LUC students organize demonstration in support of Ferguson protesters

By Sydney Cross

Monday afternoon, a coalition of Loyola students organized a demonstration in support of the protests going on in Ferguson, Missouri.

Since a grand jury decided two weeks ago not to indict Officer Darren Wilson, who shot and killed unarmed African-American teenager Michael Brown, many citizens across the nation have been in an uproar.

To show their solidarity with the demands for the end of police brutality, the militarization of the police force and the long history of institutionalized racism, about 70 Loyola students gathered on the East Quad located in front of the Information Commons on Loyola’s Lake Shore Campus.

One student demonstrator explained why attending the protest was important to him:

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Rogers Park to host Chicago’s first Polar Palooza winter festival

1By Kathleen Luka

Chicago’s turning cold front is pushing Rogers Park community members indoors, making outdoor adventures and excursions less and less appealing. To combat the gloom of winter Loyola has paired up with Rogers Park Business Alliance, and Alderman Joe Moore of the 49th Ward to host the first ever Polar Palooza.

Loyola Plaza will transform into the winter wonderland Polar Palooza on Dec. 6 from noon to 10 p.m. and Dec. 7 from noon to 9 p.m. Attendees are encouraged to donate canned food in place of admission fees to support Edgewater’s Care for Real Food Pantry.

Live music, local food vendors and shopping will be rolling all weekend. Activities and attractions are available for all ages including synthetic ice skating, holiday movies at the 400 theater and a cocoa bar. Small holiday crafts, face painting, cookie decorating, and character meet-and-greets spread the holiday cheer and give everyone the opportunity to create a memento of the festivities.

The two day Polar Palooza is expected to attract hundreds of community members and organizers hopes it becomes an annual tradition in Rogers Park. For more information visit on Polar Palooza, visit

Christkindlmarket brings German traditions, Christmas spirit to downtown Chicago

Loyola Student Dispatch reporter Matt Schultz visits downtown Chicago’s annual Christkindlmarket to learn about this holiday tradition, and hear what visitors think.

Students thankful for time off before finals week

File photo from LUC Libraries blog.

File photo from LUC Libraries blog.

By Matt Markowski

Before final exams start in a couple of weeks, Loyola students got to have four days off for Thanksgiving Break. Whether they went home to the suburbs, flew to their families out of state or stayed on campus, many students enjoyed their time off for the holiday.

“I got to go home to my family near Norridge Park,” said Peter Karpiesz, a Junior at Loyola. “It was great to spend time with them and eat a lot of good food and laugh. I just wish there were enough leftovers for the next couple of weeks so that I could have something to look forward to before finals.”

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Creators of Cards Against Humanity host panel at Loyola

By Christian Minnie

Creators and staff developers of the popular party game Cards Against Humanity, the self-proclaimed “party game for horrible people,” held a panel at Loyola on Nov. 20 in celebration of Open Access Week and International Games Day.

Eli Halpern, one of the original creators of the game and a Highland Park native, talked about the game’s creation and how a free game can sell so well.

“[It] started out as nerdy friends knowing each other from high school,” Halpern said during the panel at Cudahy Library. “Back in 2008, we all went off to college and wanted to stay in touch, so we started making games to do so and maybe even attract other friends. Keep in mind, this was before Facebook became super popular. That’s how Cards Against Humanity started, though it was called ‘Hyper-theticals’ before we changed the name, which was a sort of rudimentary, proto-Cards Against Humanity, Q&A card game printed at Kinkos.”

Hear the makers discuss the pop-culture impact of the game, and how they adapted its humor for international markets:

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Student veterans share their experiences during Loyola panel

Image from LUC Libraries blog.

Image from LUC Libraries blog.

By Molly Morrison

On November 11th, Loyola celebrated Veterans Day with “The Loyola Veterans Experience: A Student Panel.” The panel included three men who recently served in the military. Each one is now a Loyola student, and spoke to Loyola students and faculty about their transition from military life to being a college student.

Jonathan Sarone, a physics major, said he always wanted to find a job that allowed him to combine his love for science with his passion for helping others. Sarone formerly did scientific research for the United States Air Force, and continues to explore his passion for science in the classroom.

Robert Hernandez served as a part of the United States Marine Corps, working in airports all over the country to manage technology and security. Hernandez is currently studying biology. Hernandez said when joined the military as a high school dropout, he unsure of what he wanted to do with his life.

“It gave me a real sense of perspective, one that allows me to appreciate every facet of life,” Hernandez said about his military experience.

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LUMA hosts talk with collector behind holiday crèche exhibit

LUMA's exhibition includes more than 500 crechès from all over the world. LUMA file photo.

LUMA’s exhibition includes more than 500 crechès from all over the world. LUMA file photo.

By Chloe Croom

An intimate group gathered in the Loyola University Museum of Art, on Saturday afternoon to meet James Govan, the collector of this year’s exhibition of Art and Faith of the Crèche.

This is the seventh year for the museum’s annual holiday exhibition. The collection this year comes from James Govan and his late wife Emilia. They began collecting crèches, a model depicting the scene of Jesus Christ’s birth, in the 1970s. Since then he has amassed more than 500 crèches from more than 100 countries and cultures ranging from Armenia to Zimbabwe.

On Saturday morning, museum guests had the opportunity to walk through the exhibit with Govan as he told stories of particular crèches. He spoke about personal correspondences with the artists and called attention to small details in certain pieces.

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