Loyola students warned about new round of thefts

By Megan Millard

Campus Safety is warning Loyola University Chicago students not to leave valuables unattended, as a new series of thefts have occurred on campus.

On Wednesday, April 27, at 1:40 p.m., an unattended laptop computer was stolen from the first floor of Cudahy Library.

On Thursday, April 28, at 2 p.m., an unattended laptop computer was stolen from the third floor of the Klarchek Information Commons. 

A witness to the theft on April 28 was able to provide the following description of the offender: a male between the ages of 20 and 25, short black hair, and facial hair (goatee or mustache). He is approximately 5’10” and 160 lbs. and was last seen wearing a light-weight grey jacket or shirt.

Director of Campus Safety Robert Fine said the warning is due to the increasing number of students using the Information Commons and Cudahy Library as the semester winds down.

“It’s a shame you can’t leave your personal property unattended,” Fine said.

Loyola student Roxanne McGee, a 20-year old with a double major in English and History, learned that lesson the hard way when her iPod was stolen from a computer lab in Mertz Hall.

“This has definitely made me more careful with my belongings,” McGee said  “Now I always put things away whenever I am not using them just to be safe.”

“I know for sure that I had it because at one stage I disconnected the headphones and started to listen to a song on YouTube,” she said.

It was when McGee began to gather her belongings to go to class that she noticed her iPod was gone.

 “I realized straight away that my iPod had been stolen basically in front of me because I hadn’t left the computer.”

One piece of good news is the fact that while thefts occur, there is a decrease in one facility at least. According to Nathan Clark, assistant director of Halas Jr. Sports Center, there has only been two thefts reported this year so far, while last year there were 15.

“Typically we have had thefts occur from the locker rooms and from the hallways downstairs, outside the cardio rooms,” he said. ” Usually the items taken have been wallets, MP3 players, sometimes books, but not usually.  Typical items are things that are small enough to fit in a pocket.”

Clark says precautions have been taken to prevent thefts from the facility, including installation of cameras, as well as signs posted throughout the facility warning people not to leave belongings unattended.

Clark has a piece of advice for people when they decide to come to the gym.

“Students, faculty and staff need to be more cautious when bringing valuables to the gym.  If you must, then make sure you get a locker and secure your valuables properly.  Never leave anything that you aren’t willing to lose unattended,” he said.

According to Lieutenant Joe Bogdalek, a Campus Safety officer for seven years, who also spent 34 years with the Chicago Police Department says thefts in general are up and down depending on the season. Besides being aware of surroundings, he has another tip for students that could help in the event something of theirs is stolen.

“When you have something with a serial number on it, write it down somewhere,” Bogdalek said.

This information, Bogdalek said, could assist police in identifying stolen property much better than if no serial number is provided.

In addition, Bogdalek warns students to be aware of other types of theft that occur, including thefts of bicycles as well as thefts from dorm rooms. Because of this, he urges students to keep dorm rooms locked, and to secure bicycles with a lock.

Bike locks can be purchased at both Campus Safety’s Water Tower and Lake Shore campus locations for $20.  Also, students are urged to register their bicycles.

Another common form of theft is that of computers. They are oftentimes taken from the library or Information Commons when left unattended.

As for McGee, she has learned her lesson, she reported the incident but has not heard anything since the event.

“I would just say to be sure that you don’t leave anything unattended,” she said. “Put anything away that you’re not using and don’t make it obvious if you have any valuable items.”

If you have any information related to this case, please contact Campus Safety immediately at 773.508.6039. We’ve also included a list of important safety tips below that we encourage you to review.

Evolution of cancer discussed at Loyola

By Rebekah Comerford

Prospects for cancer research were examinedby expert Carlo C. Maley Ph.D. in a speech titled “How We Get Cancer and Why It Has Been So Hard to Cure” at Crown Auditorium in Loyola University Chicago.

In the keynote seminar for the Biology Department, Maley, Director of The Maley Laboratory which specializes in the evolution of cancerous cells, outlined how cancer research has developed in the past 50 years and how cells become malignant.

According to Maley, although certain elements make you more at risk of developing cancer such as UV light, smoking and chronic inflammation, cancer is an evolutionary progress within the body. It is genetic and likely to happen to anyone because no cell division is perfect, he said.

Through a series of mutations in and uncontrolled cell division mutant cells evolve and survive against the immune systems attempt to destroy them. In certain cases, these cells develop resistance to treatment. These tumors then move and invade other organs in what he described as an “invasion”. This is when people begin to feel ill.

He criticized current research for focusing on stem cells in tumors and treating cells as a mass homogeneous group with the same proteins rather than a group of different evolving cells. He also spoke of current treatment such as chemotherapy as harrowing as it destroys normal cells as well.

It’s hard to kill the cancer without killing the patient,” he said.

