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Nick Schultz breaks down his men’s basketball preseason poll votes

New practice facility still “on schedule” as winter approaches Alfie 13

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October 17, 2018


Fifty Years of Excellence: 1969 - 2019

Grad students interrupt budget meeting PHOENIX STAFF phoenixeic@luc.edu

Some of Loyola’s graduate students interrupted a meeting led by school officials on the university’s budget Tuesday, calling for higher wages and union recognition. About 15 minutes into the meeting — as Loyola’s chief financial officer, Wayne Magdziarz, was speaking — members of the graduate student union stood up throughout the crowd, chanting slogans about

their attempts to negotiate a contract with the university. Some graduate student workers — who are expected to work a set number of hours per week, grade papers and hold office hours on top of taking classes themselves — voted to unionize in February 2017. Despite the vote and recognition as a union by the National Labor Relations Board, the graduate students haven’t been able to negotiate with the university, which views graduate students as “students in every sense of the word,” The Phoenix previously

reported. On Oct. 10, members of the union went to Dean Thomas Regan’s office to demand the university bargain with them for a contract, according to the Loyola Worker Coalition’s Facebook page. The request marked the one year anniversary of the university’s initial refusal to bargain, the page said. “We are fed up,” members of the union said at the meeting. “We have played by your rules. And still no contract.” Town Hall 3

Michael McDevitt reports Closer Look 7

Rogers Park residents on edge KATIE ANTHONY kanthony1@luc.edu

Students have been abandoned late at night after requesting a free ride from Loyola. The university thinks a glitch is to blame.

“Bad Times at the El Royale” takes cues from Quentin Tarantino MATT DRISCOLL mdriscoll3@luc.edu

Drew Goddard’s “Bad Times at the El Royale,” released Oct. 12, is the latest film in a routinely hit-or-miss genre, sure to give every mystery-loving, suspense-seeking moviegoer exactly what they’re looking for. The roads of seven strangers — a priest (Jeff Bridges), a singer (Cynthia Erivo), a traveling vacuum salesman (Jon Hamm), a hotel desk manager (Lewis Pullman), two sisters (Dakota Johnson and Cailee Spaeny) and a mysterious man looking for something stolen from him (Chris Hemsworth) — lead to the El Royale, a one-of-a-kind

hotel stradling the California-Nevada border near Lake Tahoe. As the night grows weary, the past-its-prime lodging becomes the battlefront for each of its guests own struggles, which intertwine in ways they never saw coming. The star-studded cast and alluring, diverse characters make for an intriguing and must-see film. The sheer volume of talent on-screen, especially from Hollywood veteran Bridges (“Hell or High Water,” “True Grit”) and upand-coming actress Erivo (“Widows,” “Broad City”), holds onto the viewer’s attention even when the movie’s sometimes uncommonly lengthy shots start to get old. Goddard (“The Martian,” “Cabin in

the Woods”) takes some obvious cues from acclaimed writer-director Quentin Tarantino (“The Hateful Eight,” “Pulp Fiction”). “Bad Times at the El Royale” is Tarantino-esque to the point where it’s pushing the envelope of being derivative from rather than inspired by Tarantino’s art. Goddard borrows heavily from Tarantino’s signature style, from his cutting “Bad Times at the El Royale” into chapters divided up by title cards to his utilizing those chapters to present the same scene from the points of view of various characters. In fact, some die-hard fans of Tarantino’s catalog, particularly of his

latest blockbuster, might even have a tough time seeing “Bad Times” as anything other than a 1960s-themed “The Hateful Eight” with marginally less hateful characters. Goddard’s employing of a few of Tarantino’s classic ingredients works for his film. The movie periodically changes in perspective and includes startling scenes of violence that keep the audience engaged during the movie’s nearly two-and-a-half hour runtime. It’s only Goddard’s poor incorporation of a MacGuffin — plot-advancing object that lacks intrinsic value — comparable to that found in Tarantino’s “Pulp Fiction” (the briefcase) that fails to impress. Bad Times 11

With the Rogers Park community still on edge after two shootings at the beginning of the month by a suspect still at large, students, community members and businesses share a common goal to make the neighborhood feel safe again. Following increased community awareness around Rogers Park, student Facebook groups like “Roam RoPo” have popped up, while the ride-sharing service, Lyft, has offered 50 percent off to Rogers Park community members through the 49th Ward office until the end of the month. This comes after 73-year-old Douglass Watts was killed Sept. 30 while walking his dog about 1.5 miles away from campus. The following day, 24-year-old Eliyahu Moscowitz was shot dead near Loyola Park, just over a mile from campus. Chicago police believe Watts and Moscowitz were killed by the same suspect, who’s still at large at the time of publication. The student Facebook page, “Roam RoPo,” — RoPo being short for Rogers Park — was created Sept. 29 by junior accounting student Ryan McMullin. McMullin said he and his friends reach out to one another to share information and walk together and he wanted all students to have a similar space. “I was thinking what would I do, or how would I feel if I didn’t have that support system around, so my intentions were to give people that bridge to connect with others if they ever felt unsafe,” McMullin said. Other community Facebook groups — such as “Rogers Park Neighborhood News” — intended for neighbors to share recommendations and events have seen an increase in crime related posts following the incidents. Alderman Joe Moore (49th Ward) and the Chicago Police Department (CPD) held a community meeting Oct. 3, where about 500 Rogers Park residents gathered to hear from police and ask questions about the shootings, The Phoenix reported. On Oct. 10 Moore sent an email newsletter to residents announcing the neighborhood would be working with the ride-sharing company Lyft to offer transportation at a discount in Rogers Park. RoPo 3

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The Phoenix is ready for more after fall break FROM THE EDITOR’S DESK Fall break came quickly, but, I’m going to be honest, I was ready for it. Putting out the paper every week makes the semester roll by so quickly and a week off was welcomed. But now that our whole staff is back at it, there’s excitement for what the rest of the semester has in store. We’ve just started planning our coverage of the men’s basketball season. We’re getting excited to give a newly energized fan base the analysis and insight into the team they’re craving for. I know when I got to Loyola I wasn’t expecting to cover a Final Four team. Now that they’ve made it there, continuing to guide The Phoenix’s reporting on a basketball team expect-

ed to be just as good is exciting. Last year when the team went on its run I was the Sports Editor so I was in the thick of the coverage. While March was fun last year, it was exhausting. This year, I get to advise and run it, I can’t wait. This week the News section has the story of an interruption at Loyola’s budget town hall meeting. Budget meetings usually aren’t the most exciting of affairs but this one got a heated after an unexpected interruption by Loyola’s graduate students. Our Closer Look section has a story on Loyola’s 8-RIDE vans not showing up when called. With the neighborhood still on edge after

the two murders near campus, this strikes a nerve. Students have been relying on the service more in the wake of the murders and the students in the story aren’t happy about the no-shows. The Opinion section has a story from a regular contributor comparing modern political rhetoric to past presidential campaigns and, let me tell you, John Quincy Adams and Andrew Jackson really didn’t like each other. Arts and Entertainment has reviews of multiple films screened at the Chicago International Film Festival (CIFF). I volunteered for CIFF my first year at Loyola — mostly to see

free movies — and I’d recommend checking it out. I started off this column with the start of men’s basketball season and the Sports section has stories about the continued affect of the NCAA tournament on Loyola Athletics and the school. The new practice facility currently being constructed on campus is on schedule, according to athletics director Steve Watson. We also have the amusing story on how March Madness has impacted the men’s volleyball team. Including the amusing anecdote of the team of extremely tall men being confused for the basketball team.

contents News.


Heightened security in Rogers Park A mouse interrupts a class at the Lake Shore Campus Loyola innovates with new cancer treatment


Closer Look.


8-RIDE leaves some students hanging


Review of the documentary “Father the Flame” The B-Side review of Death Cab for Cutie



Loyola looks to keep success post-Final Four Loyola athletes excel in the classroom

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Security Notebook 1 2


1. October 11, 2018 Two Loyola students reported an assault off campus in the 6600 block of North Sheridan Road. 2. October 9, 2018 Campus Safety arrested a person with no Loyola affiliation for battery and an outstanding warrant in the Damen Student Center. 3. October 8, 2018 A student reported a bicycle theft near the Crown Center for the Humanities.


OCTOBER 17, 2018


Sister Jean recognized in state-wide senior hall of fame 2016 2009

Honorary Doctorate For Humane Letters from Loyola

2018 2017 Loyola Athletics Hall of Fame Induction

The Sword of Loyola The university’s highest honor


Dux Mirabilis Award Loyola award for extraordinary leaders

MARY NORKOL mnorkol@luc.edu

Loyola’s beloved basketball chaplain Sister Jean Dolores-Schmidt, 99, added yet another award to her collection last week — the Illinois Senior Hall of Fame award. Inductees to the Illinois Senior Hall of Fame are selected through a nomination and judging process across the state, according to the Illinois Department on Aging website. The awards are given in education,

Illinois Senior Hall of Fame Award

performance/graphic arts and community service. Sister Jean’s award was for excellence in education. Sister Jean was nominated by Loyola alumnus and Illinois Senate President John Cullerton, who recognized her influence beyond basketball. He told NBC Sister Jean was active in various social movements, including the civil rights movement during the 1960s and student strikes during the 1970s. Her impact on campus doesn’t go unnoticed either. When she’s on campus, Sister Jean is greeted by students and staff

and prays with the men’s basketball team during their home games, but her authority extends beyond that. She started a program between Loyola students and seniors living at The Clare — an assisted-living home near Loyola’s Water Tower Campus — called Students Moving into Lives of the Elderly (SMILE), The Phoenix previously reported. While Loyola students have long appreciated Sister Jean, her popularity skyrocketed last year during the men’s basketball team’s historic run to the NCAA Final Four in

RoPo: Students opt for Uber, buddy system to get home continued from page 1

Residents are allowed two 50 percent off Lyft discount coupons, available at Moore’s office at 7356 N. Greenview Ave. Moore also offered to mail the cards to residents if they email him at ward49@cityofchicago.org, according to Moore’s email newsletter. Moore wrote in the email he hopes the discount will provide a sense of comfort to Rogers Park residents wary of going out since the shootings. According to Moore’s email, local businesses have seen a decrease in customers since the shootings and he hopes Lyft’s partnership will draw customers back to local shops. In an email statement to The Phoenix, a Lyft spokesperson said the company was happy to help residents get to their destinations safely. “Alderman Moore approached us, interested in ensuring his constituents had access to safe and affordable transportation,” the email said. “As always, we’re eager to support Chicagoans and get them where they need to go.” Senior advertising and public relations student Christa Cecala is among the students using alternative transportation to get around Rogers Park. “I have been taking Ubers from Mertz to my apartment, which is only a few blocks away,” Cecala said. “It’s

scary walking, even during the day, since the shootings happened both at night and during the day.” “Roam RoPo” gained popularity as students looked for ways home and a place to hear crime updates, with almost 4,000 members at the time of publication. McMullin said he was surprised but happy with the page’s growth. “The whole purpose was to give people that medium of communication that they need. [And] while at times it hasn’t served that, at least I gave it a shot,” McMullin said. “For people who want to use it, I hope to God they do.” Some members of the page have posted information about things that didn’t happen — including sightings of the shooter near campus or close by gunshots. On Oct. 4, posts claimed the suspect was near Granville Avenue, and on Oct. 12 a student claimed they heard the suspect was walking toward campus. Police responded to rumors and concerns at a community meeting, clarifying the suspect hasn’t been seen since the shooting of Moscowitz Oct. 1. CPD spokesman Glen Brooks said Loyola students should be sure all information they spread is accurate, The Phoenix reported. Aneeta Polakkattil, a first-year studying biology, said she believes

Katie Anthony The Phoenix

Rogers Park residents have been on high alert since two fatal shootings, which Chicago police have said are connected, happened in the neighborhood two weeks ago.

speculation on the page was more hurtful than helpful. “Initially, I thought it was a great group to be aware of what was going on, but it also gave me a lot of paranoia and a lot of people were over exaggerating,” Polakkattil said. “But I appreciate getting a third party view of what’s going on — not just Loyola and CPD.” Stefi Hernandez, a senior majoring in communication studies, said she was excited for students to have a place to share information and create community, but concern arose when posts about “sketchy” people popped up on her newsfeed. “As students started posting to be wary of certain people, people who fit the description of the [suspect], I thought there needs to be some sort of awareness of how we use our language because fear is going to turn into hypersensitivity that can put other students in danger,” Hernandez said. Hernandez said after her post about being mindful of vague descriptions and coded language was deleted, she felt compelled to create another group called “Roam RoPo 2.0,” which has about 620 members as of publication. “I created [Roam RoPo 2.0] to create an environment where we can talk about safety and also be really mindful of everyone’s definition of safety and we can understand how important it is to be inclusive in that conversation,” Hernandez said. Campus Safety sent an email to students Oct. 10 reminding students to “stay vigilant” as Loyola monitors the situation and CPD continues to investigate. The email outlined services such as Loyola’s free van transportation, 8-RIDE, and Campus Safety dispatch to help students get around campus safely. Campus Safety also asked students with any information about the homicides to contact CPD at 312-7448263 or CPDtip.com. Campus Safety director Thomas Murray didn’t respond to The Phoenix’s request for comment.

March. During the tournament, Sister Jean became a self-proclaimed “international” phenomenon. Earlier this semester, Sister Jean was awarded the university’s “highest honor,” the sword of Loyola, which is presented to people who exemplify courage, dedication and service, The Phoenix previously reported. The award, a replica of St. Ignatius’ sword, was given at the annual Founders’ Dinner, and Sister Jean said she appreciated its religious connection. “I’m so proud of it,” Sister Jean

told The Phoenix in September. “At the end of my speech I said that I didn’t look upon it as a symbol of war, I looked upon it as a symbol of peace as Ignatius did when he laid down his sword.” She was also inducted into Loyola’s Athletics Hall of Fame in 2017 and accepted the Drux Mirabilis Award in 2009, which is given to extraordinary Loyola leaders, The Phoenix reported. Sister Jean was awarded an honorary doctorate of humane letters from Loyola in 2016.

