Loyola dancers put their best foot forward

By Kimberly Cummins

The Loyola University Chicago Dance program will hold its bi-yearly Informance Friday in  Mullady Theater.

The Informance, slated for 7:30 p.m. Friday, is an event held each semester showcasing the work of students enrolled in all levels of dance classes.

Showing three styles of dance, the Informance is an informal event that presented by the Department of Fine and Performing Arts.

With styles including ballet, jazz, and modern dance, the event allows the audience a look into college-level dance at its finest.

Tickets for general admission are $5 and can be preordered online at Informance.

Loyola adds new sorority to campus

By Jessica Meyer

Chi Omega beat out two other sororities to become a new chapter at Loyola University Chicago and will start recruiting in the fall.

With the help of a great community and the ability to support a new chapter, Chi Omega is seen as the best choice. Questions were asked about the well roundedness of the sorority, as well as their ideals and how they will fit into Loyola’s campus.

Panhellenic Council interviewed Phi Mu and Alpha Delta Pi in the process, but were beat out in the consensus process. The Council is the governing body behind all inter sorority relations, as well as the supervisor of sorority life.

“We looked at their values with university and Greek values, those being unity, scholarship, service and leadership,” said Gina Waterman, 21, a junior advertising and public relations major and president of Panhellenic Council.

Chi Omega is the largest women’s fraternity in the world, with 171 collegiate chapters and 290,000 members. One of the sorority’s biggest ideals is serving those around them, as well as helping others.

“They brought representatives from Northwestern and DePaul, showing that they have a great community in Chicago, not just at Loyola,” said Jessie Barnes, 18, a freshman business major and a member of Greek life at Loyola. “I think their big national name will boost Greek life here.”

Not all people feel that this large sorority will help the other sororities on campus, with the fall semester bringing many representatives to campus, persuading other students to join the initial executive board at Loyola.

“I think it will be harmful in the long run and detrimental to smaller sororities on campus because of their large name,” said Tamara Koritarov, 19, a sophomore psychology major and a member of Greek life at Loyola.

Overall, Chi Omega will meet the demand with higher enrollment of students on campus, allowing for more sororities to come onto campus.

“We feel like they have the full package and will be able to draw in a new section of already existing Loyola students,”  Waterman said.

Parisian gallerist to appear at Loyola

Sunday on the Island of La Grande Jatte
By Alex Perez

Art historian and Parisian gallerist Christopher Boicos will make a presentation tonight discussing Chicago as home to four important masterpieces of modern French painting in the collection of the Art Institute of Chicago, according to LU Focus .

This free Parisian event will take place at 6 p.m. in Loyola University Museum of Art.

Examined together, Gustave Caillebotte’s Paris Street, Rainy Day (1877), Georges Seurat’s A Sunday on the Island of La Grande Jatte (1884-86), and Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec’s Moulin de la Galette (1889) and Moulin Rouge (1892-95) provide a fascinating vision of the people e of the great cities of the world in the early modern era, LU Focus reports.

Silhouettes end season on high note

By Jessica Meyer

The Silhouettes singing group ended its year on a high note at this years Spring Fever event, performing before a standing-room-only crowd at Bremner Lounge.

Alumni were honored and asked to sing with their former group to the song, “Stand By Me.” Audience members were delighted to hear performances like “Don’t Stop Believing,” or a group favorite “Hallelujah,”

“I enjoyed it a lot, and I’m really glad I went. I really liked the ‘Don’t Stop Believing’ piece, because they had performed it before, but I liked it better this time around. I also liked their act of Lady Gaga because it was something different and probably very difficult to put together,” said Sonia Verma, 20, a sophomore psychology major.

The overall favorite song seemed to be “Bad Romance,” with the entire group using props that were reminiscent of Gaga.

“’Bad Romance’ was my favorite song to sing because it was such a crowd pleaser. It was so fun to learn and perform,” said Madison Beaton, 19, a sophomore communication studies major.