From 1950 – 2004 cancer mortality rates remained the same in the U.S. There has been a drop in recent years, not due to treatment, but rather to more preventative measures he stated.

However, he stressed every cancer is unique and responds to treatment differently and also considered a different approach to treating cancer by focusing on lengthening the patient’s life rather than kill the cancer.

“The idea of treating cancer like a chronic illness that you live with rather than scorched earth tactic like chemo is a good one” said Dave Ford, 21, a senior forensic science major.

Maley believes that estimating the mutation rate is the way forward.

“Taking a different perspective on the problem is the best way to come up with new solutions”  Ford said.

Loyola students end year with Damen Ball

By Elizabeth Noel

About 300 Loyola University Chicago students gathered at Union Station for the 7th annual Damen Ball Friday night.

The Damen Ball, sponsored by Student Activities and Greek Affairs, is meant to honor the recipients of the Damen Awards. The awards, named after Loyola founder Arnold Damen, S.J., recognize students and organizations for excellence in the Jesuit tradition and being a source of inspiration and leadership to the Loyola community.

“Students vote for Damen Award winners, so the award is truly a representation of how you affect the lives of other students,” said senior Emily McDonagh, who voted for several fellow classmates this year. “It shows that if you’re doing good work, other students will notice.”

This year, ten undergraduate students won awards. Damen Ball attendees spent the evening enjoying dancing, socializing and a dessert buffet.


“I think it’s great just to be a part of this,” said senior Dan Harris, a Damen Award nominee. Though he did not win an award, Harris still attended Damen Ball. “I’m here to support and honor those who did win and to just have fun.”

The Damen Ball held special meaning not just for award winners but for seniors, who were celebrating the end of their academic years at Loyola before graduating.

“I’m really excited to be here because it’s a milestone event to commemorate my wonderful memories at Loyola,” said senior Purvi Patel, who won a Damen Award this year. “It’s a great way to end my time here in Chicago on a high note.”

80 Loyola student-athletes make Horizon League Honor Roll

Eighty student-athletes from Loyola University Chicago made the Horizon League Honor Roll.

Here is the story from the Loyola Athletic Department.

Eighty student-athletes from Loyola University Chicago were recognized for their exceptional academic efforts on the 2010 Horizon League Fall Honor Roll, the league office announced this morning. Loyola ranked third in the conference in total honorees, finishing behind Butler (107) and Milwaukee (103).

Candidates for the Horizon League Honor Roll must meet three criteria in order to qualify: 1) participation in at least one of the League’s 19 sports during the most recent (or current) season; 2) completion of three semesters (or four quarters, where applicable) as a full-time student at the same member institution; and 3) a cumulative grade-point average of at least 3.20 (on a 4.00 scale).

Men’s Basketball
Ben Averkamp
John Benkoske
Walt Gibler
Tom Neary
Andy Polka
Ryan Sterling

Women’s Basketball
Ellen Ayoub
Brittany Boeke
Lisa Samplawski

Men’s Track
Nolan Fine
Peter Grimson
Mike Janusek
Dennis Kott
Matt McCabe
Declan Murray
Brian Peters
Ben Reifenberg
Ramunas Stanciauskas
Josh Stein
Mike Wetzel
Anthony Wile
Jim Winings

Women’s Track
Jenn Bane
Elizabeth Butler
Caitlin Ferry
Nicole Noelliste
Alison Rack
Jordan Rohlfing
Gina Valgoi
Brianna Walker

Men’s Golf
David Best
Dylan Gergen
Charlie Schaffer

Women’s Golf
Ashley Garrison
Rachel Mayer
Nikki Miller

Men’s Soccer
Sean Dotson
Justin Koehler
Willie Koss
Eric Marofske
Will Martin
Peter McKeown
Chris Mills
Tanner Nebbia
Caleb Norton
Nick Sanchez
Thomas Sudyka
Andy Weis
Josh Westberg
Alex Wynne

Mallory Curran
Kristen Haggenjos
Cat Languido
Natalie Pounovich

Brooke Andresen
Lauren Arceneaux
Hannah Berris
Lauren Gonzalez
Tori Spears
Seana Stillson

Women’s Soccer
Tessa Daniels
Maggie Doe
Colleen Dougherty
Ashley Funk
Katie Groesch
Jennifer Martin
Ana Claudia Michelini
Ani Michl
Cara Morawski
Katie Osberg
Lauren Ostarello
Kristin Papierski
Lauren Papierski
Leah Ponticello
Allie Roufus
Nikki Staton
Chelsie Stokes
Sally Tashjian
Samantha Welcher

For further information, visit: www.luc.edu

– Caitlin Botsios

Requiem performed at Madonna Della Strada

By Matt Graham

The Loyola University Chicago Chorus, Chamber Choir and Orchestra performed a combined concert featuring Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart‘s Requiem Wednesday evening at Madonna Della Strada Chapel,

The concert began with the Chamber Choir and Orchestra and all graduating seniors of both ensembles were recognized for their contributions. The ensembles, led by  The Rev. Charles Jurgensmeier, S.J., sang several songs by variety of composers including a work by Johann Pachelbel featuring the use of a harpsichord.

