Vocalo comes to Loyola WLUW-FM radio station

Loyola University Chicago’s student radio station, WLUW-FM 88.7, will now broadcast the Vocalo Morning AMp program. The show airs from 8-10 a.m.

Vocalo.org is a public media service that ensures that culturally diverse young people are inspired, connected, and heard. Here’s the press release from Chicago Public Media:



Chicago Public Media’s Vocalo (Real.Live.Radio) is proud to announce it will simulcast its popular Vocalo Morning AMp program on two Chicago-area college radio stations –WLUW-FM 88.7, broadcasting from the campus of Loyola University Chicago, and WRSE-FM serving Elmhurst College. In addition, Vocalo.org has launched a free “app” for iPhone and Android, enabling listeners to stream Vocalo.org live, read blogs & tweets, scan QR codes, and find out about local events.

Vocalo Morning AMp, co-hosted by Brian Babylon and Molly Adams, is a fast-paced, call-in talk show that seamlessly blends edgy humor and progressive, culturally relevant topics ranging from headline news, pop culture, business and economy, and health and wellness. Brian Babylon is a Chicago native, comic and radio host, who graduated from Clark Atlanta University in Atlanta, GA. He has become a fixture in Chicago’s rich comedy community, and has performed nationally and internationally. In addition to hosting and producing the Vocalo Morning AMp, he is also a new panelist on Wait, Wait…Don’t Tell Me!, a contributor to BBC Radio, and regularly hosts The Moth Story Slam in Chicago.  A native of Portland, Maine, Molly Adams started her radio career at Blunt Youth Radio, where she then went on to Colorado College, reported for the local news and managed the student-programmed channel at KRCC. Adams not only hosts and produces the Vocalo Morning AMp, but also curates for alt.NPR and YouthCast for the Public Radio Exchange.

“The Vocalo mission has always been to ensure that culturally diverse young people are inspired, connected and heard, and collaborating with well-established college station such as WLUW and WRSE will help reach that audience,” said Vocalo.org Managing Director Silvia Rivera.  “We are creating hyper-local syndicated programming that could benefit other college and community radio stations seeking product that is meaningful, engaging and rooted in the community.”

Echoed Danielle Basci, WLUW-FM General Manager, “Vocalo’s Morning AMp creates a space for live discussion and debate about local issues that is valuable to WLUW’s listeners and is not a service WLUW currently does or can provide on its own.  It was critical to the partnership with Vocalo that WLUW students are also provided with unmatched opportunities to work with the best professionals in Chicago and at the same time assist in generating local content of interest to a prized and underserved market of young people.”

“The partnership with Vocalo and our student-led radio station, WRSE, represents an excellent opportunity to provide relevant, quality media to our local community of listeners.  The fact that this collaboration exposes our students to media professionals from Chicago Public Media is especially exciting,” added Ian Crone, Associate Dean of Students, Elmhurst College.

In addition to providing WLUW and WRSE with targeted local programming, Vocalo.org will offer invaluable training opportunities to Loyola University and Elmhurst College students and volunteers to intern on Morning AMp or other daypart programming alongside seasoned Chicago Public Media staff. Interns will get real world, hands-on experience in radio production with responsibilities including guest booking, audio editing, collecting short audio interviews, writing and web copy.

WLUW 88.7FM is the student-run radio station broadcasting from the School of Communication at Loyola University Chicago. WLUW is dedicated to broadcasting independent music and informative talk programming and is a source of learning and growth for Loyola students. WLUW seeks to extend the Loyola University core values through the medium of radio and digital media. Chicago Public Media’s history with WLUW FM reaches back to 2002-2007, when Chicago Public Media provided management and fundraising support to the station.

WRSE-88.7 FM, Elmhurst College’s own 320-watt station, has been on the air since 1947, and enables students to spin tunes, produce concerts, conduct interviews, or provide commentary for an Elmhurst football game. The station’s updated facility in the Frick Center offers a sophisticated array of equipment, three studios, a large office, and an expansive collection of music.

