Loyola expert believes E-Cigarettes Encourage Youth to try Nicotine

by Mariah Evely

E Cigarettes Become Popular Alternative

Philip McAndrew, MD, is a physician and smoking cessation expert at Loyola University Health System as well as an assistant professor in the Department of Medicine at Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine.

“As physicians we have seen progress in getting kids not to smoke, but with e-cigarettes we are seeing the numbers rise. In 2011-2012 twice as many middle and high school students tried e-cigarettes. They are new, they are techy and seem fun. E-cigarettes are a real danger because not only can they lead to addiction to nicotine, with no FDA regulation we don’t now all the other chemicals in e-cigarettes that could cause harm. And, they are most easily accessible to kids,” said McAndrew in a Newswise article.

Train derailment causes delays on Red Line

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A train derailment Tuesday afternoon on the CTA’s Yellow Line is causing “significant delays” on the Yellow and Red Lines, the Chicago Sun-Times is reporting.

There were no reported injuries.

A southbound Yellow Line train derailed near the Howard station in Rogers Park at about 2:10 p.m., the Sun-Times reports.

The CTA website listed the derailment as the cause of “significant” delays on the Red Line, which connects with the Yellow at the Howard station. Purple line trains that also connect there could also be affected, the Sun-Times reports.

The incident could affect the commute of Loyola University Chicago students, faculty and staff riding the Red Line between the university’s Lake Shore Campus in Rogers Park and the Water Tower Campus downtown.

Click here for the complete Sun-Times story: DERAIL

Divvy bike rentals to hit road again Saturday

timthumb.phpBy Loyola Student Dispatch Staff

Loyola University Chicago students, staff and faculty will be able to rent Divvy bikes beginning at noon Saturday after the bicycle rental program shut down for two days due to blizzard conditions.

Divvy bike rental stations at located near Loyola’s downtown campus at Water Tower Place and State and Pearson streets. Divvy is coming to Rogers Park in the spring.

The blizzard, which has dumped more than a foot of snow on Chicago, forced Divvy to shut down at noon Thursday. It was the first time Divvy shut down since its introduction to the city earlier this year.

Of course, below zero degree weather is forecast for Monday and Tuesday, so we’ll see how many game riders there will be.

Here is the message from Divvy:

First of all, we want to thank everyone for their understanding yesterday as we closed the system. While we know the closure meant interrupting some riders’ regular routines using Divvy, we felt it was necessary due to the snowy conditions of the roads and stations. We appreciate those of you who have supported our decision as well as those who have given us feedback on how we can do better.

The good news is that we’ll be re-opening the system on Saturday, January 4 at 12:00 PM, unless the weather worsens significantly.

Given that this is the first time we’ve closed the system, we want to ensure stations are clear of snow and fully operational.

We continue to strive to be the most convenient, fast, fun, and affordable way to get around in Chicago. Certainly closing the system doesn’t help us achieve that, but we also want to look out for our riders and our staff when conditions might make riding and serving the system dangerous. We aim to keep the system operational except under severe circumstances.

If you have any further feedback, please email our team at info@divvybikes.com and let us know what you think we can improve on. We’ll review every email and keep getting better.

- The Divvy Team and the Chicago Department of Transportation

Snow shuts down Divvy bike rental

timthumb.phpBy Loyola Student Dispatch Staff

Loyola University Chicago students, staff and faculty will be unable to rent Divvy bikes Thursday after the bicycle rental program shut down due to blizzard conditions.

Divvy bike rental stations at located near Loyola’s downtown campus at Water Tower Place and State and Pearson streets. Divvy is coming to Rogers Park in the spring.

The three-day blizzard, which has dumped nearly 18 inches of snow on Chicago, forced Divvy to shut down for the first time since its introduction to the city earlier this year.

Here is the message from Divvy:

Due to the weather, we will temporarily close Divvy at 12:00PM on Thursday, January 2, 2014 to protect the safety of our members and staff. No bikes can be rented after the temporary closure has begun, though any bikes in use at the time can be returned to any Divvy station with an available dock.

If you have any question about whether the system is open or closed, please call to speak with a Member Service Representative at 1-855-55-DIVVY (553-4889). You can also find the latest updates on the Divvy website, Facebook, and Twitter. Members will also be informed of closure and re-opening via email.
In December, we served nearly 45,000 trips, and we’re looking forward to serving many more this winter.

Thank you again for your support and understanding.

Loyola Student Dispatch wants your blizzard photos

Loyola archive photo from 2011 Chicago  blizzard.

Loyola archive photo from 2011 Chicago blizzard.

By Loyola Student Dispatch Staff

Loyola University Chicago is buried under more than a foot of snow.

And if you’re out shoveling, pushing a car out of snow drift, building a snowman or walking along the icy lake, Loyola Student Dispatch wants to publish your photographs.

So share your memories by posting your snowy photos and videos on Loyola Student Dispatch.

Send your photos to: loyolastudentdispatch@gmail.com

Please be sure to include your name and a description of the circumstances or what happening in the picture.

Upload your videos to YouTube and send the link to:  loyolastudentdispatch@gmail.com

Halloween may bring boo-hoos to Loyola’s Internet


There might be more tricks than treats this Halloween for some computer users at Loyola University Chicago.

Early bird Internet users might encounter some spotty service, according to the university’s IT department.
Details in this message:

Loyola Community,
On Thursday, October 31, between 5–6 a.m., Information Technology Services will conduct maintenance on network equipment that will cause an intermittent disruption in access to all internet resources.
If you have any questions, please contact Loyola’s help desk at 773.508.4487 or helpdesk@luc.edu.
We’re sorry for this inconvenience.
Thank You,
Information Technology Services

Loyola Student Dispatch weekly video report

LSDWR Rianne1A new state-of-the-art Starbucks opens near Loyola University Chicago’s Lake Shore Campus in Rogers Park.

Loyola updates its drug and alcohol use policy for students, faculty and staff.

Suspected gunshots are heard outside a Loyola dorm in Rogers Park.

These are among the top stories this week on Loyola Student Dispatch.

And Rianne Coale, our News Anchor, examines these and other stories in her weekly video round-up.

Click here to view Rianne’s video report: ROUND-UP.

And visit Loyola Student Dispatch for the latest breaking news involving Loyola and it’s neighborhoods.

Loyola Student Dispatch is Loyola University Chicago’s unofficial, student-run breaking news service. Its mission is to capture events on and around campus as they happen, and to inform the Loyola community as quickly as possible.

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