Next, Dr. Colin Holman took the stage to lead the orchestra in a moving rendition of Franz Schubert’s Symphony No. 8 “Unfinished.” They then performed a Viola Concerto by George Philipp Telemann featuring student Kelly Lavieri as the virtuosic solo.

After the orchestra completed their works, the university chorus took to the altar to perform Mozart’s Requiem. The eight movement Mass is one of Mozart’s most famous and well known works but university chorus director Kirsten Hedegaard felt up to the challenge.

“It was my first time directing (Requiem) the whole way through,” said Hedegaard who received her Masters Degree in conducting from the University of California, “I think the students sang extraordinarily well.”

Hedegaard went on to say that she has enjoyed conducting the university chorus since she came to Loyola this past fall semester 2010 saying,  “I really like the student body here, the intelligent students.”


The students on stage seemed to enjoy learning and performing the prolific work as well. Patrice Gardner, a senior psychology major said it took almost the entire semester to learn the Mass.

“It was hard work, but I love it,” said Gardner who sings alto in the chorus and is a native of Chicago.

All the hard work paid off for the performers and directors with the concert ending with a standing ovation from the audience.

Loyola senior Lia Horton counts herself among those standing in support. Horton, a Spanish major from Birmingham, Alabama said she came to the concert because several of her friends perform in the ensembles.

“I loved seeing my friends perform the Requiem but I enjoyed all the ensembles. I especially liked the ‘Unfinished’ song. It made me feel like I was in a movie. But one of my friends had a solo in the Requiem so that was also very exciting.”

Loyolans get chance to reflect at Taizé

Taize cross

By Matt Graham

It’s a quiet alternative to iPhones, Facebook and Twitter. It’s Taizé style prayer at Loyola University Chicago’s Madonna Della Strada Chapel.

Taizé prayer,  made up of song and meditation, originated from the Taizé Community of Monks in France. The order is devoted to justice and peace through prayers and meditation and was founded by Brother Roger Schutz in 1940.

Recently, the community has become an important site for Catholic and Christian pilgrimages for young people where they are encouraged to live in the spirit of kindness, simplicity and reconciliation.

At Loyola, the tradition of Taizé is practiced at 9:30 p.m. Wednesdays and lasts about an hour. The university web-page for the event says Taizé, “quickly grabs your intellect and promises to renew your spirit,” through a service of music, scripture and meditation.

Programs handed out at the events encourage participation through prayer and especially through song. The program reads, “No matter what singing voice you have been given, it is a gift and should be shared. Do not be afraid to sing!”

 The service is accompanied by musicians an a choir led by Steven Betancourt to supplement the voices of the participants.

“Taize Prayer is a wonderful ecumenical prayer service uniting Christians across campus in common, contemplative prayer. We planned it purposefully in the middle of the week, at night to provide a spiritual oasis, a recharging point for students in their busy lives,” Betancourt said. “Personally, I find it a great way to take a moment out of my own busy day for prayer and a period of quiet, free from my iPhone, email and all other distractions that tug on my attention throughout the day.

A second component to the service is silent meditation. The program explains that while science may be difficult for some, being silent in the presence of God and being open to the Holy Spirit is in and of itself a prayer.

Charles Gallagher, a sophomore biology major, attended Taizé for a school assignment but said he would consider returning.

 “It was actually a really nice break to be able to sing and sit in prayer right in the middle of the week like that,” said Gallagher, 20, “and I like to sing so that was cool too.”

Students are encouraged to learn more about the International, ecumenical community f Taizé by visiting their website at www.Taize.fr/en.

Seven lucky number for Loyola medical center donors

By Alexander Fleites
Kidney donation ribbon

Seven Loyola University Chicago Medical Center employees have saved seven lives over seven years through seven separate kidney donations.

As first reported by Sun-Times.com, over the past year seven employees of Loyola University Medical Center in Maywood donated their kidneys to help those in need. The patients who received the kidneys range from residents of Chicago to California.

The seven women, dubbed the “The Seven Sisters of Loyola,” appear to have set the world record for the most single kidney donations made by hospital employees to non-relatives, according to the Sun-Times.

This inspirational act has put a smile on the face of many. Here is what some people told Loyola Student Dispatch:

“There is nothing more beautiful than giving the gift of life,” said Maria Rodriguez, a nurse at Loyola’s Medical Center said. “This act of kindness is not something you see much of anymore.”

Many times those who do decide to donate a kidney do so for a loved one.

