New intramural sport takes flight at Loyola

By Taylor Burton

Previously exclusive to flying wizards, a new intramural sport has made its way into the lives of Loyola Univeristy Chicago college students. So grab your Nimbus 2000 broomsticks and get ready– Loyola’s Quidditch teams want you!

The battle between the Thrashing Thestrals and Badassilisks on March 19 marks the kickoff of Loyola’s first quidditch season, as they join the ranks of 200 or so other colleges and universities that have competing quidditch teams.

Based on the popular Harry Potter novels by J.K. Rowling, “muggle quidditch” has many of the same rules and positions as wizard quidditch, but adapted for play on the ground, adopts creative replacements for fictional devices and magical concepts.

Some describe the game as a combination of soccer, football, and dodgeball, all while running with a broomstick, or swiffer for that matter, between your legs.

Many players say they were interested in the sport because the novels played a major role in their lives growing up.

“Quidditch offers a fun, imaginative alternative to regular college sports. We all wanted to play when we were younger and read the books, and now everyone has a chance to hop on a broom and live the dream,” said Janice Vogt, 20, an elementary education major and captain of one Loyola team.

Marianne Zolnowski, 21, co-founder of LUC quidditch, expressed similar sentiments, speculating that age may have something to do with the growing phenomenon.

“Harry Potter is a generational thing. We grew up with him, so our age group has been particularly receptive to the idea of quidditch as a real sport,” she said.

All students, Harry Potter enthusiasts or not, are encouraged to participate. Practices are held weekly on the turf fields by Mertz.

Loyola professor runs for lieutenant governor

By Tim McMahon

Loyola University Chicago law professor, Francis R. Doyle, 72, is making a bid to become the Democratic candidate for Illinois lieutenant governor.

Doyle is one of some 200 applicants seeking to be the lieutenant governor candidate on the November Democratic ticket, replacing  Scott Lee Cohen, who resigned following his February primary win. Cohen resigned when news surfaced of a domestic battery arrest. The charges were later dropped.

Doyle, former director of Loyola University Chicago’s Law Library, says he’s running to restore integrity to the lieutenant governor’s office.

“We must demonstrate to the electorate that the Democratic Party is worthy of the leadership that has been entrusted to them by the people of Illinois at both the executive and legislative branches of government levels,” Doyle said.

In terms of strengths Doyle would bring to the ticket, he said he would “represent a segment of the population usually overlooked unless it fills a political need,” and he believes fiscal responsibility is paramount to a Democratic victory.

Doyle is running against 200 other applicants in a contest that will be decided on by the party’s leadership, Speaker Michael Madigan, Senate-Pres. John Cullerton, and Gov. Pat Quinn.

For many the position of Lieutenant Governor has been seen as unnecessary due to its historic lack of purpose.

“The lieutenant governor has very few constitutional responsibilities. I suspect that most people would not notice whether we had or did not have the position” said Dr. Alan R. Gitelson, a political science professor at Loyola University Chicago.

The idea of eliminating the position has been seriously considered by party leader and Speaker Madigan.

“I have thought for quite a while that the office could be eliminated, should be eliminated. And I think we have an opportunity now, with the events coming out of the primary, where we ought to be able to adopt this resolution and going forward provide that we should be without that office anymore,” Madigan said.

The review of applicants will begin this week, and Doyle believes he can repair the corrupt image of Illinois’ Democratic Party.

“We need to restore the people’s faith in the party and show that the party can do more than bicker” he said.