Intramural soccer playoffs kick off this weekend

Intramural soccer playoffs continue Saturday and Sunday at Mertz Field. Photo by Sydney Cross.

Intramural soccer playoffs continue Saturday and Sunday at Mertz Field. Photo by Sydney Cross.

By Sydney Cross

And that’s a wrap! Intramural Soccer, one of the first IM sports leagues of the school year, began their playoffs last weekend and continue this Saturday, privileged to finish off their season outdoors.

“I think my team can go far because we really tried to have a healthy mix of talented girls and guys,” said junior Andrew Goecke, who plays on a co-ed team. “The playoffs come at a great time every year, right after midterms, which is a great opportunity to let out some steam. It is also set up so that winners move on … so every game is pretty intense.”

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VIDEO: Sigma Chi’s Derby Days raises $40,000 for cancer charity

Photo from Sigma Chi - Lambda Nu via Facebook.

Photo from Sigma Chi – Lambda Nu via Facebook.

By Alexa Ristich

Last Friday, Sigma Chi held their annual dance competition to close out their week-long philanthropy event, Derby Days. This year, Sigma Chi and the rest of Loyola’s fraternities and sororities raised over $40,000 for the Huntsman Cancer Foundation, which was $6,000 more than they had raised last year.

Alpha Delta Pi took top honors at the dance competition, while Phi Sigma Sigma won the Derby Days week. Watch Kappa Kappa Gamma’s dance, which landed them third place overall in the dance competition:

Loyola Student Dispatch Weekly Round Up

By Alex Whittler

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The Ebola epidemic continues to keep Americans worried

Loyola students are working to keep campus green

There are some ways to get Rambler Rowdy on campus…

These are among some of the top stories this week on Loyola Student Dispatch.

News Anchor Alex Whittler, examines these and more in her weekly video round-up.

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Student volunteers transform Loyola’s gardens

Photo from Loyola University Chicago.

Photo from Loyola University Chicago.

By Lauren Hames

An overcast day did not deter student workers and volunteers from farming at Loyola’s Winthrop Garden last Saturday.

With the recent opening of the Institute of Environmental Sustainability (IES) Loyola’s students have new access to the production of healthy and and sustainable food practices. Loyola has four growing spaces: Winthrop Garden, the Mertz Terrace, Quinlan Life Sciences Building Balcony Garden and inside the ecodome greenhouse at the IES. 

Loyola’s Urban Agriculture initiative under the leadership of Kevin Erickson revamped the agriculture presence at the Lake Shore campus. Previously the spaces were used for student projects, and were often left unmonitored during breaks. But now under the umbrella of Loyola’s Urban Agriculture, which employs student workers and interns, these gardens are organized, and more heavily funded by the university.

Since the beginning of the semester students have been farming every Saturday. With this new initiative and an average of 20 volunteers a week, these spaces have proved fruitful. The most recent harvest yielded a variety of tomatoes, lettuce, and eggplant. These foods are currently being donated to charities like A Just Harvest, and Care for Real which focus on food insecurity in the Chicagoland community.

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Midnight Madness kicks off Rambler basketball seasons on Friday

Photo from Loyola University Chicago.

Photo from Loyola University Chicago.

By Nader Issa

Loyola’s Midnight Madness event will kick off the men’s and women’s basketball seasons this Friday.

Students can catch an action-packed night at Gentile Arena that looks to feature a dunk contest and three-point contest between members of both Rambler basketball teams as well as performances from Loyola’s dance and cheer squads. There will also be a number of giveaways, including Nike gear and gift cards, and interaction with the Loyola basketball teams, according to Loyola’s athletic department.

The excitement does not end there, however. Before the night’s schedule of events begins, free t-shirts will be handed out to the first 1,000 students in attendance. Loyola students will then be treated to free pizza and free drinks.

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VIDEO: Alpha Delta Pi raises $9,000 for Ronald McDonald House

By Kathleen Luka

On October 11th Alpha Delta Pi held their third annual Minute-To-Win-It challenge. The day-long competition was prefaced by a week of activities and donation events raising over $9,000 for the Ronald McDonald House.

“Our philanthropy team has been preparing for this event since last year. We put together a week of collecting pop tabs, donations, and hosting small competitions amongst the organizations on campus.” said junior Alpha Delta Pi member Leah Arof.

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Loyola Student Dispatch Weekly Round Up

By Alex WhittlerLSDwithAlexWhittler

The Ebola epidemic continues to keep Americans worried

Downtown Chicago has some beautiful new art editions

Loyola students are getting closer to achieving their dreams…

These are among some of the top stories this week on Loyola Student Dispatch.

News Anchor Alex Whittler, examines these and more in her weekly video round-up.

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