Loyola concerned over excessive alcohol use by students

Loyola University Chicago administrators are sounding a warning about excessive alcohol consumption after a number of students have been treated at area hospitals.

Here is a message to students from Robert D. Kelly,Vice President for Student Development:

Dear Students,

During this past weekend, a number of incidents took place involving members of our community. On Friday evening, two students were hospitalized who were unresponsive due to alcohol consumption. In fact, this semester we have had 15 transports to the hospital for issues related to alcohol and other drugs. Most disturbing was the critical condition of the students who were hospitalized for severe alcohol intoxication. We are hopeful that they will all recover fully from their injuries. They are each receiving excellent medical care, love, and support as they heal from the trauma. Our hearts go out to these individuals, their families, and friends.  

As these serious incidents have occurred at the beginning of our academic year, they remind us all that we must look out for ourselves and be particularly vigilant about the personal safety of friends and guests at our social events. And, if something happens despite the precautions, please seek help immediately by calling the emergency number for the Department of Campus Safety at 773.508.6039.

Trained members of the Student Development team have reached out to the families and students who have been affected by these incidents, offering counseling and support to anyone who desires help. Anyone who needs assistance is urged to contact the Office of the Dean of Students at 773.508.8840, the Wellness Center at 773.508.8883, or Campus Ministry at 773.508.2200. Other important resources include Loyola’s Good Samaritan Policy, which you can read at http://www.luc.edu/osccr/pdfs/Student_Handbook_2011.pdf.  Faculty and staff needing assistance may contact Perspectives, the Employee Assistance Program, at 800.456.6327.  

This is also an important moment for us each to take the time to review the alcohol-related safety tips available on the Loyola website at http://www.luc.edu/ccc/for_students.shtml and general safety tips available on the Campus Safety website at http://www.luc.edu/safety/index.html. We all play an important role in ensuring a safe campus and neighborhood and we are fortunate to have some of the best practices in place here at Loyola.   

Last, I am calling on student leaders to start a conversation about the role of alcohol and other drugs in our community. I am asking the members of the Maroon and Gold Society and the Unified Student Government Association to facilitate these conversations. Simply put, alcohol is a significant issue for some students, and they regularly face choices about it, sometimes difficult ones. But the issue of alcohol use and abuse affects us all. Our goal is to reduce alcohol-related harms by creating an environment that promotes responsibility, healthy choices, self-control, and good character. Join me in supporting efforts to better understand this issue and our students.

Our thoughts and prayers go out to these students and their families.


Robert D. Kelly, PhD
Vice President for Student Development

Suspect named in beating death of hearing-impaired man from Rogers Park

Trib Local has details about a Hazel Crest man charged today in the beating death of a hearing-impaired man from Rogers Park.

Here is a portion of the Trib Local story:

A 26-year-old man from Hazel Crest has been charged with first-degree murder and robbery in the beating death of a hearing-impaired man in Evanston, authorities announced today. Police say $10 was taken from the victim.arg

Brandon Lee Allen Hinton, of the 17000 block of Stonebridge Drive, is charged with robbing and killing John Costulas, 61, of the Rogers Park neighborhood in Chicago, police said.

Costulas was found Sept. 2 in the 500 block of Howard Street. He’d been struck in the head and robbed, police said. He died a week later, police said.

Hinton appeared for a bond hearing this morning at the Skokie Branch Courthouse of Cook County Circuit Court, where he was ordered held without bail.

Read more at TribLocal.

Loyola tops DePaul in latest U.S. News college rankings

Loyola University Chicago beats crosstown rival DePaul University in the latest college rankings by U. S. News and World Report.

The magazine’s annual list ranks Loyola University Chicago No. 119 among the nation’s top schools. DePaul, meanwhile, comes in with a rank of No. 132.

Click here for the full U. S. News and World Report list: College Rankings

Here’s what U.S. News had to say about Loyola:

“Loyola University Chicago is a private institution that was founded in 1870. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 9,747, its setting is urban, and the campus size is 105 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. Loyola University Chicago’s ranking in the 2012 edition of Best Colleges is National Universities, 119. Its tuition and fees are $33,294 (2011-12).

Loyola University Chicago, or Loyola Chicago as it’s known for short, is the largest Jesuit institution in the country. The school has two locations in Chicago—Lake Shore and Water Tower— where on-campus living is separated between freshmen, sophomores, and all upperclassmen. The university also has an international campus four miles from downtown Rome, where about 400 students study abroad each year. The Loyola Ramblers compete in the NCAA Division I Horizon League.

For graduate students, Loyola Chicago has a business school, a law school—particularly well known for healthcare law—and a medical school. There are accelerated 3+3 year programs for Loyola Chicago undergraduates who want to go to law or medical school at Loyola, too. Notable alumni include Ian Brennan, cocreator of the TV show Glee; Thomas Purcell, coexecutive producer of Comedy Central’s The Colbert Report; and Michael Quinlan, former CEO of McDonald’s Corp.”

Among other Illinois colleges, the University of Chicago ranked No. 5; Northwestern University N0.  12; and the University of Illinois N0. 45.

