Loyola’s Sister Jean celebrates 95th birthday

Sister Jean Delores Schmidt. Loyola photo.
Sister Jean Delores Schmidt.
Loyola photo.

By Loyola Student Dispatch Staff

Happy 95th Birthday, Sister Jean.

Sister Jean Dolores Schmidt, BVM, chaplain to Loyola University Chicago’s athletic teams, and a campus favorite to students, faculty and staff, recently celebrated her 95th birthday.

Sister Jean is renown for her cheerful outlook and smile, and is frequently seen greeting students on campus when she’s not cheering on the men’s basketball team.

Here is Sister Jean’s official biography:

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Loyola adds mobile tracker for shuttles

CTA mobile tracker.
CTA tracker.

By Loyola Student Dispatch Staff

Mobile tracking will now be available for students riding campus shuttle buses at Loyola University Chicago, the university announced Friday.

Loyola’s new transportation vendor, MV Transportation, will add mobile tracking for shuttles transporting students between the school’s Lake Shore Campus in Rogers Park and downtown Water Tower Campus.

The mobile tracking will be similar to tracking available for Chicago Transit Authority riders. Students can use the tracker on their mobile devices and computers to determine shuttle arrival times, Loyola said.

MV Transportation also promises newer buses with more comfortable seating, and more interior space, the university said.

There also is a new location for the shuttle stop at Lake Shore Campus, the university said.  The shuttle stop is now located on the south end of the West Quad, across from Flanner Hall. During inclement weather, riders can use the waiting area in the Main Parking Structure, near the entrance to the Welcome Center, Loyola said.

Here is the announcement from the university:

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Police hunt drunken drivers in Rogers Park

www.odp.idaho.gov image.
http://www.odp.idaho.gov image.

By Loyola Student Dispatch Staff

It’s never good to drink and drive.

But this weekend in Rogers Park, drunken drivers have a better chance of getting caught because of a Chicago Police Department dragnet.

Chicago police will conduct a Roadside Safety Check from 7 p.m. on Friday to 3 a.m. Saturday in Rogers Park, according to a police department press release.
During roadside safety checks, police officers slow down traffic, stop cars at regular intervals and watch for drivers who show signs of alcohol impairment and other violations.

Here is the full news release:
The Chicago Police Department will conduct a Roadside Safety Check in the Rogers Park (24th) District at 6601 N. Western Ave. The Roadside Safety Check will commence at 7:00 p.m. on Friday, June 27, 2014 and end at 3:00 a.m. on Saturday, June 28, 2014. During roadside safety checks, police officers slow down traffic, stop cars at regular intervals and watch for drivers who show signs of alcohol impairment and other violations.

“This program is conducted year round to ensure drivers are operating their vehicles safely,”
said Superintendent, Garry F. McCarthy. “This is part of an ongoing strategy to keep the city
streets safe for Chicago’s residents and commuters.”

Loyola plans new college for associate’s degrees

By Loyola Student Dispatch Staff
Loyola University Chicago has taken the first step toward establishing a new college designed to grant associate’s degrees to students whose financial resources or academic records might otherwise limit their ability to gain admission to college.
The university’s Board of Trustees has approved a business plan for Arrupe College of Loyola University Chicago, according to the university.
“The goal is to ensure that students with limited financial resources and academic credentials that may be insufficient to secure admission and funding at a four-year institution have access to a high-quality, structured, and affordable liberal arts education that will prepare them to complete their undergraduate degree at a four-year program at one of the state’s public or private universities,” said Loyola President the Rev. Michael Garanzini in a written message.

Board approval is just the first step in a lengthy process, but the goal is to open Arrupe College in the fall of 2015, the university states.
Here’s is a message about Arrupe College and other board highlights from Garanzini:
Loyola Community,
On Friday, June 6, the University’s Board of Trustees gathered at the Water Tower Campus for their quarterly meeting to discuss a number of initiatives. Below, please find some of the highlights from their meeting.
Approval of Arrupe College—The University’s proposal and business plan for the new Arrupe College of Loyola University Chicago was formally approved by the board members. The institution, which takes its name from Pedro Arrupe, S.J., a Basque Jesuit and past Superior General of the Society of Jesus, will deliver a college-level program that will grant an Associate’s degree. The goal is to ensure that students with limited financial resources and academic credentials that may be insufficient to secure admission and funding at a four-year institution have access to a high-quality, structured, and affordable liberal arts education that will prepare them to complete their undergraduate degree at a four-year program at one of the state’s public or private universities. Board approval is just the first of many steps toward the establishment of this new college, but we are excited about this opportunity, and we will provide more information to the University community in the coming months. Tentative plans call for the college to open in the fall of 2015.
Honoring the Champs—A resolution recognizing the men’s volleyball team and their first NCAA National Championship was approved by the board. Head Coach Shane Davis was in attendance for the reading of the resolution and a short video chronicling the team’s championship run was played for the board.     
Welcoming New Trustees—The board announced the addition of six new members: Melanie C. Dreher, PhD, RN, FAAN; Ruthellyn Musil (BA ’75); John G. Schreiber (BBA ’68); Niranjan S. Shah; Stephen P. Squinto, PhD (BA ’78, PhD ’84); and Kevin W. Willer.
Operating and Capital Budget Approval for FY 2015—The University’s budget for fiscal year 2015 was approved by board members. As in past years, the University remains disciplined in our spending policies and continued healthy enrollments should bode well for positive results in the new fiscal year.
I hope that your summer is relaxing and rejuvenating.
Michael J. Garanzini, S.J.
President and CEO

