Ceramics professor seeks to “urn” a living

By Lisa Fiandaca

Normally the process of hiring a new professor is strictly dependent on the faculty of a university.  However, Loyola University Chicago’s Department of Fine and Performing Arts took a unique approach due to the close community atmosphere within the department.

Ceramics students and Fine Arts faculty were assertive in questioning the last candidate  for the position as a full-time ceramics professor as she gave her demonstration Friday at the Ralph Arnold Fine Arts Annex.

Fine Arts has been looking for one full-time ceramics professor to diverse from the numerous part-time professors.  Out of the 97 applicants, they narrowed the candidates down to three: Sarah Gross, Valerie Zimany, and Matthew Groves.

For three years, Valerie Zimany has been an art professor at Lawrence University in Appleton, Wisc.  Her demonstration consisted of cup molding with added decals.

“The presentations were very different.  This one consisted of more lecturing, while Sarah Gross’ presentation last Friday was entirely demonstrative,” said Sam Chen, 23, a senior math major who is a member of Loyola’s Art Club.

Groves has been a part-time ceramics professor for the past year at Loyola and is looking to gain full-time status.

“I’ve taken a lot of art classes with various professors and he is one of my favorites,” said Mirela Alekic, 21, a senior studio art major.  “I don’t see why they would even consider anyone else.”

While all candidates’ are qualified based on their work, there is one crucial quality the faculty is seeking.

“When a professor comes into a room full of students where maybe a quarter of them are actually passionate about the subject, the professor has to bring excitement and energy to motivate the students,” said Frank Vodvarka, a professor of fine arts at Loyola for 31 years.  “The reason we let the students help decide is because we find that students have the most accurate first impressions.  They aren’t afraid to state their initial reactions and in the end, they are the ones who are directly affected by our choices.”

The Department of Fine Arts is expected to make a decison on the new hire in the coming weeks.

Fundraiser serves up success for Special Olympics

By Ashlee Hindo

Students took a break from studying for midterms to support the Alpha Sigma Alpha sorority’s fundraiser benefitting the Special Olympics Aquatics at Carmen’s Pizzeria.

Twelve members of the sorority were waitresses for the night and all of their tips were donated to the Special Olympics Aquatics. There was also a tip jar to collect money.

“The Special Olympics is one of Alpha Sigma Alpha’s national philanthropies, so we wanted to do something to benefit them,” said junior Morgan Woosley, 20, a biophysics major and the sorority’s philanthropy chairwoman.

The Special Olympics, founded in 1968, is an international organization and competition held every two years for people who have intellectual disabilities. The Special Olympics Aquatics is a division of the Special Olympics that focuses on swimming events including the 25-meter freestyle, the 25-meter butterfly, and the 15-meter walk.

The sorority will be volunteering their time for Special Olympics Aquatics in Chicago March 27, and they are pleased to be able to present them with a monetary donation as well.

“It’s very important for members of Greek Life to support each other,” said sophomore Megan Escutia, 20, a biology major and member of Alpha Chi Omega sorority. “When we have fundraisers Alpha Sigma Alpha supports us, so we wanted to come support them.”

Members of the sorority were pleased with the turnout. “We had about 150 people come out to support the Special Olympics, and we raised $200,” said junior Cara McCarty, 21, a business management and entrepreneurship double major and president of the Alpha Sigma Alpha chapter at Loyola.

“We would like to thank everyone for their support and we are very excited to present the Special Olympics with our donation,”  McCarty said.

Gold Coast target of robbery spree

By: Alex Perez

Gold Coast residents are clutching their handbags and laptops a little tighter following a recent spate of robberies.

Last week alone there were four separate robbery reports made to the Chicago Police Department’s 18th District from both Gold Coast residents and business owners alike, according to Chicago Now.

They following are reported missing: Purse Snatched from a cart, Rolex taken from a home, laptop stolen from a bakery along with $2,000, and dye pack robbed from bank.

New generation for Cuneo Museum and Gardens

By Alex Perez

The Cuneo Museum and Gardens is welcoming the arrival of srping with new owners and an ambitious mission.

Visitors, as they have been since 1991, are being welcomed to the cavernous estate along Milwaukee Avenue in Vernon Hills. Though changes won’t be immediate, they eventually will be extensive.

As caretaker, Loyola University Chicago wants to extend the reach of the 31,000-square-foot Venetian-style home and sprawling grounds, preserved as a public window into old-time money and power, according to the Daily Herald.

With a long list of refinements and additions, the intent is to create a stronger connection with the community and to make the Cuneo facilities more than a museum filled with antiques and art.

Undefeated volleyball team seeking 11th win

By Lisa Fiandaca

Loyola University’s undeafeated men’s volleyball team will be striving to keep the 10-match winning streak going when it faces Quincy at 7 p.m. Friday at Alumni Gym.

Loyola’s 10th win was on Feb. 23 against 15th-ranked Lewis according to LoyolaRamblers.com.  Senior Kris Berzins led the game, scoring 14 points.  Loyola is currently ranked No. 11.

Beginning in 2001, Loyola has beaten Quincy in 19 consecutive matches.

Berzins and sophomore Mike Bunting are two players to watch.  This season both have earned two MIVA Offensive Player of the Week awards.  Berzins was also awarded Sports Imports/AVCA Division I-II National Player of the Week on Feb. 1.