Labre Ministries provides food, friendship to Chicago’s homeless

Water Tower Campus. Photo from Loyola University Chicago.

Water Tower Campus. Photo from Loyola University Chicago.

By Matthew Schultz

When people venture along Michigan Avenue, what’s the first thing they notice? Besides the eye-popping cultural and commercial landmarks, they may see many homeless individuals who often struggle to find their next meal. And often, that meal comes from Labre Ministry, a program at Loyola’s Water Tower Campus.

“The central idea of Labre is solidarity,” said sophomore Patrick Sullivan, one of the leaders of Loyola’s Labre Ministries. “The Jesuit principles largely revolve around this concept.”

Loyola’s version of Labre, which was originally based in Ohio, provides homeless people with meals every Thursday at 6:00 p.m.

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Heartland Cafe’s Wednesday open mic nights a neighborhood draw

Heartland Cafe. Creative Commons photo by Flickr user renee_mcgurk.

Heartland Cafe. Creative Commons photo by Flickr user renee_mcgurk.

Every Wednesday night, the nearby restaurant Heartland Cafe hosts a funky Open Mic night starting at 10 p.m. Open to the public, anyone can come express themselves through any form they choose, be it poetry, song or dance.

Located right off the Morse Red Line stop at 7000 N. Glenwood Ave., Heartland Cafe offers a cool, intimate environment and good eats right in Loyola’s neighborhood. The restaurant, which also has a small grocery section, makes an effort to fill their menu with local, organic ingredients with a conscious attempt to attune their customers to living a sustainable and socially conscious lifestyle.

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Seven tips for college students to avoid getting sick

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By Madeline Kenney

It is that time of year that it seems everyone and their roommates around campus are falling ill. Your physical health should always be a priority to you especially as an active college student.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, here are seven ways to avoid getting sick:

  1. Avoid close contact with people who are sick or who have been exposed to someone sick. Although it can be hard to avoid a roommate or friend, try your best to keep your distance and sanitize after close contact with someone sick.
  2. If you get sick, take responsibility and stay home. This will help prevent your illness from spreading to others.
  3. Cover your mouth and nose when you are coughing or sneezing.
  4. Clean your hands with soap and water or hand-sanitizer gels.
  5. Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth, so in the case you do touch something contaminated with germs you don’t get them in your system.
  6. Clean and disinfect your room and work area frequently.
  7. Take care of yourself by getting plenty of sleep, managing your stress appropriately, drinking plenty of water, being physically active and eating healthy.

Sadly, these tips are not fool proof. In the event you do fall ill, contact the Wellness Center by calling Dial-A-Nurse at (773) 508-8883. You can discuss your symptoms with the nurse and they can give you advice as to what you should next.

Loyola Station Farmers Market showcases local vendors

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File photo.

Hundreds of the Rogers Park community pass by the Loyola Farmers Market every Monday afternoon on their way to or from the train. Taking a stroll through the farmers market, it’s evident this gathering calls for community, conservation, and a lot of delicious food.

The Loyola Farmers Market was launched in June of 2011 and hosts 11 Chicago growers and producers from neighboring states near the Loyola Red Line station.

“Your food’s not coming from California. It’s coming from Indiana or Michigan or Illinois,” said Kelly Hoff , assistant manager of the farmers market.

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Voting now open for Kenmore plaza’s new name

Photo from Loyola University Chicago.

Photo from Loyola University Chicago.

By Alexa Ristich

Voting for the name of the new Kenmore plaza opened Thursday.

The new plaza is on the 6300 block of North Kenmore Avenue, located between de Nobili Hall and the Institute of Environmental Sustainability. The plaza was built over the spring semester and summer of 2014 and finally opened this passed August.

The University received over 200 submissions for the new name from students, faculty and staff. They have finally narrowed it down to these three options: St. Ignatius Plaza, Rambler Plaza and Loyola Plaza.

Voting will be open from now until 5 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct 8. Click here to submit a vote.

Feminist Forum discusses gender roles in film

Students discussed the depiction of women in films as well as the He for She movement at a recent Feminist Forum event. Photo by Lauren Hames

Students discussed the depiction of women in films as well as the He for She movement at a recent Feminist Forum event. Photo by Lauren Hames

By Lauren Hames

Loyola’s Feminist Forum held a discussion on gender roles based on the popular film Legally Blonde Monday evening in Cuneo Hall.

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USGA President talks textbooks, community at State of the Students address

stack-of-books[1]By Annemarie Laredo

Tuesday evening, a large crowd of Loyola University Chicago students poured into The Den in Damen Student Center to hear the president of USGA tell them how students’ voices has been heard, and changes in student life as well as the areas for improvement.

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