Vocalo.org 89.5FM is a public media service that ensures that culturally diverse young people are inspired, connected, and heard.  Vocalo airs on 89.5 FM, 91.5HD2, the two college syndicated stations, and streams on vocalo.org. Besides Vocalo’s Morning AMp, other programming on Vocalo.org 89.5FM includes The Overdrive (weekdays, 4-6 pm), an afternoon drive time show with music and stories led by Luis Perez & Shantell Jamison; The MusicVox (weekdays, 6- 8 pm), a magazine-style show featuring newly released music, music news, and live performances, hosted by Jesse Menendez; Live From Studio 10 (Wednesday, 8-9pm) a feature presentation of The MusicVox that showcases local talent; and the new Friday Night DJ Series, (Friday, 8pm-2am) featuring an international DJ collective.

Chicago Public Media is an institution that creates award-winning content for people seeking to learn more about the issues and ideas that affect our community, our nation, and our world. Chicago Public Media produces programs such as This American Life, Sound Opinions, Wait, Wait…Don’t Tell Me! (a co-production with NPR), Eight Forty-Eight, Worldview, and Radio M. In addition to Vocalo.org, Chicago Public Media operates WBEZ 91.5 FM, one of the country’s premiere public radio stations. For more information, please visit www.chicagopublicmedia.org.

High winds cause railing to come loose on The Clare

By Meredith Garretson and Ian Memmer

Tuesday’s high winds briefly forced the closing of Wabash Avenue near Pearson Street  in Chicago’s Gold Coast when a railing came loose on The Clare at Water Tower luxury condominium complex.

Chicago firefighters rushed to the scene at about 3:45 p.m., as security guards at The Clare, 55 E. Pearson St.,  scrambled to close off the sidewalk using red caution tape.  Police removed the tape at 5 p. m. after the area surrounding The Clare and the Loyola University Chicago School of Communication was secured.  A Chicago police officer said no one was injured.


Passersby were startled by the police and fire activity.

“I was confused. I didn’t know what was going on. I saw flashing lights and immediately was worried,” said Alex Rich, 21, a senior journalism major at nearby Loyola University Chicago.

Firefighters and maintenance workers climbed to the upper floors of the building in an attempt to secure the railing.

Although there were no injuries reported, at least one person was displaced.

“The police put me in that hot dog place for an hour,”  said Ethel, a Clare resident,referring Gold Coast Dogs, 159 N. Wabash Ave.  “I hate it when these blankety blank people come and cause havoc,” she said, gesturing towards emergency personnel.  “They messed up my entire night.”

The National Weather Service reported wind gusts of up to 45 mph near Lake Michigan, which are expected to diminish in strength by late evening.

Loyola voicemail system up and working again

The Loyola University Chicago voicemail system is working once again.

Here is a note sent at 10:24 a.m.. Tuesday fromInformation Technology Services:

Loyola Community,

The issues with the voice mail system on the lakeside campuses have been resolved. If for some reason you are still experiencing problems with the system, please contact the ITS help desk at 8-4ITS.


Information Technology Services

Loyola having problems with voicemail system

Loyola University Chicago is having problems this morning with its voicemail system. Here’s the update from Information Technology services:

Loyola Community,

This morning, during routine maintenance, the University’s voice mail system, Audix, failed. Information Technology Services is working with the vendor, AVAYA, to get the system restored. At the present time, callers are unable to leave a voice mail message and users are unable to retrieve messages that were left prior to this morning’s failure. This issue only affects employees at the lakeside campuses.

We apologize for this inconvenience and will provide status updates as soon as additional information becomes available. Should you have any questions or concerns, please contact David Wieczorek, network manager, at 773.508.6089 or dwieczo@luc.edu.


Information Technology Services

Water Tower Place food market offers Loyolans 10% discount

Who needs Groupon?

Thanks to a recent article in Loyola Student Dispatch, Loyola University Chicago students and staff will receive a 10 percent discount to Foodease and Foodlife healthy food markets at Water Tower Place.

Here is what Jill LeMasurier, marketing manager for Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises, said in an e-mail to the Dispatch:

“We were so impressed with the write up that we’ve decided to offer all Loyola University Chicago students and staff a 10% discount at foodease market and foodlife here in Water Tower Place.”

Foodease also thanked the Dispatch on its facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/FoodeaseMarket

Here is the original Dispatch story: Water Tower Place opens healthy food market

Water Tower Place opens healthy food market

By Ruthie Tomuta

The last place you  might consider going for health food would be a shopping mall. But this is not the case for Foodease, a fresh and high quality food market now open in Water Tower Place.

Lettuce Entertain You enterprise just opened a new gourmet market on the lower level of Water Tower shopping center at Loyola University Chicago‘s downtown campus, featuring restaurant quality food ready to go. Hence the name Food-ease: wholesome food made from scratch and bought on the spot.

“Foodease has been wonderfully received since we opened,” said Marc Jacobs, Executive Vice President and Partner Lettuce Entertain You Restaurants. “Foodease features Chicago favorite foods, while also showcasing new local products.”

Now Chicagoans can serve themselves to some Wao Bao, night specials like Taco Night, and everything from a salad or hot entrée bar to their very own trail mix bar, featuring over 30 kinds of nuts, dried fruits, seeds and grain.

To get even more unique, Foodease features many organic and fair trade chocolates.

“What’s different about our fruit flavored chocolates is that they do not actually contain any fruit in them, but that the beans are grown together producing the different fruit or even nut flavors,” said Kevin Hegwood, office manager and gourmet food broker at Exclusively Gourmet, Ltd. “This means even people allergic to specific nut ingredients can experience the excellent tastes of our chocolates.”

Loyola University Chicago student Rachel Berg can’t wait to try it out.

“Everyone is trying to be more health conscious and its hard as a college student to eat healthy because we don’t always have easy access to those foods. Plus it’s located in the Water Tower, which is really convenient for us as Loyola students,”  Berg said.

Similarly, tourists are just as attracted to this unique, healthy gourmet and quick food market.

“This is already my second time here,” said Pauline Kao, 29 a tourist from Toronto. “The Location is perfect and the food is great…Definitely a convenient side to Chicago food.”

Loyola students and staff simply need to show their IDs to recive the discount.

Loyola hosts UNICEF panel on HIV epidemic in Africa

By Ted Ballantine

UNICEF sponsored a panel discussion Monday at Loyola University Chicago to raise awareness for their campaign fighting the HIV and AIDS epidemic in sub-Saharan Africa.

The campaign, called Unite For Children Unite Against AIDS, focuses specifically on combating HIV exposure among women and children. It launched in 2005.

The panelists included Brian Endless, a political science professor at Loyola University Chicago; Kendrall Masten, a regional recruiter for Peace Corps; and Stephanie Holtz, a social worker at Chicago’s Vital Bridges.

The panel kicked off with a discussion of the scope of the HIV epidemic.

“We usually think of it [HIV] as something that affects sub-Saharan Africa,” Masten said.

“But HIV and AIDS is a global situation. It affects every individual…whether it’s on a local level, a regional level, or a global level.”

Though 33 million people worldwide are infected with HIV, two-thirds of those cases are located in sub-Saharan Africa. Endless explained why.

“Poor governance is a problem. Governments that not only don’t have the money to care for them [citizens], but don’t care for them.”

Endless then outlined how other health issues often play a big role in contraction of HIV.

“Malaria, tuberculosis, diarrhea…these are diseases that weaken the body. When your body is weaker, you’re more susceptible to contract other diseases such as HIV,” Endless said.

The panelists made clear that there is no easy fix, partially because the stigma surrounding HIV is so strong.

“It [HIV] is not talked about,” Endless said. “Education is urgently needed.”

Holtz pointed out that the negative cultural connotation isn’t just prevalent in Africa. In fact, it exists in Loyola’s backyard.

“The stigma is huge [in Chicago]…they [people infected with HIV] don’t go to the doctor, they don’t talk to their families…it’s just not something they want to admit.”

Majid Partoazam, a senior at Loyola, said the panel confirmed what he already knew but also expanded on his knowledge.

“It was very informative,” reiterated the political science major.

Brittany Timmons, a 30-year-old homemaker from Rogers Park, viewed the discussion as a call-to-arms.

