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.

Weekly Round-Up 3.16

It’s Super Tuesday 2.0 and the political races for both state and national government spots are heating up.

This is Loyola’s eighth year participating in Recyclemania, which is a national competition to spread awareness to recycling on campus.

And women’s basketball and men’s basketball seasons may be over, but softball and men’s volleyball are in full swing.

All that and more on this week’s round-up, get caught up with news anchor Madeline Kenney.

Primary elections come to Chicago

By Taylor Utzig, Editor

Illinois voters will finally have their chance to cast a ballot in this year’s presidential primaries.

It’s not just the presidential candidates on the ballot tomorrow.

Illinois citizens will also cast votes for State’s Attorney, the U.S. Senate, the U.S. House, the Illinois General Assembly, Metropolitan Water Department Board of Commissioners, Clerk of Circuit Court, Cook County judges and Ward committeemen.

A polling place will be open on Lakeshore Campus in the Centennial Forum  Student Union.

For students at the Water Tower Campus, the nearest polling place is only a few blocks away at the Chicago Sinai Congregation, 15 W. Delaware Place.

Polls are open from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m.

 

CTU calls for ‘shut down’

By Taylor Utzig, Editor

The Chicago Teachers Union says it wants to “shut the city down” on April 1 in what they are calling a “Day of Action.”

The proposed “shut down” to emphasize the CTU’s demands for a balanced state budget and higher taxes on wealthy Illinoisans, according to a report by WBBM’s Bob Roberts.

On April 1, pickets will appear outside of schools as early as 6:30 a.m.

Teachers Union vice president Jesse Sharkey is asking “all Chicago citizens” who are concerned by the budget impasse to join the protest.

Mayor Emanuel has little concern about the day of action, according to a CBS Chicago report, saying a contract agreement is “close at hand.”

 

Attempted Armed Robbery

By Taylor Utzig, Editor

Campus safety reported an attempted armed robbery early Friday morning on Loyola Ave.

At approximately 3:40 a.m., two individuals were in a vehicle at 1331 W. Loyola Avenue when they were approached by two offenders on foot, according to the Campus Safety report.

One of the offenders displayed a black handgun and demanded the car keys.

One of the individuals in the car began screaming causing the offenders to flee and allowing the victims to leave the scene.

For more details, see a copy of the Campus Safety email below.

The Chicago Police Department describes the offenders as male, ages 19 to 20, 5’8”, and 140 to 160 pounds. One of the offenders was last seen wearing a black mask, orange coat, and dark pants. The second offender was reportedly wearing a black mask, gray coat, hooded sweatshirt, and dark pants.

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 run away 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.

Sincerely,

Joe Bogdalek,
Deputy Chief, Campus Safety

 

 

Watch where you walk

By Taylor Utzig, Editor

Last year, 46 pedestrians died after they were struck by vehicles, according to data compiled by the Chicago Police Department.

That is up from 35 fatalities in 2014.

A Chicago Tribune article by Loyola alumna Rianne Cole cites a 31 percent increase in the number of pedestrians struck and killed by vehicles since last year.

In Cole’s article, she quotes Joe Schwieterman, director of the Chaddick Institute for Metropolitan Development at DePaul University, who said aggressive driving might be what’s causing the increase in pedestrian fatalities.

The official 2015 numbers will be released by the Illinois Department of Transportation later this year.

LSD Weekly Round-Up

Crime rates continue to rise in the Rogers Park neighborhood. Two students were victims in crimes early Friday morning. The School of Communication is releasing a new exhibit on Friday. Loyola basketball saw action over the weekend. I’ll have a recap and preview of what’s to come this week with Loyola athletics. All that and more on this week’s round-up. Get caught up with anchor Madeline Kenney.

Early morning crime in Rogers Park

By Taylor Utzig, Editor

Loyola Campus Safety reported a battery and strong-armed robbery that occurred early Saturday morning on the north side of campus in Rogers Park.

 

Details of the incidents can be read below in a copy of the email sent out by Campus Safety.

Two Loyola students reported that at approximately 1:30 a.m., they were approached by a group of five to seven males in the 1200 block of W. Arthur Avenue. The students were knocked to the ground and struck by the offenders. Nothing was stolen, and the offenders then fled southbound on N. Lakewood Avenue. The students did not require medical treatment.

At approximately 2:54 a.m., a patrolling Campus Safety officer located a non-Loyola-affiliated individual who reported that he had been approached by a group of five to six males in the 1300 block of W. Albion Avenue. The group reportedly knocked him to the ground, struck him, and stole his glasses and wallet.

Limited details on the offenders are available at this time. In both instances, the offenders are described as male, ages 18 to 22, and wearing dark-hooded sweatshirts. More specific information is available for the second incident, and according to the Chicago Police Department two of the offenders are described as male, black. If more descriptions become available, we will update this alert on the Campus Safety website.

If anyone has information on these incidents, please call Campus Safety at 773.508.6039 or the Chicago Police Department via 9-1-1 or 312.744.8263.

Kesha calls off Loyola concert…again

By Taylor Utzig, Editor

It’s deja vu for Loyola students.

For the second time, Kesha has cancelled her performance for the University’s Colossus event.

The pop star informed Loyola officials earlier today that she would no longer be able to perform in her Friday performance due to “personal reasons.”

The cancellation follows Kesha’s recent a battle in court with her record producer Dr. Luke, who she claimed had sexually abused her.

Loyola has already announced that tickets will be refunded.