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