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Police reveal new details in shooting near Loyola

Posted by jmuck on March 2, 2011

By Jordan Muck

Chicago police released more information Wednesday afternoon on an earlier shooting that took place near Loyola University Chicago’s Lake Shore Campus in Rogers Park.
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According to Officer Daniel O’Bryan, Area 3 Detective with the Chicago Police Department , the incident occurred at 3:53 a.m. on the 6800 block of North Sheridan Road.
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The victim is a 25-year-old male. He was shot in the thigh and was taken to St. Francis Hospital in Evanston. The victim was uncooperative with CPD, and would only say that he heard gunshots and immediately felt pain in his leg, O’Bryan said.
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The victim allegedly drove himself to the hospital, and turned his car over to a friend, whose name he would not release to CPD. The victim was treated and is in stable condition as of this morning.
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There are no leads yet as to who committed the crime, although police say they will continue to investigate the incident. There is currently no link between this incident and the Edgewater stabbings that occurred over the weekend, O’Bryan said.
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The three cars that were seen fleeing the scene are still unidentified. Witnesses and the police indicated that three cars were seen leaving the area. Car colors included red, silver, and black.
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Taylor Losole, a junior Biology major at Loyola, witnessed the aftermath of the incident while was walking home from a late night study session at Starbucks around 4:30 a.m. Losole said she spotted  “about  10 police cars with their lights on blocking off the street at Pratt, so that you could not go any further than Pratt on Sheridan.”
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Angela Armijo, a junior who lives on Pratt Blvd, said, “I was not surprised to hear there was a shooting, but I was definitely startled when I heard it was so close to where I live. I spend a lot of time convincing my parents that I feel safe, but knowing I could have easily been involved definitely makes me uncomfortable. Loyola Campus Safety does an excellent job but should consider having patrol limits that extend for students who live off-campus in the areas in close proximity to Loyola. “
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Topshop plans second U.S. store in Chicago

Posted by Marina Bifsha on March 2, 2011

By Marina Bifsha

The second U.S. location of Topshop  will be in Chicago near Loyola University Chicago’s Water Tower Campus.

 The store will be located in the recently vacated Borders store at 830 N. Michigan Ave. The bookstore chain recently declared bankruptcy and closed the Magnificent Mile store.

Topshop is one of the biggest British fast-fashion chains in UK. People shop extensively at Topshop online in Europe and in the U.S.

The retailer describes itself in this manner on its website:

“With around 300 stores in the UK, and over 100 in international territories – including our US flagship in New York – Topshop’s triumph has been all the more remarkable considering its humble beginnings. Topshop began in the basement of Peter Robinson department store in 1964 and less than a decade later became a stand-alone retailer. In 1994, the iconic Topshop flagship was born, as the brand took over the entire 90,000 sq ft space at London Oxford Circus. It remains there today, and is considered the world’s largest fashion store on the high street, attracting over 200,000 shoppers each week.

Part of the long-standing retail force the Arcadia Group, it is Topshop’s individuality that has earned it worldwide respect. A staunch supporter of young British design talent, it has sponsored the globally recognised New Gen scheme since 2002, which has bolstered the careers of fashion heavy-weights such as Christopher Kane, Jonathan Saunders, Marios Schwab and Louise Goldin.”

According to Huffington Post, Chicago Shopping section, the opening of Topshop is coming this spring. In an interview with WWD, the store owner Sir Philip Green said that Topshop will open in late spring.

“We like big cities, big corners, big billboard shop frontage and we like to be on the high street,” Green told WWD. “The location really appeals to us.”

But Bloomberg says the store won’t open until fall.

Loyola University Chicago students, who attend classes nearby at the school’s Water Tower Campus, are thrilled about the opening of Topshop in Chicago.

” I am so excited…The place is going to be huge,” said Jesse Aynes, 20, a sophomore ad/pr major.

Another student, who has been in Europe, is very familiar with Topshop.