Chicago police ups security in Rogers Park

Photo courtesy of Daniel Schwen

CPD will begin using GPS technology, new cameras and mobile phones in Rogers Park in an attempt to better respond to crime in the neighborhood.

MARY CHAPPELL mchappell@luc.edu

Authorities are planning to use cameras, GPS technology and new mobile phones to combat crime in Rogers Park. The Chicago Police Department’s 24th district — which covers parts of Rogers Park and Edgewater — intends to increase its technology in hopes of reducing crime in the neighborhood, according to a press release from Joe Moore, Chicago’s 49th Ward Alderman. The developments in technology come during a period of heightened insecurity for Rogers Park residents following a recent murder spree. Two people were shot Sept. 30 and Oct. 1 near Loyola — which is still under investigation, The Phoenix reported. The district plans to open a strategic deployment center in its station, according to the release. It said the center will be staffed by analysts from the University of Chicago Crime Lab, which is designed to develop programs to reduce violent crime. This is part of the city’s “smart policing strategy” which Moore claimed has been successful in other police districts. Surveillance cameras are set to be installed in various locations throughout the neighborhood and will be monitored from an office in the station 24/7, the release said. The new technology will also include predictive software and map-

ping technology using data such as past crimes, which will help officers respond to reports more effectively, according to the release. Officers of the 24th district will also be given mobile phones for access to intelligence information while working in the field, helping their patrols to be “smarter,” the release said. Chicago’s 12th District, which patrols the Near West Side neighborhood, started using the “smart policing strategy” in March, Moore said. He said there’s been a 15 percent reduction in robberies, 35 percent reduction in carjackings, 37 percent reduction in shootings and 64 percent reduction in murdersince it was implemented. Moore also said his office has sponsored Expungement Seminars to provide information on how to clear a criminal record, and said he sponsors an annual job fair to help people obtain jobs in the community. The city is investing in youth mentoring programs, which Moore said is part of the “solution” to violence in the community. “This holistic approach to crime fighting — more effective policing strategies combined with investing in youth, second chances and jobs — is the key to making our neighborhood and city safer,” he said in the release. Moore didn’t respond to The Phoenix’s request for comment at the time of publication.



OCTOBER 17, 2018

Resale revival: Millennials bring back thrift shopping MADISON SAVEDRA msavedra@luc.edu

Whether they’re looking for a faux fur coat, a leather skirt or vintage high-waisted jeans, thrift stores have become a one-stop shop for many Millennials, including Loyola students. According to the 2018 annual resale report from thredUP, a fashion resale website, 40 percent of Millennials ages 18-24 shopped resale in 2017, which is more than any other generation. The data included in the thredUP report is compiled from GlobalData 2018 market and sizing growth estimates, GlobalData 2018 consumer survey and thredUP’s 2018 brand health survey (2018). The term “thrift shopping” defines buying something previously owned, mostly referring to clothes. According to the thredUP report, apparel — clothes, shoes and accessories — is 49 percent of the current resale market. Overall, one out of three women over the age of 18 shopped resale in 2017, according to thredUP’s report. Talia Sierra, a sophomore psychology major, said she started shopping

at thrift stores last year, and it’s now where she buys most of her clothes. She said cheap prices were what originally drew her to start shopping resale, but she also likes the unique styles. “I like all different styles,” the 18-year-old said. “I feel like when you go to big retail stores it’s just what’s in at that moment, whereas thrift stores, it’s like everything in one.” Two thirds — 67 percent — of thrift shoppers said they buy resale clothes to get better brands they wouldn’t normally pay full price for, according to thredUP’s report. Zara Batalvi, an 18-year-old sophomore, said she started thrift shopping because her friends got her into it, and she liked the cheap, different clothing options. “Everyone [around me] just thrifts already, and it’s a super easy thing to do as a friend group,” the international studies major said. “I wanted new clothes, didn’t want them to look like all the clothes I already had, and [I like] the idea of something that’s so cheap … it’s super economically feasible.” Of all Millennial thrift shoppers, 35 percent reported the desire to be

Madison Savedra The Phoenix

Green Element, a thrift store near Lake Shore Campus, attracts many Loyola students who are looking for clothes, furniture or decorations on a budget.

environmentally conscious as a reason for switching to thrift shopping, according the thredUP report. According to the annual Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Advancing Sustainable Materials Management report in 2015, 15 percent of Americans’ used clothing gets recycled or donated, while the rest of it — 21 billion pounds — goes to landfills. The production of textiles — materials including clothes, footwear and accessories — in the U.S. is quickly growing. According to an EPA report in 2009, the amount of annual textile waste grew by 40 percent between 1999 and 2009, and the amount is expected to reach 35 billion pounds by 2019. Once recycled, about half (45 percent) gets resold as secondhand clothing, while 30 percent gets cut down and reused as industrial rags, and 20 percent is ground down and reprocessed, according to a report from the Secondary Materials and Recycled Textiles Association. Batalvi said sustainability is partly why she enjoys buying secondhand clothes. “That’s one of the reasons I do it, because I feel so bad when you get clothes from some store that you paid a bunch of money from, and then you just have to trash them, or you end up using them for that amount of time, and then they become waste,” Batalvi said. “I feel like I’m not only wasting my money, but there’s this overproduction of clothes … that just ends up being trash clothing.” The Green Element, a thrift store located in Rogers Park at 6241 N. Broadway St., aims to embody both affordability and environmental consciousness in the resale market. William Salek has volunteered at the Green Element since the store opened in 2010. He says he sees a lot of interested young people coming into the store. “The fact that everything we sell here does not go to landfill, I think the younger generation is coming around to be concerned about the future of the planet,” Salek said. “And certainly the prices. We get quality, quality merchandise at extremely low prices.” Maya Madjar, a 19-year-old employee at The Green Element, hopes that affordability and the “hipster” aspect of thrift shopping aren’t the only reasons people shop secondhand. “What’s most important for me is the concept of green economics,” Madjar said. “You can choose to make sure that you rarely buy anything new, just taking out time to do things that

Madison Savedra The Phoenix

Millennials aged 18-24 are likely to shop at thrift stores, which could be because they are more sustainable and cost-f riendly, a recent report said.

are perhaps a little less convenient than going to Target … it’s what is most sustainable in my eyes.” If every item of clothing was resold, waste and emissions could be reduced by 73 percent, according to thredUP’s report. To put it another way, buying used clothes instead of new ones for one year would save 165 billion pounds of carbon dioxide, 350 billion kilowatts of electricity, and 13 trillion gallons of water. Buying used clothes for just one year would also save each person $2,420 for the year, according to thredUP’s report. Rebecca Avila, a first-year student at Loyola’s Arrupe College — a two year associate’s degree program — said she doesn’t shop at thrift stores a lot, but likes to go every once in a while. “I think it’s fun,” the 18-year-old said. “You never know what you’re going to find.” Avila said she usually likes to shop at other retail stores like Forever 21, Macy’s and Akira, but sometimes likes to save money with buying secondhand. Daelin Ruetz, an 18-year-old advocacy and social change major, said she doesn’t shop at thrift stores because she doesn’t usually find the kind of clothes she likes. “I’m just not good at it,” the firstyear said. “I just don’t have the patience for it.”

ThredUP’s report showed a large increase in thrift shoppers from 2016 to 2017, reporting 44 million women shopping secondhand in 2017 compared to 35 million woman in 2016. Samad Alvi, a 19-year-old neuroscience major, said he’s never been thrift shopping, but would be interested in starting. “I always think about the cool thrift stores that people go to … but, I don’t know, I feel like I just forget about it,” the sophomore said. “I don’t really prioritize thrift stores, but they’re fun.” Sierra shared some advice for others who might be interested in starting. “I would suggest going with friends, that way you can divide and conquer,” Sierra said. “Also, even if you just go in and you’re like, ‘I really need pants,’ … just go to that section and if you think something’s cute, even if it’s not in your size, grab it, and try it on, because what I’ve found at thrift stores is that the sizings are all weird, especially with vintage clothes.” The resale market is already an 18 billion dollar industry. It’s expected to grow by 11 percent per year, and become a 33 billion dollar industry by 2021, according to Forbes. “It’s like a social activity at this point,” Batalvi said. “It’s like this crazy fun experience, and I feel like if I have my friends with me, I will absolutely do it again.”

TOWN HALL: Grad students call for contract continued from page 1 The graduate workers walked out of the meeting after a few minutes of chanting, urging those who supported their cause to join them in leaving. “We work, we teach, now practice what you preach,” they chanted as they left. Benefits given to Loyola graduate workers can be altered, reversed or eliminated without their input if they don’t have a contract, according to a press release from the Service Employees International Union, which represents the graduate student union. Last spring, the university’s non-tenure track (NTT) faculty reached a contract agreement with the university after nearly two years of bargaining and public protests, The Phoenix reported. Prior to the agreement, the NTT union mobilized through events like a town hall and strike. In December, the NTT union and the graduate union joined forces and held a “grade-in” in Loyola’s Damen Student Center where they graded work and

Mary Norkol The Phoenix

Loyola’s graduate student union joined the College of Arts and Sciences NTT faculty in December in a “grade-in” to demonstrate the work they do.

held office hours to showcase the work they do. Following Tuesday’s interruption, the meeting continued. Magdziarz and the crowd didn’t directly respond to the commotion, but later in the

meeting Magdziarz mentioned the university has spent over $1 million for insurance and stipends for graduate students. Leen Yassine, Jane Miller and Mary Norkol contributed reporting.

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Students stunned by mouse spotted in Campion Hall class MADISON SAVEDRA msavedra@luc.edu

A number of Loyola students were surprised by an unexpected visitor to their University 101 class Sept. 27 — a mouse. Michael Lemenager, an 18-yearold first-year, said he and his classmates were in their classroom, located in the basement of Campion Hall, when they saw the rodent. Lemenager said students were listening to their instructor’s lecture when the mouse darted out of the corner of the room and ran along the wall for a few seconds before jumping back out of sight. “Everyone kind of jumped or screamed for a second, and got on chairs,” the biology major said. Kennidy Polcyn, another first-year who saw the mouse, said the entire class was surprised. “I was a little startled by it,” the 18-year-old said. “My classmates and I, we pulled our backpacks up on our laps. [The mouse] didn’t even look that big, but we all had a similar reaction of not wanting it to touch our stuff and/or us.” Unfortunately, this hasn’t been the only instance of rodents at the Lake Shore Campus this semester. Across campus, there have been three claims of mice sightings in dorms reported to Loyola’s facilities management — the department that handles maintenance in campus buildings — officials said. Campion Hall, which is a firstyear dorm for honors students and also serves as a classroom space for certain honors classes, had reports of mice sightings Sept. 7 and Sept.

25. Canisius Hall, an upperclassmen dorm, had a reported sighting Sept. 18, according to Kana Henning, Loyola’s associate vice president for facilities.

“[The mouse] didn’t even look that big, but we all had a similar reaction of not wanting it to touch our stuff and/or us.” Kennidy Polcyn, first-year global studies major

Henning said mouse sightings were reported in a community space — a common area where students can hang out — in Campion, and in a dorm room in Canisius. There was also a report for the upperclassmen dorm Georgetown Hall, but it was later taken back when the student who reported it admitted there wasn’t actually a mouse sighted, Henning said. The report from Canisius was for a hole the student thought was caused by a mouse, but no mouse was found when pest control maintenance inspected, according to Henning. Campion was the only dorm that had verified mouse sightings, according to Henning. Henning said maintenance workers responded to both complaints in Campion two days after getting the reports, and worked with a pest control vendor to get rid of mice during their routine twice a

Mary Norkol The Phoenix

Loyola’s Facilities Management has received three claims of mice in dorms in Loyola residence halls this semester.

week visits. “We work with a pest control vendor who inspects the site, looks for evidence of mice activity,” Henning said. “[We] treat appropriately, and continue to monitor the area for a period of time, looking for any additional evidence of activity.” Some causes for mice activity inside residence halls include lack of general cleanliness and the change to colder weather, Henning said. “Leaving lots of crumbs, food products laying around, that can obviously be a cause, especially too

when it starts to get a little bit cooler out, [mice] may look for a warmer temperature,” Henning said. “We always encourage students to make sure they’re not leaving food or crumbs or anything like that on the floor.” Kyra Fuller, a first-year student who lives in Campion, was also in class when she and other students saw the mouse in the basement of Campion. She doesn’t think the cleanliness of the building is an issue. “I don’t think any of [Campion] is that bad, [but] it’s definitely not the nicest dorm,” the 18-year-old said.

Polcyn, a global studies major, also said she doesn’t think the Campion basement is an unclean space. “Overall, it’s pretty decent,” Polcyn said. “I don’t think it’s disgusting, I have two classes there.” Henning said the department of facilities isn’t concerned about any potential health risks in these particular cases of mice sightings. “If droppings are spotted, [they] are what could potentially cause sickness, but I’m not aware of any droppings that were discovered in any of the dorms,” Henning said.

Students still complain about shuttle times after 2 are added to fleet LEEN YASSINE lyassine@luc.edu

The Takeaways Two shuttles were added to the intercampus fleet this year following record breaking first-year class sizes. Ten shuttles now transport students between Loyola’s Lake Shore and Water Tower Campuses. Some students still claim the shuttles aren’t timely.

