Pelissero to give State of the University address

By Taylor Utzig, Editor

Loyola students and staff are invited to attend the State of the University address given by Interim President Dr. John P. Pelissero.

Pelissero’s address will take place at Water Tower Campus on Monday, Feb. 8, and at the Lakeshore Campus on Tuesday, Feb. 9.

For those who cannot attend, the Tuesday night State of the University will be streamed via Loyola’s webpage.

The Office of the President sent out the following schedule for the events:

Water Tower Campus
Monday, February 8
11 a.m. – Remarks and Q&A
Noon – Reception
Corboy Law Center, Kasbeer Hall, 15th Floor

Lake Shore Campus
Tuesday, February 9
4 p.m. – Remarks and Q&A
5 p.m. – Reception
Sullivan Center for Student Services, Galvin Auditorium

Founders of #BlackLivesMatter to speak at MLK Celebration

By Taylor Utzig, Editor

BLM Photo
Co-founders of Black Lives Matter movement from left to right: Opal Tometi, Alicia Garza, Patrice Cullors

The three female co-founders of #BlackLivesMatter, Opal Tometi, Alicia Garza and  Patrisse Cullors, will keynote Loyola’s 2016 Martin Luther King Jr. celebration on Wednesday, Jan. 27.

Coined back in 2012, the phrase, “black lives matter”, was first used by Garza on her Facebook in response to the acquittal of George Zimmerman in the death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin.

It was Cullors who first used the phrase in its hashtag form.

Today, the Black Lives Matter movement as led more than 900 protests and boasts chapters in the United States, Britain and Ghana.

This year’s MLK celebration will include both keynote luncheon in Kasbeer Hall at Loyola’s Water Tower Campus and a keynote speech in Damen MPR on the Lakeshore Campus.

Loyola student injured in Rogers Park shooting

By Taylor Utzig, Editor

A 19-year-old female student at Loyola University Chicago was shot near 6701 N Clark Friday evening.

While walking with friends around 9:30 p.m., the woman was struck in the lower back by a bullet fired from a passing car, according to a report from the Chicago Sun-Times.

Police have connected the shooting to a gray Nissan Altima, which was seen speeding away following the incident.

It has been determined that the woman was not the intended target and police have reported she is in critical condition at St. Francis Hospital in Evanston. 

Loyola Career Week to kick off next week

By Taylor Utzig, Editor

This year’s School of Communication Career Week will take place from Jan. 26 to Feb. 2 at Loyola’s Water Tower Campus.

The annual week-long event is designed to help Loyola students gain the the skills, knowledge, and confidence to succeed in an internship or job search.

Sessions will include advice from industry professionals and workshops focusing on resume-building, interview skills and networking.

For a full list of the event times and locations, visit Loyola SOC Career Week.

Loyola’s student government president resigns

By Taylor Utzig, Editor

Michael Fasullo, a senior at Loyola, announced his resignation as president of the Student Government of Loyola Chicago (SGLC) Tuesday, Jan. 20.

His resignation follows a complaint brought against Fasullo in December regarding a demonstration by the Students for Worker Justice on worker rights that occurred in November.

In a report from the Judicial Board of SGLC, Fasullo is charged with the following:

  1. Commitment to the Oath of office is in question
  2. Willingly and knowingly expressing assent to violate the Articles of Governance as well as university policy, thereby jeopardizing the commitment to the body served
  3. Failing to serve the organization as spokesperson in pursuing action that jeopardizes the integrity of the entire body without consideration of those parties

Fasullo was found guilty of two of the three charges and received three censures from the Judicial Board.

Fasullo’s letter to the Loyola community

Three censures would have been grounds for impeachment, according to SGLC Chief Justice Flavio Bravo.

Fasullo, who was elected into office in the spring of 2015, issued a letter to the Loyola community outlining the intent of his resignation.

For more information on Fasullo’s resignation, visit Loyola’s award-winning student newspaper, The Phoenix.

Loyola issues ban on hoverboards

By Taylor Utzig, Editor

Photo Credit: Ben Larsey/Flickr
Photo Credit: Ben Larsey/Flickr

Loyola Vice President of Student Developement, Jane Neufeld, announced in an email to Loyola students a new ban on the popular “hoverboard”, Friday, Jan. 15.

The email outlines the parameters of the ban, which prohibits “the use, storage, and possession of hoverboards, and similar devices typically powered by rechargeable lithium ion batteries, on campus.”

According to Neufeld, the decision came from a concern over the product’s fire safety standards after a number of hoverboards have been reported as spontaneously catching fire.

Various prohibitions of hoverboards have been issued across campuses nationwide in response to these fire safety concerns, including George Washington University, American University, Ohio State University and Xavier University.

