Assault suspect same man, but not a Loyola student

Chicago Police and Loyola University Chicago Campus Security have determined that it was the same man who allegedly sexually assaulted two female students in separate incidents on Sunday, according to a campus-wide email released Thursday afternoon by the university.

The investigation also determined that the alleged offender, who lives in the 1200 block of North Shore Avenue, is not a Loyola student. The suspect has been banned from campus and will be arrested for trespassing if he enters university property, the email states.

Here is the email memo from Campus Safety:

Loyola Community,

On Sunday, September 26, two Loyola students reported that they were sexually assaulted. Loyola’s Department of Campus Safety has been working closely with the Chicago Police Department (CPD) on the investigations. Since the day the incidents were reported, it has been determined that both involved one male alleged offender who lives in the 1200 block of North Shore Avenue. CPD is currently handling these cases directly because the alleged offender in question is not a Loyola student. Loyola has, however, notified the alleged offender that he is banned from campus and that he will be immediately arrested for criminal trespassing if he is found on Loyola property.


Bob Fine
Director of Campus Safety

Here is the background on the sexual assaults:

Police were first notified about 3:30 a.m. Sunday of the first incident, which occurred in the 6200 block of North Kenmore Avenue.

A 19-year-old female student told police she met the suspect at a nearby tavern where they had been drinking. About 2:45 a.m., they went back to her dorm at the Kenmore address and began making out in a laundry room where the sexual assault occurred, according to Chicago police.

The female student pushed the alleged offender away and told her roommate, who notified campus security.

Later, Loyola security notified police about 4:30 a.m. of a second, unrelated sexual assault of a student in the 6400 block of Sheridan Road.

The  female victim, of an unidentified age, told police she was leaving the multi-story building on Sheridan Road with a male acquaintance, but when she got to the lobby she realized she forgot her keys and went back to get them.

When she came back to the lobby, her friend was not there. A second male she did not know was in the lobby and told her campus security was “looking for her” and she could “hide out” at his place, police said. She went with him, but did not remember where the residence is located, police said.

The next thing she remembered was waking up and the man sexually assaulting her at his residence, police said. She told him to stop. He then walked her to the corner of North Sheridan Road and West Albion Avenue and fled, police said.


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Loyola doctors warn that flu season is here

The bad news is, flu season officially begins Friday.

The good news is, unlike last year’s season when shortages lead to rationing, there will be plenty of vaccine on hand for everyone who wants a flu shot, according to Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine.

“There are seven companies making flu vaccine this year and more than 160 million doses are expected for the United States,” said Dr. Michael Koller, associate professor at Stritch. “That’s more than ever. At Loyola we expect the complete delivery of all our flu vaccine supply by mid-October.”

Every flu season is different and there is no way to know in advance how mild or serious any particular season will be, Koller said.

“You learn lessons from past seasons but you always have to have a healthy respect for the flu because in one week’s time, the situation can change dramatically for the worse,” Koller said.

This season the H1N1 strain, also known as “swine flu,” is still around but it’s not as widespread. To account for its presence, this year’s flu vaccine will contain the H1N1 strain as well as two others – the Perth H3N2 virus and the B Brisbane virus.

“So only one vaccine is required, unlike the two that were recommended last year,” Koller said.

Also, a new high-dose vaccine is available for people ages 65 and older, Koller said. The vaccine for seniors contains four times the amount of flu antigen (the active ingredient) as the standard flu shot.

“An older person’s immune system is not as robust as a younger person’s, so when seniors get a standard flu shot, they don’t generate as great an immune response,” Koller said. “The immune response is what protects everybody two weeks after they are vaccinated.”

Also, because flu vaccine supplies are plentiful, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recommends universal vaccination for all people ages 6 months and older this year. Health-care workers and those caring for people in an at-risk group should also be vaccinated, since a person can be infected and contagious for a short period of time before coming down with the classic symptoms of the flu.

The flu (or influenza) is a highly contagious viral infection that attacks the respiratory system. Doctors used to advise getting a flu shot only in October and November. Now doctors vaccinate through February because it takes about two weeks to develop an antibody response after the flu shot. For the last 30 years in the United States, February has been the peak month for illness, though infections can occur through April.

“Flu is primarily spread by respiratory droplets,” Koller said. “When somebody with influenza coughs or sneezes, out shoots this spray of flu virus that can infect anyone nearby. In addition to covering your mouth when you cough and covering your nose when you sneeze, it’s really important to wash your hands to decrease the spread of the flu.”

Each year in the U.S. between 5 and 20 percent of the population contracts the flu. Symptoms include an abrupt onset of fever, chills, headaches, exhaustion, aching muscles and a constant, unproductive cough, Koller said.

Most people recover from the flu in a few days, although they may experience some fatigue for several weeks after, Koller said. However, for some people flu is a much more serious illness that requires hospitalization. In extreme cases, the flu can lead to pneumonia or death. About 36,000 Americans die and 200,000 are hospitalized from the flu each year.

