Loyola Family Weekend begins today

For three days, Loyola University Chicago is inviting parents and families of current Loyola students to explore the campus and take part in a series of activities in Rogers Park and across the city.

Families will get the chance to enjoy a family barbecue in the West Quad along with an on-campus Second City comedy show and fireworks on Saturday night.

Family Weekend kicks off tonight and continues until Sunday, Sept. 27.

For a schedule of events click here.

Man arrested in Sept. 11 Rogers Park shooting

By Loyola Student Dispatch Staff

Nathanial Richardson has been arrested in connection with a shooting on Sept. 11 in which couple were shot in their car while driving on the 1600 block of West Juneway Terrace.

The 24-year-old man and 31-year-old woman were driving by a roadside memorial when they were shot after offending the shooter with the loud, pumping music in their car.

The memorial in Rogers Park was for a 19-year-old slain gang member.

A DNAinfo article by Linze Rice reports the following details of the shooting:

The shooter was apparently “offended” by the song — and “boom, boom, boom,” police Officer Robert Dworak said Tuesday night at a community policing meeting.

Dworak didn’t identify the offending tune, but did tell residents the innocent victims — a 24-year-old man and 31-year-old woman — survived and are in good condition.

The couple are reported to be in good condition.

Thieves posing as Uber drivers rob residents

By Loyola Student Dispatch Staff

Chicago police are warning residents about thieves who have been posing as Uber drivers to rob people on the North Side.

Courtesy sc.gov
Courtesy sc.gov

Here is the story from CBS New Chicago:

Chicago police were warning Uber users about robbers who have been posing as drivers to commit robberies on the North Side.

Police said there have been two similar robberies this month – one on Sept. 13 in Old Town, and another on Sept. 19 in River North.

In both instances, the victims had used the Uber app to order a ride, and two men posing as Uber drivers approached them while they were waiting for their ride, and invited them into their vehicle. Police said the robbers proceeded to intimidate the victims, and stole their debit cards and PINs.

Police said the suspects were driving a black Chevy Impala sedan, with a tinted rear window.

Uber suggested anyone who orders a ride through their service should make sure the license plate of the vehicle that picks them up matches the number provided by the Uber app.

Customers also should confirm the driver’s name and picture match the person picking them up, and never accept a ride from a car with more than one person inside, which is a violation of Uber policy.

Uber users should send a car away if anything seems wrong, and contact customer service immediately.

Three ‘Pope watch parties’ planned at Loyola campuses

To celebrate the historical address of Pope Francis to a joint meeting of the U.S. Congress, the Loyola University Chicago community will host three Pope watch parties on each of the campuses.

The #Pope2Congress parties are scheduled to kick-off just before the beginning of the Pope’s address on Thursday, Sept. 24, at 9 a.m., CST.

The entire Loyola community is invited to attend with discussions to follow after.

Details for the parties and a live-streaming link can be found on Loyola’s website here.

Shooting at Edgewater gas station

By Loyola Student Dispatch Staff

A 35-year-old man was shot early Sunday morning at a gas station in Edgewater.

A Chicago Sun-Times wire article reported the following of the incident:

Shortly before 4 a.m., he got into an argument with someone who pulled out a gun and shot him in the left hip and leg at the station in the 5700 block of North Broadway, according to Chicago Police.

A friend of the 35-year-old drove him to Presence Saint Francis Hospital in Evanston, where he is listed in good condition, police said.

Northside neighborhoods on alert after string of burglaries

Police are warning Northside business owners after a series of smash and grab burglaries in Rogers Park and Edgewater.

In each incident, a rock or a brick has been thrown through a window of the business and valuable items and cash have been stolen, according to an article by Linze Rice at DNAinfo.

Burglaries have been reported on the streets of W. Devon, W. Broadway and W. Morse Ave.

LUMA to participate in ‘Museum Day’

By Loyola Student Dispatch Staff

Several Chicago-area museums will be offering visitors free admission Saturday, Sept. 26, in celebration of Smithsonian Magazine’s “Museum Day, Live!”.

Loyola University Museum of Art will be among one of the city museums to offer free public admission.

The only stipulation is patrons will be required to reserve tickets online to receive the discount.

Other participating museums include the Adler Planetarium, the Chicago History Museum and the Museum of Contemporary Art.

For more details and a complete list of participating museums, visit NBC5 Chicago here.

WGN to broadcast from Schreiber Center

By Loyola Student Dispatch Staff

WGN Radio is set to broadcast from the Loyola University Chicago downtown campus Tuesday.

Both afternoon and morning news shows will be broadcast from the Schreiber Center lobby, part of the new addition of the Quinlan School of Business.

Loyola staff, alumni and administration are scheduled to make special appearances throughout both shows.

Tune into AM 720 to listen.

Colin Powell to speak at Loyola business school

By Loyola Student Dispatch Staff

Former U.S. Secretary of State and retired Army Gen. Colin Powell is scheduled as the keynote speaker for the grand opening of Loyola’s new John and Kathy Schreiber Center.

The event takes place Tuesday with tours of the center and a gala dinner.

Powell will also be speaking at a business forum sponsored by Loyola’s Quinlan School of Business, according to the Associated Press.

Powell along with representatives from Baxter International, AT&T Illinois, Wintrust and KPMG, LLP, will discuss issues covering the topics of business, government and education.