Throughout the evening, prizes were raffled off, including gift cards to places like Chipotle, Starbucks and Jamba Juice.

“Everyone really gave their all, and this concert included seven new songs, some of which the group arranged themselves,” Beaton said. “It was awesome that they could showcase their hard work.”

Over the past year, the group gained several new freshman members. The Silhouettes then had to make the dynamic of the group flow smoothly all over again.

“In the past year we have improved so much musically and vocally. Every single girl in the group is committed to producing the best music possible, which is something that started at the beginning of the school year and has grown exponentially since then,” said Robyn Galloway, 21, a senior education major, and president of The Silhouettes, “I am so excited for the future of this group.”

Men’s Volleyball moves on to championship

By Rambler George Kamberos scores a kill Wednesday. Photo courtesy Loyola Atheltics.Aaron Kearney

Loyola University Chicago’s Men’s Volleyball team is moving on to the Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association championship after sweeping Lewis University in three straight sets Wednesday night.

The boys beat cross-town rival Lewis 30-26, 30-23, 30-18, in a match at Alumni Gym, catapulting the Ramblers into the MIVA final at Ohio State University, against Ohio State, at 6 p.m. Saturday, according to Loyola Athletics online.

Mike Bunting led the Ramblers with 15 kills, George Kamberos, and Kris Berzins also added 11 kills each. Ian Karbiener carried Lewis with 14 kills. 

Loyola will look to make it into the national final four with a win saturday at No. 1  ranked Ohio State. The two teams have met twice this year already, with the Ramblers winning at home, and the Buckeyes winning in Columbus, Ohio.

Spring Block Party features food, folks and fun

By Lisa Fiandaca

Loyola University Chicago’s Water Tower Campus normally reflects the busy and active atmosphere of the surrounding downtown area.  However, the campus displayed a different scene Wednesday afternoon when the university closed off the intersection of East Pearson Street and North Wabash Avenue.

Students and faculty were thrilled to take the time to enjoy free food and live music in the streets of downtown Chicago in between classes during Loyola’s annual Spring Block Party.

“The block party is a great community builder,” said Lee Hood, a first year journalism professor at Loyola.  “I hope Loyola continues this in the future.”

People lined the streets to grab lunch and socialize with fellow students versus heading straight to classes.

“It really fosters a sense of community in the downtown campus and shows our community to the rest of the city,” said Kaitlyn Isaia, 23, a social work major in the five-year B.S.W./M.S.W. program.

With the congestion of the city, the campus does not have much space to host larger events throughout the week as does Loyola’s Lake Shore Campus in Rogers Park.

“Lake Shore always has a lot of activities going on during the day, such as Ramblerfest last week,” said Sarah Zambrano, 19, a sophomore accounting and finance major.  “All my classes are downtown, so it’s nice to have an event here for a change.”

Students agree that these activities downtown are too rare, and wish there were more of them.

“I would like to see events like this happen more often,” said Anthony Petrungaro, 20, a sophomore economics major.  “With the tuition we’re paying, I’d say the students deserve a free lunch or two every now and then.”

Stritch Dean reappointed to prestigious post

Dr. Richard Gamelli, distinguished surgeon and dean of the Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine, has been reappointed editor-in-chief of the Journal of Burn Care & Research, according to  Loyola University Health System.

Here are details from the news release:

Gamelli, 61, will serve a second, five-year term as editor of the journal, which is the official, bi-monthly publication of the American Burn Association (ABA), an international organization that promotes and supports burn-related research, education, care, rehabilitation and prevention. The publication is the only peer-reviewed journal in the United States devoted exclusively to the treatment and research of burns.

“Many important changes in the operation and quality of the Journal have occurred under Dr. Gamelli’s leadership, and we all look forward to an ongoing productive working relationship in the years ahead,” read a statement in part issued by the ABA Board of Trustees, which made the reappointment at its recent annual meeting in Boston.

