Loyola warns of St. Patrick’s Day excesses

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Stay safe and stay well on St. Patrick’s Day.

That was the key message of the email sent Wednesday to Loyola University Chicago students from the Vice President for Student Development.

With St. Patrick’s Day celebrations happening this weekend, Dr. Robert D. Kelly sent out a mass email telling students to make wise decisions when drinking and to remember the Student Promise.

The Division of Student Development is concerned about the potential consequences students might face this St. Patrick’s Day and released the following email to students:

Dear Students,

As St. Patrick’s Day weekend approaches, so does the opportunity to experience some of the unique culture and traditions around this holiday in Chicago. From parades to green rivers, St. Patty’s in the Windy City is a special time.

Of course, part of St. Patrick’s Day culture also involves the choice to take part in drinking or not. It is our hope that you, as Ramblers, make smart and informed decisions about how you choose to spend the day. Remember the Student Promise: to care for yourself, care for others, and care for the community.

Loyola never condones underage drinking; however we also know that there will be some students who choose to drink when under the legal age of 21. Our most sincere hope is that all our students stay safe this weekend and throughout the year. Whether or not you are over 21, if you choose to drink, it is always important to practice low/moderate drinking, both for your health and safety, and for the safety of others.

A few quick tips if you choose to drink:

  • Pace your drinking to one drink or less per hour
  • Shy away from shots or drinks with higher alcohol content
  • Sip your drink; don’t chug or slam a drink, especially by playing drinking games
  • Drink plenty of water to stay hydrated and potentially prevent a hangover
  • Keep track of your drink and what you are drinking
  • Set a limit and stick to it; keep a count of how much you have had
  • Have friends look out for each other and respect the choice to not drink
  • Use public transportation; never drink and drive

However you choose to spend this weekend, please be aware of the potential for negative consequences to arise and know who to go to for help.

If you feel that anyone is in need of help, do not hesitate to get an RA or call Campus Safety (773.508.6039) or 9-1-1. We also encourage you to familiarize yourself with Loyola’s Good Samaritan Policy, which was put in place for these types of situations. Making the call is always better than not seeking help at all, but remember, the best way to stay safe is to avoid the emergency in the first place.

We hope you have a wonderful St. Patrick’s Day weekend and enjoy this special time in our city.

Be Safe, Be Well.


Robert D. Kelly, PhD
Vice President, Student Development

Author speaks about social relations at Loyola

By Pauline Lacson

Author Benjamin Heim Shepard spoke to Loyola University Chicago students, staff, and faculty recently about the role of privately owned public spaces during social movements.

“Public spaces become a place for conversation,” Shepard said, “and the best public spaces are well used public spaces.”

His prime example of this is Zuccotti Park, the home base of Occupy Wall Street protesters. As the Occupy movement continues around the world, “we are creating a different kind of democracy and different kinds of social relations,” Shepard said.

“I think people aren’t looking for politicians to solve their problems…We have to lead ourselves.”

Shepard said direct action creates change. Use your voice, or your impact becomes smaller and smaller, he said.

Today, Occupy protesters continue to use their voices, meshing with protesters from various backgrounds, attempting to speak to “many different people about everyday life,” he said.

In response to these efforts, Shepard said “we need to use creative ways to connect with people who are different than us.”

Mary Simon, 20, a sophomore with majors in sociology and political science, agreed.

“To create solidarity amongst Loyola students [on the Occupy movement] we can use Facebook, Twitter, and Youtube; forms of communication we are all familiar with…We can send out invites to everyone we know and gather on the quad,” Simon said.

Shepard extolled the virtue of starting dialogue in a community to promote change. To foster people’s interest in an event, “provide food” and “go local.” Ask the people what matters and start a conversation, Shepard said.

Also known as a “professor, social worker, activist, aspiring banjo player and dad,” Shepard is co-author of Beach Beneath the Streets: Contesting New York City’s Public Spaces and writes extensively on social services and social movements, found at his blog Play and Ideas.

