Loyola’s film and digital media program on the rise

By Nikhil Sequeira

While it was only a few years ago that saw fewer than 20 students in Loyola’s film program, the major now boasts to having enrolled over 100 students. The program has now attracted more international students, which is a great stepping stone for the film and digital media program.

“Most film students focus on getting into top film schools like NYU and USC because that’s apparently where the best filmmakers are made, but that simply isn’t true,” said Murilla Bre Derode, an international film and digital media major. “Loyola has really good equipment and all a student needs is creativity and tenacity to make some great work.”

Students have ample opportunities to flourish in the world of film. A few years ago, two students screened their short film at the highly acclaimed Cannes Film Festival after having won Campus MovieFest, the largest student film festival in the world.

Take a look behind the scenes as students shoot a film on campus:

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Students excited about Rambler basketball as men’s team wins season-opener

Loyola mascot LU Wolf leads fans in a cheer at Midnight Madness. Photo from Loyola Ramblers Facebook page.

Loyola mascot LU Wolf leads fans in a cheer at Midnight Madness. Photo from Loyola Ramblers Facebook page.

By Matt Markowski

Loyola’s men’s basketball team swept past Rockhurst Friday, winning 71-58 at their season opener at Gentile Arena.

With 19 points and 8 rebounds, Montel James helped the Ramblers come back from a half-time deficit, and soar past Rockhurst. The women’s team played with great effort, but Simone Law and Becca Smith’s double-figure scoring were not enough to bring Loyola back against Georgia Tech, losing 92-57.

After the games, Loyola Student Dispatch reporter Matt Markowski went to the Lake Shore Campus to ask fellow students their thoughts on the games and on the upcoming season for both the men’s and women’s teams.

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FBI representatives give lecture on new threats to the homeland

By Christian Minnie

FBI representatives were on campus Nov. 6 to give a lecture on the role the FBI plays in combating the threat of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) and other new emerging threats.

Speaking at Cuneo Hall, Supervisory Special Agent Dan William, head of the bureau’s Chicago Joint Terrorism Task Force, and Intelligence Analyst Kelly Carolan, a Loyola graduate, discussed the threat ISIL poses to the homeland.

“Currently the FBI is investigating individuals who have either traveled throughout, aspire to travel, or have returned from, denied areas of Syria and ISIL controlled areas,” William said. “Our priority is to head off potential terrorist attacks here in Chicago and throughout the rest of the nation by identifying and disrupting the plots of ISIL members and sympathizers, as well as those of homegrown violent extremists.”

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Students speak out on safety, crime in Rogers Park

By Abby McDowell

With multiple instances of crime around campus each semester, Loyola students are sounding off on how safe they feel in Rogers Park. Although the North Side neighborhood is not the most dangerous area of Chicago, crimes near campus can still be alarming.

On Nov. 2 Campus Safety alerted students that one of their peers was robbed on North Glenwood Avenue, about four blocks west of campus. The student was not physically harmed, but it brings to mind the question of safety on and off campus for students.

“When I’m walking back home after dark I’ve definitely felt scared. Since I live north of campus it can get dangerous around there,” senior Katie Hoffman said.

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Loyola deans speak about race, achievement disparity in education

Loyolauniversitycrest[1]By Molly Morrison

Loyola Deans Anita Thomas and Michael Dantley spoke about racial equality in education in a presentation Nov. 6 called “Will it Ever Be Equal? Achievement Disparity in Education.” Both Thomas and Dantley work within Loyola’s School of Education.

This presentation was a part of Loyola’s Fall Speaker Series, offered in conjunction with the “RACE: Are We So Different?” exhibition that is being brought to the Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center in Skokie by the YWCA Evanston/North Shore. Loyola is a sponsor of the exhibition.

Thomas spoke about the importance of creating an environment that students not only feel comfortable in, but one where race can be talked about.

“Race is often one of the most identifiable characteristics that we have, yet it’s one of the things we talk about the least,” she said.

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Loyola University student reported missing

Chan Williams. Photo from Campus Safety.

Chan Williams. Photo from Campus Safety.

By Sarah Harrington

A Loyola University Chicago student has been reported missing, Campus Safety said in an email sent to students and staff on Wednesday. Officials are seeking assistance to help find the student.

Chan Williams, 20, has been reported missing by his father, the email said. Concern was raised when he stopped answering phone calls, emails and attending his classes. He was last seen Friday at 8 p.m. as he entered the Board of Trade building located at 500 S. LaSalle, Campus Safety said.

He is described as a male African-American about 6 feet tall and approximately 200 pounds with short black hair and brown eyes, Campus Safety said. Chan was last seen wearing a black fleece jacket, black shirt, dark grey athletic shorts, black socks and grey Puma-brand athletic shoes.

A missing person report has also been filed with the Chicago Police Department, the email said.

Loyola is urging any students with information on Chan’s whereabouts to call Campus Safety at (773) 508-6039 or contact Chicago Police Department via 911.