Loyola added two shuttles to its intercampus shuttle circulation following a record-breaking upsurge in the student population for the 201819 school year. But some students still aren’t satisfied. Now, 10 shuttles transport students between Loyola’s Lake Shore and Water Tower Campuses, up from last year’s eight. They run from 7 a.m. to midnight on weekdays throughout the school year, according to the Loyola website. The increase in buses was requested so students could be more comfortable during their commute, according to L.C. Cunningham, 46, who said he’s been a Loyola shuttle driver since 2016. This year’s first-year class is the largest class on record for a third year in a row, The Phoenix previously reported. Loyola enrolled 2,924 students at the start of this school year, compared to 2,807 in 2017. Seven shuttles carry 40 passengers and appear similar to transit buses while the three smaller shuttles carry 30 passengers, according to Gretchen Carey, office assistant for the Office of Campus Transportation. The three 30-passenger shuttles are the newest addition to the fleet, Carey said. Carey said two shuttles are in circulation beginning at 7 a.m., but this builds up to eight shuttles between noon and 5 p.m, with two shuttles acting as spares. Last year, a maximum of six shuttles were in

circulation. She added the school usually runs six of the 40-passenger buses and two of 30-passenger buses on a given day. Afternoons and evenings are the busiest times for the shuttles, according to Cunningham. Mariana Vaszquez, a sophomore international business major said adding buses is a good idea because it’ll make commutes more efficient. “My thoughts on the buses is that it’s a good idea because … there are more buses meaning we have more chances to get on it so it’s easier to get to our classes on time,” Vasquez said. Although Carey said she hasn’t heard complaints about the shuttle system, many students said they’ve been late to class due to traffic or long wait times. “It’s being late so much,” Martina Valladares, a sophomore studying advertising and public relations, said. “I don’t feel like they’re putting more buses because yesterday it took me like an hour to get to downtown. So the system isn’t really efficient.” Despite the increase in shuttles, some students have complained the shuttles aren’t reliable. Junior Lizzie Harth said she waited for 25 minutes for a shuttle so she could get to a class, but the advertising and public relations major eventually had to call an Uber. Tenneng Gitteh, a first-year international student majoring in communication studies, said she waited for a shuttle for 35 minutes and it broke down after arriving. She said she ended up being five minutes late for an exam. Ally Brand, a junior majoring in business management, said wait times are inconsistent. The shuttles are supposed to run between campuses at 20-minute intervals, according to Loyola’s website. But Brand said the wait time for shuttles is unpredictable because they’re either really short or really long. “Throughout the day, I feel like it either leaves every 10-15 minutes on

Leen Yassine The Phoenix

Loyola’s Campus Transportation added two more shuttles to its Intercampus Shuttle fleet for the 2018-19 academic year.

the dot or it’s like every 45 [minutes],” Brand said. Students can check the location and estimated arrival time of shuttles at lucshuttle.com. But some students expressed concern because of arrival times being inaccurate. “When I’m checking the app, it’s not accurate,” Vallardes said. Gitteh expressed similar sentiments. She said although she ended up waiting 35 minutes for a shuttle, “it kept saying 11 minutes on the website.” “I think they have to do something with the website,” Gitteh said. “[It’s] never accurate.” Carey said she hasn’t heard of students having problems with the app or website, but she suggests refreshing the page often. She said because the times provided are live updates on moving buses, the times often lag.

Photo Courtesy of Loyola University Chicago

Up to eight shuttles are in circulation at once, depending on the time of day.


OCTOBER 17, 2018

Loyola Med. to become first Chicago producer of cancer-fighting CAR-T cells KAYLEIGH PADAR kpadar@luc.edu

Strides are being made in the fight against cancer within the halls of Loyola Medical Center. Patients could see more effective therapy as a result of new development by researchers. Loyola Medicine intends to become the first Chicago medical center to engineer cancer fighting Chimeric Antigen Receptor T (CAR-T) cells to fight leukemia and lymphoma, the Leukemia Research Foundation announced in a press release last month. CAR-T therapy utilizes the patient’s immune system to fight cancer, the press release stated. Scientists have researched the therapy for several decades, according to The National Cancer Institute. In 2017, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved two new types of CAR-T treatment, which accelerated the industry, according to The National Cancer Institute. In the clinical trial, cells will be collected from the patient’s immune system and sent to Loyola’s lab, according to the press release. The cells will be genetically modified to kill cancer cells then returned to the patient’s immune system, according to the press release. Dr. Patrick Stiff, M.D., Loyola’s director of hematology/oncology research, and Michael Nishimura, Ph.D., Loyola’s director of immunologic therapies are leading the research, according to the press release. Loyola hopes to produce CAR-T cells that won’t cause as many side effects, Stiff said in the press release. “We’re working to develop a more pure CAR-T product that would lessen toxic side effects and potentially increase the number of eligible patients,” Stiff said in the press release. If Loyola can produce purer CAR-T cells, patients could be less likely to experience severe side effects,

such as high fever or memory loss. Patients could also move from an expensive inpatient therapy to a less expensive outpatient setting, which would allow more people to participate in the treatment, according to the press release. “We shouldn’t be sitting on our heels waiting for someone else to come up with a better mousetrap when we have the knowledge and ability to do it ourselves,” Stiff told The Chicago Tribune. Stiff and Nishimura couldn’t be reached by The Phoenix for comment. Chicago centers currently treat patients with CAR-T cells developed by pharmaceutical companies, according to the press release. Once initial testing is completed, Loyola Medicine hopes to make the CAR-T cells available in centers across the country and globally, according to the press release. In July 2018, Loyola University Medical Center participated in a clinical trial of CAR-T therapy published in the New England Journal of Medicine. The study included patients with certain types of large B cell lymphoma, a specific type of cancer within the immune system, who failed standard treatments. The study found after CAR-T therapy, 42 percent were in complete remission, which means all signs of cancer are gone, after 15 months. However, the study also showed 95 percent of the patients experienced at least one severe side effect. Loyola will initially test its CAR-T cells on patients who have failed other treatments for acute lymphocytic leukemia and B-cell non-Hodgkin’s’ lymphoma — specific types of cancer — the press release said. These trials will determine the effectiveness and toxicity of the CAR-T cells, according to the press release. The CAR-T cells will be produced in the McCormick Tribune Foundation Center for Cellular Therapy in

Photo Courtesy of Loyola University Chicago

CAR-T cells will be collected f rom the immune systems of cancer patients and sent to Loyola’s lab, where they will be genetically modif ied to kill cancer cells and put back in to the body of the patient, a press release said.

Loyola’s Cardinal Bernardin Cancer Center in Maywood, according to the press release. The research is funded by a $250,000 donation from the Leukemia Research Foundation, according to the press release. The Chicago-based foundation funds blood cancer research in order to find causes and cures of the disease, according to its website. Kevin Radelet, the foundation’s executive director, said the research fits with the foundation’s mission on many levels. “CAR-T therapy is new, innovative and absolutely groundbreaking, so it fits with us perfectly,” Radelet said. “It’s also here, with Loyola in Chicago, which is really where our foundation’s

footprint is.” Loyola Medicine hopes to enroll patients in clinical trials before the end of this year, according to the press release. Sarah Flynn, a sophomore involved in Relay for Life, a fundraiser for the American Cancer Society, said it’s important for research to be done so doctors can use new treatments to help patients. “I think it’s important for research to be continuously done because treatment is so difficult for cancer patients,” Flynn, 19, said. “It’s important to keep finding new ways of fighting different types of cancer and making it easier for people to go through treatment.”

Emma Jaszczak, a first-year studying biology, said finding new ways to treat cancer is important since it affects so many people. “Cancer research is important because cancer affects millions of people and we still don’t have a definitive way to treat it that works effectively,” Jaszczak, 18, said. Gina Civettini, a first-year studying biology and chemistry, said cancer research will help doctors treat patients in more effective ways. “With a greater understanding of cancer and how it affects the body, doctors will be able to catch it sooner, treat it faster, with more precision, and with a lessened strain on the body,” Civettini, 19, said.

1,000-plus gather to support eating disorder awareness ERIKA OLLER eoller@luc.edu

More than a thousand people gathered in Lincoln Park Sunday to help raise over $47,000 for eating disorder awareness at the annual National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA) Walk. NEDA is a nonprofit with a mission to support those impacted by eating disorders through health screenings, support groups, legislative advocacy and more. An eating disorder is an illness in which individuals experience significant disturbances in their eating-related behaviors, emotions and thoughts, according to the American Psychiatric Association. More than 30 million Americans struggle with an eating disorder in their lifetime, according to advocacy group Eating Disorders Coalition (EDC). In a study conducted by Pace University, the rate of eating disorders among college students increased 17 percent for males and nine percent for females from 1995 to 2008. Stacey Kupsche, a clinical supervisor at a medical company, said she drove an hour from Johnsburg, Illinois to participate in the walk. She said her 24-year-old daughter has been struggling with an eating disorder for over four years and has been in and out of treatment since high school. Kupsche said her daughter is currently in an in-patient treatment facility in Colorado, and it has been taking a toll on her. “It’s devastating,” Kupsche said. “You wake up every day looking for that text message that she’s alive. The last time she went into treatment she would call us every morning to tell us she’s alive.”

Erika Oller The Phoenix

1,000 people gathered to support eating disorder awareness, including a Loyola student and a British model and activist.

Kupsche said her daughter almost died twice due to medical complications associated with her anorexia nervosa and now has osteoporosis at the age of 24. Individuals with anorexia nervosa experience nutritional and hormonal complications that reduce bone density, which can lead to osteoporosis, according to the National Institute of Health. Kupsche said she’s determined to keep supporting her daughter. “We’ve been in therapy through this whole journey, and we will continue to be with her,” Kupsche said. “Everybody’s worthy, regardless of size, shape and gender. Everybody’s beautiful.” Iskra Lawrence, a 28-year-old British model and body-image activist, spoke at the event. She works for American Eagle’s lingerie line,

Aerie, which promotes body-positivity through a campaign that solely uses unretouched photos, according to their website. Lawrence also serves as a brand ambassador for NEDA. Brand ambassadors advocate for body acceptance and share their personal experiences, according to NEDA’s website. Lawrence has a personal connection to NEDA’s mission. She struggled with an eating disorder and body dysmorphia, a condition characterized by a persistent focus on imagined or minor defects in one’s appearance, according to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America. “It’s so important to support NEDA and everyone here at this walk,” she said. “I went through my own eating disorder and body dysmorphia, and there seems to

be no better way to honor that struggle than to positively advocate for change — more funding and support.” Lawrence has an online following and told Women’s Wear Daily that she doesn’t retouch any of her photos. It took her many years to heal from her eating disorder and develop the confidence she currently has, according to an Instagram post. “I didn’t understand what I was going through and was very much in the dark for a long time,” she said. “I didn’t have resources, anyone to talk to or anywhere to seek help.” The National Association of Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders polled 109 therapists and found 20 percent believe insurance companies are indirectly responsible for the death of at least one of

their patients, and more than 96 percent believe their patients’ lives are endangered because the companies often don’t pay for treatment. Marissa Pellicane, a sophomore psychology student at Loyola, attended the walk and said she wants insurance policy to change. “The money that’s raised at this walk is being sent to individual families, since many health plans don’t cover mental illnesses, especially eating disorders, because there’s no definitive treatment plan, and it takes years to recover,” Pellicane said. The 19-year-old serves as the philanthropy chair of Body Image and Eating Disorder Awareness (BIEDA) club on campus. Pellicane said the club holds monthly gatherings to promote body positivity, self-love and positive self-image. The event was sponsored by six eating disorder treatment centers around the country, including Timberline Knolls Residential Treatment Center in Lemont, Illinois. RXBAR, a protein bar company headquartered in Chicago, also sponsored the event. Participants raised money by setting up personal fundraising accounts and asking family and friends for donations. The money raised goes towards programs, advocacy efforts and research initiatives, according to NEDA’s website. Those looking to seek help for an eating disorder can contact the Wellness Center, which offers group counseling and individual therapy. Additional resources, including a confidential hotline, can be found through NEDA. Blue Cross Blue Shield, an insurance provider, didn’t respond to The Phoenix’s request for comment at the time of publication.

Closer Look

OCTOBER 17, 2018



Amid safety concerns, students say 8-RIDE vans have abandoned them

A software glitch lost students’ requests in Loyola’s free ride share system. can call a phone number to schedule a ride or use the service’s mobile app. Like Loyola’s intercampus shuttle buses, the vans are operated by a third-party company contracted by Loyola called MV Transportation. MV Transportation couldn’t be reached for comment. 8-RIDE has boosted its service in the wake of the two recent homicides in

MICHAEL MCDEVITT mmcdevitt@luc.edu

It turns out long wait times aren’t the worst thing that can happen to students looking to get a lift from Loyola’s 8-RIDE van service. Some students said the vans have forgotten them entirely, leaving them to find other ways home. Loyola’s Campus Transportation office blamed the problem on one possibility: a software glitch. “They essentially have been abandoning students,” junior Allison Masciopinto said. “Without any explanation of where they are.” Masciopinto said her friend and she were abandoned by an 8-RIDE two weeks ago. The 20-year-old student was finishing up a weeknight dance practice with her sorority sisters in Mertz Residence Hall when she and a friend dialed up an 8-RIDE to get home. Masciopinto lives in an off-campus apartment and said she didn’t want to walk home at 11 p.m. She said two back-to-back murders in Rogers Park, which had occurred days before, weighed heavy on her mind. They waited and waited for their van. Soon enough, 40 minutes had passed. Masciopinto’s friend called 8-RIDE back to make sure they’d booked it correctly. The dispatcher assured them they had and added they’d be picked up next. Still, midnight came and went, and the girls hadn’t heard from their van. They opted for an Uber, and never heard back from 8-RIDE. “We would’ve been there forever because they never called,” the health systems management major said. “It’s dangerous to leave students in that situation especially that late at night.” Masciopinto’s experience isn’t unique or new. The free ride share service is used by Loyola students to travel safely from place to place late at night. However, 8-RIDE has been losing some student calls in its system entirely, forcing them to instead walk home or pay for a ride from Uber or Lyft. 8-RIDE operates up to eight vans nightly which can each carry up to 11 students to and from destinations across Lake Shore Campus and the surrounding neighborhood. Students

When the vans do show, some students have reported hour-plus long wait times — a far cry from the 20-30 minute wait time advertised by the service. When first asked, manager of campus transportation Gretchen Carey said a 45 minute-plus wait “is an outlier” for an 8-RIDE and she was unaware of students being forgotten by drivers.

