Loyola’s email and registration systems hit by power outage

A power outage Tuesday disrupted the email system and student registration at Loyola University Chicago.
The university was working Tuesday afternoon to restore the GroupWise email system and LOCUS student enrollment system. As of 2:45 p.m., many of the systems were functional.
Here is a message from Loyola’s Information Technology Services:

Loyola Community,
The Lake Shore Campus data center lost power earlier today, around 11:45 a.m. This outage impacted all phone and network connectivity, as well as access from all campuses to major University applications, such as the Student System, LOCUS, and GroupWise for the Lake Shore Campus.
Power is currently being restored and several services are already restored, however, it will take some additional time for each system to power up completely and then each system will be assessed for any issues due to the abrupt power loss. We will keep you informed of any lingering issues.
Information Technology Services

Loyola L station to get Redbox kiosk

Loyola University Chicago students soon will be able to rent a movie or video game along with their L ride.

That’s because the Chicago Transit Authority is adding a Redbox kiosk on the Red Line’s Loyola L stop.

Here is the story from the Chicago Tribune:

If the experience of riding the CTA isn’t already enough like watching a movie, transit passengers can now pick up a film or video game for rental at some rail stations.

Redbox rental machines have been installed at the Wellington station on the Brown Line and the UIC-Halsted station on the Blue Line.

Redbox kiosks machines are also coming to the Polk station on the Pink Line; the Jackson station on the Blue Line; the 95th/Dan Ryan, 47th Street, Fullerton, Belmont and Loyola stations on the Red Line; the Damen station on the Brown Line; and the 35th-Bronzeville-IIT station on the Green Line, CTA and Redbox officials said.

The installations are the result of feedback from the public about what amenities riders want at CTA facilities, officials said.

Redbox will pay the CTA a $35 monthly fee to cover electricity costs at each station, and the CTA will receive 7 percent of rental revenues, officials said.

The deal with Redbox was signed as part of the CTA’s real estate services marketing contract with Jones Lang LaSalle to modernize and expand concessions offerings and fill empty spaces at elevated and subway stations. Eighty-four of the 136 leased spaces across the CTA system are now rented, according to the CTA. That’s up from 71 in April.

Redbox represents one of the first national chains operating outlets in multiple CTA stations. Two other businesses that recently opened on the system are Maui Wowi Hawaiian, a coffee and smoothie shop at the CTA Belmont station, and Lupito’s juice bar at the Damen station on the Pink Line.

Last month the CTA board approved three concessions space leases on the Red Line. First Equity LLC will enter into subleases located at the Monroe station at the Adams entrance, the Monroe station at the Madison entrance and the Howard station. The concession space at Monroe/Adams will operate as a Dunkin’ Donuts store and the others as convenience stores, officials said.


Loyola professor aids FBI John Gacy murder case

Anne Grauer
By Elliane Mellet

Anne Grauer, a biological anthropologist and anthropology professor at Loyola University Chicago, is working with the FBI to find DNA matches for the eight remaining unidentified victims of John Wayne Gacy.

Grauer started working with the FBI in 2004 and since then has been asked for assistance by the police as well.

“I work closely with the FBI on various cases around the city and through them I started working with the sheriff’s departments,”  Grauer said. “Ever since the Baroque case, they have been calling me for help.”

Along with being a professor, President of the Paleopathology Association, and a Research Associate at the Field Museum, Grauer is also a consultant for the FBI in her spare time. Loyola Student Dispatch interviewed Grauer about the part she played in the Gacy investigation.

“My role is very finite. I assist the Cook County sheriffs office in the examination of unidentified victims and the selection of particular bones needed for DNA analysis,” Grauer said.

During the John Wayne Gacy era, the technology to identify his victims was not as advanced. Two decades after Gacy’s execution, Grauer is finally able to help give closure to some of those suffering families.

“Thirty years ago, when those men were murdered, there was no DNA analysis available,”  Grauer said. “They used dental records, clothing, anything that was available to identify the victims.”

Now, anthropologists can use a person’s nuclear DNA found in bones.

“There were eight [victims] originally that were buried. Four of them were capable of extracting adequate nuclear DNA. Four of them could not,”  Grauer said. “So it was those four individual that we exhumed to take out even more bone in different areas of their bodies in hopes of finding areas with adequate DNA.”

However, the satisfaction of being able to put an end to the mystery John Wayne Gacy created is not always enough. Tragedies like these can still take their toll on anyone this close to the story.

“My job allows me to problem solve and use my skills to potentially help others,” Grauer said. “But it is emotionally difficult dealing with human tragedies. This one wasn’t easy. These were young men, and I’m young too. Some as young as 14, and that’s horrific.”