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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Alpha Sigma Alpha celebrates 50 years at Loyola

By Abby McDowell

Last weekend, the Gamma Lambda chapter of Alpha Sigma Alpha celebrated its 50th anniversary of establishment on Loyola University Chicago’s campus.

Founded in 1964, the sorority’s 50th year makes Gamma Lambda as the oldest chapter on campus.

“While our sorority started out very small, installed with only 6 women, it has since grown to have over one hundred women,” said Kelsey Moore, vice president of alumnae and heritage. “Even though our chapter may have increased in size over the past fifty years, the importance or our sorority and what it means to be a member of Gamma Lambda has remained the same.”

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Loyolans find spiritual home in student-run church

Photo from Loyola University Chicago.

Photo from Loyola University Chicago.

 

By Sarah Harrington

Every Sunday, a church founded by a small group of Loyola students comes together to worship. Known as Ecclesia, the congregation has grown to include dozens of students, who say they have developed personal and spiritual connections with the church, which is still student-led.

Between 50 and 60 students regularly attend Ecclesia’s interdenominational Christian service, which takes place Sunday nights in Mundelein Center’s Palm Court. Each service starts with a call to worship, and the church is currently in a series on the biblical topic of Kingdom.

“I like Ecclesia because it’s run by students and for students,” said Mary Williams, a member of the church. “It encourages people and their gifts to come together and worship in a community.”

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Video: Students find friendly competition in Greek Week Games

By Annemarie Laredo

Members of Loyola’s fraternities and sororities competed this past Saturday in the annual Greek Games in Halas Recreational Center on the Lakeshore Campus.

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Loyola’s Department of Fine and Performing Arts presents Hot Mikado

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Loyola University Chicago’s Department of Fine and Performing Arts (DFPA) will end its 2013-2014 main stage theatre season with Hot Mikado by David H. Bell and music by Rob Bowen, directed by Sarah Gabel.

The musical focuses on Ko-Ko, Nanki-Poo, and Yum-Yum–three characters captured in a love triangle, which results in hilarious complications. The musical’s long history of adaptations and revivals has led to a combination of research for Loyola’s own production.

The following information is from Inside Loyola:

Hot Mikado opens Friday, April 4, and runs through Sunday, April 13. An American Sign Language (ASL) interpreter will be signing at the Friday, April 11 performance. Thursday through Saturday evening performances begin at 7:30 p.m., and Sunday matinees begin at 2 p.m. A preview night will be held Thursday, April 3 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $10–$20, with discounts available for students, alumni, faculty, staff, and senior citizens. Preview tickets are available for $5 at the door.

Supernatural spinoff films pilot at Loyola

By Mariah Evely

Photo by Mariah Evely

Film crew set up outside of Dumbach Hall on Loyola’s Lake Shore Campus. Photo by Mariah Evely

Students may have noticed the hustle and bustle around Loyola University Chicago’s Dumbach Hall this afternoon as a TV film crew set up outside to shoot a few scenes of the hit CW TV show Supernatural’s spin off pilot episode.

The pilot episode of “Supernatural: Bloodlines” will be a backdoor pilot. This means that it will air in “Supernatural” as a regular episode (Season 9 episode 20).

The spin off  “Supernatural: Bloodlines” has been filming in Vancouver. The show is in Chicago to film exterior scenes to be used in the episode.

The protagonists of the show are Ennis Roth (Lucien Laviscount) and David Hayden (Nathaniel Buzolic). Roth, the son of a cop, becomes a monster hunter after his fiancee gets killed. Hayden is a shapeshifter who gave up the monster life until the death of his brother pulls him back in.

Signs warning students that filming was in progress were posted around Dumbach Hall as were photo release signs. Students were allowed to watch the filming process from a short distance away. Background actors were positioned all around Dumbach Hall’s exterior.

When filming wrapped at around 1:40 p.m. students asked and were allowed to take photos with actor Nathaniel Buzolic.

“Bloodlines” would begin filming its first season in July if it gets the green light.

Nathaniel Buzolic and Loyola sophomore Lauren Stone.

Nathaniel Buzolic and Loyola sophomore Lauren Stone.

 

Quinlan School of Business receives $10 million

by Mariah Evely

Alumni John C. Schreiber and Kathy Schreiber donated a $10 million gift to Loyola’s Quinlan School of Business on March 20, 2014. The gift will go toward the construction of a new facility for the business school to be named the John and Kathy Schreiber Center.

Here is the full information from Father Michael J. Garanzini, S.J.:

Mr. Schreiber graduated from our school of business in 1968 and went on to Harvard Business School and a successful career in real estate investment management. He and Kathy have raised a family of eight children and have twelve grandchildren. They have dedicated their gift to F. Virgil Boyd and Raymond C. Baumhart, S.J., deans of the business school during Mr. Schreiber’s time there who provided him with inspiration and guidance. The Schreibers have been significant supporters of many educational institutions in the Chicago area, including Loyola University Chicago, where they established a scholarship endowment fund in 2008 for students from Lake County, Illinois. This $10 million donation for a new facility constitutes a special gift to Loyola University Chicago. It is a testament to the excellence of our past faculty and administrators and an investment in the future of business education at Loyola.

The Schreiber Center will be a state-of-the-art, environmentally sustainable facility that will inspire collaboration, learning, and great debate, transforming the way we deliver—and our students benefit from—our world-class business education. The 10-story building will feature advanced classrooms, innovative social spaces, and a sophisticated system of atria that will harness natural ventilation and harvest daylight, increasing energy efficiency and light throughout the facility. It is expected to be completed by August 2015.

We are very grateful to Mr. and Mrs. Schreiber for this transformational gift and for their commitment to Loyola University Chicago.

Sincerely,

Michael J. Garanzini, S.J.
President and CEO