Ellen Bauch The PHOENIX

8-RIDE vans operate within several blocks north, south and west of the Lake Shore Campus. Students use them to safely get to and from campus and to off-campus apartments. But some said the vans have forgotten them completely.

Rogers Park causing safety concerns. The transportation service now begins the night with all eight vans and four phone dispatchers, up from two, but Campus Transportation has said students should expect longer wait times for vans due to an increased volume of calls. Students told The Phoenix 8-RIDE failed to pick them up at all on some occasions. That happened despite the students giving dispatchers the necessary information (a pickup and dropoff address, a cell phone number, a student ID number and name) or scheduling it correctly through the app.

However, she said students who’ve been stood up by an 8-RIDE van recently, whether they used the app or called, could’ve been victims of a glitch in the system’s servers. Carey said the glitch was resolved Oct. 5, as far as she knows, after a student complained. Carey said she couldn’t comment on specific incidents without detailed information from the students affected. Becca Gallas, 20, was also stood up by her 8-RIDE when trying to get a ride home from a friend’s place a few weeks ago. After waiting an hour for the van to arrive, she called back to get some answers.



from her apartment to campus. Last December, Festa called a van to her apartment around midnight. The dispatcher on the phone told her it’d be about a 10-20 minute wait time. After a half hour, Festa called 8-RIDE back to check on an updated arrival time — she was stunned when the dispatcher, unlike Masciopinto’s situation, said no van had been sent to her address and they couldn’t find her previous call. The dispatcher told Festa she’d send a van as soon as she could. But it was getting close to the start of her shift at the IC, so Festa called for an

Uber and cancelled the 8-RIDE. In April, it happened again, Festa said. But this time, she never had to cancel the 8-RIDE, because no driver ever called her. She hopped in an Uber because she assumed she would’ve been waiting for the 8-RIDE all night. “Now I never rely on 8-RIDE,” the journalism major said. “I cannot trust them.” Carey said she realized a student’s recent complaint about an error message on 8-RIDE’s app could also explain some students’ phone calls getting lost in the system. Not all of 8-RIDE’s problems come from glitches, however. Festa reached out to 8-RIDE in December via email with her experience. Carey said the department determined the dispatcher was at fault, and the dispatcher was “retrained.” Carey said without more specifics, she can’t say whether any of the other students’ issues were caused by the glitch or human error. She added she doesn’t hear many complaints from students about 8-RIDE and encourages feedback. “This is … clearly an issue of safety,” Carey said. “We want [students] to share as much feedback … so that we can improve service.” When the vans do show up, students have also said they end up waiting long past the estimated arrival time. Sophomores Anna Wirth and Paige Williamson, both 20, said they ended up cancelling their 8-RIDE twice in the last three weeks due to long waits. On one occasion, the two said, they waited inside The New 400 Theater on North Sheridan Road for about 45 minutes for their 8-RIDE. After the theater closed at midnight and left them outside, they only waited another 15 minutes before they cancelled the ride and opted for an Uber home. Wirth and Williamson said they don’t believe 8-RIDE is the safest option for students to get home and would rather risk walking because of the long wait times. Carey said she’s unsure if students are still experiencing problems after the glitch was fixed, but if they are, they should contact her office by emailing campustransportation@luc. edu or by calling 773-508-7036.

206 calls

Cancelled Rides 100

As it turns out, Gallas said, the dispatcher told her she’d already been marked picked up and dropped off. “That’s a mistake they can’t afford to make,” the junior exercise science major said. It also happened to senior Flavia Festa twice. She works at Loyola’s Information Commons (IC), so when she has a late shift, she’d often take 8-RIDE

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OCTOBER 17, 2018

The Problem of Misinformation When it comes to news, readers have a responsibility as well Wikimedia Commons

THE PHOENIX EDITORIAL BOARD Sept. 30, 73-year-old Douglas Watts was shot and killed in Rogers Park while walking his dogs. The next day, 24-yearold Eliyahu Moscowitz was murdered at Loyola Park — just three blocks from where Watts was killed. The shootings were found to be related and put the neighborhood on edge. It also led to irresponsible rumors about possible sightings of the masked gunman. Facebook groups, such as “Rogers Park Neighborhood News” and “Roam RoPo,” have been created for students and community members to discuss what’s happening in Rogers Park. Students have turned to the groups to discuss safety tips and up-to-date news around the neighborhood. But they’ve also been a source of misinformation about supposed sightings of the killer and the murder investigation. In a now-deleted post in “Roam RoPo,” one student falsely reported a shooting at Raising Cane’s, located across the street from Loyola’s Lake Shore Campus. While Loyola students need to be aware of what’s happening, they also have a responsibility to post accurate, sourced information. The term “fake news” has become one of the most commonly-used phrases of modern discourse. People, including the president of the United States, constantly call the media out when false information makes its way onto the internet or into print. It’s great students are being active on social media to look out for each other’s safety; however, the information presented needs to be accurate. The investigation into the killings is still ongoing, and

causing public panic isn’t the proper way to treat the situation. Sure, it’s scary and not something most Rogers Park residents have had to deal with, but that doesn’t excuse posts of “I heard someone saw the killer walking to campus” or any variation of the sort. Saying “I heard” something isn’t sourcing information. Hearsay doesn’t count as a primary source. Oct. 5, Chicago Police Department (CPD) spokesperson Glen Brooks told The Phoenix Loyola students need to make sure any information they report is accurate before putting it on social media.

Henry Redman Christopher Hacker Mary Norkol Michael McDevitt Nick Schultz Arian Ahmadpour Emily Rosca

Many online incidents of misinformation about the suspect in two recent murders in Rogers Park have recently occurred. Chicago Police Department

“The police and Loyola Campus Safety can only give us the most accurate information available. It is up to us to ensure that it is only those pieces of information that is spread.” In times like these, it’s especially important students only spread information they know is true. CPD and Loyola Campus Safety can only give us the most accurate information available. It’s up to us to ensure only those truthful pieces of information are spread, and that, when we post something on social media or talk to our friends about what is happening, we aren’t passing along “fake news.” It’s also perfectly okay to say “I don’t know.” In investigations, the police won’t always release

all the information they have, and more often than not, people will have questions about what is going in their community. But real questions shouldn’t lead to fake answers, and, in situations like this, instead of spreading misinformation, the more responsible approach should be to wait for the police to complete their investigations and to not interfere with their work. Loyola students aren’t the only ones who need to be careful about what they post. Rogers Park residents also need to stop causing public panic with unverified information. Bill Morton, a candidate for 49th Ward alderman, posted a “possible video” of the gunman on YouTube Oct. 9. The video shows a man leaving the Morse Red Line station walking with his toes pointed out — which is how the gunman walked, according to surveillance video released by CPD. The video has received over 1,800 views since it was posted. The problem with the video

is it doesn’t show anything revealing about the man. All it shows is a slender, black man walking down the platform.

“In its most extreme cases, false information from the public can make for even bigger problems for the media.” In its most extreme cases, false information from the public can make for even bigger problems for the media. After the Boston Marathon bombing in 2013, allegations started spreading on Reddit saying a missing man named Sunil Tripathi was involved with the attack. As Tripathi’s family was awaiting answers from authorities about his disappearance, news agencies began reporting his picture alongside a blurred security

video of the actual suspect. In another instance in the aftermath of the marathon, the New York Post published a cover story about the two men who were seen carrying bags during the race and implicating them as the alleged attackers. Upon publication, it was discovered the two men didn’t have any involvement with the attack. The error damaged the credibility of the paper and led to a defamation lawsuit against the Post, which was settled in 2014. While the situation was different from the one in Rogers Park, the principle is still the same: People need to be careful about what information they’re putting out. It’s natural for people to be paranoid. But paranoia’s amplified when false information is sent out. With the community still on edge as the killer remains at large, Loyola students and neighborhood residents must make sure all information is accurate before spreading it around the internet.

OCTOBER 17, 2018


Political Rhetoric: It’s not as bad as you think

The third debate of the 2016 Presidential Elections, Wikimedia Commons

REID WILLIS rwillis@luc.edu

It’s common for pundits on both sides of the aisle to decry how low the political discussion in the country has become; although, what many fail to realize is that this level of rhetoric is nothing new. While everyone knows about today’s dirty tricks and negative advertisements, these are really nothing new, and, in many cases, are downright polite compared to the politics of our parents and their parents going all the way back to the American Revolution. This isn’t to say modern politics is a bulwark of enlightened thought. The past few months and years have been peppered with quotes that’ll go down in political history, with gems such as Gary Johnson’s “what is Aleppo” or, what remains my favorite quote by President Trump, “I think I am actually humble. I think I’m much more humble than you would understand.”While these are humorous examples, recent elections have also seen many personal attacks, with much

of 2016 devolving into a backand-forth between “unfit” and “corrupt.” This has continued past the election and many pundits are again talking about rhetoric as an issue due to Hillary Clinton’s recent assertion that Democrats “cannot be civil with [Republicans] ... if we are fortunate enough to win back the House and/or the Senate, that’s when civility can start again.” By historical standards, however, none of this is unprecedented. At a campaign rally in Texas, while stumping for then-Senator John Kennedy, President Truman told voters “Nixon has never told the truth in his life ... If you [vote for him], you ought to go to hell.” This alone was worse than many of the barbs of the past few years, though things only get worse as one looks farther back in history. The 1912 election was, in many ways, the start of the modern negative campaign, as Theodore Roosevelt traveled over 10,000 miles around the country, visiting 34 states to give speeches in which he regularly called President Taft a “fathead” with “the brains of a guinea pig.” This forced Taft to respond

in kind, calling supporters of Roosevelt “radicals” and “neurotics.” This personal back and forth took a heavy toll on Taft, in part because Roosevelt was once a close companion of Taft’s. Things turned so bad, Taft practically gave up the campaign in the latter stages of the race, complaining to friends “there are so many people in the country

“While everyone knows about today’s dirty tricks and negative ads, these are really nothing new.” REID WILLIS Contributor

who don’t like me.” Possibly the dirtiest presidential race in American history belongs to the election of 1828, when Andrew Jackson ran against then-President John Quincy Adams. The two candidates had an enormous amount of personal animosity toward each other, resulting in open smears of “murder,

adultery and pimping”. On Jackson’s part, a rumor was spread that “Adams had provided the Russian czar with the sexual services of an American woman,” a rumor that was countered by Adam’s side, as he attacked Jackson’s ancestry. In an 1828 edition of the Cincinnati Gazette, the opinion pages claimed - with an abundance of exclamation points - “General Jackson’s mother was a common prostitute brought to this country by British soldiers! She afterward married a mulatto man, with whom she had several children, of which General Jackson is one!!!” While 1828 is considered by many to be the worst, it wasn’tthe first negative campaign. All the way back to the election of 1800, arguably the first true presidential campaign, thenPresident John Adams said his opponent, his own Vice President Thomas Jefferson, was “... a mean-spirited, low-lived fellow. The son of a half-breed Indian squaw, sired by a Virginia mulatto father.” Jefferson returned the favor, calling Adams a “hideous hermaphroditical character,

which has neither the force and firmness of a man nor the gentleness and sensibility of a woman.”

“None of [this] compares to what has been said throughout this country’s history.” REID WILLIS Contributor

I think we can all agree no matter how bad rhetoric has become recently, none of it compares to what has been said throughout this country’s history. Today’s rehtoric is essentiall tame compared to saying they “ought to go to hell.” And nothing Trump said throughout the campaign trail can compete with Thomas Jefferson’s assertion that a sitting president was a “hideous hermaphroditical character.” Are campaigns today perfect? I think we can all answer with a resounding “no.” But things are far from the worst they’ve ever been.

The Overlooked Ones: Why you should value local artists

Alexandra Runnion

SASHA VASSILYEVA avassiliyeva@luc.edu

When you hear the word “art,” what immediately comes to mind? Maybe it’s museums, like the Art Institute of the Museum of Contemporary Art here in Chicago. Maybe it’s sculptures and statues that fill parks and city streets. Or maybe it’s names of famous artists — Van Gogh, Picasso, Monet, Michelangelo, etc. — that we learned about in grade school art classes. None of these are wrong answers, but what we might fail to think of is the variety of art forms and numerous artists whose work doesn’t hang on museum walls. A couple of weeks ago, I visited Edgewater’s Art Fest. Not knowing what to expect, I went in with an open mind, excited to see art in a non-museum setting. Little did I know that I would be meeting a lot of talented artists who, to my surprise, were all local to the Chicagoland area. One of the first artists I spoke to specialized in jewelry making

and was displaying and selling her products. She told me her story, of how she started out working sales in a jewelry store while in school and ended up starting her own business. All her designs were unique and unlike anything I’d seen before. She explained no two pieces were exactly the same. Another artist who caught my attention later told me she was only a senior in high school and this happened to be her first major art show. After speaking with her and her exceptionally proud father, I found out she had been making her art for a while and had a great talent (which I already knew from the pieces she displayed). They told me that, as a 17-year-old, she had already spent a summer at Parsons School of Design in New York and another summer at the Art Institute of Chicago. Seeing her work and hearing her story left me incredibly impressed, especially since she’s younger than I and has already accomplished so much.

I also met a man who made

“No matter who they were or where they came from, they all shared a passion and had a one-ofa-kind story to go with it.” SASHA VASSILYEVA Contributor

digital paintings on his iPad and transferred them to physical prints. As someone who can barely draw a good doodle on Snapchat, this artist really stood out to me. He drew local city streets which were so intricate they looked almost like photographs. He joked saying he was told years ago that one day he would be doing his art on his phone — and here he is today. The art fest had displayed many other art forms as well, from photography, to crocheted accessories, print T-shirts,

stitched drawings, pottery and more. The artists themselves were just as unique as their art. Hearing their stories and seeing the art diversity was inspiring. No matter who they were, or where they came from, they all shared a passion and had a one-of-a-kind story. Local artists deserve all the praise and support of those in museums. They’re often overlooked, but the art they produce is unparalleled. They don’t necessarily do it for fame or wealth but because creating art is what they love and are passionate about. Moreover, learning why they do what they do, and being able to see the face behind the art makes their art feel that much more personal — a feeling I’ve never gotten from looking at Van Gogh paintings. Even if you think you’re not an art person, don’t assume this won’t interest you until you’ve seen them. At art festivals like these, the variety is so great you’re bound to find something that grabs your attention. So, take a few steps out of


your comfort zone, hop on the L and visit an art show somewhere

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in the city. Talk to the artists, listen to their stories, take their business cards and get to know the faces behind the art, because you never know what kind of person you’ll meet. It’s no clean, quiet museum but it’s worth experiencing, and you might leave pleasantly surprised with what you find. It won’t be a Picasso or a Van Goh, but it will something that is unique to our city.

