Intramural soccer playoffs kick off this weekend

Intramural soccer playoffs continue Saturday and Sunday at Mertz Field. Photo by Sydney Cross.

Intramural soccer playoffs continue Saturday and Sunday at Mertz Field. Photo by Sydney Cross.

By Sydney Cross

And that’s a wrap! Intramural Soccer, one of the first IM sports leagues of the school year, began their playoffs last weekend and continue this Saturday, privileged to finish off their season outdoors.

“I think my team can go far because we really tried to have a healthy mix of talented girls and guys,” said junior Andrew Goecke, who plays on a co-ed team. “The playoffs come at a great time every year, right after midterms, which is a great opportunity to let out some steam. It is also set up so that winners move on … so every game is pretty intense.”

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Student volunteers transform Loyola’s gardens

Photo from Loyola University Chicago.

Photo from Loyola University Chicago.

By Lauren Hames

An overcast day did not deter student workers and volunteers from farming at Loyola’s Winthrop Garden last Saturday.

With the recent opening of the Institute of Environmental Sustainability (IES) Loyola’s students have new access to the production of healthy and and sustainable food practices. Loyola has four growing spaces: Winthrop Garden, the Mertz Terrace, Quinlan Life Sciences Building Balcony Garden and inside the ecodome greenhouse at the IES. 

Loyola’s Urban Agriculture initiative under the leadership of Kevin Erickson revamped the agriculture presence at the Lake Shore campus. Previously the spaces were used for student projects, and were often left unmonitored during breaks. But now under the umbrella of Loyola’s Urban Agriculture, which employs student workers and interns, these gardens are organized, and more heavily funded by the university.

Since the beginning of the semester students have been farming every Saturday. With this new initiative and an average of 20 volunteers a week, these spaces have proved fruitful. The most recent harvest yielded a variety of tomatoes, lettuce, and eggplant. These foods are currently being donated to charities like A Just Harvest, and Care for Real which focus on food insecurity in the Chicagoland community.

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Midnight Madness kicks off Rambler basketball seasons on Friday

Photo from Loyola University Chicago.

Photo from Loyola University Chicago.

By Nader Issa

Loyola’s Midnight Madness event will kick off the men’s and women’s basketball seasons this Friday.

Students can catch an action-packed night at Gentile Arena that looks to feature a dunk contest and three-point contest between members of both Rambler basketball teams as well as performances from Loyola’s dance and cheer squads. There will also be a number of giveaways, including Nike gear and gift cards, and interaction with the Loyola basketball teams, according to Loyola’s athletic department.

The excitement does not end there, however. Before the night’s schedule of events begins, free t-shirts will be handed out to the first 1,000 students in attendance. Loyola students will then be treated to free pizza and free drinks.

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Loyola marks Domestic Violence Awareness Month

The purple ribbon is a symbol of Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Image from Loyola University Chicago.

The purple ribbon is a symbol of Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Image from Loyola University Chicago.

All of October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month and different campus organizations are teaming up to spread awareness around Loyola.

The Gannon Scholars, V-Day Club, and the Wellness Center are all working together to inform the Loyola community about domestic violence through different events this month.

Domestic Violence Awareness Month began as a single Day of Unity in October 1981 by the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence. Their goal was to connect women’s advocates across the country who were working to end violence against women and their children. However, in 1987 the entire month of October became Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

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Chicago architecture festival to feature three Loyola buildings

Piper Hall. Photo from Loyola University Chicago.

Piper Hall. Photo from Loyola University Chicago.

By Abby McDowell

The Chicago Architecture Foundation is featuring three of Loyola University’s buildings on the Lake Shore campus Saturday and Sunday as part of Open House Chicago, the city’s largest architectural festival.

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Clean Energy Lab creates hands-on experience for students

Loyola's Biodiesel lab. Photo by Madeline Kenney.

Loyola’s Biodiesel lab. Photo by Madeline Kenney.

By Madeline Kenney

What started as a project to make use of the university waste and create usable products in the fall of 2007, became what is now known today as the Clean Energy Lab. Loyola University Chicago is the first and only school with an operation license to sell Biodiesel in the United States, and this student-run initiative is certified green business by the Illinois Green Business Association.‌

The Clean Energy Lab opened in the fall of 2013, and evolved from a Solutions to Environmental Problems or STEP course. The lab is primarily run by interns and students in the Biofuels Lab courses offered at Loyola.

“The Biodiesel lab is a good experience for students because it gets students involved hands-on in the field they might be interested in,” sophomore Biology major Najla Zayed said. “It helps us realize that sustainability is a practical thing and we can use the knowledge we gain from our labs and classes and project it out in the world, mainly in Chicago.”

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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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