“Once you have the flu, you never forget it,” Koller said. “Usually those are the people you don’t have to convince to get a flu shot because they never want to get it again.”

For parents of young children who are worried about vaccines containing thimerosal, a preservative that contains mercury, Koller said that some of the flu shots being distributed in the Chicago area no longer contain thimerosal.

“The product that Loyola has doesn’t have any thimerosal at all,” Koller said.

Koller said, however, that any child under the age 9 who is getting a flu shot for the first time will need a second or “booster” shot four weeks later. Parents often are unaware that their young child may need a second flu shot in the first year of vaccination.

Koller said that it’s impossible to get the flu from getting a flu shot, which is a common misperception. However, he added that some would experience some side effects.

“Some people get soreness or pain at the site of the injection. A smaller number of people will feel achy and tired,” Koller said. “But all of those side effects are usually gone after two days. If it’s the first year that you’ve gotten the flu shot, you’re more likely to get the side effects. In the subsequent years, you’re much less likely to get them.”

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Loyola to study positive classroom environments

Educators know instinctively that a positive classroom environment is good for students.

Now researchers at Loyola University Chicago are teaming with a local high school district in an attempt to quantify the impact of a positive learning environment.

Here’s a story on the topic from The Daily Herald:

Positive school climate is known to impact student achievement and can greatly enhance the overall development, confidence and readiness of students to learn while in the high school environment and succeed after graduation.

Working with researchers from Loyola University Chicago, Palatine and Schaumburg high schools are implementing a program based on this proactive, schoolwide approach – the Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports program is designed to create positive behavioral supports and develop a social culture needed for all students in a school to achieve social, emotional and academic success.

This program utilizes a three-tiered model, consistent with the Response to Intervention model, to conceptualize a continuum of services and to build a school culture that supports students who require additional assistance with their behaviors.

Each school adapted the PBIS approach to create its own schoolwide initiative. The approach is known as “Commit to the Pirate” at Palatine and “Saxon Pride” at Schaumburg. Acronyms were devised for PIRATE and PRIDE at each school respectively, to convey the principles and expectations valued within each school community.

As part of each school’s program to encourage positive behavior, students created video announcements that are shown throughout the school. More information on PBIS is available at

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Loyola soccer star earns Horizon League honors

Eric Nock

Loyola University Chicago soccer star Eric Nock has been named Horizon League Co-Player of the Week, sharing the award with Matt Hedges of Butler.

Nock earned the award after putting together an impressive weekend in wins over Horizon League opponents Detroit (1-0) and Cleveland State (3-0). In the weekend sweep, the sophomore totaled three goals and five shots, three of which were on goal.

Nock,  scored all three goals in the second half against the Vikings, adding his name to the Rambler history book in the process.

The last time a Loyola men’s soccer player posted a three-goal game was on Oct. 12, 2007, when Michael Ferguson netted three scores against Wright State (W, 3-0). Moreover, the last Rambler to score three goals in a single half was Alex Brinka on September 15, 1997, against Northeastern Illinois (W, 4-1). Like Nock, Brinka performed his hat-trick in the second half.

The 2010 men’s soccer team will ride the momentum into this weekend, when they travel to Dayton, Ohio, to face Wright State. Kick-off is scheduled for 6:00 p.m.

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Dealers arrested for using welfare to buy drugs

Police from several law enforcement agencies rounded up nearly 100 people Tuesday in Rogers Park and Evanston and charged them with using public welfare funds to buy drugs.

Here’s the story from Chicago Breaking News:

A months-long narcotics investigation by several law enforcement agencies resulted in the arrests of nearly 100 people, including drug dealers accused of using LINK cards to buy narcotics instead of groceries.

The five-month investigation, dubbed “Operation Hard Swipe,” targeted people in Evanston and Rogers Park whom authorities accused of selling drugs and funneling money to street gangs. In some cases, authorities said today, drug dealers used taxpayer money to buy and sell drugs.

Authorities said in those cases, gang members coerced a convenience store owner to sell drugs. A cashier would bill the “customer” for $100 worth of groceries, but give the suspect crack cocaine and $20 instead, said Evanston Chief of Police Richard Eddington.  The store in turn would pocket whatever money was left from the transaction.

The scheme is not new, authorities said.

“We’ve been suspicious for quite a long time,” Eddington said. “If you go back five to 10 years you would see the same series of events.”

Eddington said the operation’s key objective was to capture high-level members of street gangs, including Gangster Disciples and Four Corner Hustlers. To do so, they enlisted the help of the Cook County Sheriff’s Office, which at the time was working on an undercover investigation in the western suburbs.

