Advocate’s annual Drag Show a success

By Ayrealle Beavers

This past Thursday about 100 students lined up outside of the Damen Student Center Multipurpose room for Advocate’s Annual Drag Show. The doors opened 15 minutes later and within five minutes all of the seats were filled and people began to line the walls.

The Drag Show was hosted by Kahmora Hall and began with a tribute to Tajma Hall who passed away this past April. Tajma Hall hosted the Drag Show in past years and was also a Loyola Alum, along with Kahmora. The show had extravagant performances from Drag Queens and Loyola students. It was very inclusive of the audience having student dance competitions and also having volunteers from the audience dress in drag.

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New LUC student group strives to empower women

For a new organization within Loyola, the Women’s Project is making some large strides. The Women’s Project at Loyola University Chicago (WPLUC) is a new Loyola-sponsored organization made up of 15 members who are focused on taking action against what they see as sexism in society.

The Women’s Project, founded by Nicole Kleppe and Aubrey Dvorak, was started in order to form a small, action-based community of women who are passionate about fighting for their rights.

“I went to multiple feminist groups in Loyola, but wanted something different and more focused on action. I was tired of girls complaining about men rather than acting on the issue,” Kleppe said.

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The long journey and surprising history of Madonna Chapel’s new bells

The chapel's new bells are on display until their installation in November. Photo from LUC.

The chapel’s new bells are on display until their installation in November. Photo from LUC.

By Molly Morrison

The bells you’ve surely spotted around campus have one week left on the ground before they are lifted and installed in the beams of Loyola’s Madonna della Strada Chapel. These four bells have had a long journey, beginning as melted bronze in the Netherlands at the “Petit & Fritsen” bell foundry.

The family of bells traveled from Europe to Cincinnati, Ohio, in early September, where they were engraved, decorated, and polished. After their final touches were complete, the bells arrived at Loyola.

Stephen Betancourt, assistant director of Campus Ministry and director of liturgical music, has facilitated the bells journey from the very beginning.

“We wanted to give students a chance to see the bells before they are hung in the beams of Madonna,” Betancourt said. “It’s really cool to touch them and be able to learn about the meaning of each one.”

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Loyola basketball star could be out for the season

new-athletics-logo[1]By Madeline Kenney

Loyola’s men’s basketball lost their sophomore star guard, Milton Doyle for at least the first part of the season due to a torn labrum in his right, shooting shoulder.

Milton Doyle, who has been playing basketball since he can remember, had quite the strong presence on the court in his opening season for the Ramblers. The Chicago native received both Freshman and Newcomer of the Year awards from the Missouri Valley Conference.

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Loyola welcomes activist “Cha Cha” Jimenez

Loyola’s newest student organization, the Chicagoland Coalition for Minority Advancement, hosted José “Cha Cha” Jimenez who presented a talk Oct. 15 on the history and impact on Chicago’s Latino community and other oppressed communities.

CCMA teamed up with Loyola’s director of African-American and Islamic Studies to commemorate Latin American heritage in the hopes of improving lives for minorities in the Chicagoland area.

Jimenez, 66, created the Young Lords Organization in the 1960s in order to empower his Puerto Rican community. His parents immigrated to the Lincoln Park neighborhood and like many others, were beaten for being Puerto Rican.

“We don’t want to forget what happened in that community,” Jimenez said at the event at Crown Center Auditorium.

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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:

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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