Rogers Park blaze injures seven firefighters

Loyola Student Dispatch Staff

A Monday morning fire that tore through a three-story building in Rogers Park injured at least seven Chicago firefighters.

Here is a portion of the story from the Chicago Tribune:

At least seven firefighters were injured when an extra-alarm fire tore through a three-story apartment building in the Rogers Park neighborhood Monday morning, according to fire officials.estes

The fire broke out shortly before 6 a.m. in the 1700 block of West Estes Avenue and was raised to a 2-11 alarm as flames spread through the top two floors and crews briefly lost track of a firefighter, authorities said.

Click here for the entire Tribune story: FIRE

Loyola doctors make top list

Thirty-five Loyola University Medical Center physicians have been named to Chicago magazine’s 2016 Top Doctors list.


Here are the details from a Loyola news release:

The Top Doctors list is published in the January, 2016 issue of Chicago magazine, on newsstands now.

Castle Connolly, a healthcare research and information company, compiled the Top Doctors list for Chicago magazine. Castle Connolly conducts an annual survey of all licensed physicians nationwide. Physicians are asked to nominate as many as 10 physicians they consider the best in their own specialty and as many as three they consider the best in other specialties. They are asked to take into account factors such as education, hospital appointment, board certifications and bedside manner.

Doctors could not nominate themselves, nor pay to appear on the list.

Chicago magazine’s 2016 Top Doctors list includes the following 35 Loyola University Medical Center physicians:

Kathy Albain, MD. Medical Oncology;

Gerard Aranha, MD. Surgery;

Mamdouh Bakhos, MD. Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery;

James Berman, MD, Pediatric Gastroenterology;

Jose Biller, MD, Neurology;

Charles Bouchard, MD. Ophthalmology;

Bipan Chand, MD. Surgery;

Joseph Clark, MD. Medical Oncology;

Robert Dieter, MD. Interventional Cardiology;

Bahman Emami, MD. Radiation Oncology;

Mary Ann Emanuele, MD. Endocrinology;

Robert Flanigan, MD. Urology;

Ellen Gaynor, MD. Medical Oncology;

Jean Ricci Goodman, MD. Maternal/Fetal Medicine;

Joel Hardin, MD. Cardiology;

David Hatch, MD, Pediatric Urology;

Alain Heroux, MD. Cardiology;

Andrew Hotaling, MD. Otolaryngology;

Paul Kuo, MD. Surgery;

John Leonetti, MD. Otolaryngology;

Fred Leya, MD. Interventional Cardiology;

Terry Light, MD. Hand Surgery;

Christopher Loftus, MD. Neurological Surgery;

John Lopez, MD. Interventional Cardiology;

James McDonnell, MD. Ophthalmology;

Jonathan Muraskas, MD, Neonatal Medicine;

Sucha Nand, MD. Hematology;

J. Paul O’Keefe, MD. Infectious Disease;

Ronald Potkul, MD. Gynecologic Oncology;

Theodore Saclarides, MD. Colon and Rectal Surgery;

Garry Sigman, MD. Pediatrics;

William Small, Jr., MD. Radiation Oncology;

James Stankiewicz, MD. Otolaryngology;

Patrick Stiff, MD. Hematology/Oncology; and

David Wilber, MD. Cardiac Electrophysiology.

Coach Swoopes earns Hall of Fame nomination

By Taylor Utzig, Editor

Head coach of the Loyola women’s basketball team, Sheryl Swoopes, has been nominated for a 2016 induction into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.

Photo credit: Loyola Rambler Athletics
Photo credit: Loyola Rambler Athletics

Swoopes is the only player in WNBA or NBA history to win MVP and Defensive Player of the Year three times.

She is a four-time WNBA Champion for the Houston Comets and a three-time Olympic gold medalist.

Her name joins basketball greats Shaquille O’Neal, Allen Iverson, Yao Ming and Michigan State head coach Tom Izzo on the list of nominees.

The official class of 2016 for the Hall of Fame will be announced April 4, 2016.

Korean food at Dak is more than just business for Ju family

By Courtney Tan

The Jus are busy at work as they season, brine and marinade meat and vegetables to prepare for the work day. Photo by Courtney Tan.
The Jus are busy at work as they season, brine and marinade meat and vegetables to prepare for the work day. Photo by Courtney Tan.

Dak is special to the Ju family. The relatively new Korean restaurant in Edgewater unified the family after many hardships — from the closure of their first restaurant to a cancer diagnosis.

The cramped kitchen is filled with silver appliances and four seemingly exhausted kitchen staff. Sunhui, who also goes by Mama Ju, due to her kind and affectionate nature, wipes a knife across her apron as she prepares to cut mushrooms.

Seteak takes his glasses off and wipes his tired, wrinkled face as he prepares to wash and brine the chicken by hand. The two brothers, Daniel and Tom, both in their 30s, begin to prepare for the 12-hour shift by switching out their sneakers for more comfortable shoes and tying aprons over their bulky bodies.

Dak’s wooden tables, black floors and simple decorations give the restaurant a clean look. The space is small with roughly 20 seats and bright, colorful pictures of South Korea are framed against the wall.

Meat fries in oils while fresh carrots, mushrooms and other vegetables are chopped and prepared for pickling and seasoning. The pressure cooker with chicken inside beeps and hisses loudly, almost drowning out the pop music blasting from the speakers.

An order for a beef rice bowl and five Dak sauce wings — the restaurant’s most popular combination — comes in and the Jus get right to work. Married for almost 40 years, Mama Ju and Seteak, both in their 60s, marinade, steam, pickle, ferment and season the food.

Daniel and Tom keep the restaurant running and fry the meats. Mama Ju adds a generous scoop of steaming white rice into a metal bowl and begins to arrange cucumbers, bean sprouts and other vegetables. The family works in silence until the meal is ready.

However, the process didn’t always go this smoothly. In fact, after their first restaurant closed, Tom and Daniel had once thought the family wouldn’t be able to work together again.

In 2003, Daniel, Mama Ju, and Seteak opened up a Japanese restaurant in Cleveland hoping to gain popularity through the rising sushi trend. Seteak, a sushi chef by trade, had insisted that offering high-quality Japanese food and sushi would do well in a busy city, such as Cleveland.

Although the Ju family had high hopes for this restaurant, they faced financial issues as the building’s rent went up and business slowed down. The restaurant’s management and marketing were lacking and it closed after a mere two years.

Sorely disappointed, the Jus agreed not to work together again. Mama Ju and Seteak were the most disappointed as South Korean immigrants who arrived from Seoul in Chicago in 1977 with only $200 to their name.

Mama Ju and Seteak hoped to provide a better life for their future children with the little education they had. They both started out working in dry cleaning shops, Korean grocery stores and other Korean restaurants to be able to feed and provide for their two growing boys and rent a decent-sized apartment.

“Sacrifice and struggle doesn’t even begin to explain what they went through,” Tom says.

In 2007, it felt as though the family’s struggles would finally be rewarded — but this feeling was only temporary.

Every day, for years, Seteak played the same six lottery numbers, 7-8-24-28-32-41, at the local convenience store next to the dry cleaning shop where he worked. Then, on September 22, 2007, Seteak stopped in disbelief as he stared at the winning numbers in his hand.

“It felt so surreal. It felt like my dreams were coming true,” Seteak recalls. “I could finally be a part of the American dream.”

He had won $9 million, with a payout of $3.1 million. It was an amount he’d never expected to see in his lifetime.

Two years later, Mama Ju was diagnosed with breast cancer. Chemotherapy, medication and the whole family’s relocation to Chicago, where there were better treatment options, depleted the lottery winnings fairly quickly.

A health insurance problem and other personal family issues forced the family to spend even more money. The Jus also had sent most of their money to relatives in South Korea who “needed the money more than they did,” as Mama Ju put it. After four years, the lottery money had dwindled down to just $15,000.

The news of Mama Ju’s breast cancer was a shock to the family. “She’s the one thing that keeps this family together and sane,” Daniel says.

As she slowly recovered in Chicago, Daniel began to contemplate the family’s next steps. Seteak was semi-retired and Mama Ju had been out of work for a couple of years. Without many options, Seteak and Mama Ju began to reconsider working at a dry cleaning shop, but Daniel disagreed with that idea. He told the family they should open up a restaurant instead.

“She’s always been good at cooking, and people have paid her to cook for her events. So why not do what she’s good at?” Tom says about the opening of the restaurant.

The family knew only two things: it would be a Korean restaurant and would focus on fried chicken, a rising trend.

“We went into this knowing we wanted a restaurant, but we didn’t have a menu. The only thing that kept me from blowing up at my family was my mom,” Daniel says while laughing.

Despite disagreements, the family managed to complete a menu they found satisfactory and in 2012, Dak finally opened. ABC’s Hungry Hound, Steve Dolinsky, was one of their most famous early customers. It was so busy that the restaurant ran out of chicken and the wait time was over two hours.

For now, the Ju family has figured out a system that works and although sales are much better than their first restaurant’s, it isn’t as much as they’d like it to be.

“Our goal is to get my parents out of the restaurant and into retirement,” Daniel says. “They’ve worked too hard and been through too much to work 12-hour shifts a day.”