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.


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.

Apple rally halted by McDonald protesters

By Taylor Utzig, Editor

A Magnificent Mile rally in support of Apple’s battle with the U.S. government was interrupted Tuesday by another demonstration seeking the ouster of Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel.

The clashing protests, which led to a scuffle, took place Tuesday night at the downtown Apple Store on the corner of Huron Street and Michigan Avenue.

The original rally was organized by Fight for the Future in support of Apple’s refusal to comply with the F.B.I. to decrypt security functions on iPhones.

An order from the Justice Department recently ordered Apple to bypass security guards on the cellphones in order for the F.B.I. to access data on Syed Farook’s phone, one of the San Bernardino shooters.

However, another protest for a different group interrupted the Fight for the Future rally. The second set of demonstrators were protesting the police shooting of teenage Laquan McDonald.

Around 20 individuals holding anti-Emanuel and anti-Alvarez signs piled in front of the Apple Store with a megaphone.

Shortly after, a dispute broke out at 5:30 p.m.between the Emanuel protesters and police.

By 6:00 p.m., the anti-Rahm protesters had moved on and the Apple demonstration continued as scheduled.


Loyola students to rally in support of pop star Kesha

By Loyola Student Dispatch Staff

Pop singer Kesha is coming to Loyola, and students plan a rally in support of her battle with her producer over claims he abused her.

Kesha is schedule to be in concert Friday at Loyola’s Gentile Center. Students plan a rally beforehand to support the singer’s efforts to cancel her contract with her producer, Dr. Luke.


Here is a story from the Chicago Tribune:

One week after a judge ruled Kesha must remain in her Sony contract despite rape allegations lodged against her producer, several hundred Loyola University students plan to rally in support of the pop singer, who is scheduled to perform in Chicago on Friday.

Kesha is scheduled to appear in concert at Loyola University’s Gentile Arena on Friday night, which prompted students to plan a rally in the adjacent quad prior to the concert. Just over 400 students plan to attend, according to the Facebook page promoting the event, with another 760 “interested.”

Read the entire Tribune story here: KESHA