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

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:

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.