Remembrances planned for Loyola student killed in robbery near campus

Plans are underway this weekend to honor the life of 23-year-old Loyola University Chicago student Mutahir Rauf, who was shot and killed in a robbery near the Lake Shore Campus Friday night.

In an email sent Saturday to the Loyola community, university officials condemned his killing as “a senseless act of violence, and one that has absolutely no place in a civil society.”

The 23-year-old from Pakistan was walking with his brother in the 1300 block of West Albion when an assailant pulled out a gun and demanded their money, according to Ald. Joe Moore’s post on EveryBlock and the Loyola Phoenix student newspaper.

Moore said the student mistakenly thought the gun was a toy and reached for it, and that it went off in the struggle. He was shot in the head and chest and pronounced dead at the scene.

Saturday’s email from university officials also described resources available to the Loyola community, and relayed plans to honor Rauf this weekend:

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Alderman: Loyola student killed in robbery near Rogers Park campus

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.

Read more at DNAinfo Chicago’s website.

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.

Vice President for Student Development Jane Neufeld also wrote to the Loyola community Friday evening. saying:
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Rogers Park to host Chicago’s first Polar Palooza winter festival

1By Kathleen Luka

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.

Student veterans share their experiences during Loyola panel

Image from LUC Libraries blog.

Image from LUC Libraries blog.

By Molly Morrison

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.

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ESL students wow the crowd at International Week talent show

By Madeline Kenney

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.”

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TKE event spreads holiday cheer to St. Jude’s patients

Tau Kappa Epsilon's Cards for Kids event created special holiday messages for children being treated at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. Photo from TKE Facebook.

Tau Kappa Epsilon’s Cards for Kids event created special holiday messages for children being treated at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Photo from TKE Facebook.

By Gabriela Richardson

Tau Kappa Epsilon hosted their 2nd annual Crafts for Kids at the Damen Student Center earlier this month to support St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

The event on Nov. 14 consisted of making holiday cards for the patients at St. Jude’s, and also raised awareness of the fight against cancer and other diseases.

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Person hurt in battery near Lake Shore Campus

By Gabriela Richardson

Three individuals unaffiliated with Loyola University were involved in a aggravated battery incident on a CTA bus near the Lake Shore Campus last week.

The incident happened Thursday evening in the 6400 block of North Sheridan Road, according to an email from Campus Safety.

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