAA tournament bid. No. 3 Southern Illinois UniversityEdwardsville (6-4-3, 2-1-1)

Last season’s No. 1 seed in the MVC tournament has struggled to find the same form it had one year ago. Losing to Loyola 1-0 on Sept. 24, the Cougars find themselves trying to recover with just four conference games to go. The team is led by senior defender Austin Ledbetter, who has contributed four goals from defense, and junior forward Devyn Jambga, who has contributed three

goals. The Cougars are attempting to play spoiler down the stretch as they face Loyola in Edwardsville late in the season, in a bid to upset the Ramblers and end their unbeaten season in conference play. No. 4 University of Evansville (7-6-2, 2-2-1)

Led by midfielder Ian Mcgrath with six goals and forward Jared Robinson with five goals, the Purple Aces began conference play 2-0 and started to look like an MVC dark horse. But things fell apart with back-to-back losses to Missouri State and the University of Central Arkansas. Evansville now looks to get back on track with four conference games remaining and needs some luck to climb up the rankings in time for the conference tournament.

No. 5 Drake University (4-8-1, 1-3-1)

Last season’s conference winners have struggled in their new campaign, losing 4-0 on Oct. 8 and 1-0 on Sept. 17 at the hands of Loyola, along with a loss in double overtime to SIUE. The Bulldogs are in make-or-break time. Ranked No. 7 in the conference and defensively allowing 1.69 goals per game, the Bulldogs have failed in their attempt to fill the cleats of the seniors that graduated from last year’s MVC championship team. Drake faces easier competition in the next two weeks against Evansville, Bradley and Central Arkansas and must execute in order to earn better seeding. The team is led by junior forward Steven Enna with four goals and midfielder James Wypych with three goals and four assists.

No. 6 Central Arkansas (5-7-1, 2-3-0)

The Bears find themselves sitting in second to last with their sole conference win b eing 2-0 over Evansville on Oct. 11. The team is led by MVC top-scorer Niklas Brodacki and has boasted a decent offense at 1.69 goals a game, but it is letting in goals (18) at almost the same rate. No. 7 Bradley University (2-10-3, 0-4-1)

Bradley has mightily struggled this year, failing to win a single game in the conference and conceding over twice the rate it’s scoring goals (9-23). With their only point in the conference coming from a draw with SIUE, the Bears have serious problems going forward and are unlikely to solve any of them this season.

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OCTOBER 19, 2016


Confessions of a fed up, lifelong White Sox fan

Dylan Conover | Assistant Editor Top of the ninth. Down three. The Cubs had a 2.5 percent chance of winning game four against the San Francisco Giants in the National League Division Series (NLDS) on Oct. 11. A 2.5 percent chance. If you’re reading this column, odds are, you know what happened. T h e Cu b s won t h at g am e 6 - 5 , advancing to the National League Championship Series (NLCS) for the second straight year. There’s something special about the Cubs. The same Cubs who lost 101 games five years ago had the best record in baseball this season. These same Cubs had never won a playoff game west of St. Louis until Oct. 11. Giants fans were keen to remind us that it’s an even year, and that they won the World Series in 2010, 2012 and 2014. About to tie up the NLCS, Giants fans were licking their chops at the thought of a winner-take-all game five. But the loveable losers were having none of it. Not this time. I’m in an interesting predicament. You see, I’m a White Sox fan. I grew up despising the Cubs. I would have

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As a White Sox fan, I’d like to remind everyone that the Sox only had one loss during the entire 2005 World Series run. The Cubs already have three in this year’s playoffs.

rather eaten dog poop than step foot on Wrigley Field. There was no way on earth I would wish them success. But this year, something changed, and I can’t explain it. Win by win, my hatred deteriorated. With smiling faces here, and great plays there, how could I hate these guys? I eventually reached a point of indifference. I couldn’t hate the Cubs, even if I was a White Sox fan. But cheer for them? “No, I’m a White Sox fan,” I told myself. “Don’t be ridiculous, Dylan.” Top of the ninth. Down three. The White Sox fan in me was jumping for joy. They were doing it! They were losing! The Giants

were going to force — and then win — game five, extending the longest championship drought in American professional sports history. But then Javier Baez sent a ground ball into center f ield, bringing Jason Heyward home, capping an absolutely improbable comeback. The Cubs’ win tied the record for the largest deficit ever overcome in an elimination game. The Cubs had not staged a ninth-inning postseason comeback since 1910. It was the first time since 1911 that the Giants blew a ninth-inning lead in the postseason. This game was special. When Baez drove in the winning run, I did something I never thought