Here’s is the U.S. News story on the national rankings:

Princeton University tied Harvard University as the top-ranked National University in U.S.News & World Report‘s 2012 rankings of Best Colleges. Last year, Harvard stood alone as the best ranked National University, a category that encompasses large, research-oriented schools.

No changes took place at the very top of the rankings of National Liberal Arts Colleges—schools that emphasize undergraduate education and award at least half of their degrees in liberal arts fields—as Williams College once again edged Amherst College for the highest rank.

[View the 2012 rankings of National Universities and National Liberal Arts Colleges.]

Though college sticker prices continue to skyrocket, and it will now cost some students more than $200,000 to attain a degree at the aforementioned schools and others ranked by U.S. News, data indicate that the value of a college degree hasn’t waned. A recent report by the Georgetown University Center for Education and Workforce indicates that those with bachelor’s degrees earn 75 percent more over their lifetimes than those who only have high school diplomas.

While the national unemployment rate topped out at 9.8 percent in 2010, it was 5.4 percent among those with bachelor’s degrees in the same year. Plus, a college or university doesn’t need to cost six figures to provide a solid education; U.S. News highlights some of these schools in lists such as the best up-and-coming schools, the best schools for B students, and schools that provide the best value, to name a few.

There was little change among the top-20 ranked National Universities, though the University of Chicago jumped four spots, from a tie for ninth last year to a tie for fifth this year. Among the biggest movers in the top 50 are the University of Miami, which jumped nine spots from a tie for 47th to a tie for 38th, and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, which dropped from a tie for 41st to a tie for 50th this year.

[See photos of the top 10 National Universities.]

– Lou Wolf

Media rates Rahm Emanuel at Loyola forum

Photo By Ruthie Tomuta
By Alexandra Watt

A panel of Chicago reporters made waves amongst audience members Tuesday night at Loyola University Chicago while discussing Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s first days in office.

Phil Ponce, host of WTTW’s Chicago Tonight and a professor of journalism at Loyola, moderated Rating Rahm: The Media Assesses Mayor Emanuel, a forum held in Kasbeer Hall at Loyola’s Water Tower campus.

Other media experts on the panel were Carol Marin, a reporter at NBC 5 and Chicago Tonight; Charles Thomas, a political reporter at ABC 7; Kristen Mack, the Chicago Tribune’s City Hall reporter; Laura Washington, a columnist for the Chicago Sun-Times; and Mick Dumke, who covers City Hall for the Chicago Reader.

Though expected to discuss the mayor’s progress with Chicago’s budget deficit, public schools, layoffs and crime, Ponce opened the forum by asking panelists to recite an encounter they have had with Emanuel.

Washington recounted a time she came across Emanuel, currently a congressman in Washington D.C., at a local Starbucks.

“Rahm walks in with his kids in tow, the car is double parked outside with the engine running, and he begins to tell me about some legislation he’s working on,” she said. “He’s doing this, ordering his drink, keeping his kids in line and is watching his car. He was still out in five minutes.”

The discussion of Emanuel’s personality continued as the panelists commented on the mayor’s dealings with Chicago’s Public Schools.

Mack expressed that Emanuel has aimed at lengthening the school day in the wrong manner.

“He’s focused on the end goal and is not as concerned as how you get there, as long as you’re getting the longer school day,” she said. “There needs to be more focus on what the curriculum looks like and creating a uniform system across the school.”

Thomas said Emanuel’s previous role in Congress as one who is set on his goals.

“He was regarded in Washington in the House as the man,” he said. “Pelosi was the Speaker, and Rahm was the man who got it done.”

Having firsthand experience with the mayor, several panelists agreed with Thomas and asserted that one way in which Emanuel does this is by trying to control his portrayal in the media.

Thomas responded by communicating that it is crucial for the media to write for the public, and not the government.

“The media sets the agenda. We are a conduit to the people. This is what we want from our government, we tell you mayor, and you respond,” he said.

“That dynamic is being lost on people like Rahm Emanuel. He believes he sets the agenda.”

At the end of the panelist’s discussion, Ponce took questions from the crowd of approximately 150.

Nan Magill, a Chicago retiree who lives at The Clare, instigated a light argument with Thomas when she expressed her fear that the media is biased if only journalists choose on which stories are reported.

Thomas defended his right to choose the agenda because he’s “spent all his life studying it.”

Dumke explained that all journalists report with skepticism.

“You have to have a B.S.-meter to cover politics in the city,” he stated. “You make a number of choices every day and you use your own judgment.”

After the forum, Magill commented on her disagreement with Thomas.

“I’m losing faith in the media,” she stated. “I just want the truth.”

Another resident from The Clare, Elizabeth Grady, 75, expressed her discontent with the night’s discussion.

“I didn’t hear many positives about Emanuel,” she stated. “I expected more pros and cons being presented.”

Despite these comments, Ponce stated after the show that he was pleased with the conversation he and his panelists conducted.

“This may have been my best panel yet,” he said. “These reporters have an inside look at the industry and they emphasized the importance to serve readers so that news goes beyond what the mayor wants to present.”