Loyola to host press forum on presidential primaries



Truth, Lies and Election 2016

As the presidential primary season heats up, journalists can learn the latest skills to investigate and fact-check the political rhetoric at a free forum sponsored by the American Press Institute and Loyola University Chicago’s School of Communication.

The forum, titled “Truth, Lies and Election 2016,” will be held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday, Feb. 12 at Loyola’s downtown Chicago Water Tower Campus.

Journalists, educators and students are invited to the free forum at Loyola’s Regents Hall, 16th floor, Lewis Towers, 111 E. Pearson St.

Register free here at: http://www.truthpol16.eventbrite.com


Panelists include some of the region’s top experts on journalism and politics, advertising and research, including experts from Ballotpedia and PolitiFact. They’ll share best practices and commentary, and the latest tools and technology in fact-checking and accountability journalism.

The lunchtime keynote address will be given by Andy Shaw, president and CEO of the Better Government Association, a government watchdog group.

Here is the day’s schedule:

9-9:30 a.m.- Continental breakfast & registration
9:30-9:45 a.m. – Introductions
9:45-10:45 a.m. – Political reporting resources

11 a.m.- 12 p.m. – Race and immigration issues
12-1 p.m. Lunch – Keynote, Andy Shaw, president and CEO, Better Government Association
1-1:50 p.m. – Dissecting political advertising
1:50 p.m.-2 p.m. – Conclusion

For more information, please contact Jane Elizabeth at the American Press Institute, Jane.Elizabeth@pressinstitute.org, or John Slania at Loyola, jslania@luc.edu.

The American Press Institute conducts research, training, convenes thought leaders and creates tools to help chart a path ahead for journalism in the 21st century.

Loyola’s School of Communication offers study in journalism, media studies, documentary film production, cultural communication and public advocacy in a state-of-the-art facility in downtown Chicago.

Laptop reported missing from Loyola dorm room

By Loyola Student Dispatch Staff
Loyola University Chicago is alerting students to a report of a laptop computer being taken from an unlocked dorm room at the school’s Lake Shore Campus in Rogers Park.
Image courtesy energy.gov
Image courtesy energy.gov
Here is the Campus Safety alert:

Loyola Community,

Campus Safety is writing to inform you of a burglary that occurred in San Francisco Hall yesterday, Monday, November 2. A student reported that someone entered their unlocked room and removed a laptop computer.

We are currently investigating the incident. If you have any information, please call Campus Safety at 773.508.6039.

Please keep the following tips in mind to keep the entire community safe:

  • Always lock your door, even when you are in the room.
  • Do not allow people to follow you into unsecured areas. If you believe someone has followed you in, immediately report it to Campus Safety.
  • If you see someone you do not recognize seemingly wandering in a building without a purpose, contact Campus Safety immediately.
  • Avoid leaving valuable items where they can be easily seen.
  • Record model and serial numbers of valuable items, and keep the numbers in a safe place.

Please immediately report any suspicious behavior or crimes to Campus Safety by calling 773.508.6039.


Thomas K. Murray
Chief of Police and Director of Campus Safety

Most Loyola email service restored

By Loyola Student Dispatch Staff

Loyola University Chicago IT staff reported late Friday that 80 percent of faculty and staff email service has been restored.

Faculty and staff were without university Outlook email service since early Thursday. The email service slowly was restored beginning Friday morning.

Student email service was never disrupted.

Here is the latest message from Information Technology Services:

Loyola Community,
As of 4:30 p.m. today, Friday, September 11, nearly 80 percent of the affected faculty and staff mailboxes have been brought back online. The process has taken considerably longer than our vendor estimated, however, we believe most affected mailboxes will be operational later this evening. Faculty and staff whose accounts are not yet current may check periodically to see if their account has been brought back online. We will continue to post updates to the University home page, as needed.
Please know that we also have a small number of individuals who require additional steps to completely restore their mailboxes. We were advised by our vendor not to risk overall e-mail recovery success by running restorative steps at the same time for this small batch of mailboxes. For those included in this small group, we appreciate your patience, and we expect to work through these remaining issues on Saturday and Sunday.
Student e-mail is functioning without issue. To contact students, please use the Messages or Announcements tool within Sakai. Alternatively, faculty can locate student e-mail addresses through the Roster tool, but will need to e-mail students from an outside account (i.e. Gmail, Yahoo).
Please note that voicemail boxes have also been affected and will return to normal once restored. In the interim, the best way for students to contact faculty and staff is through direct telephone contact.
We recognize how disruptive this is and we are working as expeditiously as possible to restore all services. Please contact the Help Desk at 8.4ITS or 773.508.4487 with urgent issues.
Information Technology Services

U.S. News: Loyola Chicago ranks well compared with other Jesuit schools

By Loyola Student Dispatch Staff

The big news yesterday was that Loyola University Chicago – ranked No. 99 – broke into the top 100 on the 2016 U.S. News and World Report list of more than 1,300 colleges and universities:

Loyola cracks U.S. News top 100 list with No. 99 rank

Courtesy Loyola University Chicago.
Courtesy Loyola University Chicago.