“Everyone can make a difference. Hearing these personal stories…it just takes a wake up call to realize that there are people out there who really need our help.”

Loyola students snap up deals on Cyber Monday

By Ashton Mitchell

This Christmas season, Loyola students are being savvy by using Cyber Monday online sales to scoop up gifts for family and friends.

Cyber Monday was started in 2005 by a retail group that encouraged shoppers to buy online the Monday after Thanksgiving. As more Americans grow comfortable with personal computers and shopping via smart phones, Cyber Monday has risen in popularity According to IBM Benchmark online sales were up 15 percent by Monday afternoon from last year as well as mobile device sales which were up 7.4 percent.

Some Loyola University Chicago students favored shopping online during Cyber Monday instead of going out and dealing with massive crowds on Black Friday.

“It’s nice buying from my home instead of going to the store with all the crazy people. I got five sweaters really cheap so I was happy about that,” said Issa Iqual, 20, a sophomore accounting major.

“I used to be that annoying person on Black Friday, and I do still shop in person but my priority is sleep right now so I buy most of my stuff online,” said Chandni Shah, 22, senior advertising/public relations major about taking advantage of Cyber Monday deals.

Although Cyber Monday along with online shopping in general are gaining popularity, some students still like the actual in-person shopping experience.

“I preferred going to the stores and shopping on Black Friday. The websites were slow and I like that I can see the item I want to buy in person and try it on, ” said Annette Gorzelany,18, a freshman psychology major.

With huge promotions for deals all over Facebook and trends on Twitter about Cyber Monday deals students still have the option of taking advantage of lingering sales and saving their budgets in the weeks to come before Christmas.

Loyola kicking off the Christmas season

As we get closer to Christmas, Loyola University Chicago is putting on a series of events to get students and staff in the Christmas spirit. There will be a Christmas Chapel Concert on Monday December 5 at 7:30 p.m. in Madonna della Strada Chapel. Here is the story from Loyola University Chicago.

Book your seat today!

The annual holiday concert at 7;30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 5 features music from the University Orchestra and Chorus. Performing holiday favorites, these two student ensembles delight audiences with the spirit of the Christmas season.

A $5 suggested donation will be collected at the door of the event.  All proceeds benefit Harmony, Hope, and Healing, a Chicago area charity.  The organization’s therapeutic music programs are a means of healing for the victims of poverty, domestic abuse, homelessness, and the isolation of aging.

Anxiety builds as finals week looms at Loyola

By Stephen Mathis

As finals week looms, some Loyola University Chicago students are preparing to ace their exams.

Others, however, are waiting until the last minute to study.


Some methods work for different students, but part of the collegiate experience is “cramming,” and finals week is generally a time when students tend to live this experience. Some students believe that the amount of studying is dependent on the major.

A common characteristic that finals bring about in everyone is stress, whether it is more or constant throughout the semester.

“I feel the same amount of stress because I am constantly stressed at Loyola,” said Colin Linke, 21, senior biology major.

“I stress during normal exams but during finals the fact that I have all of them at the same time makes me stress out way more than usual…my all-nighters kind of keep me too weak to have a major stress meltdown” said Angie Arreola, 20, junior psychology major.

Some students believe that the amount of studying needed is dependent on a particular major.

“Biology majors require lots of memorization of facts,” said Jill Balquiedra, 21, senior biology major.

Studying is essential for acing final exams, and some students want to be adequately prepared.

“I tend to study a lot for final exams, but not so much more compared to the amount that I study during the rest of the semester…although my major requires a lot of work, I think my study habits come more from the standards I built for myself during high school,” said Julie Strand, 19, sophomore advertising and public relations major.

Other students aren’t worried as much as about final exams.

“[I’ll study] enough to feel well prepared but not so much that I am repeatedly cramming information into my mind that I already know,” said Kelsey Mathieu, 19, sophomore anthropology major.

Other students aren’t even concerned about some of their finals.

“I naturally understand psychology and psychology requires much less meticulous memorization,” said Riley Meskill, 19, sophomore psychology major.

