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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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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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.


Loyola marks Domestic Violence Awareness Month

The purple ribbon is a symbol of Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Image from Loyola University Chicago.

The purple ribbon is a symbol of Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Image from Loyola University Chicago.

All of October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month and different campus organizations are teaming up to spread awareness around Loyola.

The Gannon Scholars, V-Day Club, and the Wellness Center are all working together to inform the Loyola community about domestic violence through different events this month.

Domestic Violence Awareness Month began as a single Day of Unity in October 1981 by the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence. Their goal was to connect women’s advocates across the country who were working to end violence against women and their children. However, in 1987 the entire month of October became Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

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Chicago architecture festival to feature three Loyola buildings

Piper Hall. Photo from Loyola University Chicago.

Piper Hall. Photo from Loyola University Chicago.

By Abby McDowell

The Chicago Architecture Foundation is featuring three of Loyola University’s buildings on the Lake Shore campus Saturday and Sunday as part of Open House Chicago, the city’s largest architectural festival.

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Documentarian visits Loyola for screening, discussion

By Gabriela Richardson

“This is our land!” shout thousands of people in Inam Alungalam, a village in Tamil Nadu, India. They claim they are being stripped of their homes and land by the city government, to give way to  industrial and real estate projects.

“In God’s Land,” a documentary film by Pankaj Rishi Kumar, tells the  story of these villagers as they struggle to keep their land as the city appropriates it for a special economic zone.

Kumar visited Loyola’s Lake Shore Campus Oct. 9 for a screening and discussion of the documentary hosted by the International Studies program.

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