Fans, athletes bond at Rambler Rowdies game night

File photo from Loyola University Chicago.
File photo from Loyola University Chicago

By Sarah Harrington

Loyola athletes and students bonded Wednesday at a meet-and-greet and game night  a friendly competition that included tossing around a simple roll of toilet paper.

The club Rambler Rowdies hosted the event, and teams in attendance included men’s soccer, women’s volleyball and women’s basketball. The students and teams came together to nurture friendships and create unity on campus.

“I hope it builds a sense of family through new friends you can share something in common with and a build community,” said Erin Yurko, president of Rambler Rowdies.

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Loyola student missing since Monday

By Mariah Evely

Missing Loyola student Lucas Fleisher
Missing Loyola student Lucas Fleisher

Lucas Fleisher, a Loyola University Chicago student has been reported missing by his friends. Fleisher was last seen on Monday April 21, at a Walgreen’s, located at Sheridan and Irving Park, at 7:19 p.m. Campus Safety is currently seeking any information that would them locate him and ascertain his well being.

If you have any information on Fleisher’s whereabouts please call Campus Safety at 773.508.6039.

Loyola to Host 3rd Annual Health, Hope & Heroes 5K Run/Walk and Children’s Hero Hustle

 by Mariah Evely


The Loyola University Chicago will host its Third Annual Health, Hope and Heroes 5K Run/Walk and Children’s Hero Hustle on Sunday, June 8 at 9 a.m. on the shared campus of the Loyola University Medical Center and Edward Hines Jr. VA Hospital at 2160 S. First Ave. in Maywood, Ill. rmch_3spot_2_07

After the race will by the Children’s Hero Hustle at 10:30 a.m. Mascots from the area will be available to entertain kids as they race. Children ages 4 and younger will run a 50-yard dash; children ages 5 and older will run a 100-yard dash. Kids’ activities will also be held at the finish line area from 9-11:30 a.m.

For more information about the race, the heroes and to donate click here.

Nacho Average Ping Pong Tournament raises awareness about Domestic Violence

by Mariah Evely

The Alpha Chi Omega Iota Rho chapter will host its second annual Nacho Average Ping Pong Tournament and events throughout the week of March 17-21. All proceeds benefit Between Friends, a nonprofit agency dedicated to breaking the cycle of domestic violence and building a community free of abuse.

Alpha Chi Omega will have tables in Damen Student Center where students can learn more about domestic violence awareness and sign up teams from 11 a.m. -4 p.m. on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday of this week. The Ping Pong Tournament will be held on Saturday, March 22 from 3 p.m. to 6p.m. in Lake Shore Dining and will have a nacho bar.

For more information follow Alpha Chi Omega on Twitter @AXOLUC or like them on Facebook. Students can find the event page here. To sign up a team e-mail Briana Vivacqua at


Loyola to host Third Annual ‘Fun Run’


Flyer for the event. From the Fun Run website.

By Mariah Evely

Loyola University Chicago will host its third annual ‘Fun Run’ on Saturday, April 12. This event aims to raise awareness and funding for Kids Caring 4 Kids, a charity with the goal to improve the lives of children across Africa through the efforts of children in America.

The Fun Run route begins at Mundelein Center, at the Lake Shore Campus, at 9 a.m. and ends at the Terry Student Center at the Water Tower Campus, a total distance of 7.8 miles. The suggested cost of the event is $15 per contestant. To register to participate, or for more information click here.

Stritch Student Receives Leadership Award from AAMC

by Mariah Evely

Ray Mendez. Photo from
Ray Mendez. Photo from

Ray Mendez, a third-year medical student at Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine, was named a 2013 Herbert W. Nickens Medical Student Scholarship recipient. The Nickens awards are administered by the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC). The five scholarships, amounting to $5,000, are given to students entering their third year of medical school who have shown leadership in efforts to eliminate inequities in medical education and health care and have demonstrated leadership efforts in addressing educational, societal, and health care needs of racial and ethnic minorities in the United States. To read more about how Mendez received the award click here.

Loyola hosts Jesuit Jam 2014

by Mariah Evely


The Loyola University Chicago Jesuit Community’s annual Jesuit Jam will be held on February 6, 2014. The Loyola Ramblers will face the Bradley Braves at 7 p.m. at the Gentile Arena. The first 500 students to arrive at the game will receive free Jesuit Jam 2014 t-shirts.

Free pizza and a chance to meet members of the Jesuit community will be held on the second floor of Norville after the game.

Video uploaded on YouTube by Martin Ngo

Ramblers to attend first Arch Madness


by Mariah Evely

This March the Loyola Men’s Basketball team will participate in its first ever Missouri Conference Men’s Basketball Tournament since joining in April 2013. The tournament, Arch Madness, will take place March 6-9, 2014 at the Scottrade Center in St. Louis. Missouri.

