Students speak out on safety, crime in Rogers Park

By Abby McDowell

With multiple instances of crime around campus each semester, Loyola students are sounding off on how safe they feel in Rogers Park. Although the North Side neighborhood is not the most dangerous area of Chicago, crimes near campus can still be alarming.

On Nov. 2 Campus Safety alerted students that one of their peers was robbed on North Glenwood Avenue, about four blocks west of campus. The student was not physically harmed, but it brings to mind the question of safety on and off campus for students.

“When I’m walking back home after dark I’ve definitely felt scared. Since I live north of campus it can get dangerous around there,” senior Katie Hoffman said.

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Loyola University student reported missing

Chan Williams. Photo from Campus Safety.

Chan Williams. Photo from Campus Safety.

By Sarah Harrington

A Loyola University Chicago student has been reported missing, Campus Safety said in an email sent to students and staff on Wednesday. Officials are seeking assistance to help find the student.

Chan Williams, 20, has been reported missing by his father, the email said. Concern was raised when he stopped answering phone calls, emails and attending his classes. He was last seen Friday at 8 p.m. as he entered the Board of Trade building located at 500 S. LaSalle, Campus Safety said.

He is described as a male African-American about 6 feet tall and approximately 200 pounds with short black hair and brown eyes, Campus Safety said. Chan was last seen wearing a black fleece jacket, black shirt, dark grey athletic shorts, black socks and grey Puma-brand athletic shoes.

A missing person report has also been filed with the Chicago Police Department, the email said.

Loyola is urging any students with information on Chan’s whereabouts to call Campus Safety at (773) 508-6039 or contact Chicago Police Department via 911.

Student-led discussion continues to bring awareness to Ferguson

Loyola students took pictures in solidarity with protesters in Ferguson, Missouri, as part of Race-Based Violence Awareness Week. Photo from USGA Justice Committee on Facebook.

Loyola students took pictures in solidarity with protesters in Ferguson, Missouri, as part of Race-Based Violence Awareness Week. Photo from USGA Justice Committee on Facebook.

By Sydney Cross

This past Thursday evening in the Damen Den located in the Damen Student Center, about 30 people gathered for a student discussion about race-based violence during Race-Based Violence Awareness Week.

Following the protests in Ferguson, Missouri, sophomore Adrianna Parker has seemed dedicated to bringing awareness to the situation following the fatal shooting of Michael Brown, an unarmed African-American teenager.

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Loyola student robbed near Rogers Park campus

By Alexa Ristich

A Loyola University Chicago student was robbed early Sunday near the university’s Rogers Park campus on the North Side.

An unknown offender emerged from an alley in the 6400 block of North Glenwood Avenue about 2 a.m. and demanded the victim’s purse then ran away when the victim complied, campus police said in a crime alert emailed to students.

Campus police and Chicago Police are investigating. They are asking if anyone has any information regarding this incident to contact them immediately.

The alert also shared some tips to stay safe around campus. They include: avoid walking alone, utilize the shuttle service and 8-Ride as much as possible, walk in well-lit areas, stay away from alleys and always tell someone where you are going and when you will return.

The long journey and surprising history of Madonna Chapel’s new bells

The chapel's new bells are on display until their installation in November. Photo from LUC.

The chapel’s new bells are on display until their installation in November. Photo from LUC.

By Molly Morrison

The bells you’ve surely spotted around campus have one week left on the ground before they are lifted and installed in the beams of Loyola’s Madonna della Strada Chapel. These four bells have had a long journey, beginning as melted bronze in the Netherlands at the “Petit & Fritsen” bell foundry.

The family of bells traveled from Europe to Cincinnati, Ohio, in early September, where they were engraved, decorated and polished. After their final touches were complete, the bells arrived at Loyola.

Stephen Betancourt, assistant director of Campus Ministry and director of liturgical music, has facilitated the bells journey from the very beginning.

“We wanted to give students a chance to see the bells before they are hung in the beams of Madonna,” Betancourt said. “It’s really cool to touch them and be able to learn about the meaning of each one.”

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Loyola welcomes activist “Cha Cha” Jimenez

By Nikhil Sequeira

Loyola’s newest student organization, the Chicagoland Coalition for Minority Advancement, hosted José “Cha Cha” Jimenez who presented a talk Oct. 15 on the history and impact on Chicago’s Latino community and other oppressed communities.

CCMA teamed up with Loyola’s director of African-American and Islamic Studies to commemorate Latin American heritage in the hopes of improving lives for minorities in the Chicagoland area.

Jimenez, 66, created the Young Lords Organization in the 1960s in order to empower his Puerto Rican community. His parents immigrated to the Lincoln Park neighborhood and like many others, were beaten for being Puerto Rican.

“We don’t want to forget what happened in that community,” Jimenez said at the event at Crown Center Auditorium.

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VIDEO: Sigma Chi’s Derby Days raises $40,000 for cancer charity

Photo from Sigma Chi - Lambda Nu via Facebook.

Photo from Sigma Chi – Lambda Nu via Facebook.

By Alexa Ristich

Last Friday, Sigma Chi held their annual dance competition to close out their week-long philanthropy event, Derby Days. This year, Sigma Chi and the rest of Loyola’s fraternities and sororities raised over $40,000 for the Huntsman Cancer Foundation, which was $6,000 more than they had raised last year.

Alpha Delta Pi took top honors at the dance competition, while Phi Sigma Sigma won the Derby Days week. Watch Kappa Kappa Gamma’s dance, which landed them third place overall in the dance competition: