Vic Mensa performs homecoming show at Metro

By Nikhil Sequeira

This past Friday, Metro hosted Chicago’s very own Vic Mensa who performed to a sold out crowd. Mensa, a hip-hop recording artist, performed four new songs which will only be released in his upcoming extended play “Streetlights” set to release in July next year.

As part of the hip-hop group SAVE MONEY, Mensa brought out fellow rappers to perform songs with him and after the show, he was kind enough to sign posters and meet with his fans for nearly two hours.

A mere 21-year-old, Vic Mensa caught the attention of Virgin EMI Records and signed with the record label in 2013. Not only is he an emerging artist on the hip-hop scene, but he also has his own clothing line.

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VIDEO: Loyola’s Lake Shore Campus filled with holiday decorations

By Nader Issa

Loyola University Chicago put its students into the holiday spirit last week with the addition of holiday decorations around the university’s Lake Shore Campus.

Tree lights, Christmas trees and red and green spotlights can be seen all around campus as part of Loyola’s preparation for the holiday season.

The campus’s biggest Christmas tree can be found in the Damen Student Center, which happens to be the most decorated part of the campus. Lights line all the trees that surround the student center and red and green lights can be seen shining on the building from across the campus.

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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 LUC.edu/communityrelations.

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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