Early Friday morning, a dead body was discovered floating in Lake Michigan just off of Foster Avenue Beach. The gender and age of the body have not been determined. Police and divers extracted the body later that afternoon.
A Loyola University Chicago student was shot and killed near the Lake Shore Campus Friday night during a robbery after mistakenly thinking the stickup gun was a toy and reaching for it, Ald. Joe Moore said, according to news website DNAinfo:
“Tragically, a Loyola Student from Pakistan was killed in an attempted robbery on the 1300 block of Albion this evening,” Moore wrote on EveryBlock. “He was walking with his brother when an unknown assailant pulled a gun and ordered them to turn over their money. The young victim allegedly believed the gun was a toy and reached for it. During the scuffle, the gun went off and the assailant fled. I’m afraid that is all the information I have at this point.”
Police said the man killed in the shooting was 23.
Chicago Police spokesman Officer Thomas Sweeney told The Loyola Phoenix student newspaper that there was a “struggle for the weapon,” which resulted in the victim getting shot in the chest and head. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
Chicago’s turning cold front is pushing Rogers Park community members indoors, making outdoor adventures and excursions less and less appealing. To combat the gloom of winter Loyola has paired up with Rogers Park Business Alliance, and Alderman Joe Moore of the 49th Ward to host the first ever Polar Palooza.
Loyola Plaza will transform into the winter wonderland Polar Palooza on Dec. 6 from noon to 10 p.m. and Dec. 7 from noon to 9 p.m. Attendees are encouraged to donate canned food in place of admission fees to support Edgewater’s Care for Real Food Pantry.
Live music, local food vendors and shopping will be rolling all weekend. Activities and attractions are available for all ages including synthetic ice skating, holiday movies at the 400 theater and a cocoa bar. Small holiday crafts, face painting, cookie decorating, and character meet-and-greets spread the holiday cheer and give everyone the opportunity to create a memento of the festivities.
The two day Polar Palooza is expected to attract hundreds of community members and organizers hopes it becomes an annual tradition in Rogers Park. For more information visit on Polar Palooza, visit LUC.edu/communityrelations.
On November 11th, Loyola celebrated Veterans Day with “The Loyola Veterans Experience: A Student Panel.” The panel included three men who recently served in the military. Each one is now a Loyola student, and spoke to Loyola students and faculty about their transition from military life to being a college student.
Jonathan Sarone, a physics major, said he always wanted to find a job that allowed him to combine his love for science with his passion for helping others. Sarone formerly did scientific research for the United States Air Force, and continues to explore his passion for science in the classroom.
Robert Hernandez served as a part of the United States Marine Corps, working in airports all over the country to manage technology and security. Hernandez is currently studying biology. Hernandez said when joined the military as a high school dropout, he unsure of what he wanted to do with his life.
“It gave me a real sense of perspective, one that allows me to appreciate every facet of life,” Hernandez said about his military experience.
International Week came to a close Friday night in the Galvin Auditorium with a grand finale – the English as a Second Language program’s talent show.
The dynamic crowd supported every performer loudly and proudly. Sophomore biology major Monica Narsolis said she’s never been in an audience quite like this one.
“We need an audience like this at Loyola’s basketball games!” Narsolis joked. “The crowd was full of enthusiasm and actively participating in every act. They were just overall really supportive of each other and it was a lot of fun to be a part of.”