Loyola student robbed at gunpoint

By Loyola Student Dispatch Staff

A Loyola University Chicago student was robbed at gunpoint Wednesday evening while she was walking near the school’s Lake Shore Campus in Rogers Park.

The student was uninjured and police are searching for the suspect.

Here are the details from a Loyola Campus Safety alert:

Loyola Community,

The Department of Campus Safety is writing to notify you of a report of an armed robbery on Wednesday evening near the Lake Shore Campus.


A Loyola student reported to Campus Safety that she was approached near the intersection of Magnolia and Arthur, around 8:30 p.m., by a man who displayed a gun and demanded her iPhone. The offender fled the scene quickly and the student was not injured. The offender is described as a male, approximately 5’8”, and 18 to 22 years old. He was last seen wearing a dark gray hooded sweatshirt with stripes.


If anyone has information regarding this incident, please call Campus Safety at 773.508.6039 or the Chicago Police Department via 9-1-1 or 312.744.8263.


Please also keep the following safety tips in mind:

  • If a person threatens you with a weapon, follow his or her demands and run away as soon as it is safe to do so. Once in a safe place, immediately notify Campus Safety or the Chicago Police Department.
  • Investigative follow-up will be dependent on the amount of detail a person can recall. It is important to remember as many identifying characteristics about the offender(s) as possible. This can include physical characteristics of the person, clothing, any weapons used, direction of flight, etc.
Sincerely,

Thomas K. Murray

Director of Campus Safety and Chief of Police

Uptown hosts CAPS Night

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Children play in the park during CAPS Night Out. Photo by Jake Mazanke

By Jake Mazanke

Wednesday night marked the second week of CAPS Night Out, an event held simultaneously in Buttercup Park and at Swift School.

The event, hosted by the 48th Ward, the Chicago Police Department and the Chicago Park District, began last summer at Swift School, on 5900 N Winthrop Avenue. After positive feedback from the community, the event expanded to Buttercup Park for this summer.

Last week, in its inaugural night, CAPS night out in Buttercup Park hosted more than 200 people.

“This event encourages community participation,” said PC-Gooden-Smiley, assistant to the  48th ward Alderman and organizer of the event. “We bring the police out for the night to interact with people from the neighborhood. It is something that brings people out in a positive way.”

CAPS night out looks to bring children of all ages into the park. They have food and games set up for kids to participate in.

Buttercup Park, located near the corner of Sheridan Road and Argyle Avenue, was built four years ago. It is a multidimensional park with a playground, basketball court and a small water park.

Golden-Smiley is involved with Buttercup park beyond CAPS Night Out. Along with working for the Alderman, she also the president of the Buttercup Park Advisory Council.

“The park is beautiful and challenging at the same time,” said Gooden-Smiley. “We hope to have this event to engage different groups and ethnicities in the community.”

Along with CAPS night out, Buttercup will host a variety of events that are open to the community. This Saturday, the park will host music and dancing as a part of Uptown Saturday Nights. The park also hosts movie night two Friday’s a month during the summer.

Loyola may get Target store

By Jake Mazanke

Loyola University Chicago students are setting their sights on a new department store: Target.

Talks are underway to build  a Target department store near Loyola’s Lake Shore Campus in Rogers Park.

target_416x416Alderman Joe Moore , Ward 49, said in a recent news release that negotiations are ongoing between Chicago Housing Association and a contractor regarding property on the southwest corner of Sheridan Road and Devon Avenue.

The Chicago Housing Authority owns the property and a 22-story senior citizen housing unit along with a community room and an outdoor green space occupy the lot.

The proposal is to knock down the community room and green space to build another 120 unit apartment complex and a 35,000 square foot Target department store. The contracting company also plans to add a two story parking structure under the store.

If the proposal were to go through, the Target would be located within short walking distance from most Loyola dorms. The prospect of having a department store so close to campus excites many students.

“I don’t think Rogers Park has anything like what you can find in Target,” said Peter Schiable, rising junior and biology major at Loyola. “It’s not like Whole Foods or Devon Market because you can find home goods in there. It has everything a student needs.”

There are already two Target stores within a few miles of the Loyola Lake Shore Campus. One is located southwest of campus on 2112 W. Peterson Ave. The other is located near the Wilson red line station at 4466 North Broadway St.

Despite the proximity of the other Target stores, Schiable believes that having another Target in Rogers Park will only help students.