Loyola is offering the following options to Loyola students and alumni, for the Arch Madness event in St. Louis, which can be purchased here now through February 12, 2014.

Rambler Package ($40)

  • Roundtrip transportation to St. Louis
  • Admission to all Loyola tournament games
  • Pep Rally in St. Louis
  • A student designed t-shirt
  • Mystery event in St. Louis
  • A hotel subsidy at the Renaissance St. Louis Grand Hotel

St. Louis Package ($30)

  • Admission to all Loyola tournament games
  • Pep Rally in St. Louis
  • A student designed t-shirt
  • Mystery event in St. Louis
  • A hotel subsidy at the Renaissance St. Louis Grand Hotel

For questions or concerns about Arch Madness e-mail

Loyola athletics join Missouri Valley Conference

By Kristen Kaczynski

Loyola University Chicago’s President, Michael J. Garanzini, S.J. and Assistant Vice President/Director of Athletics, Dr. M. Grace Calhoun announced that the university has accepted an invitation to join the Missouri Valley Conference.

All athletics teams at Loyola will begin participation with the exception of men’s volleyball, which remains a member of the Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association for the 2013-14 season.

Loyola’s membership with the Missouri Valley Conference takes effect July 1, 2013.

Here is the fully story from Loyola University Chicago:

Loyola University Chicago has accepted an invitation to join the Missouri Valley Conference it was announced today by University President Michael J. Garanzini, S.J., and Assistant Vice President/Director of Athletics Dr. M. Grace Calhoun. The Ramblers will begin participation in all sports with the exception of men’s volleyball, which remains a member of the Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association (MIVA), for the 2013-14 season. Loyola’s membership takes effect July 1, 2013.

“I am pleased to announce that Loyola University Chicago will be joining the Missouri Valley Conference,” Garanzini said. “The MVC has a great reputation and a strong competitive profile both in athletics and academics.  I believe this partnership with the Missouri Valley Conference will enhance our national visibility and have a positive impact on the experience of our student-athletes.”

“We are very honored to have received this invitation to join the Missouri Valley Conference, one of the most historic and competitive conferences in the country. We look forward to reestablishing nationally competitive programs and growing Loyola’s modern athletics brand,” Calhoun said. “I am confident Loyola will not only be a strong and valued new member of the conference athletically, but will also enhance the reputation of the conference through the addition of a world-class university in a world-class city with student athletes who excel academically, athletically, and in life.”

“This is a historic moment for the Missouri Valley and for Loyola University, and we strongly believe in the commitment and the potential that is very evident with this institution,” said MVC Commissioner Doug Elgin. “Their University leadership has made a very significant investment in athletics facilities and in staffing in recent years, and we are confident that Loyola is going to be a great competitive fit in our Conference.”

Loyola’s athletics program, which is known for its storied traditions in men’s basketball and cross country/track and field, has achieved unprecedented growth in the last few years and this year the University celebrated the 50th anniversary of the historic achievements of the 1963 men’s basketball team which won the NCAA championship. Since 2005, five Rambler programs have advanced to at least one NCAA Championship and entering the 2013 spring season, Loyola ranked No. 1 in the Horizon League’s all-sports standings as it strives to win the McCafferty Trophy for the first time in program history.

Founded in 1907, the Missouri Valley Conference is the nation’s second-oldest NCAA Division I athletics conference, second only to the Big Ten Conference. In its first 106 years, the Valley has had 32 members, but Loyola is the league’s first member from the city of Chicago.

The change in conference affiliation for Loyola comes after 34 years in the Horizon League, of which it was the only remaining charter member from its inception in 1979. Likewise, the Missouri Valley Conference has been known for its stability and prior to Creighton University’s announcement last month that it would be departing the league, has not had a change in membership since 1996 when Tulsa left for the Western Athletic Conference.

Other members of the Missouri Valley Conference (as of July 1, 2013) include Bradley University, Drake University, the University of Evansville, Illinois State University, Indiana State University, Missouri State University, Southern Illinois University, the University of Northern Iowa, and Wichita State University.

Loyola hosts Nacho Average Ping Pong Tournament


By Jestelle Irizarry

Loyola University Chicago‘s Alpha Chi Omega held its first annual Nacho Average Ping Pong Tournament to raise money fro victims of domestic violence.

A buffet of unlimited nachos and refreshments were served while everyone watched the tournament.



The competition was divided in women’s and men’s divisions with everyone receiving a ribbon or handcrafted trophy for their effort.

Many members of the Greek community came to show their support.

“It was nice seeming people with different letters walking around having fun.” said Shabnam Daneshgar, 19, health systems management major.

Alpha Chi Omega’s philanthropy is domestic violence awareness and all the proceeds from the event went to a local non-profit organization called Between Friends.

“We had a really good turn out and raised a lot of money for our philanthropy during our final event of the semester.” Esther Moon, 20, biology major.