I would do. I cheered, and I cheered loud. Sometimes, we lose sight of the importance of things. I was raised around Chicago sp or ts, always assuming that the Cubs would just lose. It took 22 years for me to realize that the Cubs winning the World Series is not just a thing of legends: For once, it’s a real possibility. It has been 108 years since that happened, but this year, there’s a good chance we’ll see the Cubs actually win it all. I’m a White Sox fan, sure, but I have learned something from a couple Cubs fans I know and call friends: I don’t want to be on the wrong side of history. I don’t want

to say I was cooped up in my room sulking because the Cubs — and not the White Sox — were singing “We are the Champions.” Let’s not crown them yet; the Cubs still have to get through the NLCS against the Los Angeles Dodgers. Call me a traitor, a bandwagoner — call me whatever you want. I don’t care. However, I do care about witnessing something no one has seen in over a century. I made a bet with one of my friends, a Cubs fan, that I’d write this article if those loveable losers won the NLDS. Joke’s on her; I wanted to write it anyway. I’m a White Sox fan, but at least for this October, I’ll “Fly the W.”

MSOC: Adjusting to new life continued from page 1 Jones said he has many connections in his home country and men’s soccer associate head coach Nate Boyden has connections in Germany from when he played there professionally. The re cr uit ing pro cess for a foreign-born player is basically the same as recruiting an athlete from within the United States. Coaches watch videos of athletes — whether via submissions or on YouTube — and they talk to the athletes on the phone. From there, they assess the athletes’ personalities and go to those students’ countries to watch them play if the team is interested in bringing them on the roster. Finally, select athletes are asked to visit Loyola, which is when they start deciding what school they want to attend. B o t h f o r e i g n - b o r n a n d U. S . athletes must register with the NCAA eligibility center. But what sets international athletes apart from U.S. athletes in this process is the difference in academic standards between other countries and the United States. Foreign athletes have to provide extra academic documents to ensure that they meet the NCAA standard. The NCAA requires athletes to provide different sets of documents depending on their home countries. International athletes also have to apply for student visas and renew them yearly to avoid deportation. A f t e r g e t t i n g a c c e p t e d i nt o accredited American universities and then proving their NCAA eligibility, international athletes from nonEnglish sp eaking countries are required by most universities to pass an English proficiency test. This requirement exists at Northwestern

Un i v e r s it y, D e p au l Un i v e r s it y and Loyola. Loyola’s international athletes have no problem passing the test, according to Jones. “They blow that out of the water,” he said. Jones said B oyden sometimes speaks German when giving coaching tips to the German players, a habit that Jones appreciates. But Jones joked that there’s one thing he doesn’t like about it. “I never know what he’s saying,” he said. Collier said the hardest part about playing collegiate soccer in the United States is maintaining his grades. The exercise science major said he plays soccer because he loves it, but school is the biggest challenge for him, which makes his overall experience abroad that much more difficult. “Back home, especially when I was at the academy, I was just playing soccer,” said Collier. “When you come here and you have to keep up with schoolwork and keep your grades up, that’s the hard thing.” But why Loyola? Collier said he wanted to go to school in Chicago because he was intrigued by its diversity. He also said he liked what he saw in the program Jones was building. “ It w a s a n u p - a n d - c o m i n g program,” said Collier. “I thought it was a good fit overall.” It also ended up being a good fit for Collier. In his first two seasons, Collier scored six goals and four assists. In nine games this season, Collier has found the back of the net five times and tallied two assists. As for adjusting to U.S. culture, the New Zealand native said his transition has been smooth and the experience has helped him grow not only as a soccer player, but also as a person.

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