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:

Student volunteers transform Loyola’s gardens

Photo from Loyola University Chicago.

Photo from Loyola University Chicago.

By Lauren Hames

An overcast day did not deter student workers and volunteers from farming at Loyola’s Winthrop Garden last Saturday.

With the recent opening of the Institute of Environmental Sustainability (IES) Loyola’s students have new access to the production of healthy and and sustainable food practices. Loyola has four growing spaces: Winthrop Garden, the Mertz Terrace, Quinlan Life Sciences Building Balcony Garden and inside the ecodome greenhouse at the IES. 

Loyola’s Urban Agriculture initiative under the leadership of Kevin Erickson revamped the agriculture presence at the Lake Shore campus. Previously the spaces were used for student projects, and were often left unmonitored during breaks. But now under the umbrella of Loyola’s Urban Agriculture, which employs student workers and interns, these gardens are organized, and more heavily funded by the university.

Since the beginning of the semester students have been farming every Saturday. With this new initiative and an average of 20 volunteers a week, these spaces have proved fruitful. The most recent harvest yielded a variety of tomatoes, lettuce, and eggplant. These foods are currently being donated to charities like A Just Harvest, and Care for Real which focus on food insecurity in the Chicagoland community.

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Chicago architecture festival to feature three Loyola buildings

Piper Hall. Photo from Loyola University Chicago.

Piper Hall. Photo from Loyola University Chicago.

By Abby McDowell

The Chicago Architecture Foundation is featuring three of Loyola University’s buildings on the Lake Shore campus Saturday and Sunday as part of Open House Chicago, the city’s largest architectural festival.

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Student group’s African Arts Festival a success

African Student Alliance

By Ayrealle Beavers

Students were able to learn more about African cultures this past Friday through the African Arts Festival. The African Student Alliance hosted the festival on Loyola’s Lake Shore Campus in the Damen Student Center Multipurpose room.

“As President of the African Student Alliance here on campus, I wanted to do something that hadn’t been done before,” said Heather Afriyie. “I wanted it to be interesting and a learning opportunity for Loyola Students while still having a great time.”

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Loyola Student Dispatch Weekly Round Up

LSDwithAlexWhittlerBy Alex Whittler

The Ebola epidemic continues

Loyola’s Labre Ministries works towards solidarity in the community

There’s a great new place to take your mind off things

These are among some of the top stories this week on Loyola Student Dispatch.

News Anchor Alex Whittler, examines these and more in her weekly video round-up.

USGA President talks textbooks, community at State of the Students address

stack-of-books[1]By Annemarie Laredo

Tuesday evening, a large crowd of Loyola University Chicago students poured into The Den in Damen Student Center to hear the president of USGA tell them how students’ voices has been heard, and changes in student life as well as the areas for improvement.

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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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