Thieves posing as Uber drivers rob residents

By Loyola Student Dispatch Staff

Chicago police are warning residents about thieves who have been posing as Uber drivers to rob people on the North Side.


Here is the story from CBS New Chicago:

Chicago police were warning Uber users about robbers who have been posing as drivers to commit robberies on the North Side.

Police said there have been two similar robberies this month – one on Sept. 13 in Old Town, and another on Sept. 19 in River North.

In both instances, the victims had used the Uber app to order a ride, and two men posing as Uber drivers approached them while they were waiting for their ride, and invited them into their vehicle. Police said the robbers proceeded to intimidate the victims, and stole their debit cards and PINs.

Police said the suspects were driving a black Chevy Impala sedan, with a tinted rear window.

Uber suggested anyone who orders a ride through their service should make sure the license plate of the vehicle that picks them up matches the number provided by the Uber app.

Customers also should confirm the driver’s name and picture match the person picking them up, and never accept a ride from a car with more than one person inside, which is a violation of Uber policy.

Uber users should send a car away if anything seems wrong, and contact customer service immediately.

Vic Mensa performs homecoming show at Metro

By Nikhil Sequeira

This past Friday, Metro hosted Chicago’s very own Vic Mensa who performed to a sold out crowd. Mensa, a hip-hop recording artist, performed four new songs which will only be released in his upcoming extended play “Streetlights” set to release in July next year.

As part of the hip-hop group SAVE MONEY, Mensa brought out fellow rappers to perform songs with him and after the show, he was kind enough to sign posters and meet with his fans for nearly two hours.

A mere 21-year-old, Vic Mensa caught the attention of Virgin EMI Records and signed with the record label in 2013. Not only is he an emerging artist on the hip-hop scene, but he also has his own clothing line.

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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

CTA bus fire affecting Loyola campus shuttle service

By Alexa Ristich

At 5:45 a.m. a CTA bus caught fire driving southbound on Lake Shore Drive near Division Street. This created significant delays for Loyola intercampus shuttle commuters heading to the Water Tower Campus.

These delays are expected to be relieved by late morning, but until then the southbound campus shuttles will be taking an alternative route to Water Tower Campus.

Students, faculty and staff are encouraged to take the CTA Red Line to get between campuses until the delays have been alleviated.

FBI representatives give lecture on new threats to the homeland

By Christian Minnie

FBI representatives were on campus Nov. 6 to give a lecture on the role the FBI plays in combating the threat of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) and other new emerging threats.

Speaking at Cuneo Hall, Supervisory Special Agent Dan William, head of the bureau’s Chicago Joint Terrorism Task Force, and Intelligence Analyst Kelly Carolan, a Loyola graduate, discussed the threat ISIL poses to the homeland.

“Currently the FBI is investigating individuals who have either traveled throughout, aspire to travel, or have returned from, denied areas of Syria and ISIL controlled areas,” William said. “Our priority is to head off potential terrorist attacks here in Chicago and throughout the rest of the nation by identifying and disrupting the plots of ISIL members and sympathizers, as well as those of homegrown violent extremists.”

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Loyola University student reported missing

Chan Williams. Photo from Campus Safety.
Chan Williams. Photo from Campus Safety.

By Sarah Harrington

A Loyola University Chicago student has been reported missing, Campus Safety said in an email sent to students and staff on Wednesday. Officials are seeking assistance to help find the student.

Chan Williams, 20, has been reported missing by his father, the email said. Concern was raised when he stopped answering phone calls, emails and attending his classes. He was last seen Friday at 8 p.m. as he entered the Board of Trade building located at 500 S. LaSalle, Campus Safety said.

He is described as a male African-American about 6 feet tall and approximately 200 pounds with short black hair and brown eyes, Campus Safety said. Chan was last seen wearing a black fleece jacket, black shirt, dark grey athletic shorts, black socks and grey Puma-brand athletic shoes.

A missing person report has also been filed with the Chicago Police Department, the email said.

Loyola is urging any students with information on Chan’s whereabouts to call Campus Safety at (773) 508-6039 or contact Chicago Police Department via 911.

Loyola student robbed near Rogers Park campus

By Alexa Ristich

A Loyola University Chicago student was robbed early Sunday near the university’s Rogers Park campus on the North Side.

An unknown offender emerged from an alley in the 6400 block of North Glenwood Avenue about 2 a.m. and demanded the victim’s purse then ran away when the victim complied, campus police said in a crime alert emailed to students.

Campus police and Chicago Police are investigating. They are asking if anyone has any information regarding this incident to contact them immediately.

The alert also shared some tips to stay safe around campus. They include: avoid walking alone, utilize the shuttle service and 8-Ride as much as possible, walk in well-lit areas, stay away from alleys and always tell someone where you are going and when you will return.

Police helicopters patrol Rogers Park

Chicago Police Department photo.
Chicago Police photo.

By Loyola Student Dispatch Staff

Chicago Police have begun using helicopters to patrol parts of Rogers Park as they take a more aggressive stance against crime in the neighborhood.

Last month, police added foot patrols in Rogers Park in high-crime areas.

Here are details from Ald. Joe Moore of the 49th Ward:

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Repairs may interrupt Loyola Internet service

winsockxpfix.gifBy Loyola Student Dispatch Staff

Internet users at Loyola University Chicago may experience brief service interruptions Monday evening as the school performs maintenance on its equipment, according to the university’s IT department.

Here are the details from a university alert:

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