“Operation Wood View Park,” which started in February, targeted drug dealers who crossed into Maywood, Bellwood, Broadview and other municipalities to sell drugs. It developed from information gathered during a 2009 operation that focused on drug and gun trafficking at motels and hotels near O’Hare International Airport, said Cook County Sheriff Thomas Dart.

Dart said that investigations are ongoing, as the various law enforcement agencies continue to gather information from the people arrested.

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Loyola nursing school to honor alumnae

Loyola University Chicago Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing  announced that it will honor five alumnae at the school’s 75th anniversary gala Friday at The Drake hotel in Chicago.

The following graduates will be recognized for practice, research, service, teaching and other accomplishments:

Excellence in Practice
Carol A. Gouty, RN (MSN ’77, PhD ’96), will be honored for her work in clinical practice. Gouty is the associate director for patient care services and the nurse executive at Edward Hines Jr. VA Hospital. She has more than 20 years of progressive clinical, administrative and educational experience in acute care and long-term acute care settings. Gouty’s work has changed the face of nursing at Hines, where she has been instrumental in partnerships with MNSON.

Excellence in Research
Barbara Velsor-Friedrich, PhD, RN (BSN ’74, MSN ’78), will be recognized for her research in minority children and adolescents with asthma. Dr. Velsor-Friedrich is a faculty member at MNSON. She also has served as a clinician, educator and researcher in the area of pediatrics for 30 years. As a respiratory care nurse, Dr. Velsor-Friedrich delivered care to many children and adolescents with asthma. Those experiences sparked her interest in this area of health care. She has since spent her career focusing on the health of underserved minority children with this chronic illness.

Excellence in Service
Susan Finn, MSN, CPNP (BSN ’77, MSN ’86), will be awarded for the service she provides to children and teens across the Chicago area through the Pediatric Mobile Health Unit of the Ronald McDonald® Children’s Hospital. Finn helped found the Pediatric Mobile Health Unit more than 10 years ago. Under her leadership, the unit cares for thousands of uninsured and underinsured children each year. Finn embodies Loyola’s Jesuit values in her work to help the area’s smallest patients.

Excellence in Teaching
Linda Dotson, RN (BSN ’80, MSN ’87), will be honored for her work as a nurse teacher and mentor. Dotson is the administrator of health-care services at Westminster Place, Presbyterian Homes in Evanston, Ill. She has guided many nurses in the nursing home setting, which has promoted the advancement of nursing in long-term care. Dotson also established a partnership with a local community college to train certified nursing assistants as licensed practical nurses to address the nursing shortage. She is a role model to many aspiring registered nurses.

Young Alumni Award
Jessica Shore Bagley, RN (BSN ’02), will be recognized for her accomplishments as a young alumna. Shore Bagley is an infectious disease research nurse at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. Her work focuses on infectious diseases in pregnant women. She also is pursuing her doctoral degree at the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Nursing. Shore Bagley’s primary interest is adherence to medications in pregnant women with HIV. She also continues bedside work at Northwestern Memorial Hospital along with being a consultant on National Institutes of Health-funded influenza research studies.

“These five alumnae embody qualities of nursing practice, research, service and education, which have allowed the school to thrive over the last 75 years,” said nursing school dean Vicki A. Keough, PhD, RN-BC, ACNP. “We look forward to celebrating their accomplishments and the school’s contributions to the nursing profession.”

The Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing was founded in 1935 as the first baccalaureate nursing program in Illinois. At the time, the school was set up in five unit hospitals. It reorganized in 1949 to the four-year bachelor of science in nursing program. Today, the school is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education. Top-rated programs are offered at all levels. These include undergraduate nursing and health systems management, master’s and doctoral level degrees, undergraduate dietetic and internship programs as well as certificate courses for professional nurses.

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Loyola lists Tuesday activities for Spirit Week

All week long, Loyola University Chicago is celebrating Spirit Week.

Here are the activities for Tuesday:

“Sweet” Home Chicago
6-8 p.m., TSC Lobby

Taste a variety of treats that can be found near the WTC: cupcakes, chocolate and more!  Vote for your favorite.  Prizes will be won – don’t miss out! 

Loyola Quidditch Invitational Cup!
Time & Location TBD

Quidditch is a fictional sport developed by J. K. Rowling for the Harry Potter book series. Matches are played between two teams of seven players riding “flying broomsticks”, using four balls and six elevated ring-shaped goals. In the Harry Potter universe, Quidditch holds a fervent following similar to the position soccer holds as a globally popular sport.  The Loyola Quidditch Invitational Cup will be formatted in a tournament style bracket with a limited number of registered teams.  Match times will depend on the number of teams competing in the Invitational.  Tournament rules and match referees will be provided by members of the Loyola Quidditch Club.  Students will be encouraged to create uniforms that show their Loyola Spirit and prizes will be awarded based on sportsmanship and school spirit. The tournament champion will be awarded the Loyola Quidditch Invitational Cup.  To register your team, contact Chad Henderson at

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