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Amandla Stenberg stars in the latest young adult drama from director George Tillman Jr., “The Hate U Give.” The film looks to tackles a multitude of heavy topics, ranging from police brutality to gang violence.

Truth sits at the heart of “The Hate U Give” DONOVAN POWELL dpowell5@luc.edu

Heavy truths about race relations and equally chaotic adolescence collide in George Tillman Jr.’s (“Luke Cage,” “The Longest Ride”) newest young adult film adapted from Angie Thomas’ best-selling novel. Starring Amandla Stenberg (“The Hunger Games,” “Everything, Everything”), “The Hate U Give” tackles topics of police brutality, racism and gang violence with a touch of romance, humor and family values. “The Hate U Give” was showcased at this year’s Chicago International Film Festival Oct. 11. After attending an advanced screening of the film and taking part

in a college roundtable, The Phoenix had the opportunity to speak with Tillman about his involvement in the project, racism, authenticity and the challenges of telling Thomas’ story in his own vision. After a white police officer kills her best friend in front of her, the protagonist, Starr Carter (Stenberg) must grieve and honor his memory. Throughout the film, Starr navigates her way through the gang-infested neighborhood she lives in while attending a mostly white preparatory school. While staying silent about the injustice she witnessed would’ve been easy for her, Starr decides to speak up for what she believes in and finds herself caught in the middle of a media spectacle that endangers everything

she knows and loves. Despite dealing with race and police brutality, audiences shouldn’t feel polarized by this film, Tillman said. “The movie is really about human experience and that’s what I wanted to tell,” Tillman said. “It’s not to make a political movie but to make an experience of a family and a young girl.” Tillman said telling the film’s story was a challenge, especially when trying to adapt Thomas’ novel in his own voice. “Capturing the spirit of the book was the most difficult, because it had a very specific voice,” Tillman said. “Angie’s voice was very specific in the story, and we wanted to make sure that we caught the same voice and dialogue and the two worlds are completely different as well, so that was

one of the biggest challenges.” Tillman said his goal for the movie was to make “The Hate U Give” feel as real as possible, carefully bringing Thomas’ vision of the story into reality. “In the story that I wanted to tell, which is the story of Starr’s voice [and Starr] finding her voice, and at times to find her voice she changes those around her,” Tillman said. “So when you look at all those things, one of the characters, DeVante that was in the book, we felt like maybe we could just lose this character. We just said, ‘Hey I wanna maybe get rid of him,’ and she was okay with that, so those were some of the major things that I did. So those are some of the things we did to make the adaptation work.” While the novel and film are

essentially part of the young adult genre, there’s a palpable authenticity to Thomas’ narrative which really sets the book apart. This is what Tillman Jr. said made him get involved in the project. “I read about thirty pages and I was just blown away,” Tillman said. “I really liked the dialogue, most of anything, because it felt like I never heard anybody talk like this in a manuscript or a book that came to me in Hollywood. Hollywood tends to have the same story. Same scenes, same dialogue in just different genres. And it’s a little boring that you have to work on your own material and find your own material.” “The Hate U Give” premiered in limited theaters Oct. 5 and will hit theaters nationwide Oct. 19.

Filmmaker Chad Terpstra makes big-screen debut with “Father the Flame” MIGUEL RUIZ mruiz9@luc.edu

“Father the Flame” is the documentary audiences never knew they needed to see. Premiering Oct. 12 at the Chicago International Film Festival (CIFF), director Chad Terpstra and master pipemaker Lee Erck take viewers on a visually stunning journey chronicling the timeless legacy of the tobacco pipe. Terpstra brilliantly contests the widespread tradition of pipe smoking being one for the ages with beautiful cinematography and an engrossing story that’ll intrigue even the most reluctant viewer. The Phoenix had the chance to sit down with Terpstra and editor Scott McCambridge, along with stars Erck and Italian briar cutter, Mimmo. “I wasn’t interested in making a film about pipes at any point,” Terpstra said. “It was just like ‘oh pipes are great, but let’s leave it at that. We stumbled into the idea a little bit.” While the film’s premise is simple, there’s much more boiling beneath the surface. “The film is about pipes, and it’s about [Erck and Mimmo],” Chad said. “But we also put a lot of ourselves and what we wanted to say in it.” This is a mantra repeated several times throughout the film, particularly by Erck, who said he believes a piece of him resides in every pipe he makes.

The film’s title, “Father The Flame,” is undoubtedly a unique one, stemming from a smoke Terpstra and McCambridge shared on a friend’s porch. “We were gonna smoke a pipe, and Chad lit his totally fine,” McCambridge said. “I was struggling with mine because the match kept blowing out,” Chad interjected, “[My wife and I] were pregnant with our first kid at the time, so I had a lot of baby stuff on my mind, and for whatever reason I told [Scott] ‘I don’t know, man, you have to, like, father the flame.’” Terpstra said he’s smoked pipes for ten years and developed a deep love for the pastime. “It was just a fun thing to do,” Terpstra said. “My dad smoked cigarettes, so there might’ve been something other than the smell that I was interested in.” McCambridge said producer Jeremy Rush eventually led Terpstra to a friend of his who happened to be related to Erck. “We ended up doing a phone interview with Lee and the world kept opening up bigger and bigger and became more and more interesting,” Terpstra said. “The first time we went up to Lee’s place to film, that’s how it all started,” McCambridge said. ”Lee was our introduction to everyone else in the pipe world.” “Father The Flame” isn’t Terpstra and his team’s first dive into filmmaking, but it was perhaps their most ambitious. Terpstra recalled

their trip to Europe. “We were so low budget, and maybe even inexperienced. … We planned two weeks in Europe … We didn’t give ourselves any time off. It was just day after day, going from here to here to here, filming the whole time. ... We didn’t know what we were doing a lot of the time.” With a seven year production time, “Father The Flame” encapsulates massive efforts from Terpstra and his team, according to Erck. “It’s mostly about what [Terpstra and his crew] put into it,” Erck said. “The way they put our world together is just remarkable.” Chad couldn’t be happier about his CIFF debut. “We submitted to a lot of festivals, and we didn’t get many positive responses,” he said. “[CIFF] was the

first festival I’d ever been to as an aspiring filmmaker, so it’s really cool to see it come around full circle.” “Father The Flame” represents a different pace of life, “The pipe is such a personal thing,” Erck said. “When you sit down with a group of people that you’re really close to, and you go some old tobacco that you share, it’s like sitting around a campfire. …If you want to sit down and smoke a pipe, You have to sit down and smoke the pipe.” One can’t help but become nostalgic by the film’s end, reminded of a simpler time which few alive can still remember. Terpstra, Erck, Mimmo and the rest of the team have managed to once again shed light on an age old tradition, and suspend it in modernity for all to enjoy. Other films premiering at CIFF

include Joel Edgerton’s “Boy Erased,” starring Lucas Hedges, as well as “The Favourite,” which is slated to appear in the Oscars “Best Picture” category, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Several independent releases such as the Chinese drama “Ash is Purest White,” which has a perfect 100 percent on Rotten Tomatoes, screened Oct. 12. First time director Chad Tapestra’s riveting documentary “Father the Flame” also screened Oct.12, it chronicles the history of the tobacco pipe through interviews with those closely associated with the craft. CIFF is scheduled to showcase more than 150 films throughout its 12-day runtime at AMC River East )322 E. South Illinois St.). Tickets can be purchased online at www.chicagofilmfestival.com/festival/tickets.

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Premiering Oct. 12 at the Chicago International Film Festival, “Father the Flame” chronicles the legacy of the tobacco pipe.

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The B-Side: Death Cab For Cutie’s Dave Depper chats about newest album The B-Side features collaborations between The Phoenix and WLUW 88.7. CAROLYN DROKE cdroke@luc.edu

Death Cab for Cutie (DCFC) is a band that’s really close to my heart. I first came across their music in 2007; “Your Heart is an Empty Room,” from their album “Plans,” was the anthem of my preteen years. I didn’t know what the term “angst” meant, but staring longingly out the backseat window of my parent’s Volvo listening to “Bixby Canyon Bridge” on my orange iPod Nano was a regular occurrence. I grew up in Seattle, near the birthplace of DCFC, and they regularly played shows around the city. They were my first concert, and I’ve talked about this particular show countless times over the years. DCFC is still a band Seattle cherishes, especially with the decline of the music scene. When people think about Seattle, most of the time they picture flannel sweaters and Kurt Cobain. Although there’s definitely still an excess of flannel sweaters, the tech boom has made the city nearly unrecognizable in the past five years. The city seems to be in a constant flux of demolition and construction. Many people had trouble coping with Seattle’s identity loss. When Seattle music venue The Showbox announced it would close and be converted into an apartment building, there was backlash from the city’s residents. Thankfully, many musicians and concerned citizens united to protect The Showbox. DCFC’s frontman Ben Gibbard was the face of this movement. Gibbard reached out to more than 170 musicians including Pearl Jam, Conor Oberst, Dave Matthews and Dinosaur Jr. to sign a petition to stop demolition. In August, Gibbard went in front the City Council and was able to get The Showbox listed as a

historical site in a unanimous decision, effectively saving The Showbox. I was able to catch up with DCFC’s guitarist, Dave Depper, in a phone interview to talk about the changes Seattle has faced recently and the band’s new album “Thank You for Today.” This interview was edited for length and clarity. **** Carolyn Droke: So, “Thank You For Today” came out just over a month ago. How has the response been so far? Dave Depper: Reviews have been really nice, and fans seem really engaged with it. We felt like we made a good one, and we’re happy to see that most people agree. It felt good making it, and we were all confident that we had done right by the band at the end. The new songs have been going really well live so far. CD: This is your first album that you helped write and record with DCFC. Talk about the process of writing this album. Has it been different than other bands that you’ve been with in the past? DD: It’s been similar in some ways and different in some ways. I mean, this band clearly, song-writing wise, is very driven by Ben Gibbard’s songwriting vision. And I’ve definitely been in bands with that type of arrangement before. He for the most part writes the songs and sends them around to us. We would listen to it and give him feedback. … I will say that I’ve never been part of a band where the main songwriter is so prolific. Ben wrote so many songs for this record. He was really focused on picking out the best ones. … There was a very exciting period where we’d all get an email from Ben every day with a new song attached. Sometimes twice a day, but certainly once a week, for months. CD: Cool! I was actually going to ask you about that song Gold Rush, in particular. … I know that you didn’t grow up in Seattle, but you have lived

“Bad Times at the El Royale” means good times at the theater MATTHEW DRISCOLL mdriscoll3@luc.edu

Miles Miller (Pullman), the El Royale’s apprehensive and God-fearing bellhop, welcomes the first few guests to the hotel by educating them on its unique geographical qualities. “The El Royale is a bi-state establishment,” Miles said to the three new arrivals, “You have the option to choose a room in either California or Nevada.” Miles goes on to characterize California as a place of dreams and hopes and to name Nevada a land of opportunity. Goddard missed an potentially exceptional opportunity in regard to the setting of his movie, failing to build upon this distinction throughout the remainder of the film. Plot holes might be considerably bothersome to the discerning viewer. Those having to do with the guests’ pasts, particularly that of Father Flynn, are the most noticeable, but make great food for thought either way. Meanwhile, the film’s abundant loose ends — the vast majority of which remain unresolved when the credits begin rolling — are sure to leave watchers contemplative and make for compelling on-the-wayhome discussion. The vocals of Darlene Sweet (Erivo), a down-on-her-luck, yet optimistic Motown singer on her way to a job in Reno, are enchanting and set the tone for a number of scenes. Alongside Darlene, the priest-who-is-notreally-a-priest, Father Daniel Flynn (Bridges), adds depth to an otherwise comparatively shallow, yet beguiling

in Portland. Have you experienced similar changes? DD: I lived in Portland for 15 years, and it’s a song that resonates deeply with me as well. While I live there, I’m often gone for a really long time. Even now, I’m going to be gone for the next six months at least and I feel like every time I come home, it looks totally different. This spot that I had a memorable first date, or break-up, has been torn down and replaced by condos, my favorite bar from when I was 25, where I had a job interview that changed my life. Just things like that. They’re all gone. That’s really what the song is about. What do you do once those places are gone? Does that memory mean the same thing to you? Can it still live on despite the fact that it’s physical presence has been excised? CD: Speaking of things being torn down and turned into condos, I know that Ben really spearheaded the Save The Showbox campaign, but did you have any part in that and can you talk about watching that whole process happen? DD: Yeah, I have less of a dog in the fight, being less of a Seattleite. But I have played The Showbox many times and have been to many memorable shows at The Showbox. It’s been pretty inspiring to see Ben care so much and to take some real action with Seattle City Council. So I can’t take any credit for that movement or getting it going, but I’m very proud to be getting his back on that one. It’s just so sad what is happening to Seattle at this completely unsustainable rate. The Showbox just hurts so bad compared to so much of what’s going on. Portland has those spots too and I’m equally sad about them. CD: You mentioned earlier that you were a DCFC fan before joining the band. Do you have favorite albums or songs in particular by them? DD: My favorite album, I an-

