Loyola students puzzled about student government election

By Rebekah Comerford

It’s election time for student government at Loyola University Chicago.

But students seem largely unaware of the work of the Unified Student Government Association, according to an informal survey conducted on campus as students vote for student government officers.

Despite election fliers pasted conspicuously throughout campus for today’s election, few know what services the student government actually provide, and 100 percent agree that the student body in general is ignorant of student government’s  presence beyond sponsorship of events.

“We had no idea a lot of the things we have on campus and think are really cool, USGA started,” said Katie Cotsakos, 19, a sophomore history and classical civilisation major.

Those who are aware of student government’ believe it enhances student life greatly beyond just allocating funds for student activities.

“They’re really important because they connect the student body with the administration, giving us a voice,” said Lena Asfour, 21, a senior journalism major. “Every week, USGA has a senate meeting in which you can go and state your case if something is happening on campus that you don’t approve of.”

When questioned about their lack of knowledge, most students espoused new marketing campaigns such as a stronger Internet presence and email updates and events beyond election fliers to raise awareness of the group’s activities.

“They need more vocal communication” said first time voter, Joe Tomaso, 22, a senior in management. “If they’re anything like me; they just see it, then it’s out of sight out of mind kinda thing.”

Speaking of recent achievements by the student government, particularly the introduction of Rambler Bucks outside campus, presidential nominee Sean Anderson, 18, a freshman in political science and international business, believes communication is to blame for the lack of recognition.

“If the student government actually does something and then publicizes what we do, then students will realize what’s happening on campus.. They have to do something to make them realise we exist,” Anderson said.

This lack of information appears to have affected seniors as all questioned believed they were ineligible to vote for this year’s election. However, they remained optimistic for the ballot email to come.

“If I get the email, I will definitely vote” said Asfour.

Contrary to last year’s poor voting figures, 80 percent polled promise to click on the ballot link today with issues such as cuts in the student activities fund, diversity, tuition and Loyola’s reimagining programme weighing heavy on their minds.

However some are cynical about the difference the new government will make.

“I have a hard time believing that someone I vote for is gonna influence my tuition because Loyola’s just gonna raise it every year no matter what,” said Melissa Cochrane, 22, a senior nursing student. “They’ve raised it every year I’ve been here. ”

Voting lasts today and tomorrow, be sure to vote for your student government by clicking on the ballot email in your student account.

To find out more about the presidential candidates, check out this weeks issue of The Phoenix.

More issues for troubled Rogers Park nursing home

Alden Village North
A new investigation into Alden Village North, a troubled Rogers Park nursing home, suggests at least five more deaths involving disabled children and adults whom live at the facility.

According to the Chicago Tribune, Equip for Equality, a local advocacy group, discovered numerous cases of illnesses going untreated, lab results that were ignored, and internal investigations into deaths that were either incomplete or inaccurate.

After spending a few weeks in Alden, a for-profit facility located on 7464 N. Sheridan Road, the group reviewed medical records and documents that were unavailable to the Tribune during the newspaper’s earlier investigation that led to the facility being further inspected.

Since 2008, more than 20 Alden residents have died at the facility, according to the Tribune. Equip for Equality officials stated they have submitted their report to regulators, and the state still plans to take steps to close the facility.

Alden Village North cares for nearly 90 patients, mostly children and young adults with severe disabilities. The five deaths reported by Equip were patients ages 14, 18, 32, 36, and 48 years old, the Tribune reports.

City says rats, mice and roaches found in Rogers Park restaurant

Big Buns & Pita, a Mediterranean restaurant in Rogers Park, was shuttered Monday after Chicago city health inspectors found evidence of mice, rats and cockroaches, Chicago Breaking News reports.

Here is the Chicago Breaking News story:

A Rogers Park Mediterranean restaurant was ordered closed today after inspectors found an infestation of mice, rats and other problems, officials said.

Big Buns & Pita, 6649 N. Clark St., was closed after inspectors from Mayor Daley’s Dumpster Task Force found more than 150 mice droppings, 50 rat droppings and several live roaches, officials with the Chicago Department of Streets and Sanitation said in a news release.
The restaurant also failed to have a certified food manager on the premises, the grease disposal container had not been properly maintained and it appeared that someone had been smoking cigarettes in the basement, officials said.

A complaint led inspectors to the business.

Inspectors shut down the restaurant for a “critical violation of inadequate pest control,” according to the release. The eatery cannot reopen until it corrects the problems.

“When an establishment has this many types of pests it’s a sign that management really let conditions get out of control,” said Josie Cruz, Deputy Commissioner of Streets and Sanitation’s Bureau of Rodent Control, which operates the Mayor’s Dumpster Task Force.

Loyola students are schooled in Lent

By Alexander Fleites

How well do Loyola University Chicago students know the facts about Lent? 

Pretty well, according to an informal survey conducted at the university’s Lake Shore Campus.

Being at a Jesuit university, Lent is a period in which many students observe the life of Jesus up to his death and resurrection.

Various questions were asked to more than 20 students about the season of Lent, with a significant amount showing they are aware of what it entails.

A vast majority of students were aware that most Christians give something up during Lent.

“My mom always made my brothers and I give something up during Lent, so I’m pretty used to it by now,” said Marcus Laurens, a 23-year-old graduate student studying business.

Although many knew that traditionally, people give something up during this period, only a fraction actually did.

“I originally gave up smoking, but after three days, I couldn’t take it anymore,” admitted Mia Trevino, a 19-year-old sophomore studying art.

Most were able to name the beginning day of Lent as well as the last day, which include Ash Wednesday and Easter.

“I’ve been going to church during Lent since I was a child,” said Lauren Halfman, a 22-year-old senior from Green Bay, Wisc. “I’m glad to see Loyola has so many Church services available during the season.”

With Lent still at its’ beginning stages, it’s not too late to get involved on campus. Loyola is sponsoring many Lent services up until Easter.

Think you’re up to par with your fellow Ramblers in regards to the Lent season?  Take the quiz and find out for yourself.

Click here: QUIZ


Can you pass this quiz about Lent?

Think you know all there is to know about Lent?  Take the quiz and find out for yourself.

1) How many days long does Lent last?

2) What day starts Lent and what day ends Lent?

3) T/F Lent is associated with fasting.

4) How many days after his crucifixion did Jesus rise from the dead?

5) T/F Are Christians normally known for giving something up during the Lent season?

6) What is the Sunday before Easter Sunday called?

Answers: 40, Ash Wednesday & Easter, True, 3, True, Palm Sunday