Gamelli is the 20-year chief of Loyola’s Burn Center and a world authority on the treatment of burn wounds, research and prevention. A resident of Burr Ridge, he joined Loyola in 1990 as chief of the Burn Center and as the founder and director of the Burn & Shock Trauma Institute in the Stritch School of Medicine. In 1995, he was named the Robert J. Freeark Professor and Chairman of the Department of Surgery, Stritch.

In February 2010, he was appointed senior vice president of Loyola University Health System (LUHS). The system includes Gottlieb Memorial Hospital, the Loyola Center for Ambulatory Surgery at Oakbrook Terrace North in Oakbrook, Ill., RML Specialty Hospital, a facility co-owned by LUHS, and, adjacent to the main medical center campus, the Edward J. Hines Jr. VA Hospital, which has a cooperative research and patient care initiatives with LUHS. Gamelli is a former member of the LUHS Board of Directors. In April 2009, Gamelli was appointed dean of Stritch, which is part of LUHS.

In 2002 Gamelli received the Faculty of the Year award from Loyola University Chicago. He was inducted as a faculty member in Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society. He also delivered the commencement address to the Stritch School of Medicine in 2006. Most recently, he was elected to lead the Council of Clinical Chairs and was awarded the Ralph P. Leischner Master Teacher Award from the Stritch School of Medicine.

Gamelli is a past president of the ABA, where he has been an active member since 1979. He recently was named a member of the Surgery, Anesthesiology and Trauma Study Section, Center for Scientific Review, of the National Institutes of Health. In addition, Dr. Gamelli has served as the associate editor of the Journal of Trauma and is a member of the editorial board of Annals of Surgery, Shock, Burns, and the Journal of the American College of Surgeons.

Loyola students chill before Finals Week

By Caitlyn Schmid

The Loyola University Chicago Department of Programming is hosting  its annual Be Chill Bash on Friday to help students gain composure before finals.

Students are welcome to come to CFSU from noon until 3 p.m. on the last day of classes to enjoy free food and fun. Free Caribou Coffee, Coldstone Creamery, massages, giveaways, and an oxygen bar will be available to help students unwind for a few hours.

All are welcome to come enjoy the fun and relax before Finals Week begins.

College Republicans host global warming skeptic

By Lisa Fiandaca

With Loyola University Chicago’s efforts to raise awareness of environmental impacts on college campuses and Earth Day last week, Loyola continues the theme to discuss global warming.

The Loyola University Chicago College Republicans will be hosting “The Myth of Global Warming” presented by attorney and author Christopher Horner at 7 p.m. Wednesday in Mundelein Center auditorium.

Horner is a Senior Fellow at Competitive Enterprise Institute and has represented CEI, scientists, and members of the U.S. House and Senate in court on matters of environmental policy in the federal courts.

As an author of many different publications, such as law reviews, legal and industrial trade journals, print and online opinion pages, Horner has also published two best-selling books.  These two include “Red Hot Lies: How Global Warming Alarmists Use Threats, Fraud and Deception to Keep You Misinformed” and “The Politically Incorrect Guide to Global Warming and Environmentalism,” which was on the New York Times bestseller list for nearly half of 2007.

Loyola Men’s Volleyball in semi-final tonight

Loyola Men's Volleyball. Photo Courtesy Loyola Athletic Department.
Loyola’s Men’s Volleyball team plays a key match tonight, with a victory sending the Ramblers to the Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association Finals.

The Ramblers face crosstown rivals Lewis University at 7 p.m. in Alumni Gym.

With a win last week over  Grand Canyon University,  the 15th-ranked Ramblers moved into the MIVA semi-finals, according to Loyolaramblers.cstv. 

The Ramblers slammed the Antelopes winning in three straight sets, hitting the ball at 0.549 percent.

Mike Bunting and Kris Berzins each had 10 kills to lead the ramblers. Robbie Brannick led the Antelopes with only 3 kills.