“I went to the Target off of Peterson just the other day and it took me, round-trip, like an hour or an hour and a half,” Schiable said. “It is just too far to go to the other Target stores. People never want to go there, they do it because they have to.”

 

 

Loyola warns of assaults

By Loyola Student Dispatch Staff
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Loyola University Chicago Campus Safety is warning students, staff and faculty about two recent assaults that took place near the school’s Water Tower Campus.
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Here is the Campus Safety alert:
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Loyola Community,
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The Department of Campus Safety is writing to notify you of two criminal incidents that occurred yesterday, June 29, on and near the Water Tower Campus.At approximately 8:15 p.m., a Loyola student was approached on campus near the Corboy Law Center by three boys between the ages of 8–12 selling candy out of large boxes. After asking the student a few questions, two of the boys surrounded and groped her. The victim then chased the offenders away from the scene.

Separately, at 1:45 p.m. at the 100 block of East Delaware Place, a Loyola staff member was grabbed from behind by an offender who made threatening, sexual statements before the victim could free herself. The offender is described as male, approximately 5’8,” 150 pounds, with a clean-shaven face and dark complexion. He was last seen wearing green hospital scrubs and a t-shirt.

Investigations for both incidents are ongoing. If anyone has information, please call Campus Safety at 773.508.6039 or the Chicago Police Department via 9-1-1 or 312.744.8263.

Please also keep the following safety tips in mind:

  • Always stay alert and tuned in to your surroundings. Refrain from using headphones or talking on the phone, as this minimizes your ability to hear an approaching threat.
  • Be wary of unsolicited strangers. If someone approaches you on the street, keep moving and try to avoid additional contact.
  • If you see something you believe to be suspicious, immediately contact Campus Safety at 773.508.6039 or the Chicago Police Department via 9-1-1 or 312.744.8263.
  • Investigative follow-up will be dependent on the amount of detail a person can recall. It is important to remember as many identifying characteristics about the offender(s) as possible. This can include physical characteristics of the person, their clothing, any weapons used, direction of flight, etc.

Sincerely,

Thomas K. Murray
Chief of Police and Director of Campus Safety

Loyola vigil honors Orlando victims

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Damen Theatre before the vigil began. Photo by Jake Mazanke

By Jake Mazanke

Loyola University Chicago hosted a vigil honoring the victims of the Orlando shooting.

Loyola Campus Ministry partnered with ‌the Department of Student Diversity and Multicultural Affairs to organize the vigil, which was hosted in the Damen Student Center Cinema. The service included general prayer, readings from the Bible and the Quran as well as an El Salvadorian, Jesuit memorial reading.

“It was not only appropriate, but essential for us to come together today and buy into making a better world,” said Susan Haarman, the faith and justice leader for campus ministry. “We hope that by coming together we can find empathy, compassion and hope to stop the hate.”

The vigil was in response to the shootings at Pulse nightclub in Orlando during the early morning of June 13. There were 49 people killed in the shooting and 53 more that were injured. It was the most violent mass shooting in the history of the United States.

The vigil was not only a time to come together and grieve but also a call to action.

“We recognize that prayer is good and important but it must include a call to action,” said Oliver Goodrich, faith and formation campus minister. “If folks have an opinion on gun control, you have to talk to legislatures.”

Campus Ministry and the Loyola Wellness Center are offering support for all students coping with the shooting.

 

 

Missing Rogers Park woman found

By Jake Mazanke

An 18-year-old woman, who had been reported as missing from her Rogers Park home for eight days, has been located.

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Darnesha Smith

Darnesha Smith, of the 6200 block of N. Francisco Ave., had been reported missing by Chicago Police since June 7.

According to a Chicago Police Department press release, she was located on June 15.

No further details were provided.

 

Lockdown lifted at Loyola’s Maywood Medical Center

By Loyola Student Dispatch Staff
A Tuesday morning lockdown has been lifted at Loyola University Chicago’s Medical Center in Maywood after it was determined that a suspicious package posed no danger.
Here is the up date from Loyola Campus safety:
Loyola Community,
Local law enforcement officials have lifted the lockdown at the Medical Center and Health Sciences Campus after completing an investigation of a suspicious package found in a stairwell of Parking Deck A.
Activities on the Medical Center and Health Sciences Campus may resume as normal.

