Loyolans find spiritual home in student-run church

Photo from Loyola University Chicago.

Photo from Loyola University Chicago.


By Sarah Harrington

Every Sunday, a church founded by a small group of Loyola students comes together to worship. Known as Ecclesia, the congregation has grown to include dozens of students, who say they have developed personal and spiritual connections with the church, which is still student-led.

Between 50 and 60 students regularly attend Ecclesia’s interdenominational Christian service, which takes place Sunday nights in Mundelein Center’s Palm Court. Each service starts with a call to worship, and the church is currently in a series on the biblical topic of Kingdom.

“I like Ecclesia because it’s run by students and for students,” said Mary Williams, a member of the church. “It encourages people and their gifts to come together and worship in a community.”

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Engineering program, new strategic plan highlights of fall State of the University address

loyolaBy Christian Minnie

University President and CEO Rev. Michael Garanzini delivered the fall State of the University address this past Tuesday. Covering a range of topics concerning Loyola, Garanzini described the university as being “healthy” overall.

Garanzini opened his address with a discussion of Loyola’s financial situation, describing how the university was “budgeting its debt” and “paying off our loans as we go along.”

“When you look at our financial state,” Garanzini said, “you’ll see we have a little bit of a cushion.” He said the university plans on using any extra available funds to increase faculty salaries, as the university has fallen behind teacher’s compensation compared to other surrounding universities.

A total of 4,720 new students, across all enrollment streams, entered the university for the 2014 academic year, Garanzini said. In addition to welcoming new students, Loyola also welcomed 92 new “youth” faculty members, the majority of which will be responsible for teaching core and introductory classes. Garanzini advocated placing full-time faculty members in charge of freshmen courses, citing what he called a “direct correlation between full time faculty teaching freshmen courses and [long term] student retention and success.”

A part of the new faculty hires will also be responsible for pioneering the university’s new engineering undergraduate degree.

“[It] sticks out … that we don’t have this one particular area in the STEM disciplines,” Rev. Garanzini said, “STEM disciplines are extremely important for the country and the Chicagoland area. Loyola already has a strong presence in other [STEM] areas and we are concentrating on matching engineering with other areas of strength.” Students will be able to specialize in one of three fields: biomedical, computer or environmental engineering.

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Loyola shuttle buses involved in two accidents Friday

A Loyola intercampus shuttle bus was involved in a crash on Sheridan Road near Broadway Friday afternoon. Photo by Nader Issa.

A Loyola intercampus shuttle bus was involved in a crash on Sheridan Road near Broadway Friday afternoon. Photo by Nader Issa.

By Nader Issa

Two Loyola University Chicago intercampus shuttle buses were involved in separate collisions Friday.

At 10:50 a.m. a Loyola shuttle bus made contact with a vehicle near the university’s Water Tower campus, according to the Department of Campus Transportation. As the shuttle passed the vehicle, the bus’s side-view mirror collided with the vehicle’s side-view mirror.

The second collision occurred at 2:34 p.m., when a shuttle bus collided with a Chicago Transit Authority bus in the 1100 block of West Sheridan Road, according to Campus Transportation.

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Video: Students find friendly competition in Greek Week Games

By Annemarie Laredo

Members of Loyola’s fraternities and sororities competed this past Saturday in the annual Greek Games in Halas Recreational Center on the Lakeshore Campus.

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Police helicopters patrol Rogers Park

Chicago Police Department photo.

Chicago Police photo.

By Loyola Student Dispatch Staff

Chicago Police have begun using helicopters to patrol parts of Rogers Park as they take a more aggressive stance against crime in the neighborhood.

Last month, police added foot patrols in Rogers Park in high-crime areas.

Here are details from Ald. Joe Moore of the 49th Ward:

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Bicycle thieves roll through Loyola

By Loyola Student Dispatch Staff

Loyola University Chicago has been hit with a rash of bicycle thefts in the past week.

On four occasions, thieves have used tools to cut the locks off bicycle racks at the school’s Lake Shore Campus in Rogers Park

Here is a crime alert from Campus Safety:

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Alderman responds to violence in Rogers Park

By Loyola Student Dispatch Staff

In the wake of two weekend shootings in Rogers Park, leaving one man dead and three others injured, 49th Ward Ald. Joe Moore responded Monday with a letter to constituents trying to ease their concerns about violence in their neighborhood.

Here is the letter from Moore:

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