Loyola dancers put their best foot forward

By Kimberly Cummins

The Loyola University Chicago Dance program will hold its bi-yearly Informance Friday in  Mullady Theater.

The Informance, slated for 7:30 p.m. Friday, is an event held each semester showcasing the work of students enrolled in all levels of dance classes.

Showing three styles of dance, the Informance is an informal event that presented by the Department of Fine and Performing Arts.

With styles including ballet, jazz, and modern dance, the event allows the audience a look into college-level dance at its finest.

Tickets for general admission are $5 and can be preordered online at Informance.

Loyola adds new sorority to campus

By Jessica Meyer

Chi Omega beat out two other sororities to become a new chapter at Loyola University Chicago and will start recruiting in the fall.

With the help of a great community and the ability to support a new chapter, Chi Omega is seen as the best choice. Questions were asked about the well roundedness of the sorority, as well as their ideals and how they will fit into Loyola’s campus.

Panhellenic Council interviewed Phi Mu and Alpha Delta Pi in the process, but were beat out in the consensus process. The Council is the governing body behind all inter sorority relations, as well as the supervisor of sorority life.

“We looked at their values with university and Greek values, those being unity, scholarship, service and leadership,” said Gina Waterman, 21, a junior advertising and public relations major and president of Panhellenic Council.

Chi Omega is the largest women’s fraternity in the world, with 171 collegiate chapters and 290,000 members. One of the sorority’s biggest ideals is serving those around them, as well as helping others.

“They brought representatives from Northwestern and DePaul, showing that they have a great community in Chicago, not just at Loyola,” said Jessie Barnes, 18, a freshman business major and a member of Greek life at Loyola. “I think their big national name will boost Greek life here.”

Not all people feel that this large sorority will help the other sororities on campus, with the fall semester bringing many representatives to campus, persuading other students to join the initial executive board at Loyola.

“I think it will be harmful in the long run and detrimental to smaller sororities on campus because of their large name,” said Tamara Koritarov, 19, a sophomore psychology major and a member of Greek life at Loyola.

Overall, Chi Omega will meet the demand with higher enrollment of students on campus, allowing for more sororities to come onto campus.

“We feel like they have the full package and will be able to draw in a new section of already existing Loyola students,”  Waterman said.

Parisian gallerist to appear at Loyola

Sunday on the Island of La Grande Jatte

By Alex Perez

Art historian and Parisian gallerist Christopher Boicos will make a presentation tonight discussing Chicago as home to four important masterpieces of modern French painting in the collection of the Art Institute of Chicago, according to LU Focus .

This free Parisian event will take place at 6 p.m. in Loyola University Museum of Art.

Examined together, Gustave Caillebotte’s Paris Street, Rainy Day (1877), Georges Seurat’s A Sunday on the Island of La Grande Jatte (1884-86), and Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec’s Moulin de la Galette (1889) and Moulin Rouge (1892-95) provide a fascinating vision of the people e of the great cities of the world in the early modern era, LU Focus reports.

Silhouettes end season on high note

By Jessica Meyer

The Silhouettes singing group ended its year on a high note at this years Spring Fever event, performing before a standing-room-only crowd at Bremner Lounge.

Alumni were honored and asked to sing with their former group to the song, “Stand By Me.” Audience members were delighted to hear performances like “Don’t Stop Believing,” or a group favorite “Hallelujah,”

“I enjoyed it a lot, and I’m really glad I went. I really liked the ‘Don’t Stop Believing’ piece, because they had performed it before, but I liked it better this time around. I also liked their act of Lady Gaga because it was something different and probably very difficult to put together,” said Sonia Verma, 20, a sophomore psychology major.

The overall favorite song seemed to be “Bad Romance,” with the entire group using props that were reminiscent of Gaga.

“’Bad Romance’ was my favorite song to sing because it was such a crowd pleaser. It was so fun to learn and perform,” said Madison Beaton, 19, a sophomore communication studies major.

Throughout the evening, prizes were raffled off, including gift cards to places like Chipotle, Starbucks and Jamba Juice.

“Everyone really gave their all, and this concert included seven new songs, some of which the group arranged themselves,” Beaton said. “It was awesome that they could showcase their hard work.”

Over the past year, the group gained several new freshman members. The Silhouettes then had to make the dynamic of the group flow smoothly all over again.