Loyola starts summer organ concert series

Katheryn Stamm Memorial Organ. Loyola University Chicago photo.
Katheryn Stamm Memorial Organ.
Loyola University Chicago photo.
By Loyola Student Dispatch Staff
The harmonious sound of organ music will once again fill the air at Loyola University Chicago, as the school begins its annual Summer Celebrity Organ Concert Series.
Here are the details from a news release:
Loyola University Chicago’s Department of Fine and Performing Arts and the Department of Sacramental Life will host their annual Summer Celebrity Organ Concert Series beginning June 15. 
Celebrating the music of the beautiful Katheryn Stamm Memorial Organ, the University welcomes well-known organists from across the nation. All concerts are free, open to the public, and take place on the third Sunday of each month at 3 p.m. at the Madonna della Strada Chapel at 1032 West Sheridan Road in Rogers Park on Loyola’s Lake Shore Campus.
More information on the summer concerts can be found below.
David Enlow
Sunday, June 15
·         David Enlow is organist and choir master of the Church of the Resurrection in New York. Enlow is a member of the organ faculty of The Julliard School, sub-dean of the New York City Chapter of the American Guild of Organists, and a member of the Guild’s National Committee on Profession Certification, serving as an examiner of organists nationwide.
Dr. Marilyn Keiser
Sunday, July 20
·     Dr. Marilyn Keiser is the chancellor’s professor of music emeritus at Jacobs School of Music of Indiana University, in Bloomington. Keiser has appeared throughout the United States in concerts sponsored by churches, colleges, and chapters of The American Guild of Organists.
Dr. Lynn Trapp
August 17, 2014
·     Dr. Lynn Trapp is a concert organist and active recitalist. Since 1996, Trapp has served as director of worship and music and organist/pianist for St. Olaf Catholic Church, where he directs an extensive worship and music department. In addition to being one of five members of the Board of Directors for the National Association of Pastoral Musicians (NPM) and chapter director of the Twin Cities Chapter of NPM, Dr. Trapp has had his archives established in perpetuity at the University of Notre Dame’s Hesburgh Library.
Contact the box office, at boxoffice@luc.edu or 773.508.8400, or visit blogs.luc.edu/ArtsAlive for more information.


Loyola student missing since Monday

By Mariah Evely

Missing Loyola student Lucas Fleisher
Missing Loyola student Lucas Fleisher

Lucas Fleisher, a Loyola University Chicago student has been reported missing by his friends. Fleisher was last seen on Monday April 21, at a Walgreen’s, located at Sheridan and Irving Park, at 7:19 p.m. Campus Safety is currently seeking any information that would them locate him and ascertain his well being.

If you have any information on Fleisher’s whereabouts please call Campus Safety at 773.508.6039.

Loyola’s Mosaic magazine examines gun violence

By Mariah Evely


This Wednesday, April 16, Loyola University Chicago’s School of Communication’s Mosaic magazine will launch it’s 11th issue. This issue will focus on gun violence in Chicago.  Students last spring went out to different areas of Chicago and reported on gun violence in those areas.

The magazine will also launch it’s brand new website this Wednesday. The launch party will take place in the School of Communication’s lobby from 5-6:30 p.m. There will be a few speakers on gun violence in Chicago present. The event is free and light refreshments will be provided.

2 dead, 8 wounded in city shootings

By Mariah Evely


Two men were killed and at least eight were wounded in shootings across the city Monday, police said. One of the men killed was a 24-year-old man and was one of the three people shot in a convenience store in the Rogers Park neighborhood about 7:40 p.m.

Some of the wounded to taken to the Loyola University Medical Center.

Click here to read more about the shootings from the Chicago Tribune.

Loyola to Host 3rd Annual Health, Hope & Heroes 5K Run/Walk and Children’s Hero Hustle

 by Mariah Evely


The Loyola University Chicago will host its Third Annual Health, Hope and Heroes 5K Run/Walk and Children’s Hero Hustle on Sunday, June 8 at 9 a.m. on the shared campus of the Loyola University Medical Center and Edward Hines Jr. VA Hospital at 2160 S. First Ave. in Maywood, Ill. rmch_3spot_2_07

After the race will by the Children’s Hero Hustle at 10:30 a.m. Mascots from the area will be available to entertain kids as they race. Children ages 4 and younger will run a 50-yard dash; children ages 5 and older will run a 100-yard dash. Kids’ activities will also be held at the finish line area from 9-11:30 a.m.

For more information about the race, the heroes and to donate click here.

Unauthorized person gains entry to Loyola dorm

By Jillian Schwartz

Two Loyola University Chicago students reported that an unauthorized person entered their locked Regis room and repositioned belongings while they were out.

Loyola’s Campus Safety sent a reminder email to students reminding them to keep their doors locked, but is the reminder enough?

Earlier this week, a University of Illinois at Chicago student was assaulted when an unauthorized man entered the dorm.

UIC has stepped up their safety patrols, requiring guests to sign-in during daytime hours, but Loyola has not made any announcement about upping their police patrols.

In this case, the Loyola students’ door was locked, so students are looking to the unversity to increase security measures beyond a reminder email.

Here is the full email from Campus Safety:

Loyola Community,
Campus Safety is writing to inform you of an unauthorized entry to a residence hall room that was reported to Residence Life and Campus Safety staff. Two students reported they returned to their locked room in Regis and it was obvious that belongings in the room had been repositioned while they were out of their room.
Please follow these safety tips for the residence halls:
  • Always lock your door whenever you leave your room.
  • Do not lend your room key or ID to any other person.
  • Always escort your guests and only check-in people you know.
  • Everyone must swipe their ID to gain access to residence halls. Do not hold gates/doors for others to gain access.
  • Report all suspicious persons and activities to Campus Safety and Residence Life staff immediately.
Tom Murray
Chief of Police and Director of Campus Safety