Exhibit at Loyola addresses child exploitation

By Taylor Utzig, Editor

The Center for the Human Rights of Children (CHRC) is displaying a photography series entitled Child Soldiers: Forced to be Cruel until Nov. 2 in Loyola University Chicago’s Damen Student Center.

Jeanne Murray, a research fellow at the CHRC, compiled the photographs, which feature armed children and adolescents from all around the world.

The center’s director, Katherine Kaufka Walts, hopes the exhibit will encourage a dialogue about the ways children are used and exploited.

Click here read more about the CHRC and the Child Soldiers photography series.

Man tries to rob Loyola students

By Loyola Student Dispatch Staff
Chicago police are searching for a suspect who reportedly tried to rob two Loyola University Chicago students Saturday afternoon while they were walking in Rogers Park.
Location of robbert attempt. Google Maps.
Location of robbery attempt.
Google Maps.
Here are the details from a Loyola Campus Safety alert:
Loyola Community,

The Department of Campus Safety is writing to notify you about a recent attempted strong-armed robbery near the Lake Shore Campus.

On Saturday, October 10, at approximately 8:40 p.m., two Loyola students were walking eastbound near 1039 W. North Shore Avenue when a male (the offender) stopped them and asked for directions. When they were speaking with him, the offender pushed one victim into the bushes and grabbed the other victim by the arm and demanded money. The offender fled westbound after someone witnessed the offense and shouted.

A description of the subject is: male, dark complexion, 20-26 years old, 5’10”-6’2”, 170-200 pounds, short black hair. He was last seen wearing a gray, hooded sweatshirt, black sweatpants, and black Nike tennis shoes.

Campus Safety is working closely with the Chicago Police Department on the investigation. If anyone has information on the incident above, please call Campus Safety at 773.508.6039 or the Chicago Police Department at 312.744.8263.

Please also keep the following safety tips in mind:

  • When walking alone, stay alert and tuned into your surroundings. Keep your eyes up and off of your phone, iPod, etc.
  • Tell someone where you are going and when you will return.
  • Refrain from using headphones or talking on the phone, as this minimizes your ability to hear an approaching threat; it also advertises to a would-be thief that you may have a desirable item to steal
  • Walk or jog in well-lit areas and stay away from alleys.

Please immediately report any suspicious behavior or crimes to Campus Safety by calling 773.508.6039 or the Chicago Police Department by calling 911.


Joe Bogdalek
Deputy Chief, Campus Safety

Loyola Alert system to be tested

By Taylor Utzig, Editor

Loyola University Chicago will be testing its alert system Wednesday, Sept. 30, at 2:30 pm.

The exterior emergency public address systems on Lake Shore and Water Tower campuses will be tested, along with the message alert system.

Students were sent an email from Loyola’s Department of Campus Safety regarding the test.  It appears below:

The Department of Campus Safety will conduct a test for those who have registered for the Loyola Alert system on Wednesday, September 30, at 2:30 pm. A test of the exterior emergency public address systems on the Lake Shore and Water Tower campuses will also take place.

Those who have registered for Loyola Alert can expect to receive a phone call, text message, and/or e-mail, depending on which communication channel(s) they have chosen.

If you are already registered, please visit LUC.edu/alert to verify that your information is correct. If you haven’t already registered, please do.

We strongly encourage everyone to register. We will ONLY use this system for critical on-campus emergencies that are of an immediate threat, including:

  • Barricade/hostage incidents
  • Severe and threatening weather incidents
  • National civil emergencies
  • Terrorist or other violent acts
  • Health emergencies (as ordered by public health authorities)

If you believe you signed up for Loyola Alert but after the test do not receive any or all of the delivery methods you’ve selected, go to LUC.edu/alert and verify your contact information. If the information is accurate, and you did not receive communication or experienced a delay in receiving the messages, send an e-mail to asksafety@luc.edu.

For more information, please review the FAQ here or contact Campus Safety at 773.508.6039 or asksafety@luc.edu.


Thomas K. Murray
Chief of Police and Director of Campus Safety

Campus shuttle pickup changing; airport express available for Thanksgiving Break travel

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

By Alexa Ristich

Since winter weather and Thanksgiving break are quickly approaching, Campus Transportation has taken the time to update some of their transportation options.

The intercampus shuttle pick-up and drop-off location at the Lake Shore Campus has been changed to provide warmer shelter while waiting for the shuttle.

Continue reading “Campus shuttle pickup changing; airport express available for Thanksgiving Break travel”

Autumn weather in full swing at Loyola

Strong winds rocked Lake Michigan on an unusually cold Halloween. Photo by student Matthew Garcia.
Strong winds rocked Lake Michigan on an unusually cold Halloween. Photo by Matthew Garcia.

By Nader Issa

Loyola students experienced abnormal weather conditions last Friday as blustery winds and record snowfall made for unusual weather on Halloween.

According to National Weather Service meteorologist Bill Nelson, one-tenth of an inch of snow fell onto Chicago streets on Friday.

“It’s the first ever Halloween with measurable snow,” Nelson told DNAinfo Chicago. “I just hope this doesn’t set a precedent where it keeps on going and going and going.”

The unprecedented occurrence led to mixed reactions at Loyola’s Lake Shore Campus.

“[I’m] not surprised,” said Colin Castagna, a freshman biochemistry major at Loyola. “I’m kind of neutral about it. I expected [snow] to be coming pretty soon, but I’m disappointed that we can’t really spend much time outside anymore.”

Continue reading “Autumn weather in full swing at Loyola”

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.

Unauthorized person gains entry to Loyola dorm

By Jillian Schwartz

Two Loyola University Chicago students reported that an unauthorized person entered their locked Regis room and repositioned belongings while they were out.

Loyola’s Campus Safety sent a reminder email to students reminding them to keep their doors locked, but is the reminder enough?

Earlier this week, a University of Illinois at Chicago student was assaulted when an unauthorized man entered the dorm.

UIC has stepped up their safety patrols, requiring guests to sign-in during daytime hours, but Loyola has not made any announcement about upping their police patrols.

In this case, the Loyola students’ door was locked, so students are looking to the unversity to increase security measures beyond a reminder email.

Here is the full email from Campus Safety:

Loyola Community,
Campus Safety is writing to inform you of an unauthorized entry to a residence hall room that was reported to Residence Life and Campus Safety staff. Two students reported they returned to their locked room in Regis and it was obvious that belongings in the room had been repositioned while they were out of their room.
Please follow these safety tips for the residence halls:
  • Always lock your door whenever you leave your room.
  • Do not lend your room key or ID to any other person.
  • Always escort your guests and only check-in people you know.
  • Everyone must swipe their ID to gain access to residence halls. Do not hold gates/doors for others to gain access.
  • Report all suspicious persons and activities to Campus Safety and Residence Life staff immediately.
Tom Murray
Chief of Police and Director of Campus Safety

Maroon and Gold Society to hold 9th Annual Damen Ball

by Mariah Evely

Palmer House. Photo from Creative Commons.
Palmer House. Photo from Creative Commons.

The Maroon and Gold society will hold its ninth annual Damen Ball on Friday, Aprl 25, 2014 at the Palmer House from 9 p.m. to 12 a.m. Tickets are limited to two per person. Tickets go on sale at the Damen and Water Tower Information Desks for seniors April 2-3 and April 4th for everyone else. The cost is $10 without shuttle service and $11 with shuttle service.

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.