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Celebrate safely

Posted by loyolastudentdispatch on March 15, 2014

By Jillian Schwartz

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

Loyola University Chicago’s Vice President of Student Development Robert D. Kelly sent an email to the university to remind students to stay safe during this weekend’s festivities.

Part of St. Patrick’s Day culture involves drinking, and whether students choose to drink or not, he issued a few tips to keep in mind.

Here is the full email:

Dear Students,
As St. Patrick’s Day weekend approaches, so does the opportunity to experience some of the unique culture and traditions around this holiday in Chicago. From parades to green rivers, St. Patty’s in the Windy City is a special time.
Of course part of St. Patrick’s Day culture also involves the choice to take part in drinking or not. It is our hope that you, as Ramblers, make smart and informed decisions about how you choose to spend the weekend (click here for a list of this weekend’s on-campus events). Remember the Student Promise: to care for yourself, care for others, and care for the community.
Loyola never condones underage drinking; however we also know that there will be some students who choose to drink when under the legal age of 21. Our most sincere hope is that all our students stay safe this weekend and throughout the year. Whether or not you are over 21, if you choose to drink it is always important to practice low-risk drinking both for your health and safety, and for the safety of others.
A few quick tips if you choose to drink:
  • Pace your drinking to one drink or less per hour
  • Shy away from shots or drinks with higher alcohol content
  • Sip your drink; don’t chug or slam a drink, especially by playing drinking games
  • Drink plenty of water to stay hydrated and potentially prevent a hangover
  • Keep track of your drink and what you are drinking
  • Set a limit and stick to it; keep a count of how much you have had
  • Have friends look out for each other and respect the choice to not drink
  • Use public transportation; never drink and drive
However you choose to spend this weekend, please be aware of the potential for negative consequences to arise and know who to go to for help.
If you feel that anyone is in need of help, do not hesitate to get an RA, call Campus Safety (773.508.6039), or call 9-1-1. We also encourage you to familiarize yourself with Loyola’s Good Samaritan Policy, which was put in place for these types of situations. Making the call is always better than not seeking help at all, but remember: the best way to stay safe is to avoid the emergency in the first place.
We hope you have a wonderful St. Patrick’s Day weekend and enjoy this special time in our city.
Be safe, be well.
Robert D. Kelly, PhD
Vice President, Student Development

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Loyola warns of St. Patrick’s Day excesses

Posted by lizetgonz on March 13, 2013

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Stay safe and stay well on St. Patrick’s Day.

That was the key message of the email sent Wednesday to Loyola University Chicago students from the Vice President for Student Development.

With St. Patrick’s Day celebrations happening this weekend, Dr. Robert D. Kelly sent out a mass email telling students to make wise decisions when drinking and to remember the Student Promise.

The Division of Student Development is concerned about the potential consequences students might face this St. Patrick’s Day and released the following email to students:

Dear Students,

As St. Patrick’s Day weekend approaches, so does the opportunity to experience some of the unique culture and traditions around this holiday in Chicago. From parades to green rivers, St. Patty’s in the Windy City is a special time.

Of course, part of St. Patrick’s Day culture also involves the choice to take part in drinking or not. It is our hope that you, as Ramblers, make smart and informed decisions about how you choose to spend the day. Remember the Student Promise: to care for yourself, care for others, and care for the community.

Loyola never condones underage drinking; however we also know that there will be some students who choose to drink when under the legal age of 21. Our most sincere hope is that all our students stay safe this weekend and throughout the year. Whether or not you are over 21, if you choose to drink, it is always important to practice low/moderate drinking, both for your health and safety, and for the safety of others.

A few quick tips if you choose to drink:

  • Pace your drinking to one drink or less per hour
  • Shy away from shots or drinks with higher alcohol content
  • Sip your drink; don’t chug or slam a drink, especially by playing drinking games
  • Drink plenty of water to stay hydrated and potentially prevent a hangover
  • Keep track of your drink and what you are drinking
  • Set a limit and stick to it; keep a count of how much you have had
  • Have friends look out for each other and respect the choice to not drink
  • Use public transportation; never drink and drive

However you choose to spend this weekend, please be aware of the potential for negative consequences to arise and know who to go to for help.

If you feel that anyone is in need of help, do not hesitate to get an RA or call Campus Safety (773.508.6039) or 9-1-1. We also encourage you to familiarize yourself with Loyola’s Good Samaritan Policy, which was put in place for these types of situations. Making the call is always better than not seeking help at all, but remember, the best way to stay safe is to avoid the emergency in the first place.

We hope you have a wonderful St. Patrick’s Day weekend and enjoy this special time in our city.

Be Safe, Be Well.

