Loyola backlash kills controversial rally

By Taylor Utzig, Editor

Concerns from Loyola University Chicago students surrounding the Saturday meeting of the “Return of Kings”, a pro-rape men’s activism group, have been put to rest for now.

The meeting of the Men’s Rights Movement group was cancelled after backlash from the feminist group FURIE (Feminists Uprising to Resist Inequality and Exploitation) student organized protests.

Following the release of a DNAinfo article by Linze Rice detailing the agenda of the Saturday meeting, two groups were formed on Facebook to plan protests in retaliation to the group’s meeting.

When Melissa Haggarty, a Loyola student who organized the FURIE protest learned the meetings had been canceled, she celebrated but added the protest by FURIE was still happening.

“Misogyny and rape culture are very real today, so will be using this as an opportunity to rally against those issues,” Haggarty said.

Probable mumps case on Loyola campus

By Taylor Utzig, Editor

A student residing on the Loyola’s Lakeshore campus has been diagnosed with a probable case of the mumps.

An email (seen below) was sent by the University’s Wellness Center announcing the diagnosis and informing students and staff that there is no cause for alarm.

Faculty, students and staff that have been in contact with the student during the contagious period have already been notified, according to the email.

The infected student has left campus and returned home.

Loyola Community,

The Wellness Center has been informed that a student who resides on the Lake Shore Campus has been diagnosed with a probable case of mumps. Please know that this is only a single case of mumps and is not cause for alarm. However, as a precaution, students, faculty, and staff who may have come in contact with the student during the contagious period are being notified directly of the case by the Chicago Department of Public Health. At this time, the student has left campus and returned home.

What is Mumps?
Mumps is a contagious disease caused by a virus. Persons with mumps usually start out with non-specific symptoms such as headaches, body aches, a low-grade fever, decreased appetite, and fatigue. Usually within 48 hours of these symptoms, parotitis, swelling of the parotid gland(s), develops. This tends to cause pain in front of, and below, the ears. The swelling can occur on one side, or both sides, and often causes pain when moving the jaw, especially when chewing food. Some people with mumps infection have very little, or no, gland swelling. Symptoms tend to decrease after one week and usually resolve after 10 days.

Mumps is spread by coughing and sneezing or direct contact with the saliva of an infected person. Symptoms of mumps usually develop 16 to 18 days after infection, but may develop from 12 to 25 days after infection. A person with mumps is considered contagious for five days after the start of the gland swelling and should avoid contact with others and stay home from school/work during this time.

Have Symptoms?
If mumps infection is suspected, laboratory testing for mumps should be performed by a healthcare provider. Please contact your health care provider (faculty and staff) or the Wellness Center (students) if you develop any swelling of the glands around the ears or neck.

The Wellness Center will continue to work with the Chicago Department of Public Health to ensure that all recommendations are followed. Again, should you experience swelling of the glands around the ears or neck, or are being tested for mumps by your own physician, please contact the Wellness Center immediately.

If you have further questions about mumps, please contact the Wellness Center at 773.508.8883 or the Chicago Department of Public Health at 312.746.5911.

Thank you for your attention to this matter,

Diane Asaro, MSN, RN
Director, Wellness Center

Loyola to host press forum on presidential primaries



Truth, Lies and Election 2016

As the presidential primary season heats up, journalists can learn the latest skills to investigate and fact-check the political rhetoric at a free forum sponsored by the American Press Institute and Loyola University Chicago’s School of Communication.

The forum, titled “Truth, Lies and Election 2016,” will be held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday, Feb. 12 at Loyola’s downtown Chicago Water Tower Campus.

Journalists, educators and students are invited to the free forum at Loyola’s Regents Hall, 16th floor, Lewis Towers, 111 E. Pearson St.

Register free here at: http://www.truthpol16.eventbrite.com


Panelists include some of the region’s top experts on journalism and politics, advertising and research, including experts from Ballotpedia and PolitiFact. They’ll share best practices and commentary, and the latest tools and technology in fact-checking and accountability journalism.

The lunchtime keynote address will be given by Andy Shaw, president and CEO of the Better Government Association, a government watchdog group.

