Police warn of armed robberies in Rogers Park

By Loyola Student Dispatch Staff

Chicago Police have issued an alert about two armed robberies that occurred this past week in Rogers Park.Neighborhood+Watch+Sign

Joe Moore, alderman of the 49th ward, which includes Rogers Park, issued the following information about the alert:

Dear Neighbor,

Chicago Police Department detectives issued an alert this weekend about two armed robberies that occurred 20 minutes apart last Tuesday  morning, May 24th,  in Rogers Park.

In both incidents, the victims were approached by a man who was armed with a handgun and announced a robbery, then took the victims’ property.

One robbery happened at 1:00 a.m. on the 1400 block of West Arthur and the other robbery happened at 1:20 a.m. on the 1200 block of West Columbia.

Police described the suspect as a 180-pound, 5-foot-11 black man, between 20 and 30 years old, wearing a dark blue hooded sweatshirt and black pants.

Police do not believe these robberies are related to the three strong-arm robberies, which occurred earlier this month. In those incidents, multiple assailants attacked their victims using fists and no weapons were brandished.

In response to the recent incidents, 24th District Police Commander Roberto Nieves has added more officers to his burglary and robbery team and shifted their deployment.

Police urge you to do the following:

  • Pay attention and be aware of your surroundings.
  • Walk along well lit areas and avoid alleys.
  • Report any suspicious people or activity in the area.
  • Be aware of any subjects loitering in the area.
  • If confronted by an assailant, remain calm and remember any unique
    physical characteristics (scars, tattoos, missing teeth, etc.).
  • Dial 9-1-1 immediately and remain on the scene when possible.

If you have any information that might lead to the apprehension of the offenders, please contact the Bureau of Detectives – Area North at (312) 744-8263. Of course, if you see any suspicious activity, call 911.

I will keep you apprised on any further developments.


Joe Moore


Loyolan faces robbery attempt

By Loyola Student Dispatch Staff
Chicago Police and Loyola University Chicago Campus Safety are searching for two men who used a handgun in an attempted armed robbery. One of the victims was a member of the Loyola community.
Here is the bulletin from Loyola Campus Safety:
Loyola Community,
The Department of Campus Safety is writing to notify you about an attempted armed robbery that occurred just before midnight near the Lake Shore Campus.
Two individuals (one Loyolan) were in a vehicle at 6944 N. Wayne Avenue when they were approached by three offenders (all male) on foot. One of the offenders displayed a handgun and demanded money. The driver of the car quickly drove away. No items were taken and no injuries were reported.

The first offender is described as male, light complexion, 20 to 25 years old, 5’8” to 5’10”, and 140 to 150 pounds. He has a mustache and a physical impairment on his face, and he was last seen wearing a blue sweater. Detailed descriptions of the other two offenders are not available.

If anyone has information regarding this incident, please call Campus Safety at 773.508.6039 or the Chicago Police Department via 9-1-1 or 312.744.8263.

Please also keep the following safety tips in mind:

  • If a person threatens you with a weapon, follow their demands and flee as soon as it is safe to do so. Once in a safe place, immediately notify Campus Safety or the Chicago Police Department.
  • Investigative follow-up will be dependent on the amount of detail a person can recall. It is important to remember as many identifying characteristics about the offender(s) as possible. This can include physical characteristics of the person, their clothing, any weapons used, direction of flight, etc.
Joe Bogdalek
Deputy Chief, Campus Safety

Loyola selects new president

By Loyola Student Dispatch Staff

Longtime educator Jo Ann Rooney was named Monday as the new president of Loyola University Chicago, becoming the first lay leader of the school.

Here is the announcement from Loyola:


Jo Ann Rooney, JD, LLM, EdD, has been elected by the Loyola University Chicago Board of Trustees as the University’s 24th president and its first lay leader.

Dr. Rooney was approved by the Board on Thursday, May 19, and officially introduced to the campus community today.

On August 1, 2016, Dr. Rooney will assume the role of president with an appointment that runs through 2021. She will succeed John P. Pelissero, PhD, who has served as interim president since July 2015, when long-serving president Michael J. Garanzini, S.J., stepped down and transitioned to the role of chancellor.

This new appointment expands Dr. Rooney’s leadership in higher education, as she has served as the president of both Spalding University—a private, Catholic, doctoral-level university in Louisville, Kentucky—and Mount Ida College, a baccalaureate-level college offering undergraduate and graduate degrees in Newton, Massachusetts. She has also spent more than 12 years in the classroom connecting with students and teaching at the graduate and undergraduate levels.

Athletes top of class

By Taylor Utzig, Editor

Eight Loyola University Chicago athletic programs have received Public Recognition Awards as part of the NCAA’s Academic Progress Rate (APR), the most of any Missouri Valley Conference school.

Six women’s programs and two men’s programs were given the award, with softball, women’s golf, women’s soccer, women’s volleyball recognized along with both men’s and women’s cross country and men’s and women’s track and field.

This award is given to programs that post APR scores in the top 10 percent of their sport.

Loyola’s academic recognition rate is second among Division I Jesuit universities, behind only Gonzaga.

The announcement came this afternoon, but full APR numbers will officially be released Wednesday, April 20.

Loyola’s NEW demonstration policy

By Taylor Utzig, Editor

Loyola University of Chicago has released its new demonstration policy, which can be viewed in the revised community standards handbook (pg. 60).

The new policy was approved Thursday, March 17, after students and staff weighed in on the policy change proposal.

Key changes to the new policy allow students to hold demonstrations, protest or rallies without providing prior notice, but require two business days notice for any “fixed exhibits.”

In the past school year, 6 demonstrations have been held. Three of those occured in the month of March.

Rory Dayton examines this new policy and its future on Loyola’s campus in an article for the award-winning student newspaper, The Phoenix. 

Loyola launches new 8-ride app

By Taylor Utzig, Editor

The anticipated 8-ride Mobile is finally available to Loyola students.

Loyola’s Office of Campus Transportation and Student Government collaborated in the development of the app in the wake of campus safety concerns earlier this semester.

The app allows students to register and schedule their own 8-RIDE reservations, check on estimated arrival times and track vehicle locations, according to an email from vice president of Student Development Jane Neufeld.

Students can access the reservations portal for the new 8-ride Mobile here.

Election results are in!

By Taylor Utzig, Editor

What some are calling “Super Tuesday Round 2” has come to a close and Loyola Student Dispatch has some of your presidential primary results. 

In the winner-take-all state of Ohio, Republican candidate John Kasich was able to pull out a win, snagging the state’s 66 delegates.

Republican candidate Marco Rubio was not so luckily in his home state of Florida.

Rubio lost Florida’s 99 delegates to Donald Trump, most likely leading to Rubio’s decision to suspend his campaign. 

Along with Florida, Trump also won in North Carolina, Illinois and the Northern Mariana Islands.

Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton clinched three states with wins in in Florida, North Carolina and Ohio.

Democratic candidate Bernie Sanders was able to gain a victory in Missouri.

As of midnight on Tuesday, the GOP results in Missouri and Democratic results in Illinois were still too close to call.