Loyola students warned of armed offender in Rogers Park

Campus Safety notified Loyola University Chicago students this morning of a crime incident that occured on Monday, Sept. 26 on North Kenmore Avenue involving a man who was attacked by someone wielding a razor blade. the victim was not a Loyola student.

Here is the crime alert that Loyola’s Department of Campus Safety distributed via e-mail to all of Loyola students:

Loyola Community,

The Department of Campus Safety is writing to make you aware of an incident  that occurred in the east alley of the 6100 block of N. Kenmore, at  approximately 11 p.m. on Monday, September 26. The victim, not a Loyolan, was  approached by an offender and cut with a razor blade as he walked in the alley.  Prior to the attack, the offender had asked the victim for a cigarette, a  request the victim ignored.

The offender is described as male, 45 to 50 years of age, 160 to 180 pounds,  and 5’7” to 5’9” in height. He was also said to have “messy” greyish hair, a  short, scruffy goatee and beard, and he was last seen wearing a tan Carhartt  construction-type jacket, black jeans, and black gloves with the left hand index  and middle fingers cut at the knuckle. He is also believed to be armed with a  razor blade.

It is important to remember these tips to ensure your safety.

-Walk or jog in well-lit areas; stay away from alleys
-Do not walk alone,  especially at night
-Whenever possible, take 8-RIDE (773.508.RIDE)
-Keep  extra money with you so that you can take a cab home
-Avoid listening to ear  phones or texting while walking, as it minimizes your ability to detect a  threat
-Do not hesitate to change your course of direction if you see a  suspicious person or a group of people while walking; this can include simply  crossing to the other side of the street

If you have any questions or information regarding this incident, please call  the Department of Campus Safety at 773.508.6039.


Robert Fine
Director of Campus Safety

– Brittany Nelson

Loyolacappella bids farewell to seniors in final show

By Marina Bifsha

Loyolacappella, an a cappella singing group at Loyola University Chicago, made the audience laugh, smile, and ultimately cry in an emotion-charged end-of-year performance Saturday that was a final curtain call for graduating senior performers.

The performance featured a mix of traditional songs and the latest pop hits, including  “Suspension” by Mae, “Poker Face” by Lady Gaga, and “Just the Way You Are” by Bruno Mars.  


Loyolacappella “Lakeshow”  held from 4:30-7 p.m. Saturday in Lewis Towers,  takes place every spring semester. This year, the performers tried to prove themselves by putting six additional songs into their show.

Director Matt Graham was pleased with the performance.

“Lakeshow is the last show every year and it is a special occasion; it went very-very well this time,” said Graham, 21, senior advertising/public relations major. “The significant thing about this performance is that we had six additional songs and it came out very well. We were practicing for the whole semester.”

The reactions of the audience were also positive.

“A cappella group is my favorite amongst the various groups around Loyola and I always come to their shows,” said Melanie Heger, 20, junior advertising/public relations major. “They treat everyone well by providing good music and food; I always leave happy and with a better mood than I come in.”

Another member of the audience approved of the show.

“They always seem to have fun and they make us have fun too,” said Laurie Mascali, 18, freshman criminal justice and forensic science major. “I loved the song ‘Just the Way You Are’ because it is one of my favorite songs and one of my friends sang it.”

This time though was a lot more emotional than other performances because six seniors were performing for the last time, and other members of the group and attendees started crying. At the end of the show, many were emotional because the oldest members of the group were leaving Loyola due to their graduation and they will not be able to participate again. The underclassmen will take over to continue Loyolacappella group’s tradition.

“It is a big show because it is a goodbye to the seniors and that makes us all very emotional,” said N’Jameh Camara, 20, sophomore advertising/public relations major. “I was about to transfer and I stayed because of the a cappella group. It is not a sorority; it is a group of people who really love music and I would not change that for anything.”

Another performer talked about her experience with Loyolacappella.

“The show was exhausting but fantastic at the same time; I love all the music we do, ” said Martha Leigh Hawkinson, 19, freshman spanish and psychology major. “It is always emotional because we spend so much time together and when a senior leaves the group, we do not just lose a voice but a real friend.”

If you would like to watch more of their videos and performances you can visit Loyolacappella group’s page on YouTube.