“When I found out my cousin needed a kidney it was a no brainer, I knew what I had to do.” said Erin Landry, a 22-year-old receptionist from Lansing. Landry donated her kidney to her ill cousin in January.

The story was specially touching for those who personally know the feeling of getting a second chance at life.

“I got a kidney donation from a complete stranger,” said Michael Cantore, a 45-year-old engineer from Edgewater. “Even though I don’t know who gave it to me, I thank whoever it was everyday of my life.”

Unfortunately, thousands of people across the country die each year because they were unable to receive a kidney that they needed. The waiting time for a kidney in the U.S can be as long as four years, according to webmd.com

If you are interested in donating money to fight kidney disease, or become an organ donor, visit kidney.org.

Students work featured at School of Communication Showcase

By Sarah Bechtol

The Loyola University Chicago’s School of Communication held its annual Honors Award Ceremony and Student Showcase Wednesday afternoon in Regents Hall of Lewis Towers to recognize excellent student work and give students a chance to display their favorite projects.

Student organizations, such as the Phoenix, WLUW,  Mosaic and Society of Professional Journalists, as well as communication classes and individual students had their work set up for show.


Meg Connolly, a senior at Loyola University Chicago  majoring in Advertising/Public Relations and Spanish created a capstone project to compliment her studies.

“I researched how hispanic community centers communicate and I designed an entire event for Progreso Community Center. These are some mock-ups of examples of drawings that children can do for the competition, and one will be chosen to be painted as a mural,” Connolly said.

Lucia Wylie-Kellermann, a junior majoring in Advertising/Public Relations and Visual Communications worked on the design and layout of the Joan and Bill Hank Center Magazine for her internship with the Joan and Bill Hank Center for Catholic Intellectual Heritage.

“It’s their annual magazine publication, where they just publish all of the events and programs that they do during the year. I did all of the layout design and editing for it, and the graphic development as well. I started from scratch and sent it to print so it’s been very exciting,” Wylie-Kellermann said.

The Public Service Communication class displayed their class project with the non-profit organization Snow City Arts, which works to bring artwork to patients in Chicago hospitals.

“We launched an online social media contest through their facebook, in which we challenged university students to look at the artwork that these patients have been creating. We’ve gotten some great submissions and also prizes donated from local Chicago organizations,” said Cheryl Rossetti, a senior in the School of Communication.

Throughout the event, students and faculty mingled around the showcase learning about the variety of communication projects students had done.

Kate Dessa, a senior in the School of Communication, worked on the cover and page designs of Mosaic magazine, but also enjoyed observing her classmates projects.

“I really like the Layout and Editing Class’ work. Those pages are incredible for being college student work, those look like real magazine pages. I wish I was here another semester so I could take the class,” Dessa said.

Bad weather doesn’t dampen Loyola block party

Loyola University Chicago’s annual spring Water Tower Campus Block Party was moved inside Thursday due to rain. But that didn’t dampen the spirits of student, faculty and staff who lined up for free burgers, Italian sausage and ribs.

Participants, having endured the wettest Chicago April on record, took the venue change in stride. The Block Party was moved into the Terry Student Center at Baumhart Hall on Pearson Street. While the food and drink buffet was held in the Terry cafeteria on the second floor, the line to access it extended all the way out the front doors of Baumhart.

“It’s absolutely worth it to wait in this line,” said Zach Johnson, 21, a senior business major. “They give you so much free food, it’s insane.”

The staff in charge of distributing the food is certainly willing to give students as much as they desire. Burgers, sausages, barbecue chicken and ribs, and veggie burgers are the main entrees available, and, if desired, one has the opportunity to taste the entire selection. Chips, cookies, watermelon, and a variety of canned soda completed the lineup at the Block Party.

“Students deserve to be rewarded for their hard work this semester,” one of the food distributors Lee Cornwell said. “It’s great to see how happy it makes them.”

Seating seemed to be a bit difficult to come by, given the Block Party filled the entire Terry cafeteria area. Instead, students enjoyed their lunches in the third floor study rooms and in the lobby downstairs.

Other organizations involved with the Block Party included WLUW-FM, which was broadcasting from the lobby. Vitamin Water and Fuze also had representatives there giving free samples of their products.

For the Loyola Water Tower community, the Block Party is a great way to enjoy endless amounts of food and celebrate the end of the semester at the university.

Bad weather forces Loyola block party inside

Loyola block party in better times.
Bad weather is forcing the Loyola University Chicago Water Tower Campus Block Party inside today.

The party will be held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday in the Terry Student Center at 26 E. Pearson St.

Admission is free for Loyola faculty, staff, and students, and this year’s Block Party features free barbeque food for all, music from Loyola’s own WLUW-FM, games sponsored by Fuze and Vitamin Water, and more. Don’t miss out on the fun!

Remember to bring your Loyola ID in order to enter and participate in the festivities.