nounced it online and there was kind of a controversial response. But my favorite is Narrow Stairs. I don’t know because it’s tied to a particular time in my life where that album had a lot of meaning to me. I really adore that record. I really love playing songs from it. In terms of actual songs, “Transatlaticcism” feels like a dream every time we play it. At this point, I’ve been in the band for four years. I’m used to it. I’m used to this way of life. But every single time we play that song, it’s just magic for me. I cannot believe that I’m playing that guitar riff and I cannot believe that I get to just go into this trance-like state for eight or nine minutes and seeing people crying in front row listening to it as well. That’s my favorite for sure. CD: That’s awesome. So I know you’ve only been in the band for four years, but do you think that your listenership demographic has changed throughout the years? Do you notice different kinds of people are coming to your shows or do you think that it’s a solid fan base that’s been there since the beginning? DD: When I joined the band, I really had no idea what the demographic was going to be like at the shows. The people are there but there are still teenagers and people in their early 20s and older people too. This band is in this really amazing spot of continuing to have radio success without turning completely into a legacy act yet. We’re all very self aware and know that there is some aspect of a legacy band label creeping in, but can still play new songs from our new albums and have people greet them warmly. We’ll still hear ourselves on the radio and there’s still these fans being picked up whose relationship with DCFC started with “Kintsugi” and that’s an amazing spot for a band 20 years in to be. CD: That’s good to hear. I know that you’ve been in music for a long time. What advice would you give to

young people who are just starting out in music? DD: Something that I wish that I had known when I was going to school and doing music is I just didn’t know what working in music meant. I only had a vague idea. I didn’t have any idea of the variety of jobs in the music industry. I thought that just once a band had gotten to a certain size, it had a roadie or two, or maybe lots of roadies. … I didn’t know the various levels of working at a record label or a PR firm. So I wish I had been more educated about the sort of music industry ecosystem and understood how all those jobs interacted with each other, and done some of them in addition to being a musician. I feel like I know a lot of people who really want to get into music and don’t really know where to start. I would say just find out about these jobs. Try them. See if you could be an intern or a volunteer. Something will probably resonate with you, and it might not be the kind of job you knew existed. In terms of being in an actual band, I’ve always said that no matter how good you are, there’s always going to be someone better than you. Be the person that other people want to ride in a van with for ten hours a day. Be good at what you do, but also just work at being a good human being. **** DCFC will perform at Aragon Ballroom (1106 W. Lawrence Ave.) Dec. 2. Tickets cost $42 and can be purchased online.


Review of “Bad Times at the El Royale”

assemblage of characters. Hemsworth’s (“Thor: Ragnarok,” “Snow White and the Huntsman”) portrayal of the Charles Manson-like Billy Lee marks his first endeavor at playing not just a villain, but an exceptionally intimidating and maniacal one. For how little time he’s present on screen compared to the rest of the characters, Hemsworth’s commendable performance makes a substantial impression on the film. As a result of its superb casting and stunning 1960s-noir aesthetic, “Bad Times at the El Royale” is an attractive and riveting thriller that makes 142 minutes go by in the blink of an eye. Goddard’s artful writing and directing transform seemingly stock-like characters into uncommonly enthralling ones who make certain that the audience’s eyes never stray from the silver screen. “Bad Times at the El Royale” is now showing in theaters nationwide.

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“Nell Gwynn” tells the triumphs of historical female actress

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Scarlett Strallen stars in “Nell Gwynn” as a girl who breaks into the theatre scene after meeting an actor who changes her life.

SASHA VASSILYEVA avassilyeva@luc.edu

Rags to riches — most have heard the saying and wished they were the lucky person whose life in poverty transforms to one of wealth and newfound happiness. But this story isn’t just seen in children’s fairy tales. In British playwright Jessica Swale’s comedy “Nell Gwynn,” the title character, Nell, is that lucky person. Nell (Scarlett Strallen) is a young, poor girl in 17th Century England who makes a living selling oranges to theatre patrons. Her quick wit and beauty captures the attention of the theatre’s leading man and she gets a chance to be one of the first women on the stage. That man, Charles Hart (John Tufts), the company’s lead actor, teaches Nell the art of acting and they

soon fall in love. She joins the company acting alongside Hart and becomes the first woman in the theatre to play the female lead — a spot usually reserved for men during that era. The concept of women performing in theater at the time was unconventional; it was customary for men to play the male and female roles in plays. This began to change during the Restoration period in England. By joining the company, Nell challenged the traditional roles of a woman in the theatre, becoming a feminist icon and connecting the story to modern day. As her acting career takes off, Nell captures not only the hearts of the audience but also that of King Charles II. Despite turning down his advances at first, Nell becomes the King’s mistress, leaving Hart behind. From there, Nell’s story follows the

traditional Cinderella-esque plot line. Though most won’t recognize her name, Nell Gwynn is a historical figure from England’s Restoration period. Samuel Pepys, chief secretary to the admiralty under King Charles II, nicknamed her “pretty, witty Nell” — a description which matched her character in this play. Swale and director Christopher Luscombe made Nell a lovable character with a witty personality. In conjunction with music by Nigel Hess, they created a funny, light-hearted and engaging production. Strallen, whose looks and charm measured up to that of the tale of the historical figure, put on a wonderful performance. Strallen portrayed Nell as comical and animated which, combined with the script and the performance of other actors, created an exuberant comedy.

Scarlett Strallen and John Tufts play the leading roles in the play, “Nell Gwynn.”

Despite suiting Nell’s character, the humor was too goofy at times and took away from the historical account. This left little room for character development. Prior to seeing the performance, Nell seemed like a strong, feminist character which would’ve tied in well with both her historic and modern significance. However, in the play, Nell’s whimsical spirit took away any potential for serious character development, making it difficult to take her seriously or empathize with her even after the death of King Charles II. The majority of the characters were static and only added to the play’s comedic aspects. The most profound character was Nell’s sister, Rose (Emma Ladji). Rose was one of the few characters who had a variety of attitudes and emotions, allowing the

audience to empathize with her. “Nell Gwynn” was structured in a way which would’ve allowed for Nell to be a symbol of protofeminism. This term was used to describe those who lived at a time when the term “feminism” was not known, but a person’s actions supported modern feminist ideas. Strallen ultimately missed the mark. The play was entertaining, but knowing there was room for growth was disappointing. For those who enjoy plays with complex stories and character growth, “Nell Gwynn” might not be the ideal theater experience, but it’s worth a trip to Navy Pier for an enjoyable night out. Following its successful 2015 debut in London, “Nell Gwynn’s” North American premiere was at the Chicago Shakespeare Theatre Sept. 20 and will run until Nov. 4.

“Free Solo” documentary scales new heights League finals heat up OLIVIA MCCLURE omcclure@luc.edu

Adrenaline junkies seeking a rush from the comfort of a movie theater seat, look no further — “Free Solo” has you covered. The National Geographic documentary from directors and real-life couple Jimmy Chin and Chai Vasarhelyi is nothing short of mesmerizing. “Free Solo” chronicles professional solo rock climber Alex Honnold’s seemingly impossible attempt to climb Yosemite National Park’s El Capitan without a harness. “Free Solo” is more than a catchy title — it refers to the kind of daring feat rock climbers perform when they tackle mountains without any protective gear. As Honnold states in the film, it’s his preferred method of climbing. “Free Solo” follows the exhilarating, jaw-dropping journey through the years leading up to Honnold’s historic ascent. The film delivers an inspiring account of what it means to conquer one’s fears and live a life built upon dreams. As a man afraid of public speaking and establishing relationships with people, Honnold still retains the unbelievable determination to pursue the impossible — making his story one of human strength and possibility. While Vasarhelyi lacks climbing experience, Chin is an experienced and well-known mountaineer, who’s climbed Mount Everest twice and led

expeditions worldwide. His work has also been featured in National Geographic, Outside and Men’s Journal. According to Vasarhelyi, creating a feature film surrounding Honnold’s journey felt like the perfect way to build upon their filmmaking careers while showcasing an incredible story close to their hearts. “We were looking for a story that has some depth to it and Alex is a fascinating character,” Vasarhelyi said. “You know, here’s this kid who was awkward and geeky and kind of a loner who was climbing without a rope because it was scarier to speak to another person … it seemed like a great marriage of our skills and what we’re interested in and an important opportunity to tell this story about someone scared of a lot of stuff.” For the film’s crew, production required trust between themselves and Honnold and precision during filming. Crew members, including Chin, scaled El Capitan alongside Honnold in order to capture the breathtaking shots in the film. Chin said he and the rest of the crew’s expeditionary background was helpful in carrying out Honnold’s daring ascent. While the entire project was undoubtedly daunting, Chin said the crew’s collective determination made it possible. “We all have a lot of expedition background … there are certain variables that you can’t control and there are certain variables that you can con-

trol,” Chin said. “And in that sense, on expeditions, as with this film project, you put your best foot forward with the variables that you can control … you can kind of manage these objectives or goals that might seem really outrageous or impossible, but you put in your due diligence.” While Chin said filming “Free Solo” was similar in some ways to previous work, he also said the unpredictability of Honnold’s ascent made this project different. “There are other big objectives in my life that seem completely, you know, beyond our imagination and yet we come to the right attitude and [by] taking the right steps and being meticulous and thoughtful and careful, we were able to pull them off,” Chin said. “But the thing that was different about this was that, you know, there’s this very singular focal point on Alex and his solo, and ultimately, you know, I didn’t have any control over how he was going to climb, so that made it more challenging.” While “Free Solo” closely details the preparation and embarkment of Honnold’s climb, it also offers an intimate look into the climber’s personal life.

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“Free Solo” follows Alex Honnold’s historic solo rock climbing feat as he scales El Capitan in Yosemite National Park.

MARCELLO PICCININI mpiccinini@luc.edu

The competition in “League of Legends” (LoL), the video game and worldwide esport developed by Riot Games, heats up as the 2018 League of Legends World Championship (Worlds 2018) continues its run. Worlds 2018 is an international LoL Esport competition where 24 teams from participating countries gather to compete with each other. Worlds 2016 hosted 14.7 million concurrent viewers worldwide during Worlds, with the viewer total going to 43 million. Worlds 2018 is hosted in multiple cities across South Korea including Seoul, Busan, Gwangju and Incheon. Worlds 2018 began Oct. 1 and continues through Nov. 3 with teams representing different areas of the world including North America, China, Europe and Korea. Current standings see teams Afreeca Freecs, Royal Never Give up, kt Rolster and Invictus Gaming leading their respective groups. Current stats have top picks in Worlds 2018 such as Zihao Jian (Uzi) of Royal Never Give Up at a 8.8 Kill/ Death (KD) ratio and Dongbin Ko (Score) of kt Rolster at a 7.3 KD ratio. Riot Games is based in Los Angeles with 23 studios worldwide. They created the tabletop game “Mechs and Minions” and smaller projects including minigames “Astro Teemo,” “Star Guardian: Insomnia” and “Super Zac Ball.” During LoL’s rise to popularity in 2011 and 2012, the outcry for competitive play was sizable. Public desire pushed Riot Games to attempt to get LoL to a competitive level. According to Chris Hopper, Head of North American Esports at Riot Games, after having LoL at multiple third party Esports tournaments, such as Major League Gaming (MLG) and Dreamhack, Riot Games decided to formalize competitive Esports inhouse. According to a press release, Hopper has spearheaded major innovation in the professional Esports

industry during his tenure. LoL blends Role Playing Game (RPG), games where players take the identity of a character in a fictional setting, and Real Time Strategy (RTS), games where players move units and resources around a map in real time, elements to create fastpaced and competitive gameplay. Constant post-launch support from Riot Games keeps the community thriving as existing heroes are reworked and new heroes are added. With the game’s success, Riot Games continues to blaze a new trail for competitive gaming and open up new avenues for its athletes. “We have a ton of people that are constantly working at expanding Esports. One area that we’re especially focused on is establishing more ways for people to get involved in the competitive League of Legends scene,” Hopper said. “We built a competitive product for the professional level, and now we want to get more people involved in competitive play. That can be through collegiate and high school programs or in youth camps and the development of younger talent.” Through the formation of the North American and European League of Legends Championship Series, the removal of paywalls in the League of Legends Champions Korea and long-term funding, Riot brought Esports into the limelight, according to Hopper. “The fans have been really accepting of the things we’ve been doing for Esports,” Hopper said. “They’ve been clamoring for a more competitive North American ecosystem since inception. I think all the steps we’re taking are designed to make this a long-term sport and the fans have been kind enough to support us along the way.”

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Practice facility construction remains on schedule Kyle Brown | The Phoenix

The Alfie Norville Practice Facility is being built between Mertz Residence Hall and the Norville Center for Intercollegiate Athletics. Construction is still on schedule to be completed in summer 2019.

KYLE BROWN NATALYA JAIME kbrown16@luc.edu njaime1@luc.edu

As the temperatures are starting to drop in Chicago, Loyola’s newest athletics complex — the Alfie Norville Practice Facility — is going up. The $18.5 million project will give the basketball and volleyball teams an elite practice facility and is still on schedule to be finished in summer 2019, according to Loyola Athletics director Steve Watson. Allan Norville, who played basketball at Loyola from 1956-59 and graduated in 1960, contributed a majority of the $18.5 million and the name is in honor of his wife, Alfie. Watson said he’s excited about the progress that’s been made on the

practice facility and doesn’t foresee any setbacks which would prevent it from being completed on schedule. “Scheduled to come online in August, it should be ready by the time our women’s volleyball team comes back next year to start their preseason practice,” Watson said. According to a press release from Loyola, the facility — which has been nicknamed “The Alfie” by the athletics department — will follow Loyola’s sustainability movement. It will be Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certified, meaning it meets energy efficiency standards and will have eco-friendly heating and cooling. The Norville Center for Intercollegiate Athletics and Damen Student Center are two other LEED certified buildings at Loyola.

