Advocate’s annual Drag Show a success

By Ayrealle Beavers

This past Thursday about 100 students lined up outside of the Damen Student Center Multipurpose room for Advocate’s Annual Drag Show. The doors opened 15 minutes later and within five minutes all of the seats were filled and people began to line the walls.

The Drag Show was hosted by Kahmora Hall and began with a tribute to Tajma Hall who passed away this past April. Tajma Hall hosted the Drag Show in past years and was also a Loyola Alum, along with Kahmora. The show had extravagant performances from Drag Queens and Loyola students. It was very inclusive of the audience having student dance competitions and also having volunteers from the audience dress in drag.

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The long journey and surprising history of Madonna Chapel’s new bells

The chapel's new bells are on display until their installation in November. Photo from LUC.

The chapel’s new bells are on display until their installation in November. Photo from LUC.

By Molly Morrison

The bells you’ve surely spotted around campus have one week left on the ground before they are lifted and installed in the beams of Loyola’s Madonna della Strada Chapel. These four bells have had a long journey, beginning as melted bronze in the Netherlands at the “Petit & Fritsen” bell foundry.

The family of bells traveled from Europe to Cincinnati, Ohio, in early September, where they were engraved, decorated and polished. After their final touches were complete, the bells arrived at Loyola.

Stephen Betancourt, assistant director of Campus Ministry and director of liturgical music, has facilitated the bells journey from the very beginning.

“We wanted to give students a chance to see the bells before they are hung in the beams of Madonna,” Betancourt said. “It’s really cool to touch them and be able to learn about the meaning of each one.”

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VIDEO: Sigma Chi’s Derby Days raises $40,000 for cancer charity

Photo from Sigma Chi - Lambda Nu via Facebook.

Photo from Sigma Chi – Lambda Nu via Facebook.

By Alexa Ristich

Last Friday, Sigma Chi held their annual dance competition to close out their week-long philanthropy event, Derby Days. This year, Sigma Chi and the rest of Loyola’s fraternities and sororities raised over $40,000 for the Huntsman Cancer Foundation, which was $6,000 more than they had raised last year.

Alpha Delta Pi took top honors at the dance competition, while Phi Sigma Sigma won the Derby Days week. Watch Kappa Kappa Gamma’s dance, which landed them third place overall in the dance competition:

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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