Man stabbed in YMCA near Loyola’s downtown campus

Lawson House YMCA

A man was stabbed Monday inside the Lawson House YMCA near Loyola University Chicago’s Water Tower Campus, Chicago Breaking News is reporting.

 The stabbing occurred about 9:15 a.m. inside the Lawson House YMCA, 30 W. Chicago Ave., and involved a male and female resident, according to Chicago Breaking News.

 During a verbal altercation, the female resident stabbed the male resident, according to YMCA spokeswoman Anne Bergquist.

 The man was taken to Northwestern Memorial Hospital to be treated for his wounds, but his condition and where he was stabbed weren’t immediately known. The woman was taken into police custody, Chicago Breaking News reports.

 The Lawson House facility is the largest single-room occupancy supportive housing facility in the Midwest.

Here is background information from the Lawson House website:

Since 1931, Lawson House has provided safe, affordable housing for people in transition. Today it is the largest single-room occupancy (SRO) supportive housing facility in the Midwest, providing housing and wrap-around social services for extremely low-income or formerly homeless men and women.

 Lawson House provides an array of free social services, mental health and primary medical care to help residents achieve housing stability and be independent, vibrant contributors to their community. These supportive services have been carefully added over the past 30 years through lasting partnerships with area agencies and organizations.

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Loyola fires head basketball coach Whitesell

Jim Whitesell

Loyola University Chicago has fired men’s basketball coach Jim Whitesell after seven seasons on the job.

Whitesell’s Ramblers went 16-15 this season, but finished just 7-11 in Horizon League play and in 8th place.

He compiled a 109-106 record during his time at Loyola. He previously was the head coach at Elmhurst College and Lewis University and had taken those schools to a combined six NCAA tournaments. However, he never reached postseason play during his tenure with the Ramblers. 

Loyola hired Whitesell on April 14, 2004. A 1982 graduate of Luther College in Decorah, Iowa, he had been head coach at Lewis University for the previous 12 seasons, compiling a 214-126 (.629) record there.

Whitesell’s departure comes as Loyola is trying to upgrade its stature in Division I athletics. It recently completed a new $26 million training center for athletes,  Norville Center for Intercollegiate Athletics, and hired a new athletic director, M. Grace Calhoun, who has served as the Associate Athletic Director for Academic and Student Engagement at Indiana University for the last six years. 

“I want to thank Coach Whitesell for his loyalty, dedication and contributions to Loyola over the past seven seasons,” Calhoun said in a press release. “After extensively assessing the future of the program, including input from student-athletes and other key stakeholders, I felt a change was in the best interest of the program. Allowing Coach Whitesell to coach in the last year of his contract would prevent him from recruiting effectively, while extending his contract would send a false signal of the level of competitive success that will merit a contract extension going forward.”

 A national search for a new coach will begin immediately, Calhoun said.

“The new coach will be fully immersed in and committed to the mission of Loyola,” Calhoun said. “They will be a person of high integrity, experience, and will have either Midwestern roots or a proven track record of effectively recruiting the Chicago area. Loyola is making significant investments in athletics with the recent opening of the Norville Center for Intercollegiate Athletics and the planned renovations to the Gentile Arena. The new facilities, along with new leadership, are a winning combination for the Ramblers and our goal is to be both quick and thorough as we find the right coach to lead the Loyola men’s basketball program going forward.”

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Eleven injured in fire near Loyola’s Rogers Park campus

Eleven people were injured Monday morning when a fire broke out in an apartment building near Loyola University Chicago’s Lake Shore Campus in Rogers Park.

The fire forced the brief evacuation of Loyola’s Fairfield Hall dormitory, which is adjacent to the apartment at 6244 N. Winthrop Avenue but students were able to return to the dorm by 11:20 a.m. Monday.

At least seven people were taken to hospitals in serious-to-critical condition, another three in serious-to-fair condition and one in good condition, according to Chicago Breaking News.

When fire crews arrived, they saw heavy smoke in the rear of the building and people hanging their heads out of windows, Chicago Breaking News reports.

 Firefighters used ladders to rescue two people from the roof at 6244 N. Winthrop Avenue but at least one person jumped and landed in a narrow courtyard closed off by locked gates, Chicago Breaking News reports.

 As ambulances arrived just after 10 a.m., gray smoke billowed over the building and swept across the Red Line tracks and Broadway. People stood on the roof of a two-story building west of the “L” at Rosemont, watching firefighters, Chicago Breaking News reports.

Marcus Klein, 20, a Loyola student, lives in Fairfield Hall but was in class when he got text messages from campus safety about the building being evacuated, Chicago Breaking News reports.

“I thought they were joking,” he told Chicago Breaking News.

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Fire forces evacuation of Loyola’s Fairfield Hall

Loyola University Chicago Campus Safety issued an alert at 10:05 a.m. Monday about  a fire emergency in the building north of Fairfield Hall.

The fire broke out in a building at 6244 N. Winthrop Avenue.

Due to smoke and proximity of building, Fairfield Hall is being evacuated, according to Campus Safety Director Robert Fine.

 There are no injuries reported at this time.

Here are more details from WLS-890-AM:

Firefighters are rescuing several people from a four-story apartment building in the North Side Rogers Park neighborhood near the Loyola University campus.

The fire was reported about 9:50 a.m at 6244 N. Winthrop St., Fire Media Affairs spokesman Richard Rosado said. The fire is in the back of the building and firefighters are rescuing several people as of 10:10 a.m.

The Lakeside Place Apartments are listed at the Winthrop address.

An EMS Plan 1, which automatically sends five ambulances to the scene, was called about 10 a.m.

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Loyola president to give state-of-the-university address

Rev. Michael Garanzini, S.J.

The Loyola University Chicago community is invited to attend the Rev. Michael Garanzini’s State of the University addresses on Monday, March 14  at Lake Shore Campus, and Tuesday, March 15  at Water Tower Campus.

Garazini, Loyola’s president will bring the university community up to date on developments around campus, and he will also take questions from the audience. Each of these addresses will run approximately one hour, and a reception will follow.

Monday, March 14
Crown Center Auditorium (Lake Shore Campus)
4:30–5:30 p.m. – Address
5:30–6:30 p.m. – Reception (Crown Center Lobby)

Tuesday, March 15
Regents Hall, 16th Floor, Lewis Towers (Water Tower Campus)
4–5 p.m. – Address
5–6 p.m. – Reception

For those who are unable to attend in-person, the Water Tower Campus address will be streamed live on the Inside Loyola news site. The event will also be streamed live on the digital screen located in the Centennial Forum Student Union.

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Mayor Daley to speak at Loyola today

Richard M. Daley

Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley said that he will be going on the speaking circuit as he prepares to retire after 22 years as mayor. One of his first speaking stops will be today at Loyola University Chicago.
 
Daley will be speaking at 5:30 p.m. Monday in Kasbeer Hall. The speech will be open for students, faculty and staff  and tickets are limited to 200 and available only at the School of Law, School of Communication, Political Science Department and Division of Public Affairs.
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Those unable to get tickets can watch the speech on a wide screen inside the Quinlan Life Sciences Auditorium.
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The event is sponored by Inside Government, www.inside.government.luc@gmail.com
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- Marina Bifsha
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