Watson also said with winter quickly approaching, the goal is to get it enclosed as soon as possible. This would allow them to work on the interior throughout the winter. The two-story building will have two NCAA-regulation size basketball courts and four volleyball courts, as well as a team film room. “More than anything else, it will give them more access to practice, a place to work on more individual instruction, to get more shots in or more time on the volleyball court,” Watson said. “They’re all really excited about the opportunity.” The basketball and volleyball teams had been forced to practice in Gentile Arena and Halas gym after the Alumni Gym was demolished in 2011. Alumni Gym was Loyola’s basketball arena from its construction

in 1924 through the 1995-96 season, after which it was used as a practice facility until its demolition. Watson said one of the biggest advantages of “The Alfie” is that it will allow teams to practice without infringing on students’ use of Halas. Although there’s been some public backlash to the new building, Watson said he believes the general student population will also benefit from the new facility. “It will get us out of Halas because our basketball and volleyball programs are all spending some time in Halas, which takes away from the general student population,” Watson said. Watson also said he believes the state-of-the-art practice facility will be a big recruiting draw, and said coaches have already used it as

a selling point for Loyola. He said having a first-class facility is appealing to recruits when they visit campus because it shows Loyola invests in athletics. The further commitment to athletics at Loyola will also translate to other teams in the future, according to Watson. “I think everybody sees the benefit just because it really shows us moving forward and committing to athletics here at the university,” Watson said. “While that will only directly impact the basketball and volleyball [teams], I think indirectly everybody sees the fact that we’re really supporting our athletic programs here.” Power Construction, the construction company working on the facility, wasn’t available for comment at the time of publication.

Nothing but NET: NCAA rolls out new ranking tool for 2018-19 season NICK SCHULTZ nschultz@luc.edu

College basketball is rolling out a new method to determine which teams make it to March Madness this season. After 37 years of using the Rating Percentage Index (RPI) to determine which teams would receive at-large bids to the Big Dance, the NCAA men’s basketball committee is preparing to showcase the NCAA Evaluation Tool (NET) during the 2018-19 season. The NET will be calculated by six different factors: game results, schedule strength, game location, scoring margin up to 10 points, offensive and defensive efficiency and the quality of wins and losses. It’s more complex than the RPI, which only factored in Division I (DI) winning percentage, opponents’ D-I winning percentage and their opponents’ D-I winning percentage. Before Loyola went on its Cinderella run in March Madness last year, analysts weren’t sure if the Ramblers would’ve made the Big Dance if they’d lost the Arch Madness championship game — despite bringing a 25-5 record into the tournament — because the RPI was results-based. The Ramblers ranked 32nd in the RPI heading into Arch Madness, but carried a 129th-ranked Strength of Schedule, according

to TeamRankings.com. Only 68 teams make the NCAA Tournament, with four teams competing in play-in games before the first round. MVC commissioner Doug Elgin said he expects the ranking of teams to stay the same this year even with the new analytic, but it’s a step in the right direction toward a level playing field, b e c au s e the NET uses predictive metrics rather than resultsbased metrics. “I don’t think it’s going to have a great deal of difference from the RPI in terms of the way in which teams are ranked,” Elgin said. “I think you’ll still see power-five teams that rank ahead of mid-majors because you’re going to have greater strength of

schedule at that highest level.” The 351 spots are condensed

i n t o four quadrants based on where the

teams rank in terms of NET. If a team from a lower ranked quadrant beats a team that’s placed higher, that win bumps them up more than if they were to beat a team on their same level. For example, if a Quadrant-two team beats a Q u a d r ant one team, that’s a higher quality v i c tory than if it beat a n other Quadrantt w o team. Google Cloud Professional Services is involved in calculating the NET, according to a press release from the NCAA, and Elgin said he’s heard doing so will be a “complicated process.” He added that, even with the new system, he thinks the MVC still needs to

perform well in non-conference play to be eligible for at-large bids to the NCAA Tournament in March. “You look at the resume of teams in the Missouri Valley, and you’ve got to look at who they beat out of conference,” Elgin said. “That is a critical element of the consideration [for at-large bids] … looking ahead to this year, I think this will give us a sharper focus of teams and how well they played and how they might be predicted to play in the NCAA Tournament.” When asked about the NET at the Chicagoland Tip-Off Luncheon Oct. 8, Loyola men’s basketball coach Porter Moser said he didn’t know what to make of the new system and he’ll know more about it once he sees it in action this year. “It’s hard for me to comment and really analyze it based on not seeing at work or how they’re going to use it,” Moser said. “People tell us it’s going to help us … you’re talking about offensive efficiency and defensive [efficiency], that’s right up our alley. We have good in both. So, we’ll see.” The NCAA men’s basketball committee is planning to unveil its first NET rankings in late November or early December, according to ESPN. Other D-I sports, including women’s basketball, will continue to use the RPI.


OCTOBER 17, 2018

Loyola a ‘recognizable brand’ after last year’s Cinderella run BRENDAN GUMBEL ABBY SCHNABLE bgumbel@luc.edu aschnable@luc.edu

March was an exciting month at Loyola. From Donte Ingram’s buzzer beater in the first round of the NCAA Tournament to making it all the way to the Final Four, the Loyola men’s basketball team was a big topic around campus. The success from the NCAA tournament has made the university more recognizable and drawn more students to the school. Tom Sorboro, senior associate athletics director of external operations, said the exposure will continue to have effects as more people know Loyola. “We’re a more recognizable brand now then we were this time last year,” Sorboro said. “All of the visibility from the Final Four, the national media [and] the attention has made Loyola a more relevant brand certainly in the greater Chicagoland area, but also nationally.” Athletics director Steve Watson said Loyola’s national recognition has helped resonate the school with where it is located — more people know the Ramblers are from Chicago. He said since Loyola Chicago is one of four universities in the United States with “Loyola” in it, the Final Four run has helped push Loyola Chicago to the forefront. “We’re much more on the radar screen now,” Watson said. “We don’t get the questions of: ‘Are you Loyola Maryland or Loyola Marymount,’ or even in Chicago where we get, ‘Are you Loyola Academy?’ I think the visibility has been fantastic for the school.” Sorboro said going to the Final Four is a remarkable feat, and when you’re affiliated to the school that goes

there, a sense of pride is brought about. He said people become more inclined to get involved and show their support. “It helps in a number of levels certainly ticket sales,” Sorboro said. “We’ve grown our season ticket sales certainly over last year. We have more engagement with our alumni. We’ve seen significant interest in the local retail market.” Since the end of the tournament, Sorboro said more than 30 retail locations in the Chicago area — including Target, Walmart, Kohls and Dick’s Sporting Goods — have started carrying Loyola gear. Sorboro said these are places which have never held Loyola gear before. “I think if you talked to our nonbasketball coaches, they’d tell you that it has really helped them with their recruiting,” Watson said. “Potential recruits are much more aware of who Loyola is and we’ve been able to get involved with some recruits that we may not have been able to get involved with before.” Sorboro said being a student-athlete at Loyola has taken on a new meaning, one that is both more recognizable and lively. “It’s made for a fun experience for them,” Sorboro said. “Going home to places, it’s exciting to say you are a Loyola student-athlete. To wear apparel that’s got the script ‘Loyola’ across the chest, people recognize that and appreciate that.” The energy and school spirit didn’t end with the Final Four run. Students have made an effort to support all teams, as there has been an increase in attendance at most fall sports games. Women’s volleyball has had a 70 percent increase of student attendance since last year. Men’s soccer has the biggest year-to-year difference with an 120 percent increase, but women’s soccer student attendance has decreased

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Loyola’s script “Loyola” logo is becoming one of the athletics’ most-recognized logos, according to associate AD Tom Sorboro.

by 50 percent, according to director of Marketing and Ticket Operations Brian Day. “We had our best attendance ever from our students last year during basketball season, and I think we’ve seen a spill-over in our fall sports as well,” Watson said. “Our [men’s] soccer games and our volleyball games, we’ve had great student turnout and I definitely think that will continue when we head into the winter with women’s and men’s basketball.” Day said the women’s soccer student attendance decrease is most likely due to having half of the team’s home matches done after Labor Day weekend. Not only has the success of the basketball team impacted attendance at fall sports games, but it’s also impacted the amount of students on campus. The Phoenix reported the class of 2022 is the largest class in Loyola history with 2,924 students enrolled — 117 students

more than the class of 2021. Applications for entrance into the university are due Feb. 1, which is before March Madness starts. National Decision Day isn’t until May 1, so Sorboro said it’s possible the Ramblers success caused an influx of students enrolling into the university. “The numbers show there has been an increase in — I don’t want to speak for admissions — but I believe there is an increase in enrollment applications,” Sorboro said. “The question is whether it’s correlated. Did they just happen to time out that way or if it was causal. I’m not in a position to say that the Final Four success actually caused it, but there definitely is a correlation — we saw growth.” Watson said he believes this year’s class was decided before the run to the Final Four, but it could definitely have an impact on future class sizes at Loyola. Watson said the athletics depart-

ment has already increased promotions in order to keep up with the excitement of the Class of 2022. Not only did men’s basketball head coach Porter Moser talk to incoming first-years at new student orientations, but they have some other plans to encourage student participation as well. “Spring break is during Arch Madness this year, so we’re working on doing some things to try to get students to take their spring break down in St. Louis,” Watson said. “We’re in the planning stages of that right now.” Last year’s Final Four run has given the school momentum and has the campus buzzing about what the future holds, according to Watson. “It’s been fantastic, not just for the men’s basketball team, but for the entire athletics department and the university as a whole,” Watson said. “It’s changed the way people look at Loyola University Chicago.”

Post-Final Four, athletics marketing dept. seeks continued success TIM EDMONDS LU CALZADA tedmonds1@luc.edu lcalzada@luc.edu

Heading into the 2018-19 men’s basketball season, the Loyola athletics department looks to capitalize on its newfound media attention. This new following is courtesy of last year’s edition of March Madness, which saw the Loyola men’s basketball team complete a Cinderella run to the Final Four and firmly thrust Loyola into the national spotlight. In May, The Phoenix reported Loyola Athletics saw a 660 percent increase in donations. This is just one of the changes that have continued this fall, as Loyola Athletics has reported an over 35 percent rise in attendance across its fall sports — men’s soccer, women’s soccer, women’s volleyball and cross country — with an average increase of 182 fans per game. “The amount of attention that we got throughout the summer and even into the fall leading up to the season has just been phenomenal for us,” Brian Day, Loyola Athletics’ director of marketing said. “We’ve been able to keep that momentum going by keeping our brand and our school spirit alive and at the top of people’s minds.” Increased interest among the student body was seen at this year’s Hustle to Hoyne game Sept. 7, which brought more than 900 people — including 600 students — out to support the men’s soccer team. More than 600 fans attended the women’s volleyball game against Northwestern University at Gentile Arena Sept. 15, which was more than any home game last season. Day said this increased interest in Loyola sports is something the marketing department is working hard to accommodate as it prepares for what

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More than 900 fans — including 600 students — attended Loyola men’s soccer’s “Hustle to Hoyne” game against Northwestern University Sept. 15 at Loyola Soccer Park.

is expected to be the most popular sports year in Loyola history. “We’ve had to expand student staff to accommodate more fans and improve fan experience,” Day said. “We thought that best way to do that was to increase numbers and investment, especially for men’s basketball.” In terms of social media and outreach by the marketing department, the university took steps in early 2017 to enhance quality and get in better touch with its students. This improvement included hiring director of creative services Jeremiah McCallie and director of video production Austin Hansen, who’ve both worked to better present Loyola Athletics to the student body. “Last year, they hired Jeremiah for graphic design and myself for video production, which were two positions they didn’t have before, and that spoke to me that Loyola wanted to put out

high-quality content,” Hansen said. These moves happened at the start of the 2017 academic year and helped the department during the men’s basketball team’s run to the Final Four as they helped Loyola see a 1,676 percent increase in social media engagement, according to Loyola Athletics. However, despite this success, the goal will remain the same regardless of how many people view their content, according to Hansen. “The goal remains the same: We want to spread the word that students should be involved, be excited to be a Rambler,” Hansen said. “It’s cool to be a Rambler right now and it’s gonna be a really fun year, especially with basketball around the corner.” Day said the marketing department now looks to replicate the actions of past mid-majors like Butler University and University of Dayton after they found NCAA tournament

success, as both saw major rises in applications and national relevance. Similar to these schools, Day said he sees the 2018-19 season as their chance to make Loyola’s success and brand awareness long-lasting. “I know that [men’s basketball head coach] Porter [Moser] and the team are working hard on their end to become a household name in America, and on our end, our goals this year are to make games at Gentile Arena the most fun and engaging they can and create the biggest home court advantage that we can,” Day said. Hansen echoed Day’s thoughts, and said the opportunity is one the school and the marketing department are working hard to retain. “The basketball run last year has just been amazing, especially in terms of the aftermath this fall and the brand awareness the school has seen as ev-

eryone knows who Loyola is, everyone knows who Sister Jean is so that has made our jobs a lot easier,” Hansen said. “Hopefully this thing is longlasting and that’s kind of our goal is to make this not just a one and done thing no matter what happens in the future.” With the basketball season starting Nov. 6, Day said he hopes to see record turnout and crowds similar to that of last year’s regular-season finale against Illinois State University Feb. 24, when Gentile Arena recorded its first sellout since being remodeled in 2011. He said it’s on the marketing department to secure this type of enthusiasm and interest among the student body. “We just want to continue to see increases in student attendance, and find the right way to improve our fan engagement and the overall fan experience at Gentile and for all Loyola sports,” Day said.

