Loyola issues ban on hoverboards

By Taylor Utzig, Editor

Photo Credit: Ben Larsey/Flickr
Photo Credit: Ben Larsey/Flickr

Loyola Vice President of Student Developement, Jane Neufeld, announced in an email to Loyola students a new ban on the popular “hoverboard”, Friday, Jan. 15.

The email outlines the parameters of the ban, which prohibits “the use, storage, and possession of hoverboards, and similar devices typically powered by rechargeable lithium ion batteries, on campus.”

According to Neufeld, the decision came from a concern over the product’s fire safety standards after a number of hoverboards have been reported as spontaneously catching fire.

Various prohibitions of hoverboards have been issued across campuses nationwide in response to these fire safety concerns, including George Washington University, American University, Ohio State University and Xavier University.

Exhibit at Loyola addresses child exploitation

By Taylor Utzig, Editor

The Center for the Human Rights of Children (CHRC) is displaying a photography series entitled Child Soldiers: Forced to be Cruel until Nov. 2 in Loyola University Chicago’s Damen Student Center.

Jeanne Murray, a research fellow at the CHRC, compiled the photographs, which feature armed children and adolescents from all around the world.

The center’s director, Katherine Kaufka Walts, hopes the exhibit will encourage a dialogue about the ways children are used and exploited.

Click here read more about the CHRC and the Child Soldiers photography series.

Loyola Family Weekend begins today

By Taylor Utzig, Editor

For three days, Loyola University Chicago is inviting parents and families of current Loyola students to explore the campus and take part in a series of activities in Rogers Park and across the city.

Families will get the chance to enjoy a family barbecue in the West Quad along with an on-campus Second City comedy show and fireworks on Saturday night.

Family Weekend kicks off tonight and continues until Sunday, Sept. 27.

For a schedule of events click here.

Three ‘Pope watch parties’ planned at Loyola campuses

By Taylor Utzig, Editor

To celebrate the historical address of Pope Francis to a joint meeting of the U.S. Congress, the Loyola University Chicago community will host three Pope watch parties on each of the campuses.

The #Pope2Congress parties are scheduled to kick-off just before the beginning of the Pope’s address on Thursday, Sept. 24, at 9 a.m., CST.

The entire Loyola community is invited to attend with discussions to follow after.

Details for the parties and a live-streaming link can be found on Loyola’s website here.

Stressing over finals? Take a break with these Chicago holiday events

ZooLights at Lincoln Park Zoo is just one of several free or low-cost holiday events in Chicago that students can visit this season. Photo from Lincoln Park Zoo.
ZooLights at Lincoln Park Zoo is just one of several free or low-cost holiday events in Chicago that students can visit this season. Photo from Lincoln Park Zoo.

By Lindsay Fillingim

The semester is winding down, final projects are being submitted and students are beginning to study for final exams. As everything becomes a huge rush and stress starts to set in, it is very easy to get lost in what for most college students is the busiest time of year. For Loyola students, there are plenty of opportunities to take a break from the stress and enjoy the holiday season. Chicago has many fun events and attractions to make students feel at home during the holidays.

The annual Magnificent Mile Lights Festival has come and gone and now the lights on Michigan Avenue shine brightly every evening as a reminder to passersby of the beauty of the season. If you missed out on the parade there are still plenty of opportunities to window shop, see the lights and feel festive without wearing out your wallet.

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LUC students organize demonstration in support of Ferguson protesters

By Sydney Cross

Monday afternoon, a coalition of Loyola students organized a demonstration in support of the protests going on in Ferguson, Missouri.

Since a grand jury decided two weeks ago not to indict Officer Darren Wilson, who shot and killed unarmed African-American teenager Michael Brown, many citizens across the nation have been in an uproar.

To show their solidarity with the demands for the end of police brutality, the militarization of the police force and the long history of institutionalized racism, about 70 Loyola students gathered on the East Quad located in front of the Information Commons on Loyola’s Lake Shore Campus.

One student demonstrator explained why attending the protest was important to him:

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Rogers Park to host Chicago’s first Polar Palooza winter festival

1By Kathleen Luka

Chicago’s turning cold front is pushing Rogers Park community members indoors, making outdoor adventures and excursions less and less appealing. To combat the gloom of winter Loyola has paired up with Rogers Park Business Alliance, and Alderman Joe Moore of the 49th Ward to host the first ever Polar Palooza.

Loyola Plaza will transform into the winter wonderland Polar Palooza on Dec. 6 from noon to 10 p.m. and Dec. 7 from noon to 9 p.m. Attendees are encouraged to donate canned food in place of admission fees to support Edgewater’s Care for Real Food Pantry.

Live music, local food vendors and shopping will be rolling all weekend. Activities and attractions are available for all ages including synthetic ice skating, holiday movies at the 400 theater and a cocoa bar. Small holiday crafts, face painting, cookie decorating, and character meet-and-greets spread the holiday cheer and give everyone the opportunity to create a memento of the festivities.

The two day Polar Palooza is expected to attract hundreds of community members and organizers hopes it becomes an annual tradition in Rogers Park. For more information visit on Polar Palooza, visit LUC.edu/communityrelations.

Creators of Cards Against Humanity host panel at Loyola

By Christian Minnie

Creators and staff developers of the popular party game Cards Against Humanity, the self-proclaimed “party game for horrible people,” held a panel at Loyola on Nov. 20 in celebration of Open Access Week and International Games Day.

Eli Halpern, one of the original creators of the game and a Highland Park native, talked about the game’s creation and how a free game can sell so well.

“[It] started out as nerdy friends knowing each other from high school,” Halpern said during the panel at Cudahy Library. “Back in 2008, we all went off to college and wanted to stay in touch, so we started making games to do so and maybe even attract other friends. Keep in mind, this was before Facebook became super popular. That’s how Cards Against Humanity started, though it was called ‘Hyper-theticals’ before we changed the name, which was a sort of rudimentary, proto-Cards Against Humanity, Q&A card game printed at Kinkos.”

Hear the makers discuss the pop-culture impact of the game, and how they adapted its humor for international markets:

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LUMA hosts talk with collector behind holiday crèche exhibit

LUMA's exhibition includes more than 500 crechès from all over the world. LUMA file photo.
LUMA’s exhibition includes more than 500 crechès from all over the world. LUMA file photo.

By Chloe Croom

An intimate group gathered in the Loyola University Museum of Art, on Saturday afternoon to meet James Govan, the collector of this year’s exhibition of Art and Faith of the Crèche.

This is the seventh year for the museum’s annual holiday exhibition. The collection this year comes from James Govan and his late wife Emilia. They began collecting crèches, a model depicting the scene of Jesus Christ’s birth, in the 1970s. Since then he has amassed more than 500 crèches from more than 100 countries and cultures ranging from Armenia to Zimbabwe.

On Saturday morning, museum guests had the opportunity to walk through the exhibit with Govan as he told stories of particular crèches. He spoke about personal correspondences with the artists and called attention to small details in certain pieces.

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ESL students wow the crowd at International Week talent show

By Madeline Kenney

International Week came to a close Friday night in the Galvin Auditorium with a grand finale – the English as a Second Language program’s talent show.

The dynamic crowd supported every performer loudly and proudly. Sophomore biology major Monica Narsolis said she’s never been in an audience quite like this one.

“We need an audience like this at Loyola’s basketball games!” Narsolis joked. “The crowd was full of enthusiasm and actively participating in every act. They were just overall really supportive of each other and it was a lot of fun to be a part of.”

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