Even though no threat was determined, as per standard protocol, law enforcement officials will remain on the Medical Center and Health Sciences Campus with dogs to continue a complete search of the area.

Thank you to everyone for remaining calm and vigilant throughout this situation in Maywood. 

Sincerely,

Thomas K. Murray
Chief of Police and Director of Campus Safety

Suspicous package locks down Loyola Medical Center

By Loyola Student Dispatch Staff
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Loyola University Chicago’s Medical Center in Maywood is on lockdown after a suspicious package was found in a parking garage.
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Here is the alert from Loyola Campus Safety:
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Loyola Community,
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Earlier this morning, a suspicious package was found in Parking Deck A at the Medical Center campus in Maywood. The package is being investigated by law enforcement and fire officials and the entire Medical Center and Health Sciences Campus is on lockdown.
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Anyone on the campus should shelter in place until further notice. We are being told that no one will be allowed onto campus and all entrances are being blocked. At this time, law enforcement officials are not evacuating any part of the campus.

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For those in Maywood, please check your surroundings for anything suspicious and call incident command at 708.216.1999 if you find anything. Do not touch anything suspicious.

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We will share more details as we receive them from law enforcement officials in Maywood.

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Sincerely,

Thomas K. Murray
Chief of Police and Director of Campus Safety

Student homicide probe continues

 

 

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By Jake Mazanke

The Cook County Crime stoppers have posted fliers across Rogers Park offering a reward for information about the 2014 murder of a Loyola University Chicago student.

Mutahir Rauf was a student at Loyola when on December 5, 2014 he was shot and killed on Albion Avenue, just blocks away from campus.

According to police, Rauf, 23, was walking with his brother when they were approached by two men who demanded their wallets at gunpoint. Reports said that Rauf seemed to believed that the gun was fake and tried to grab the gun from the attacker. The gun went off during the altercation, hitting Rauf, and both attackers fled the scene. Rauf’s brother survived the incident.

No arrests have been made in association with the murder.

Rauf was remembered by those close to him as a caring person who believed greatly in nonviolence.

“When being asked what kind of person Mutahir Rauf was, a few things cross my mind, the first is kindness,” said Rauf’s friend and recent Loyola graduate Austin Phelps. “He was the type of individual who would drop everything for the people he cared about.”

Since his death, Chicago and Loyola Police have investigated the shooting.

The Cook County Crime Stoppers are a branch of the Crime Stoppers USA program that aims to allow citizens to provide information, anonymously, that could aid the investigation of crimes. According to the Crime Stoppers USA website, information gained from the program has led to nearly seven hundred thousand arrests since it was founded in 1976.

The Loyola Student Dispatch attempted to contact the Cook County Crime Stoppers but it was unable to get any information about the fliers or the investigation.

Despite the investigations, Phelps is still stunned that Rauf’s attackers have still not been found.

“I understand that it is a matter of the law but I don’t feel closure and I know I am not the only one who feels that way,”  Phelps said. “My hope is that those responsible will be brought to justice someday and Mutahir’s family can have closure as well.”

Those who have any information about this case should call the Cook County Police Department directly or call the Cook County Crime Stoppers at 1-800-535-7867.

Rogers Park welcomes new restaurant

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An outside view of Rogers Pier on opening night. Photo by Jake Mazanke

 

 

By Jake Mazanke

Alderman Joe Moore opened the doors to the community as he hosted the opening of Rogers Pier restaurant, located on Sheridan and Pratt, as a Follow Me Friday event.

Moore welcomed members of the community into the restaurant by offering free samples.

He believes that his Follow Me Friday events have been the most popular that he has hosted in the community.

“Events like this promote the neighborhood and they promote businesses in the neighborhood but it is also a community building thing as well,” Moore. “People meet other folks in the neighborhood and get to talk to each other.”

The restaurant will specialize in seafood. The owner, Quy An, will use her Vietnamese and Chinese heritage as inspiration for her dishes.

The restaurant is also reaching out to help the community. For every meal purchased, Rogers Pier will donate one dollar to the Greater Chicago Food Depository, Chicago’s largest food bank.

“It is very much a spirit of giving back, of sharing, and it is something that is very much a part of the fabric of the Rogers Park community,”  Moore said.

This Friday, June 10th, Alderman Moore will host a Follow Me Friday event at Anytime Fitness which is a new gym that is opening on Devon Avenue.