OCTOBER 17, 2018


Play hard, study hard: Athletes succeeding in the classroom CLAIRE FILPI ANDREW ELLIOTT cfilpi1@luc.edu aelliott2@luc.edu

At the end of the 2017-18 school year, 155 of Loyola’s student-athletes were named to the Missouri Valley Conference (MVC) Honor Roll. In 2016-17 only 122 athletes were named to the MVC Honor Roll — an improvement assistant athletic director for academics and student development Samantha Stewart said makes her proud. Loyola prides itself on having a 2016-17 graduation success rate (GSR) of 99 percent, which was tied with five other universities, including Harvard University and Yale University, for first place among all NCAA schools. The 2017-18 GSR is scheduled to be released late fall. GSR is a statistic that shows the percentage of student-athletes who earn a college degree, according to the NCAA website. Unlike the Federal Success Rate, the GSR, which was developed by the NCAA, is calculated by measuring current student-athletes and those who’ve have transferred, according the NCAA website. Having a GSR this high takes a lot of planning, which begins the studentathlete’s first-year on campus, according to Stewart. “We focus on all of our studentathletes, but we like to focus on our [first-years] and transfers who are making that transition here to Loyola,” Stewart said. “We meet with our [firstyears] pretty much once a week just to make sure we keep tabs on them, make sure they understand the tutoring opportunities here.” Last year, 208 of Loyola’s studentathletes were honored with 2017-18

MVC Academic Awards. Four students earned the President’s Council Academic Award for having at least a 3.8 grade-point average (GPA) through the spring 2018 semester, participating in athletics a minimum of two years and being within 18 credit hours of graduation, according to the Loyola Athletics website. Forty-nine of the athletes were given the Commissioner’s Academic Excellence Award, which requires student-athletes to have a minimum 3.5 GPA for the previous two semesters, a minimum 3.2 cumulative GPA and participation in athletics, according the Loyola Athletics website. “I think Loyola benefits from having a really good balance,” Stewart said. “Not only are they stellar athletes, these are really stellar students in terms of academics.” The athletics department offers a variety of resources to help them through their time at Loyola, according to Stewart. Some of these resources include academic success coaches, calendars with athlete’s assignments and practice schedules and nutrition labs through a partnership exercise science. Academic success coaches are graduate students who meet with the student-athletes to help with organization, time management and de-stressing, according to Stewart. “We partner with exercise science to do nutrition labs and things of that nature,” Stewart said. “This is a new one, one of our whole being productions which is an ongoing series about the mind, body and soul. That is just really aimed at our overall whole being or wellbeing of our student-athletes.” The academic and student services office not only offer assistance with the student’s academic needs, but they also developed a “mixer” for student-

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Loyola is tied with five other schools — including Harvard and Yale — for the highest Graduation Success Rate in the nation.

athletes so they can get to know members of the other teams. Stewart said this mixer is a way for the athletes to find a mentor within their major. Senior women’s volleyball player Maddy Moser said teammates redshirt junior Heather Kocken and redshirt sophomore Anna Fluent are among other student-athletes who are nursing majors. “[Having teammates that are nursing majors is] actually really awesome because we can connect and there is someone there to understand your schedule and the need to study,” Moser said. “I think having people there to understand that makes it easier to go and do homework.” The athletics department offers additional resources for athletes who may be struggling with balancing being a full-time student and athlete, according to Stewart. She said the academic success coaches will begin to meet with the students more frequently, maybe twice

to three times a week as opposed to the normal once a week meeting. They’ll also help plan out a daily schedule rather than a weekly or monthly schedule, according to Stewart. Moser is somebody who knows what it’s like to juggle practice and homework. “The time management of school and athletics is a lot but, the resources here at Loyola are amazing,” Moser said. “[They] help us succeed in both areas. Our academic advisors in the [athletics] department are awesome they’re there to help us in the path we need.” Stewart said she wished they had more frequent visits from Loyola alumni to offer advice to current studentathletes. She said they’ve had alumni from all over offer to come back to speak with the current athletes. “These student athletes work so hard, they do a lot for us and they are actually super amazing so I want to make their time here the best it can be,” Stewart said.

Loyola offers the athletes these tools and pushes them to continue the trend of academic excellence; and their coaches always remind them they’re a student first and an athlete second, according to Moser. “I think [getting good grades] is prioritized very well in the [athletics] department and it makes sense because you won’t be an athlete forever the education is an extremely important part,” Moser said. The tutoring and other academic success programs helped Loyola earn a 99 GSR rate, higher than the national average of 87, according to the NCAA website. Not every school’s rate is above the average; University of North Carolina has a GSR of 84 percent, while University of Louisville is at 86. Villanova University — the defending NCAA men’s basketball national champions — had a GSR of 95 percent in 2017, while Loyola’s Final Four opponent University of Michigan earned 91.

Soccer teams push past non-conference struggles

Abby Schnable | Sports Editor aschnable@luc.edu

Sept. 5, I wrote a column about the fall sports teams struggling during their non-conference seasons. I’m going back on that to say they’ve fixed their problems — at least when looking at men’s and women’s soccer. While their statistics were low, that doesn’t mean they weren’t close to success. They were working out the kinks in order to produce successful numbers in the conference. That’s exactly what both teams are doing now. Both the men’s and women’s teams are leading the Missouri Valley Conference (MVC) and I’m not surprised. Both teams played competitive nonconference schedules to be able to contend and potentially lead the MVC; now, they’re doing exactly what they planned. I was really hard on the women’s team in my previous column, but right now they’re producing the numbers and are in a good position to, potentially, go to the NCAA tournament. Loyola is leading the MVC in goals per game and assists per game. Indiana State University is im-

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Senior forward Fabian Lifka was named preseason All-MVC this year and has played a key role in the Loyola men’s soccer team’s rise to first place in the conference.

mediately behind the Ramblers in goals per game, but they’re last in the MVC standings. Indiana State trails Loyola in assists per game, but they’re fourth in the MVC in that category. None of the second place leaders in stats are close to the Ramblers in overall standings. The team continuously has players earning MVC Player of the Week accolades. Senior Jenna Szczesny was named offensive player of the week two times in a row — three times overall this season. First-years Abby Swanson and Aly Kilburg both received Newcomer of the Week awards Sept.10 and Oct. 8, respectively, and junior Madison Laudeman was named Player of the Week Oct 8.

Loyola was undefeated in conference until they lost to Illinois State University in overtime Oct. 13 on a goal that, in my opinion, was virtually unsaveable. So, I don’t think it’s fair to count that against the Ramblers. It was a fluke. They’ve dominated the MVC all year and I’m pretty sure they will continue to do so for the rest of the season. The men’s soccer team was in third place in the MVC until it took on No. 25 Missouri State University Oct. 13. Going into the game, I was unsure. While the defense has been strong, the team has been struggling to produce a consistent offense. This wasn’t the case in Saturday’s game. The Ramblers won the game 1-0

after a great cross from senior Fabian Lifka allowing junior Chase Wright to score his first collegiate goal ever. The victory allowed them to leapfrog both Missouri State and Central Arkansas University to first place in the MVC. Much of the success in the back third of the field can be credited to junior goalkeeper Josh Lagudah. He has statistics in the national ranks, which adds creditibility to his talent. Lagudah is tied for 10 in the nation in shutouts with six total. He’s in ninth in the nation for goals against average with 0.57. Also in the back line is redshirt senior Grant Stoneman, who was named MVC Defensive Player of the

Week Oct. 16. Not only is he a strong defensive presence, but he’s also leading the team in goals, which shows his flexibility on the field. While I still think the team has some problems to work out — like their offensive struggles and their low scoring games — its recent success has put Loyola in a good position as the MVC Tournament approaches. Just the fact that they beat the perennial powerhouse, Missouri State, makes me excited to see what else they can do. Both of the soccer teams have proved me wrong after I called out their slow starts. It’s definitely going to be an exciting postseason for Loyola soccer this year.

OCTOBER 17, 2018


Breaking down my MVC men’s basketball preseason ballot

Nick Schultz | Sports Editor nschultz@luc.edu

Last week, I turned in my ballot for the Missouri Valley Conference (MVC) preseason poll for the second straight year. The MVC’s wide open this year; while Loyola’s coming off its first Final Four appearance since 1963, the Ramblers will have some stiff competition for the conference title this season. Nonetheless, here are my picks. All I ask is that you don’t hold these against me as there’s a very good chance I’ll be wrong. Please save the @OldTakesExposed tweets for the pros. 1. Loyola University Chicago (LUC) Despite how competitive I think the MVC will be this year, I have the Ramblers winning their second straight conference title. Although key players Donte Ingram, Ben Richardson and Aundre Jackson all graduated after last season, the Ramblers are still my favorite to win the MVC this year. They return three starters — reigning MVC Player of the Year Clayton Custer, Marques Townes and MVC Freshman of the Year Cameron Krutwig — as well as key bench players Lucas Williamson and Bruno Skokna. Along with talented newcomers and the momentum from last year’s run, Loyola’s my preseason favorite to win the conference. 2. Illinois State University (ISU) Illinois State’s in an interesting situation. The Redbirds didn’t lose anyone to graduation after Loyola beat them in the Arch Madness title game; however, Elijah Clarence left the program to play professionally after a successful first season in Normal. The biggest piece ISU brings back is MVC Newcomer of the Year Milik Yarbrough. Yarbrough led the MVC with 4.8 assists per game and ranked fourth with 16.6 points per game in his first season after transferring from Saint Louis University. But Yarbrough has run into legal trouble during this past offseason and is suspended “indefinitely.” Although he continues to practice, ISU head coach Dan Muller said he’s not sure if Yarbrough will even play in the home opener. Should his suspension be lifted, I think he helps carry the Redbirds toward the top of the MVC, but it won’t be enough to fend off Loyola. 3. Southern Illinois University (SIU) SIU’s another team that didn’t lose anyone. In fact, they may be even better with 2017 MVC All-Defense nominee Thik Bol back from a knee injury which sidelined him all last season. The Salukis also bring back key players Sean Lloyd, Kavion Pippen and Armon Fletcher, meaning all the pieces are there for SIU to be toward

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The Loyola men’s basketball team won its first-ever MVC regular-season and tournament titles last year en route to making the Final Four for the first time since 1963. The Ramblers appear to be the frontrunner in a crowded MVC race this coming season, with stiff competition coming from across the conference.

the top of the MVC. Head coach Barry Hinson — who, I might add, is one of my favorite interviews — did a lot with a little last year, working with a sevenman rotation at one point. With so many different combinations, it’ll be easier for Hinson to take the Salukis toward the top. 4. Bradley University (BU) You may as well rename it the Illinois Valley Conference, right? Bradley’s going to round out the top four this year because they’ve also got a solid core returning. Luuk Van Bree, Elijah Childs, Dwayne Lautier-Ogunleye, Darrell Brown, Jr. and Koch Bar would make for a great starting five, and head coach Brian Wardle could finally have a chance to make some noise in the MVC. However, despite this starting lineup, I’m not sure the Braves have the depth to match up against SIU, Ilinois State or Loyola, but it’ll still be an all-Illinois top four this season. That much is easy to predict; the last six spots, however, are completely up for grabs. 5. Valparaiso University (VU) Valparaiso finished dead last in the MVC in its first season since jumping up from the Horizon League — Loyola’s former conference. Now that they have a year in the MVC under their belts, the Crusaders finally have a chance to get out of the cellar and into the middle of the pack. It also helps the rest of the conference looks like it could struggle this year. Led by Bakari Evelyn, Markus Golder and Derrik Smits — along with incoming first-year Javon FreemanLiberty — Valparaiso looks like a fifthplace team this season. 6. University of Northern Iowa (UNI) Northern Iowa is a bit depleted this year, losing redshirt seniors Bennett Koch and Klint Carlson to graduation. Koch was one of the Panthers’ leading scorers, and it’ll be tough to replace his production. The saving grace is Tywhon Pickford, who was named to the MVC All-Freshman team last year, is back with another offseason to his name. His development is why UNI will be as high as sixth. Although Ben Jacobson is regarded as one of the better coaches in the MVC, he won’t have enough to crack the top five this year.

7. Indiana State University (ISU) Indiana State finished 8-10 in the MVC last year, but lost Brenton Scott’s 14.5 points per game and Qiydar Davis’ 10.7 points per game to graduation. That leaves rising junior Jordan Barnes, who had a breakout season last year. But he might be the only player who’d come close to filling the holes left by Scott and Davis. The Sycamores simply don’t have enough depth to get out of the bottom four and, as of right now, appear to be one of the four teams to play on Thursday of Arch Madness this season. 8. Drake University (DU) After undergoing its third coaching change in as many years, Drake isn’t in the most ideal spot to start competing for an MVC title. Sure, the Bulldogs played well to start conference play last year and finished 10-8, but they lost to Bradley in the first round of Arch Madness last year. They’re also without Reed Timmer, who graduated last year as one of the program’s all-time leading scorers. Losing Timmer and head coach Niko Medved will prove to be too much for the Bulldogs despite the fact that new head coach Darian DeVries is familiar with the MVC from his days as a coach at Creighton University. At least this season, Drake will be in the bottom three of the conference standings. 9. Missouri State University (MSU) Last year, I picked Missouri State as my preseason favorite for the MVC — at the urging of Porter Moser, I might add. Could I have been more wrong? The Bears wound up finishing seventh in the MVC, which ultimately led to the firing of head coach Paul Lusk. Along with Alize Johnson graduating and going to the NBA and Reggie Scurry transferring out of the program, new head coach Dana Ford doesn’t have much to work with this year. While he’s started out strong on the recruiting trail, the Bears are bound for an in-between year this season until the transfers and a four-star recruit are eligible next season. 10. University of Evansville (UE) Last, but certainly not least, Evansville will be in the basement of the MVC this year. The Purple Aces not

only lost head coach Marty Simmons after last season, but they also lost the MVC’s leading scorer Ryan Taylor, who transferred to Northwestern University for this coming season. Evansville, despite the leadership of former

Boston Celtics assistant Walter McCarty, are doomed for a rough go this year, and they’re my pick to be at the bottom of the standings.

Missouri Valley Conference 2018-19 Men’s Basketball Pre-Season Ballot Please predict the order of finish for the 10 Missouri Valley Conference teams (including your own): 1. Loyola University Chicago 2. Illinois State

3. Southern Illinois 4. Bradley

5. Valparaiso

6. Northern Iowa 7. Indiana State 8. Drake

9. Missouri State 10. Evansville

Preseason All-Conference Team (Please vote for 5 student-athletes - you may vote for your own): 1. Clayton Custer

2. Milik Yarbrough 3. Jordan Barnes 4. Bakari Evelyn

5. Cameron Krutwig Preseason Player of the Year (One of the 5 listed above):

Milik Yarbough

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Volume 50, Issue 8  


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