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.”
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.