Here is the day’s schedule:

9-9:30 a.m.- Continental breakfast & registration
9:30-9:45 a.m. – Introductions
9:45-10:45 a.m. – Political reporting resources

11 a.m.- 12 p.m. – Race and immigration issues
12-1 p.m. Lunch – Keynote, Andy Shaw, president and CEO, Better Government Association
1-1:50 p.m. – Dissecting political advertising
1:50 p.m.-2 p.m. – Conclusion

For more information, please contact Jane Elizabeth at the American Press Institute, Jane.Elizabeth@pressinstitute.org, or John Slania at Loyola, jslania@luc.edu.

The American Press Institute conducts research, training, convenes thought leaders and creates tools to help chart a path ahead for journalism in the 21st century.

Loyola’s School of Communication offers study in journalism, media studies, documentary film production, cultural communication and public advocacy in a state-of-the-art facility in downtown Chicago.

Loyola faculty vote to unionize

By Taylor Utzig, Editor

Photo credit: Erin Hooley, Chicago Tribune

The results are in and out of the 326 part-time and nontenured full-time instructors in Loyola’s College of Arts and Sciences, a majority of 63% have voted to join with the Service Employees International Union’s (SEIU) Local 73.

With this decision, Loyola will become the third group of contingent faculty to unionize with Local 73 in the last two months, including the University of Chicago.

The newly-unionized faculty and their supporters held a rally at 3 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 27, in front of the Madonna della Strada Chapel to celebrate the triumph.

“Our victory today represents a win for our students, faculty and the entire Loyola University community. Now all faculty will have a say in our working conditions and I’m encouraged but the gains at other schools across the country,” said Alyson Paige Warren, a writing and literature instructor at Loyola University Chicago.


Loyola announces plans for 8-RIDE App

By Taylor Utzig, Editor

Following the shooting of a 19-year-old female student on Friday, Loyola Campus Safety and Transportation have announced discussions for a new shuttle and 8-RIDE phone app.

The goal of the new app would allow 8-RIDE users to request a ride, view the location of vehicles in service, and monitor the time it will take for the ride to arrive without the need to contact and speak with a service dispatcher.

Members of the Campus Transportation team and the transportation committee of the Student Government of Loyola Chicago have been working with MV Transportation on the app and hope to have it ready by early March.

For more details, see the email (below) sent by VP of Student Development Jane Neufeld, Monday.

Loyola Community,

I want to provide an update on the tragic situation that involved one of our students Friday evening near 6701 N. Clark. Leaders from several University departments gathered this morning to discuss the situation and to continue focusing on the safety and well-being of our Loyola community.

Many of the questions we have received, both via e-mail and through social media, have focused on the prognosis of the injured student and general safety at, and around, our campus. It is with great relief to report that the student continues to recover from her injuries, and we remain in contact with her family to address any needs they have. Below are some other updates:

Campus Safety
At present, the Chicago Police Department (CPD) continues to develop and follow leads on the case. To reiterate what we do know from CPD: They believe our student was an unintended target and that shots were fired from a passing vehicle. Witnesses reported seeing a gray-colored Nissan Altima flee the scene of the shooting. No information on offender descriptions has been provided at this time.

Campus Safety continues to maintain a strong partnership with CPD and both departments will continue to work closely together. Our officers patrol within our extended boundaries (the incident happened outside of these boundaries), in both marked and unmarked vehicles, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The department is in regular contact with the 24th District, which includes our Lake Shore Campus. Campus Safety also has access to, and continues to monitor, CPD’s zone frequencies (radio). The department is ready to assist CPD at a moment’s notice, as they did on Friday evening when the shooting occurred outside our boundaries. As CPD continues to investigate the case, our officers are ready to assist, as requested.

Campus Transportation
On Saturday, we contacted MV Transportation, the University’s shuttle and 8-RIDE service provider, regarding our interest in increasing the number of vans available for the 8-RIDE service over the weekend, anticipating an increase demand for service. The result was additional vans being put into service on both nights. On Monday morning, we reviewed the number of calls from Saturday and Sunday and saw that requests for the service were no more than usual. Moving forward, we will continue to monitor the number of calls that come in for the service and we will staff 8-RIDE accordingly.

