Loyola women’s basketball season underway

Simone Law  scored a game-high 18 points in Loyola's win over John Carroll. Photo from Loyola Athletics.
Simone Law scored a game-high 18 points in Loyola’s win over John Carroll. Photo from Loyola Athletics.

By Ayrealle Beavers

The Loyola women’s basketball team is preparing for its home opener. Over the first week of November the  team has played two exhibition games, one against Lewis University and the second against John Carroll University.

Through these games the Lady Ramblers were able to show off their returning players: Tiana Karopulos, Taylor Johnson, and Simone Law.

“Injury is often times looked upon as a set back, but I see it as motivation for this upcoming season to prove people wrong,” said returning small forward Simone Law. Missing last season due to surgery, Simone Law is prepared to help lead the Ramblers to a victorious season.

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Loyola Darkwing hitting the road for Ultimate tournament

Photo from Darkwing Ultimate on Facebook.
Photo from Darkwing Ultimate on Facebook.

By Nikhil Sequeira

Loyola’s men’s Ultimate Frisbee team, Loyola Darkwing, move closer to earning a top spot in the sectionals tournament held in early April next year.

This upcoming weekend sees the team’s last tournament this fall at the Missouri Loves Company Tournament, one of the biggest Ultimate tournaments in the Midwest

Their goal is clear: earn a top spot in sectionals, which would see them with a top bid in the regional competition. The team has never won the regional in their club history, but finishing in the top two would see them to the National Championship.

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Women’s soccer team trying to kick it to the top

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By Ayrealle Beavers

Loyola’s women’s soccer team is trying to bring it all together this season. With a current record of 4-7 overall, the Ramblers turned their season around Friday with a win in Terre Haute, Indiana, against the Indiana State Sycamores, who now have a record of 2-6-3 this season.

Before Friday’s game, seniors Monica and Valerie Gonyo said they were expecting a shift in their season and to make a huge turnaround in Conference play.

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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.
Sincerely,
Tom Murray
Chief of Police and Director of Campus Safety

College applications for Loyola rise over the last year

by Mariah Evely

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Loyola University Chicago saw a 22 percent increase in college applications over the past year, according to ChicagoBusiness.com. The university has invested over $500 million in recent years on new or renovated facilities and continues to spend money to improve campus life.

The following is from ChicagoBusiness.com:

“Students are coming here and having a great experience,” said Paul Roberts, Loyola’s associate provost. “There’s been a tremendous focus on the student experience and making sure they complete their degree in four years.”

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$350,000 in pot plants reportedly found in Edgewater apartment

By Mariah Evely

Brian Mayhall, 39, faces a felony drug charge after Chicago police said they found 49 marijuana plants worth more than $350,000 in his Edgewater apartment.
Brian Mayhall, 39, faces a felony drug charge after Chicago police said they found 49 marijuana plants worth more than $350,000 in his Edgewater apartment.

Brian Mayhall, 39, faces a felony drug charge after Chicago police said they found 49 marijuana plants worth more than $350,000 in his Edgewater apartment.

CPD officers were called to Mayhall’s apartment in the 5700 block of North Winthrop Ave on February 9, 2014 at 4 p.m. Mayhall allowed officers to search his apartment after officers observed many plants, when Mayhall opened the door, and the strong scent of cannabis. Police seized 49 plants, various lights, and grow tents, according to ABC 7 News.

Mayhall was charged with one felony count of Production of Cannabis-Plants and one count of misdemeanor Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, according to ABC 7 News.

Loyola hosts Jesuit Jam 2014

by Mariah Evely

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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

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.

Ramblers to attend first Arch Madness

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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 archmadness@luc.edu

Loyola Men’s Volleyball makes NCAA Final Four

Loyola's Joe Smalzer
Loyola’s Joe Smalzer

By Anna Buchanan

Loyola University Chicago’s Men’s Volleyball has advanced to the Final Four.

This is the Rambler’s first appearance at the NCAA Championship. The Ramblers feature a balanced offensive attack led by 2013 MIVA Player of the Year, Joe Smalzer.

They team will face IC Irvine in the National Semifinals on Thursday night.

Here is more on the story sent from Loyola Rambler Athletics:

On the heels of a stirring, five-set win over Lewis in last night’s Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association (MIVA) final, Loyola will face UC Irvine in a national semifinal on Thursday night. Top-ranked Brigham Young will take on Penn State in the other semi. Order of play has yet to be determined with the matches scheduled to start at 8 and 10 p.m. CT from Pauley Pavilion in Los Angeles. Both semifinals will be streamed live on NCAA.com with Saturday night’s championship match airing live on ESPNU.

“UC Irvine has established itself as one of the best programs in the country and have had another great season this year,” said head coach Shane Davis. “Our team has really come together over the last two months, is playing at a high level right now and are looking forward to the challenge.”

This marks Loyola’s first-ever trip to the NCAA Championship and the Ramblers feature a balanced offensive attack led by 2013 MIVA Player of the Year Joe Smalzer. Smalzer ripped a match-high 20 kills in last night’s championship match and he enters the NCAA Championship as the nation’s leader in service aces. Outside hitters Thomas Jaeschke, the MIVA Freshman of the Year, and California native Cody Caldwell provide ample support and each racked up double-doubles against Lewis.

In addition to Caldwell, who grew up in Newport Beach, Loyola features four other Southern California products in Peter Jasaitis (Manhattan Beach), Jeff Patton (Auburn), Torey Darin (Huntington Beach) and Ryan Baine (Landera Ranch).

The teams have met five times previously with Loyola holding a 3-2 edge in the series. However, the Anteaters have won the two most recent meetings, including a 3-0 win in Irvine during the 2009 season.