Sincerely,

Robert D. Kelly, PhD
Vice President, Student Development

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Loyola hosts St. Patrick’s Day concert

Posted by abonafiglia on March 18, 2012

By Amanda Bonafiglia

As the St. Patrick’s Day festivities came to an end, Loyola welcomed students to a free St. Patrick’s Day concert in the Centennial Student Forum from 8 p.m. until 10 p.m. Saturday. The concert was hosted by Loyola’s Department of Programming and featured the  Irish band Character Fleadh

“We wanted a band that could bring the Irish spirit to campus,” said Matt Ackman, concert director for Loyola’s Department of Programming. “Character Fleadh knows traditional Irish and Celtic music but they bring a unique contemporary flare to it.”

The band played song after song that students of all nationalities and cultures could  enjoy.  The members of Character Fleadh are originally from Chicago and travel throughout the area playing acoustic folk Irish music at public and private events all year, not only on St. Patrick’s Day.

Several of the Irish students at Loyola were excited to celebrate their heritage during the concert.  For some, the Chicago area brought the celebration of the day to a different level.

“My father would always play Irish music on the piano to end our St. Patrick’s Day celebration,” said Bridget Fahey, a senior at Loyola. “I was so excited to attend the concert, it made me feel at home.”

However, not everyone attending the concert was of Irish decent.

“Being Italian, St. Patrick’s Day was an event we only celebrated in school,” said Allie Puleo, a freshman at Loyola. “However this year celebrating was much more exciting.  Hearing Character Fleadh play their unique sound allowed me to become part of the Irish heritage in my own way. “

The event also featured traditional Irish food for those who attended the concert. While most of the food was different from the normal food offered on college campuses, students and friends were glad to add another level to their enjoyment of the celebration.  Corned beef, cabbage and potatoes, typical Irish items, were just some of the foods offered during the concert.

“We just wanted to bring as much Irish spirit to Loyola as we could,” said Matt Ackman. “The concert was the perfect end to a hectic and crowded St. Patrick’s Day.  It allowed students to see another side to the celebration.”

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Loyola warns students of dangers of St. Patrick’s Day drinking

Posted by Pauline on March 16, 2012

Loyola University Chicago administrators are urging students to make mature decisions this weekend when it comes to drinking and St. Patrick’s Day.

Robert D. Kelly, Loyola’s Vice President for Student Development, sent an email to students asking that they be aware of the dangers of accessive drinking and under-age drinking.

Here is the text of the email:

Dear Students,

As St. Patrick’s Day weekend approaches, so does the opportunity to experience some of the unique culture and traditions around this holiday in Chicago. From parades to green rivers, St. Patty’s in the Windy City is a special time.

Of course part of St. Patrick’s Day culture also involves the choice to take part in drinking or not. With the above normal temperatures there undoubtedly will be many people out and around this weekend. It is our hope that you, as Loyolans, make smart and informed decisions about how you choose to spend the day. Remember the Student Promise: to care for yourself, care for others, and care for the community.

As a University we do not condone underage drinking; however we also know that there will be some students who choose to drink when under the legal age of 21. Our most sincere hope is that all our students stay safe this weekend and throughout the year. Whether or not you are over 21, if you choose to drink it is always important to practice low/moderate drinking both for your health and safety, and for the safety of others. Please encourage your friends to look out for each other and respect the choice of others who choose not drink. And most of all, please do not drink and drive…use public transportation.

However you choose to spend this weekend, please be aware of the potential for negative consequences to arise and know who to go to for help.

If you feel that anyone is in need of help, do not hesitate to call Campus Safety (773-508-6039) or 911. We also encourage you to familiarize yourself with Loyola’s Good Samaritan Policy, which was put in place for these types of situations (www.luc.edu/goodsamaritan). Making the call is always better than not seeking help at all, but remember: the best way to stay safe is to avoid the emergency in the first place.

We hope you have a wonderful St. Patrick’s Day weekend and enjoy this special time in our city.

Be Safe, Be Well.

Robert D. Kelly, PhD
Vice President for Student Development

- Pauline Lacson

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An Irish lass weighs in on St. Patrick’s Day in Chicago

Posted by Loquacious on March 17, 2011

Rebekah Comerford

By Rebekah Comerford
Rebekah Comerford, a student from Mary Immaculate College in Ireland, is spending the semester at Loyola University Chicago. Here is her take on St. Patrick’s Day in Chicago:  
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Patrick, a name so poignant and ubiquitous with the Irish so much so that we are known as “Paddies.”

But St. Patrick has left behind much more than his name as his legacy. A rogue foreign missionary with the belief that the world was ending, he is credited with bringing Christianity to Ireland in the 5th century using the humble three leafed shamrock as his way of explaining the Blessed Trinity thus becoming our national symbol.  Since then his day has evolved from religious feast day to a secular all-encompassing celebration of being Irish.

 His symbol decorates many businesses in Chicago today, but to what significance?

My mind wanders home to a dying tradition. Three thousand miles away, church bells clang through the crisp March morning. My mother hurriedly pins a sprig of fresh shamrock, freshly picked, to her jacket rushing out the door to make it in time for mass. She proudly belts hymns about our patron saint and listens reverently to the guttural Gaelic tones of the priest as he struggles to complete the mass in our native tongue. Themed colourful parades, tractor led, poke fun at recent events and  march  through nearby towns giving thanks to the services of the community, our sport and  music, providing entertainment to wide-eyed children. Tales of snakes being banished by the all-conquering Patrick still fresh in their minds.  I am reminded of the noise and excitement as I plan my day with my brothers, sitting around the table looking forward to going to the pub to enjoy some music and relax after the parade.

