Loyola marks Domestic Violence Awareness Month

The purple ribbon is a symbol of Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Image from Loyola University Chicago.

The purple ribbon is a symbol of Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Image from Loyola University Chicago.

All of October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month and different campus organizations are teaming up to spread awareness around Loyola.

The Gannon Scholars, V-Day Club, and the Wellness Center are all working together to inform the Loyola community about domestic violence through different events this month.

Domestic Violence Awareness Month began as a single Day of Unity in October 1981 by the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence. Their goal was to connect women’s advocates across the country who were working to end violence against women and their children. However, in 1987 the entire month of October became Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

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Chicago architecture festival to feature three Loyola buildings

Piper Hall. Photo from Loyola University Chicago.

Piper Hall. Photo from Loyola University Chicago.

By Abby McDowell

The Chicago Architecture Foundation is featuring three of Loyola University’s buildings on the Lake Shore campus Saturday and Sunday as part of Open House Chicago, the city’s largest architectural festival.

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Documentarian visits Loyola for screening, discussion

By Gabriela Richardson

“This is our land!” shout thousands of people in Inam Alungalam, a village in Tamil Nadu, India. They claim they are being stripped of their homes and land by the city government, to give way to  industrial and real estate projects.

“In God’s Land,” a documentary film by Pankaj Rishi Kumar, tells the  story of these villagers as they struggle to keep their land as the city appropriates it for a special economic zone.

Kumar visited Loyola’s Lake Shore Campus Oct. 9 for a screening and discussion of the documentary hosted by the International Studies program.

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Clean Energy Lab creates hands-on experience for students

Loyola's Biodiesel lab. Photo by Madeline Kenney.

Loyola’s Biodiesel lab. Photo by Madeline Kenney.

By Madeline Kenney

What started as a project to make use of the university waste and create usable products in the fall of 2007, became what is now known today as the Clean Energy Lab. Loyola University Chicago is the first and only school with an operation license to sell Biodiesel in the United States, and this student-run initiative is certified green business by the Illinois Green Business Association.‌

The Clean Energy Lab opened in the fall of 2013, and evolved from a Solutions to Environmental Problems or STEP course. The lab is primarily run by interns and students in the Biofuels Lab courses offered at Loyola.

“The Biodiesel lab is a good experience for students because it gets students involved hands-on in the field they might be interested in,” sophomore Biology major Najla Zayed said. “It helps us realize that sustainability is a practical thing and we can use the knowledge we gain from our labs and classes and project it out in the world, mainly in Chicago.”

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Author Steven Pinker discusses new book at Loyola event

By Christian Minnie

Dr. Steven Pinker, a New York Times-bestselling author, gave a talk on his new book “The Sense of Style” at Loyola. Pinker applies his own insights from linguistics and cognitive science to help writers of all occupations and walks of life — students included — craft clear, coherent and stylish prose.

Speaking at the Crown Center for Humanities Thursday evening, Pinker began his talk by noting that “every generation believes that the kids today are degrading language and taking civilization down with it. … Bad prose has burdened writers and readers in every era.” However, Pinker also offered words of assurance for those seeking to master the art of writing, asserting that perfecting prose is a lifelong process, hence mistakes are also a part of that process.

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Student group’s African Arts Festival a success

African Student Alliance

By Ayrealle Beavers

Students were able to learn more about African cultures this past Friday through the African Arts Festival. The African Student Alliance hosted the festival on Loyola’s Lake Shore Campus in the Damen Student Center Multipurpose room.

“As President of the African Student Alliance here on campus, I wanted to do something that hadn’t been done before,” said Heather Afriyie. “I wanted it to be interesting and a learning opportunity for Loyola Students while still having a great time.”

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Loyola students nominated for broadcast news awards

By Molly Morrison

Loyola graduate Megan Carabelli and senior Lauren Lopez were each honored recently with nominations for two different broadcast journalism awards.

A regional chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences — the same group that awards the Emmys — nominated both women for their College Student Production Awards. They women also received nominations for Illinois Broadcaster Association’s Student Silver Dome Award.

Carabelli and Lopez were nominated for assignments they worked on in Loyola newscasting classes taught by Professor Lee Hood, an assistant professor in the School of Communication.

“Both girls were really outstanding students,” Hood said. “They both have very distinct strengths that contribute to their talent.”

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