‘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.

Loyola abroad students safe

By Taylor Utzig, Editor

Following the attacks in Paris, Nov. 13, all Loyola University Chicago students studying at the John Felice Rome Center and traveling in Paris have been reported as safe.

Cynthia Bomben, associate dean of students at the JFRC, says students in Paris have been contacted and have reported back that they are OK, according to an article by Krista Watson in Loyola’s student newspaper, the Phoenix.

Staff at the JFRC say they will continue to monitor the status of students by ways of travel logs, social media channels and protocols.


Loyola Student Dispatch: Weekly Round-Up

Loyola students are responding to a nationwide call to action in solidarity with Mizzou…

A Chicago nun diced up her competition on a popular Food Network show…

And Loyola’s men’s club soccer team is going to compete at nationals for the first time in program history — all that and more on this week’s round-up with news anchor Madeline Kenney.

Rogers Park Explosion claims 5 vehicles

By Taylor Utzig, Editor

Five vehicles are destroyed after an explosion at the Pritzker Parking Garage in Rogers Park, Friday.

Flames were seen shooting out of the Pritzker Parking Garage, located near North Sheridan Road and West Sherwin Avenue, early Friday morning,

according to a ABC7 News article.

Investigators are looking into the cause of the incident but at the moment are not calling the incident ‘suspicious’.