“I studied abroad in London and I love Topshop. I am excited to have it here. It is fun to shop there because they have so many brands and a lot to choose from,” said Rosalia Costello,22, a senior psychology major.

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Police probe shooting near Loyola’s Rogers Park campus

Posted by loyolastudentdispatch on March 2, 2011

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Chicago police and Loyola University Chicago Campus Safety are investigating the shooting of a person Wednesday morning near the university’s Lake Shore Campus in Rogers Park.

Here is a brief memo from Campus Safety:

Earlier this morning the Chicago Police Department (CPD) reported that an individual was shot in the Rogers Park neighborhood near 6760 North Sheridan Road (close to the intersection of Sheridan and Pratt).

 Witnesses and the police indicated that three cars were seen leaving the area. Car colors included red, silver, and black.

Please contact Campus Safety at 773.508.6039 if you have any questions or information related to this incident.

 Sincerely,

 Bob Fine

 Director, Campus Safety

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Man stabbed near Howard Red Line Station

Posted by afleites1818 on March 2, 2011

Chicago police are investigating the stabbing of a man  near the Howard Red Line Station. Here’s the story from Chicago Breaking News:
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A man was stabbed about 7 p.m. Tuesday near the Howard Red Line station on the Far North Side, police said.

The victim was wounded after a “large altercation,” Police News Affairs Officer Veejay Zala said.

He was taken to St. Francis Hospital of Evanston after being stabilized, he said, but an exact condition was not available.

The incident occurred near but not on CTA property, and service was not disrupted, CTA spokeswoman Lambrini Lukidis said.

- Alexander Fleites

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Loyola professor pleads guilty to taking prehistoric artifacts

Posted by loyolastudentdispatch on March 2, 2011

Daniel Amick

An associate professor of anthropology at Loyola University Chicago  has pleaded guilty to taking prehistoric artifacts, including arrowheads, from public lands in New Mexico, Chicago Breaking News is reporting.
 
Daniel Amick, 66, chair of Loyola’s Anthropology Department, will serve a year’s probation and has agreed to return the artifacts as part of a plea agreement with the U.S. Attorney’s Office in New Mexico. Here are the details from a press release from the U.S. Attorney’s office: plea agreement
 
There is no information yet on whether the university will take disciplinary action.
 
Here are details of the case from Chicago Breaking News:
 
A Loyola University Chicago professor will serve a year’s probation for his part in a scheme to plunder artifacts from an archaeological site in New Mexico, the U.S. attorney’s office there said in a statement Tuesday.
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Daniel Amick pleaded guilty Friday to violating the Archaeological Resources Protection Act, admitting to removing 17 artifacts, including arrowheads, from public lands on two field trips to New Mexico, according to the statement by Kenneth Gonzales, U.S. attorney for the District of New Mexico.
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As part of the agreement, Amick pledged to return the artifacts and help investigators track down others still missing in a long-term scheme under investigation by the Bureau of Land Management. If Amick adheres to the terms of his probation, the judge in the case has agreed to drop the charge, Amick’s attorney said.

“The judge is saying that Dr. Amick made a mistake. Because it was associated with research … he agreed to drop the charges,” federal criminal defense attorney Douglas McNabb said. “He won’t have a record.”

Amick could not be reached for comment, and Loyola communications manager Steve Christensen said the university does not comment on employee matters.

The U.S. attorney’s office in New Mexico declined to give details about the other men implicated in the investigation, but they were identified in court documents as Scott Clendenin and Donald Musser. Clendenin, an arrowhead hunter who lived in Truth or Consequences, N.M., made regular trips to Jornada Del Muerto, a long stretch of desert where Spanish settlers died fleeing the Pueblo Revolt in the 17th century, the documents said.

Clendenin would document the location of any artifact he found using a GPS device and then pocket it, court documents alleged. Periodically, Clendenin allegedly would pass the information to Amick, who was researching arrowheads known to archaeologists as Folsom and Clovis points.

