Loyola students relax before finals at Be Chill Bash

By Vedran Svraka

As finals week approaches, Loyola University Chicago’s Department of Programming celebrated the end of the semester with its annual “Be Chill Bash” on Friday in the Centennial Forum Student Union (CFSU) to offer students a break from studying.

The Department of Programming hosts this annual event for Loyola students as a way to decrease stress and promote relaxation for students preparing for finals week.

“It’s the last day of classes before finals week. We realize there’s a lot of pressure on students to study and do good on their finals,” said event coordinator Alex Carron, 20, a junior marketing and entrepreneurship double major. “This event offers students various opportunities to catch some much needed relaxation time, and a chance to enjoy this beautiful day.”


The Be Chill Bash consisted of a variety of activities for students to participate in, including massages, beam signing, food and drinks, an oxygen bar, as well as complementary t-shirts, sunglasses, and stress balls, all of which were free of charge for Loyola students.

Although there were many activities available, the massages, given by licensed massage therapists, seemed to be the most popular among students attending the bash.

“I had to take advantage of the free massages,” said Emily Atkinson, 21, a senior international studies major. “Even though the lines were long, the massage was really relaxing and it helped eliminate a lot of stress.”

Many students attending the bash were simply there to bask in the morning sun and eat some food.

“I love when Loyola hosts these events,” said Parita Patel, 20, a junior biochemistry major. “I came with a group of friends to just hang out, enjoy the sun, eat some food, and release some of this stress going into finals week.”

Other students enjoyed conversing at the oxygen bar while getting their dose of flavored oxygen.

“The oxygen bar really caught my eye as soon as I entered CFSU” said Grant Kula, 21, a junior biology major. “I’ve seen them before but I never got an opportunity to experience one. It was strange at first, but once the oxygen began to flow through my nose, it became a soothing experience. Definitely recommend others to try it out.”

The Be Chill Bash was a huge success, attracting at least 150 people.  However, event coordinators plan to incorporate even more activities and more food for next year’s event.

“Next year we will work on expanding the activities available for students,” said Carron. “Like last year, the massages seemed to be very popular. I’m hoping next year we can include even more massage tables, and even more activities for students to participate in.”

Chicago squad car in hit-and-run crash in Rogers Park

A Chicago police car was involved in a hit-and-run crash with an SUV Friday night in Rogers Park.

Here is the story from the Chicago Tribune:

A Chicago police vehicle sustained minor damage Friday night after a sport utility vehicle struck it and fled, officials said.

The accident happened about 11:45 p.m. on the 1600 block of West Howard Street in the Rogers Park neighborhood on the Far North Side, police said.

After striking the police vehicle, the SUV fled, police said.

No police officers were injured and the police vehicle sustained minor damage. No one was in custody, police said.

Loyola students to join Zombie Pub Crawl

By Sam Israel

Loyola University Chicago students: If you are not a fan of zombies and zombie films, then you may need to change your schedule tomorrow. Bars between Argyle and Bryn Mawr will be packed with customers dressed in zombie garb Saturday afternoon to support the pH Company Theater in their 5th annual Zombie Pub Crawl.

Here are more details from the Zombie Pub Crawl Website.

The CZPC is based on other successful Zombie Pub Crawls around the US, specifically Minneapolis. Former pH Cast Company Member, Alaina Hoffman formerly lived in the Minneapolis area and thought it would be an amazing event for Chicago. She pitched it to Co-Artistic Director Jason Geis, and the two were off and running in planning the first CZPC in 2008. The first Crawl took place in Chicago’s Andersonville neighborhood and we hoped to have 100 people. Needless to say it was a much bigger hit. Almost 400 zombies wandered the streets of Andersonville into Simon’s, Charlie’s Ale House and Hamburger Mary’s. The 2009 edition nearly doubled in size and we added In Fine Spirits to the crawl family. Almost 700 zombies rotated in and out of Simon’s, Charlie’s Ale House, Mary’s and In Fine Spirits. In 2010 we added the fine folks at @mosphere, The Call and Mary’s Rec Room added to the already amazing Hamburger Mary’s stop. Last year we added Farragut’s to the Crawl and they were a welcome addition to the family. The 2012 Crawl is the 5th year anniversary and we promise we are going to make it the best yet.

The event will take place on Saturday April 28, 2011 in the Andersonville neighborhood again. The bars are between Argyle and Bryn Mawr on Clark Street and include: Simon’s, Hamburger Mary’s Attic and Rec Room, @mosphere, The Call, Farraguts and The Sofo Tap.

1:30-5PM: Registration at pH Comedy Theater, 1515 W. Berwyn Ave. (please bring photo ID and the credit card you registered with) – if you don’t have these two things we can NOT register you for the crawl. Sorry it’s the Zombie Law.

2PM-8ish: Zombie Pub Crawl!