“In the past year we have improved so much musically and vocally. Every single girl in the group is committed to producing the best music possible, which is something that started at the beginning of the school year and has grown exponentially since then,” said Robyn Galloway, 21, a senior education major, and president of The Silhouettes, “I am so excited for the future of this group.”

Men’s Volleyball moves on to championship

By Rambler George Kamberos scores a kill Wednesday. Photo courtesy Loyola Atheltics.Aaron Kearney

Loyola University Chicago’s Men’s Volleyball team is moving on to the Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association championship after sweeping Lewis University in three straight sets Wednesday night.

The boys beat cross-town rival Lewis 30-26, 30-23, 30-18, in a match at Alumni Gym, catapulting the Ramblers into the MIVA final at Ohio State University, against Ohio State, at 6 p.m. Saturday, according to Loyola Athletics online.

Mike Bunting led the Ramblers with 15 kills, George Kamberos, and Kris Berzins also added 11 kills each. Ian Karbiener carried Lewis with 14 kills. 

Loyola will look to make it into the national final four with a win saturday at No. 1  ranked Ohio State. The two teams have met twice this year already, with the Ramblers winning at home, and the Buckeyes winning in Columbus, Ohio.

Spring Block Party features food, folks and fun

By Lisa Fiandaca

Loyola University Chicago’s Water Tower Campus normally reflects the busy and active atmosphere of the surrounding downtown area.  However, the campus displayed a different scene Wednesday afternoon when the university closed off the intersection of East Pearson Street and North Wabash Avenue.

Students and faculty were thrilled to take the time to enjoy free food and live music in the streets of downtown Chicago in between classes during Loyola’s annual Spring Block Party.

“The block party is a great community builder,” said Lee Hood, a first year journalism professor at Loyola.  “I hope Loyola continues this in the future.”

People lined the streets to grab lunch and socialize with fellow students versus heading straight to classes.

“It really fosters a sense of community in the downtown campus and shows our community to the rest of the city,” said Kaitlyn Isaia, 23, a social work major in the five-year B.S.W./M.S.W. program.

With the congestion of the city, the campus does not have much space to host larger events throughout the week as does Loyola’s Lake Shore Campus in Rogers Park.

“Lake Shore always has a lot of activities going on during the day, such as Ramblerfest last week,” said Sarah Zambrano, 19, a sophomore accounting and finance major.  “All my classes are downtown, so it’s nice to have an event here for a change.”

Students agree that these activities downtown are too rare, and wish there were more of them.

“I would like to see events like this happen more often,” said Anthony Petrungaro, 20, a sophomore economics major.  “With the tuition we’re paying, I’d say the students deserve a free lunch or two every now and then.”

Retired FBI agent speaks at Loyola

By Ashlee Hindo

Retired FBI agent William Beane recently spoke to Loyola University Chicago criminal justice students and faculty at the Criminal Justice Students Honors Convocation at the Water Tower Campus.

Beane, 84, was an FBI agent for more than 30 years, and served as the Special Agent in Charge of the Chicago and San Juan FBI field offices.

He discussed the 1968 kidnapping of Barbara Mackle, a case he witnessed first hand as a detective. Beane also discussed how important topics learned in school are in the criminal justice field, such as having good grammar when writing reports.

“You must have good grammar when writing reports of cases, because in court the opposing side will try everything they can to discredit you and if you use bad grammar or misspell words, it won’t look good,” Beane said.

Beane recalled his detective work on the Mackle kidnapping case. Gary Steven Krist and his accomplice, Ruth Eisemann-Shier kidnapped Mackle for ransom in 1968. She was buried alive in box that had light, food, and other life-sustaining amenities because Krist did not want to kill her. She stayed in the box for three and a half days.

“I was the first person to interview Barbara after they found her and her story was incredible,” Beane said. “Her statement was over 20 pages long.”

“Many of our students are interested in working for federal law enforcement agencies, so we always try to provide students with opportunities to hear from and interact with those who held significant positions within those agencies,” said David Olson, 43, professor and Chair of the Criminal Justice Department.

Students who attended the lecture found it very enriching.

“This was my favorite talk so far because Mr. Beane described his real experience with this case to us,” said junior Erin Sheridan, 20, a criminal justice and psychology double major.

“Hopefully this presentation struck a chord with students regarding how criminals think, how crimes get investigated and solved, and how, often times, offenders continue with their ways despite the high-profile nature of their crimes,” Olson said.