According to court documents, Clendenin is believed to have harvested thousands of prehistoric arrowheads, some of which he sold on eBay. Musser’s alleged involvement was not described in the documents.

Johna Hutira, vice president of Northland Research and a member of the Society of American Archaeology, said she didn’t feel comfortable commenting on this particular case, but added that these kinds of allegations are troubling for archaeologists.

“It’s a short jump from a person removing artifacts to wholesale looting,” Hutira said, adding that one of the primary roles of archaeology is the preservation of historically significant artifacts that offer insights into early civilizations.

In general, “if you want to go collect information, you need to get an archaeological permit,” Hutira said. “If it’s federal lands, you have to play by federal rules.”

Amick’s attorney asserted that the professor’s decisions were driven by academic pursuit. And had Amick applied for a research permit, he would have been granted one, his attorney said.

Amick is one of two archaeologists on staff at Loyola’s anthropology department.

According to the Loyola website, he received his Ph.D. from the University of New Mexico in 1994. Amick teaches introductory anthropology courses, including Anthropology 101, as well as more advanced classes such as Archaeology Lab Methods.

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Loyola students voice opinions on Rahm Emanuel

Posted by jmuck on March 2, 2011

Rahm Emanuel

Rahm Emanuel took Chicago with full force on Feb. 22 during the 2011 Chicago mayoral election, gaining more than 55 percent of the vote.  Although historically the number of votes cast by young adults have not been very high, many students at Loyola University Chicago are optimistic about Mayor-Elect Emanuel and are curious to see what he has in store for the city.

Here’s the story from Inside Loyola:

“The youth vote in past elections has not been as good, but it’s really getting to become a huge factor in what campaigners are looking for and it’s beginning to be a huge market,” explains Senior Chris Thompson, a theatre, English, and psychology triple-major. “I think that the youth vote is definitely one of the reasons Obama won his campaign, because he worked to target younger voters,” says Thompson.

“I think that more students should have taken the initiative to vote because ultimately, the decisions will affect us in some way and especially since we are adults now, we should take the initiative to choose our leaders,” believes Junior Kathryn Bro, a nursing major.

Senior Bryce Gangel, a theatre major, is most impressed by Rahm because of his passion. “I think he’s got backbone. He’s not really afraid of many things… he seems like a person who has a lot of drive and isn’t afraid to stand up for what’s important,” she believes.

Now that Rahm Emanuel has been elected, students hope that he sees the value of youth opinion and focuses on the issues that are important to them.

“Mayor Emanuel is going to have to work hard to keep businesses in the city, especially when you consider the recent Illinois tax increase. Businesses are already struggling to stay afloat, so I hope Rahm has a plan,” says Sophomore Hannah Witte, an economics major.

Witte is also concerned about the efficiency of public transportation, particularly in regards to the trains. “As a student who is taking the “L”, I know that they recently cut down how many trains were running, especially on the Red Line. I understand why they did it and it’s fine, but it would be great if Rahm could find a way to make it more efficient, especially at rush hour periods,” states Witte.

For those of us who live in neighborhoods where crime is still a problem, Bro hopes to see the new mayor work harder to keep the city safe.

“Although Loyola has really been trying to keep Rogers Park safe for students, it could definitely become safer,” says Bro. “When I watch the news, I see a lot of violence that occurs in the southern area of Chicago. I think the new mayor should try and do more to prevent that from happening.”

Something that Mayor Daley always put great emphasis on was the culture and art of the Windy City. Because of how important the arts were to Daley, Emanuel will have to continue this mission.

“Chicago is such a city for the arts and this has had a big impact on the way a lot of people campaign. Daley’s shoes are going to be really big to fill because he really cared about the arts and he had a lot of grant work and fundraising for theaters, dance, the Symphony Orchestra, street festivals,” says Thompson. “The arts have made this city what it is today and the new mayor can’t let it fall through the cracks because Chicago just wouldn’t be the same.”

- Jordan Muck

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