On the day of the parade in Chicago I couldn’t help but feel isolated, this was a St. Patrick ’s Day parade but it just didn’t feel the same. It had all the hallmarks of St. Patrick’s Day back home, except that it was the wrong day of course, but it felt surreal. I’m Irish and St. Patrick’s Day is a celebration of everything I hold dear, a celebration of my nation and my identity but all around me was the celebration of the American stereotype of what it is to be Irish, a not very complimentary stereotype either. That morning, I had headed out in the hope of finding the familiar to ease the homesickness that only those being away from home on our national day feel. I left my place in hope of finding some relatable culture, only to find offensive T-shirts, stickers and behaviour, all in the name of my nation. I’d never really contemplated my Irishness before or felt too patriotic but observing people binge drink at 8 a.m. and wear T-shirts stating “The Irish seven course meal: six pints of Guinness and a potato” made me question the perception of what American’s actually think of my people. Are we Irish really perceived with such disdain as to be celebrated as a bunch of idiotic drunks on our own national day?

It was in America that the parade started in retaliation to the over overwhelming nativism and discrimination against the newly arrived Irish. Chicago has had a parade 78 years longer than Dublin where up to 25 years ago, pubs didn’t open. I find it ironic that it is the precursor to a day which still perpetuates the old ideals of the Irish being simple, lazy good for nothing drunkards with quick tempers who live on a diet of cabbage and potatoes. Gap recently had to recall a T-shirt that said ‘Irish I was drunk” and our portrayal on television does nothing to dispel this simple leprechaun and thug image. It has been mentioned to me many times that any other ethnic group wouldn’t stand for this type of lazy ideology and I’m sure it is portrayed on the most part, harmlessly.  It doesn’t help that we are a self-deprecating and will be first to laugh at ourselves. However, it is true the Irish nation has a strong drinking culture, especially among the youth on St. Patrick’s Day, but tea is the most widely consumed liquid after water. I would like to see that being acknowledged instead of green beer.

I would like to say I respect and appreciate the genuine sincerity of many Irish-Americans for keeping traditions alive and acknowledging their roots. It is an amazing thing for such a small country to be recognised on such a grand scale and commemorated and I have been treated with nothing but kindness and respect since my arrival. Chicagoans love the Irish so much that over 200,000 of you claim descent making it the largest European ethnicity in the city. You gave us Michael Flatley and for that I salute you! In many ways I have found Chicagoans to be nicer than the Irish.  The parade itself had many aspects that were familiar to me, the marching bands, the dancers and the pride but it was lacklustre in what is vital to paddy’s day, a sense of community. I was told it was one of the biggest in America and that it was fantastic but seems to be dying.  I urge you to help keep it alive, get involved in all aspects of Irish culture available to you including traditional music, Gaelic football and hurling which are available in Chicago but absent from the parade. Sadly, it seemed to be a vehicle for politicians and businesses such as McDonald’s and Snapple. I do not think it is a true representation of the Irish of Chicago.

At home and abroad, “St Patty’s Day” is unfortunately turning into nothing more than a superficial celebration of being Irish perpetuated by commercialism.

“It’s now just basically a celebration of the end of winter; it’s lost its connection. It’s awful all the shamrocks and green beer; it’s like a universal Mardi Gras. It’s just an excuse to have a lot of drink.” says Andrew Wilson, 49, professor in the history of the Irish Diaspora in Loyola, originally from Co. Tyrone.

It is a lucrative sell for bars and supermarkets. Drinks such as “car bombs” are distasteful and offensive to anyone who lost loved ones in sectarian conflict between Catholic and Protestants in Northern Ireland. Some, such as Wilson stay away that day because ironically is the one day of the year where being genuinely Irish is perceived to be fakery: “It’s the one day where when you speak with a genuine accent they think you’re bullshitting” he says. That said, however, I do appreciate that I am in America and not Ireland and I’m not surprised things aren’t the same.  To many, it means nothing, it’s just a fun day. One Loyola student told me it is “a silly holiday, an excuse to wear green, go to parades and drink a lot.” Eighty percent of Loyola students with Irish heritage surveyed  had no idea what the day was about. Which begs me to ask the question if you claim ethnicity of a country, even with the most tenuous connections, should you require knowledge of that country?

St Patrick’s Day is a time when we come together as community and celebrate our collective and individual achievements throughout the past year. It is the day when we come together as a nation to celebrate what we’ve been through, the good times and the bad, and to display our national identity with pride, to highlight to the world the strength of our culture and the Irish as a people. You don’t have to be Irish to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, you just have to respect and appreciate that our culture goes beyond drinking and wearing green.

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