Loyola sets attendance record with Career Fair

Photo by Zarije Asani
By Zarije Asani

More than 100 employers and up to 750 students networked Tuesday afternoon at Loyola University Chicago’s Career Fair at the Gentile Center.

The Career Development Center, which organized the event, serves as an active role creating contacts and relationships between students, alumni, and employers, giving students the opportunity to find jobs.

“I enjoy being able to connect students to their future starting them on their career paths as well as internships or employment,” said Martin Gahbauer, Employer Relations Coordinator for the Career Development Center.

The Career Fair reported having 104 employers and an estimated attendance of 550-750 students and alumni.

“This is the largest spring fair since 2006,”  Gahbauer.  “Loyola’s reputation is growing and because of that more organizations are attending.”

The fair had a variety of  organizations, including Apple, Target and ING, that offer employment opportunities.

“We have attended the Career Fair since it started,” said Erika Milonas, Director of Campus Recruitment for McTigue Financial Group Northwestern Mutual.  “My mission is to help students find out if our internship is right for them.”

Some agencies are returning due to Loyola’s past employee successes.

“The students at Loyola are really good, we actually hired a couple of graduates last semester, so we’re coming back,” said Travis Wolfe, Sales Manager for ING Financial.  “We are looking to hire a good financial adviser as well as some interns.”

Some students were looking into the open possibilities that Career Fair has to offer.

“I came here to see what health care opportunities are available to me as a sophomore,” said Lyndsey Booker, 20, sophomore, biology major.

Other students were looking forward to learning and gaining professional work experience through the variety of available network of employers.

“I’ve came to the Career Fair for two years now, and I like how we learn to articulate to a potential employer through a set time and space,” said Sebastian Villa, 19, sophomore, history and Spanish major.

The Career Fair is open to all students to learn and grow as well as developing employment skills.

“The sweet spot are usually sophomore, juniors, and seniors but I think freshman gain a lot from coming here, talking to employers is a great learning experience,” Gahbauer said.

Two women hospitalized after West Rogers Park fire

An apartment fire in West Rogers Park resulted in two women being hospitalized and seven other people rescued.

Here are the details from WGN Radio:

Two women who were among seven people rescued from a burning building are recovering at a hospital in Evanston this afternoon following the West Rogers Park neighborhood blaze.

Fire department authorities say there is no reason to suspect foul play in the fire that started about 2:15 p.m. in the first floor apartment of three-story building at 1915 W. Granville Ave.

A woman in a back backroom of that apartment was rescued off a balcony, said Fire Dept. spokesman Joe Roccasalva. She had inhaled smoke and was taken to Saint Francis Hospital in Evanston in fair condition.

A 79-year-old woman who lives in the apartment above her also suffered smoke inhalation and was taken in serious condition to Saint Francis after firefighters helped her escape and assisted her down a ladder, Roccasalva said.

Five other upper-level residents were checked out on the scene by paramedics after firefighters used ladders to get them out, said Fire Dept. spokesman Kevin MacGregor.

The residence where the fire started is “totally demolished’’ said Roccasalva.

An EMS Plan I, which automatically sent at least five ambulances to the scene, was secured at 2:36 p.m. while a still and box alarm was also canceled a short time before that, Roccasalva said.

Roccasalva did not know if smoke detectors had activated and said the cause of the fire was under investigation.

– Grace Nicole Tait

Loyola community gathers to celebrate Ash Wednesday

Ash Wednesday services at Loyola. Photo by Esther Daniela Castillejo

By Esther Daniela Castillejo

Students, faculty and staff alike are celebrating Ash Wednesday at Loyola University Chicago.

Ash Distribution Services and Masses are being held at both of Loyola’s Lake Shore and Water Tower campuses to commemorate the traditional religious feast of repentance.

Ash Wednesday is celebrated on the seventh week before Easter and marks the beginning of the 40-day liturgical period of Lent for many Christian communities around the world.

Through the imposition of the ash cross Christians are called to convert and turn away from their sins and to carry a life “worthy of the Gospel of Christ” (Phil 1, 27).

“The words in the first reading ‘return to me’ is calling for a conversion of heart,” said the Rev. Patrick Dorsey, S.J., director of Loyola’s Department of Sacramental Life. “The method of converting ourselves to that process, to that awareness, to that hope is through prayer, fasting and abstinence.”

In light of the occasion Loyola’s Department of Sacramental Life is offering three Masses and five Ash Distribution Services at Lake Shore campus throughout the day, in addition to two Masses and one Service at Water Tower campus.

The Loyola community at Water Tower also has the opportunity to attend Ash Wednesday Masses and Distribution Services at nearby Holy Name Cathedral. See schedule of services here:  Ash Wednesday

It is anticipated that about 3,000 people would attend the different Masses and Services scheduled for the day.

Some students believe Ash Wednesday is a time for deep reflection and questioning about the meaning of life and faith and an opportunity to build community.

“Ash Wednesday is a time of renewal, a time to really reflect on your faith and what is really important…a lot of people focus on giving something up for Lent but is also about helping out in the community, helping out your friends, helping out your family,” said Sarah Grady, 21, a junior Sociology major.

Several others students praise Loyola’s efforts in providing multiple opportunities to celebrate this feast reflecting on the meaning of Ash Wednesday and the value of the ashes.

“I feel that Loyola does a great job with Ash Wednesday, I was looking at all the different Masses and services they have just so that everyone receives their ashes and be reminded of what those mean,” said Alexander Boesch, 19, a sophomore psychology major. “When I put the ash on my forehead I’m proud because I feel that much closer to him, my God, Jesus.”

Sweet surprise in Baumhart: Girl Scouts selling cookies

By Pauline Lacson

It’s Girl Scout cookie season, but for the college student away from cookie-selling neighbors and family, the desire to satisfy a Thin Mint craving may seem out of sight.

Fortunately for those passing through Loyola University Chicago’s Baumhart lobby Monday morning, the Thin Mint obsessed could quell cravings by buying a box from Girl Scout Cadet Troop 40460.

Hailing from Buffalo Grove, the seven girls and two Girl Scout Leaders sold about 300 boxes of eight different cookies. Seventy percent of sales fund the troop’s group activities and service trips, such as visiting a homeless shelter.

Loyola students were the largest source of sales, snatching up $4 boxes of cookies, but security guards and families with young children kids also raked in profits. Customers had the opportunity to donate a box for the military, too.

The positive influences from Baumhart’s cookie consumers did not end at monetary limits and military support.

“Selling cookies in a university setting put college in a positive light for the girls,” said one Girl Scout Leader. “Two of their customers, who are Loyola students, said they are life-long Girl Scout members.”

In her six years of selling cookies, the Girl Scout leader stated the troop sold the most at Baumhart’s site sale.

“This was a big change, and it was exciting to have different customers…It went really well and it was fun.”

The other Scout Leader was also pleased in working with Loyola, stating, “The University was very accommodating, helping us set up the table and assisting with parking, since we are from the suburbs.”

Though this is Troop 40460’s last site sale at Baumhart of the year, the possibility of their return next season remains hopeful, as one cadet is the daughter of the Dean of the School of Business.