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Garanzini joins Chicago school board

Loyola Chancellor Michael Garanzini. Loyola University Chicago photo.

Loyola Chancellor Michael Garanzini.
Loyola University Chicago photo.

Loyola Student Dispatch

Loyola University Chicago Chancellor Michael Garanzini, S.J., has been appointed to the Chicago Board of Education at a time of sweeping changes for the nation’s third largest public school district.

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel named Garanzini to the school board along with Mark Furlong, CEO of BMO Harris Bank, Dominique Jordan Turner, president and CEO of the Chicago Scholars Foundation, and Gail Ward, a 35-year veteran of CPS who served as the first principal of Walter Payton College Prep, according to the Chicago Sun-Times.

The new board members join at a time when Chicago Public Schools faces massive pension funding shortfalls and a federal investigation into recently-resigned CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett for alleged contract improprieties.

Read the full Sun-Times story here: SCHOOLS

Gang member shot in Rogers Park

By Loyola Student Dispatch Staff

A man described by police as a “documented gang member” was critically wounded Monday afternoon when he was shot in the Rogers Park neighborhood, according to the Chicago Sun-Times.

The man was shot at about 1 p.m. in the 7600 block of North Ashland Avenue.

Read the entire Sun-Times story here: SHOOTING.

Body pulled from water in Rogers Park

By Loyola Student Dispatch Staff

Chicago police and fire investigators are working to identify a body pulled from the Chicago River Monday in the West Rogers Park neighborhood.

The body was pulled from the water about 10:30 a.m. Monday near West Peterson Avenue.

Read the Chicago Tribune story on the incident by clicking here: RECOVERY

Christmas lights may go out at Cuneo

By Loyola Student Dispatch Staff

Is this the last Christmas ever at Loyola University Chicago’s Cuneo Mansion in Vernon Hills?

It appears that the mansion’s annual Winter Wonderland light festival may be over after 21 years.

Cuneo Mansion. Loyola file photo.

Cuneo Mansion.
Loyola file photo.

Since 1994, thousands of cars have passed through the estate to view an array of colorful holiday light displays. Loyola was deeded the 88-acre estate in 2010 as a gift from owner John Cuneo.

Now a portion of that land is planned for development, which likely means that the festival will end when the lights are turned off on Saturday evening, according to the Daily Herald:

Read the Daily Herald story here: LIGHTS

Loyola warns of binge drinking dangers

By Loyola Student Dispatch Staff

College students, beware of your drinking habits.

A new study from the Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine suggests that binge drinking can affect your immune system.

Michigan.gov image

Michigan.gov image

Here are details of the study from a Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine news release:

Binge drinking in young, healthy adults significantly disrupts the immune system, according to a study led by a researcher now at Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine.

Depending on their weight, study participants drank four or five shots of vodka. Twenty minutes after reaching peak intoxication, their immune systems revved up. But when measured again, at two hours and five hours after peak intoxication, their immune systems had become less active than when sober.

The study by Majid Afshar, MD, MSCR, and colleagues is published online ahead of print in Alcohol, an international, peer-reviewed journal. Continue reading

Senior student athletes reflect on final seasons

new-athletics-logo[1]By Lindsay Fillingim

Many seniors across Division I athletics have recently had their final season come to an end. For some, this marks the end of a long career while for others it is just the beginning of another chapter as they continue their sport professionally. Aside from the chance to play the sport they love, free athletic gear and scholarships, college athletes get much more out of sports than just the sport.

When asked what the single most important thing she will take away from her career at Loyola, senior volleyball player, Laura Purcell, said it’s the relationships.

“I have made so many great relationships with my teammates that I know will last forever,” Purcell said. “Going through adversity and highs and lows really helps to bond you together in a way that nothing else can.”

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Stressing over finals? Take a break with these Chicago holiday events

ZooLights at Lincoln Park Zoo is just one of several free or low-cost holiday events in Chicago that students can visit this season. Photo from Lincoln Park Zoo.

ZooLights at Lincoln Park Zoo is just one of several free or low-cost holiday events in Chicago that students can visit this season. Photo from Lincoln Park Zoo.

By Lindsay Fillingim

The semester is winding down, final projects are being submitted and students are beginning to study for final exams. As everything becomes a huge rush and stress starts to set in, it is very easy to get lost in what for most college students is the busiest time of year. For Loyola students, there are plenty of opportunities to take a break from the stress and enjoy the holiday season. Chicago has many fun events and attractions to make students feel at home during the holidays.

The annual Magnificent Mile Lights Festival has come and gone and now the lights on Michigan Avenue shine brightly every evening as a reminder to passersby of the beauty of the season. If you missed out on the parade there are still plenty of opportunities to window shop, see the lights and feel festive without wearing out your wallet.

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