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Loyola students fear fights, drug use at nursing home

Posted by loyolastudentdispatch on March 16, 2011

Wincrest Nursing Center

A Rogers Park nursing home is in danger of losing its federal fuding after neighbors, incluing students in residence halls at Loyola University Chicago, complained that the home is a magnet for fight and drug use, the Chicago Tribune is reporting.

Federal authorities are working to cancel Medicaid funding for Wincrest Nursing Center after inspections found residents engaged in bloody fights and drug abuse that spilled from the facility out into the neighborhood, the Tribune reports.

An 80-bed home that primarily houses adults with mental illnesses, including dozens with felony records, Wincrest has for years been the subject of complaints by local officials and neighbors, as well as students and staff from Loyola, according to the Tribune. Seven Loyola residence halls housing about 600 students stand within a block of the home at 6326 N. Winthrop Ave.

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Loyola women’s soccer coach latest to be fired

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Frank Mateus

Frank Mateus, head women’s soccer coach at Loyola University Chicago, has become the second  coach fired this week by  new Athletic Director M. Grace Calhoun.

Mateus, who was the third head coach in Loyola women’s soccer history, joins Men’s Basketball Coach Jim Whitesell on the unemployment line. Whitesell was terminated earlier this week.

In six seasons at Loyola, Mateus compiled a 62-61-9 (.504) overall record, though the team had slipped to a 12-26-4 (.333) mark over the last two campaigns. The Ramblers recorded a 7-12-1 overall record in 2010.

“I want to thank Coach Mateus for his contributions to Loyola over the past six years and wish him success in future endeavors,” Calhoun said in a statement. “Loyola is currently making significant investments in athletics facilities, staffing and budgets. Those investments, coupled with new program leadership, will enable Rambler women’s soccer to regain its spot on top of the Horizon League standings in future years.”

The firings come 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 Calhoun, who has served as the Associate Athletic Director for Academic and Student Engagement at Indiana University for the past six years. 

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Loyola grad instructor, rocker, charged with growing pot

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Dejan Kralj

The Phoenix, Loyola University Chicago’s student newspaper, fleshed out a story about a Loyola grad student, part-time instructor, and big-time rocker, who was arrested for allegedly growing marijuana in the basement of his Berwyn home.

The Chicago Sun-Time’s Michael Sneed originally had this  item about Dejan Kralj in her Friday column:

Puff & Guf . . .

It’s a shocker: Dejan Kralj, 40, a history instructor and graduate student at Loyola University, was arrested by DEA agents last Friday on charges of operating an active marijuana “grow house” in one of his homes.

Rockshot: Kralj is also a member of the Gufs, a Milwaukee-based rock band.

Backshot: Inside one of Kralj’s Berwyn residences, police and DEA agents reportedly found more than $10,000 in cash and about 15 pounds of marijuana drying in the basement. An active marijuana growing operation composed of 52 plants reportedly was found at a second Berwyn property that Kralj owns.

Buckshot: Sneed is told Kralj was charged with possession and production of marijuana with the intent to distribute it and was placed on a $250,000 bond last weekend. 

The Phoenix did a lot of reporting and published a detailed story. Here’s an excerpt:

A Loyola history instructor and Ph.D. candidate was one of four men arrested by DEA agents in the Chicago suburb of Berwyn last Friday on charges of producing and distributing marijuana, authorities said.

Special Agent Will Taylor, the DEA’s Chicago division spokesman, disclosed that Dejan Kralj, 40, was one of the subjects of an ongoing investigation that involved two active growing locations — one in Chicago and one in Berwyn — and an additional drying facility in Berwyn. All four men were arrested at different times and charged by Cook County.

His wife, Elanor, stated that he is currently being held in protective custody. She declined to comment further.

According to published reports, the growing operation was composed of 52 plants. Authorities reportedly found over $10,000 in cash and about 15 pounds of marijuana drying in one of Kralj’s Berwyn residences.  His bond was set at $250,000 last weekend.

Kralj has been pursuing a Ph.D. at Loyola in United States history, with his dissertation focusing on Yugoslav immigrant identity in Chicago. In recent years, he has taught history classes and two courses that are required for international studies majors. LOCUS listings indicate that he was not teaching any courses this semester.

Click here to read The Phoenix story:  Drug Bust

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Einstein Bros. Bagels coming to Loyola’s Water Tower Campus

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Loyola Univesity Chicago announced that Einstein Bros. Bagels will move into space once occupied by Market 820 at the university’s Water Tower Campus.

Einstein Bros. will open in April at a retail front at 109 E. Pearson St., according to Inside Loyola.

Market 820, a small, upscale grocery at Loyola University Chicago’s Water Tower Campus, closed its doors in November.

Market 820 opened in 2008 as a gourmet-style market offering organic products, fresh and frozen food, general merchandise,  snacks and refreshments.

The new Einstein Bros. store is part of the company’s strategy to expand its presence in Chicago, according to FastCasual.com. Here are the details from the FastCasual story:

Einstein Noah Restaurant Group Inc. has announced the signing of a multi-unit development deal with RT Development Chicago LLC to franchise Einstein Bros. Bagels restaurants in Chicago.

RT Development Chicago plans to open five Einstein Bros. Bagels locations within the next four years with the first one scheduled to open in mid-December at Lake Street and Michigan Avenue.

“The craveable food and comfortable atmosphere of the Einstein Bros. Bagels brand fit in well,” Rita Baron, co-owner of RT Development Chicago LLC, said in a news release. “I look forward to bringing the brand’s combination of great tasting fresh menu items made from high-quality ingredients and distinctive quick-casual service to local residents and the nearby workforce.”

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