I also want to highlight a few other next steps that will occur this semester:

  • Safety Forum—As we have in the past, we are planning to organize a forum in the near future that brings together Thomas Murray, our chief of police and director of Campus Safety, a representative from CPD’s 24th district office, a representative from 49th Ward Alderman Joe Moore’s office, and members of the Student Development staff to address any questions you might have about safety, off-campus living, transportation options, and more. We will communicate a date and time to you once everything is set.
  • Shuttle and 8-RIDE App—Members of the Campus Transportation team and the transportation committee of the Student Government of Loyola Chicago have been working with MV Transportation on the development of a new app that will allow the Loyola community to better engage with, and track, the shuttle and 8-RIDE services. 8-RIDE users will be able to request a ride, view the location of vehicles in service, and monitor the time it will take for the ride to arrive, all without having to contact and speak with a service dispatcher. We’re excited to offer this streamlined approach to accessing transportation around campus, and we expect the app to be available in early March.

Please know that the safety of all in our community is a priority, and we are working with many people, inside and external to Loyola, on the issues of crime and safety. As always, members of the Student Development staff are available to talk with any student who has questions about Friday’s incident or has other concerns. Do not hesitate to reach out to us if you are in need of anything. I also encourage you to engage with the neighborhood community around us. We continue to participate in CAPS (Chicago Alternative Policing Strategy) meetings, and they are a great way for neighborhood residents to monitor activity in the neighborhood. A schedule of CAPS meetings can be found on the websites of 49th Ward Alderman Joe Moore and 48th Ward Alderman Harry Osterman.


Jane Neufeld
Vice President for Student Development

Pelissero to give State of the University address

By Taylor Utzig, Editor

Loyola students and staff are invited to attend the State of the University address given by Interim President Dr. John P. Pelissero.

Pelissero’s address will take place at Water Tower Campus on Monday, Feb. 8, and at the Lakeshore Campus on Tuesday, Feb. 9.

For those who cannot attend, the Tuesday night State of the University will be streamed via Loyola’s webpage.

The Office of the President sent out the following schedule for the events:

Water Tower Campus
Monday, February 8
11 a.m. – Remarks and Q&A
Noon – Reception
Corboy Law Center, Kasbeer Hall, 15th Floor

Lake Shore Campus
Tuesday, February 9
4 p.m. – Remarks and Q&A
5 p.m. – Reception
Sullivan Center for Student Services, Galvin Auditorium

Founders of #BlackLivesMatter to speak at MLK Celebration

By Taylor Utzig, Editor

BLM Photo
Co-founders of Black Lives Matter movement from left to right: Opal Tometi, Alicia Garza, Patrice Cullors

The three female co-founders of #BlackLivesMatter, Opal Tometi, Alicia Garza and  Patrisse Cullors, will keynote Loyola’s 2016 Martin Luther King Jr. celebration on Wednesday, Jan. 27.

Coined back in 2012, the phrase, “black lives matter”, was first used by Garza on her Facebook in response to the acquittal of George Zimmerman in the death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin.

It was Cullors who first used the phrase in its hashtag form.

Today, the Black Lives Matter movement as led more than 900 protests and boasts chapters in the United States, Britain and Ghana.

This year’s MLK celebration will include both keynote luncheon in Kasbeer Hall at Loyola’s Water Tower Campus and a keynote speech in Damen MPR on the Lakeshore Campus.

Loyola student injured in Rogers Park shooting

By Taylor Utzig, Editor

A 19-year-old female student at Loyola University Chicago was shot near 6701 N Clark Friday evening.

While walking with friends around 9:30 p.m., the woman was struck in the lower back by a bullet fired from a passing car, according to a report from the Chicago Sun-Times.

Police have connected the shooting to a gray Nissan Altima, which was seen speeding away following the incident.

It has been determined that the woman was not the intended target and police have reported she is in critical condition at St. Francis Hospital in Evanston. 

Loyola Career Week to kick off next week

By Taylor Utzig, Editor

This year’s School of Communication Career Week will take place from Jan. 26 to Feb. 2 at Loyola’s Water Tower Campus.

The annual week-long event is designed to help Loyola students gain the the skills, knowledge, and confidence to succeed in an internship or job search.

Sessions will include advice from industry professionals and workshops focusing on resume-building, interview skills and networking.

For a full list of the event times and locations, visit Loyola SOC Career Week.