Loyola hosts forum on world cultural exchange

By Antoinette Isama

A panel of graduate students from around the world assembled recently at Loyola University Chicago to discuss reflections on the effects of cross-cultural exchange.

An intimate group of students, faculty, and Rogers Park citizens gathered in Simpson Multipurpose Room at Loyola’s Lake Shore campus for Is it a Small World?: Student Reflections on the Effects of Cross-Cultural Exchange. The panel discussion was moderated by Rosemary Max, director of the Office of International Programs.

The featured panelists were Zubayir Niscanci of Turkey, seeking a Ph.D. in Sociology; Yao Chen of China, seeking a Ph.D. in the Culture of Education Policy; Jonathan Siden of the United States, a Social Work and Gender Studies undergraduate student; Ndidi Nwaneri of Nigeria, seeking a Ph.D. in Social Political Philosophy; and Leslie Parraguez Sanchez of Chile, seeking a Ph.D. in Sociology.

The panelists shared their experiences of witnessing cross-cultural exchange firsthand, and discussed their insights, both positive and negative.

Max started off the discussion by sharing a quote by Pranita Jain, artistic director of Kalapriya Center for Indian Performing Arts, that the panelists reflected on in preparation of the questions asked during the panel:

“World cultures do not exist in a vacuum — they are constantly evolving, influenced by current issues and cross cultural exchange.”

Max then asked the panelists to touch on some of the cultural changes they have seen or heard about that have occurred in the last 5 to 10 years in their respective countries or in the countries that they have studied.

Niscanci began by explaining how much the world was more globalized and open before the 1850s because of the open borders. He also compared culture change in his native Turkey with the United States when he said, “In the United States, traveling east to west is essentially the same culturally, but if you travel east to west in Turkey, you’re literally go into different worlds.”

Chen touched on Jain’s quote when she said, “I do not think that world cultures exist in a vacuum because the world is not flat; but most of the time, you see cultural exchanges between a powerful nation and a less powerful nation.”

Sanchez recognized that one has to look in the past to understand the changes occurring now.

“I think that if I have to talk about cultural change of my country, we will find the same trends that occur in other countries today but I think that I can’t describe these changes without mentioning the dictatorship of Pinochet,” she said, “I have to describe it as a very slow recovery over the past 20 to 30 years.”

Max then asked the panelists that in their respective countries, to touch on who is working towards cultural changes and who is working against them, for the last 10 to 15 years.

Jonathan Siden, a first generation American whose real name is Yoni, described why he chose to study abroad in India. He wanted to learn how to create social change in the United States through social change initiatives that are going on in India now.

“India is the world’s largest democracy,” he said, “It’s impossible to tell who is against change and who is for change.”

He also went on to explain how these cultural changes benefit rural areas.

“These young boys who leave their villages for jobs in the city have the world at their fingertips. They have the means to support their community and their families by buying land and animals, yet they have the pocket money to buy a cell phone,” he said.

Nwaneri gave examples of change in her native country, Nigeria. She also noted the effects of the 13 years of military rule and how it is effecting the progression of the country.

“During military rule, they forced us to collect an IMF loan, which has significantly devalued the currency, and that has had a traumatic impact on the people…it has demoralized them,” she said.

The panel then strongly advised undergraduate students to take advantage of the study abroad opportunities that Loyola has to offer, for they want students to have the experiences they had when going to a different country.

The discussion then concluded with a question and answer portion with the audience.

Following the panel, Niscanci elaborated on that recommendation saying, “When you go to a different country, you see a different world. You can compare and understand what’s really going on, and you can also see the reasons why things are the way they are.”

Yvette Ssempijja, 20, a junior majoring in health systems management, appreciated the discussion panel.

“I thought that it was refreshing to know that there are students that can talk about global issues and how it pertains to students in America,” she said, “The panelists really cared about students having the same experiences going abroad that they had.”

James Young, 19, a sophomore majoring in international studies agreed.

“I really appreciated the graduate students’ opinions and insight on global issues, and I was also glad about the level of discussion,” he said, ” It gives me courage and confidence to start looking into studying abroad programs here too.”