Suspect arrested in U of Chicago threat

By Taylor Utzig, Editor

A UIC student has been taken into federal custody in relation to the threats made to the Hyde Park campus, Monday.

The suspect’s post threatened to kill 16 white male students or staff in retaliation for the shooting of Laquan McDonald on the University of Chicago Hyde Park campus.

The charges are pending, according to Assistant U.S. Attorney Joseph Fitzpatrick in a DNAinfo article by Sam Cholke.

Gun threat closes U of Chicago campus, Monday

By Taylor Utzig, Editor

After learning of a gun violence threat to the campus quad at University of Chicago’s Hyde Park campus, University President Robert Zimmer has cancelled all planned classes and activities at the campus, Monday.

The University was informed by FBI counterterrorism officials after a threat was posted online by an unknown individual, which mentioned the “campus quad” at 10 a.m., according to a Chicago Tribune article by Tony Briscoe.

University of Chicago is bolstering campus police and security in response to the threat.

Loyola student assaulted on Winthrop

By Taylor Utzig, Editor

A Loyola student was sexually groped by an unknown male on the 6300 block of Winthrop after exiting the Granville Red Line station Saturday night.

The offender is described as male, dark complexion, 30-40 years old, and medium build.

An email from Loyola’s Campus Safety reports the following regarding the incident:

Loyola Community,
The Department of Campus Safety is writing to notify you of a criminal sexual abuse that occurred on Saturday evening, around 10:30 p.m., near 6310 N. Winthrop Avenue. The victim, a Loyola student, exited the CTA Red Line at the Granville Station, walked eastbound on Granville Avenue, and then northbound on Winthrop Avenue. While walking on Winthrop Avenue, the student was approached by a male and inappropriately groped twice. The student then ran towards Regis Hall, where Campus Safety was called. The offender fled westbound on Sheridan Road and is not currently in custody.
The offender is described as: male, dark complexion, 30-40 years old, and medium build. He was last seen wearing a white hat, dark jacket, light gray pants, and white Nike gym shoes.
Campus Safety is working closely with the Chicago Police Department on this investigation. If anyone has information on the incident, please call Campus Safety at 773.508.6039 or the Chicago Police Department via 9-1-1 or 312.744.8263.

‘Tis the season for Joyola

By Taylor Utzig, Editor

Loyola students are inviting the Rogers Park and Edgewater community to join them Thursday, Dec. 3,  in celebrating Joyola, an annual music celebration of the upcoming holiday season.

This year’s event will feature student musicians and performers, including Loyola’s Orchestra, Wind Ensemble, Jazz Ensemble, Women’s Chorus, University Chorale, and Chamber Choir.

The event kicks off at 7:30 p.m. in the Mundelien Auditorium on Loyola’s Lakeshore campus. Visit the ArtsAlive blog for more information.

Trolley hits woman in Loop

By Taylor Utzig, Editor

A 42-year-old woman was killed by a trolley, while crossing the intersection at Michigan Ave. and Monroe St. on Saturday.

Police report that the woman was in the crosswalk when she was struck by the trolley.

She was taken to Northwestern Memorial Hospital, where medical staff officially pronounced her dead, according to a DNAinfo article by Joe Ward.

The Chicago Police department’s major accidents bureau is still investigating the incident.

Fire breaks out in Hancock

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By Taylor Utzig, Editor

Smoke, flames and debris were all visible this afternoon around the upper floors of the John Hancock Center in Downtown Chicago.

A fire on the fiftieth floor was reported around 2:40 p.m., according to DNAinfo.

By 3:40 p.m. Chicago Fire officials declared the fire extinguished and that the cause of the fire is under investigation.

Street closures around the fire caused major traffic delays, especially as people make their way to the  Magnificent Mile Lights Festival.

Winter is coming

By Taylor Utzig, Editor

You might want to bundle up this weekend because the first snow of the season could be arriving.

Meteorologists are predicting snowfall between 2 to 6 inches in the Chicago area beginning late Friday morning and continuing into the day Saturday, Nov. 21.

The National Weather Service Forecast Office has issued a winter storm watch for the West and North parts of Chicago, where snowfall is predicted to be the heaviest according to the WGN Chicago Weather Center. 

Loyola may add Chinese minor

By Taylor Utzig, Editor

Students at Loyola University Chicago may be able to enroll in a Chinese language and culture minor by fall semester of 2016.

The Academic Council will meet Nov. 18 to determine whether the proposal will pass.

Hong Chen, Loyola’s only full-time Chinese language professor, has been the driving force behind the proposal.

Students have shown enthusiasm at the possibility of having a Chinese minor, including 16 pages of student statements expressing support, according to an article by Julie Whitehair in the Loyola Phoenix.

Man found dead in tree along Lakeshore Drive

By Taylor Utzig, Editor

A man in his 30s or 40s was found hanging from a tree along the running path of Lakeshore Drive, Monday morning, Nov. 16.

Linda Ewen, a case worker for the city’s Department of Human Services, spotted the body from an Uber cab on her way to work, when she called 911 around 8:00 a.m., according to a Chicago Tribune article. 

The body was found by the 5100 block of North Lake Shore Drive near Foster Ave.

Police say the death is a possible suicide and are conducting a non-criminal death investigation, according a Chicago Sun-Times article by Jordan Owen.