Today, we take a look at how Loyola ranks among the 28 Jesuit Colleges and universities in the United States.

Here’s a listing from the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities:


21. Georgetown University, 30. Boston College, 66. Fordham University, 86. Marquette University, 96. Saint Louis University, 99. Loyola University Chicago, 108. University of San Francisco


32. College of the Holy Cross


North (131 ranked)

3. Loyola University Maryland, 6. Fairfield University, 8. University of Scranton, 15. Saint Joseph’s University, 19. Le Moyne College, 34. Canisius College, 92. Saint Peter’s University

South (93 ranked)

11. Loyola University New Orleans, 21. Spring Hill College

Midwest (112 ranked)

1. Creighton University, 6. Xavier University, 7. John Carroll University, 18. Rockhurst University, 23. University of Detroit Mercy

West (87 ranked)

2. Santa Clara University, 3. Loyola Marymount University, 4. Gonzaga University, 6. Seattle University, 28. Regis University


11. Wheeling Jesuit University

Loyola cracks U.S. News top 100 list with No. 99 rank

By Loyola Student Dispatch Staff

Loyola University Chicago came in No. 99 on the latest U.S. News & World Report college rankings, cracking the top 100 for the first time in school history.

DePaul University, meanwhile, fell two notches to No. 123 on the widely-followed list of 1,376 colleges and universities.

Courtesy Loyola University Chicago.
Courtesy Loyola University Chicago.

Other local university rankings: University of Chicago, No. 4; Northwestern University, No. 12; Notre Dame, No. 18; University of Illinois, No. 41; Illinois Institute of Technology, No. 108; University of Illinois at Chicago, No. 129, and Illinois State, No. 149.

Read the complete U.S. News list here: RANKINGS

Loyola student subject of battery on campus

By Loyola Student Dispatch Staff

A Loyola University Chicago student was inappropriately touched by three youths Friday evening as she walked near the main parking garage on the school’s Lake Shore Campus in Rogers Park, according to the university’s campus safety department.

images[1]Here is the alert from campus safety:

Loyola Community,

Campus Safety is writing to inform you about a battery that occurred around 10 p.m. last night. A student was walking near the Main Parking Structure on the Lake Shore Campus when three young individuals on bicycles approached her and began to inappropriately touch her before fleeing.

Anyone who thinks they may have information about this incident should contact Campus Safety at 773.508.6039 or the Chicago Police Department via 9-1-1 or 312.744.8263.

Please also remember 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.


Thomas K. Murray
Chief of Police and Director of Campus Safety

Wishing Sister Jean a Happy 96th birthday

Photo taken by Steve Christensen for Inside Loyola
Photo taken by Steve Christensen for Inside Loyola

Join Loyola in celebrating the university’s favorite nun, Sister Jean, and her 96th birthday.  Sister Jean Dolores Schmidt, BVM, was born in San Francisco in 1919 and previously taught at Mundelein College.  She is now a chaplain at Loyola.

“I don’t have to be like someone else, I just have to be me” -Sr. Jean Dolores Schmidt

For more inspirational words from Sister Jean watch, Loyola posted this video in celebration of Sister Jean day.

McCormick: $1 million to Loyola’s Arrupe

Students register for Arrupe Colege. Photo courtesy JesuitMidwest.org
Students register for Arrupe College.
Photo courtesy JesuitMidwest.org
The Chicago-based Robert R. McCormick Foundation announced Wednesday that it’s giving a $1 million grant to Loyola University Chicago’s Arrupe College, a two-year associate’s degree program for students with limited funding.
Here is the press release from Loyola:
Loyola University Chicago announced today that it has received a $1 million grant from the Chicago-based Robert R. McCormick Foundation in support of the new Arrupe College of Loyola University Chicago. Announced in February, Arrupe College is a two-year associate’s degree program for motivated students with limited financial resources and an interest in attending a four-year institution after graduation.
The McCormick Foundation grant will support student scholarships and a variety of operating expenses at the college, including education technology and capital needs. In recognition of the transformative gift, the University will establish the McCormick Scholars Program, which will reward the college’s highest achieving students. These scholars will be selected each year based on academic achievements, leadership qualities, and a proven commitment to social justice.

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Loyola kicks off Summer on the Plaza

Loyola University Chicago kicks off it’s annual Summer on the Plaza today with a farmers market, local musicians, food trucks and family entertainment.
Summer on the Plaza starts this afternoon at 6650 N. Sheridan Road outside the CTA’s Loyola L stop.
Click here for further details: SUMMER ON THE PLAZA

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Garanzini joins Chicago school board

Loyola Chancellor Michael Garanzini. Loyola University Chicago photo.
Loyola Chancellor Michael Garanzini.
Loyola University Chicago photo.

Loyola Student Dispatch

Loyola University Chicago Chancellor Michael Garanzini, S.J., has been appointed to the Chicago Board of Education at a time of sweeping changes for the nation’s third largest public school district.

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel named Garanzini to the school board along with Mark Furlong, CEO of BMO Harris Bank, Dominique Jordan Turner, president and CEO of the Chicago Scholars Foundation, and Gail Ward, a 35-year veteran of CPS who served as the first principal of Walter Payton College Prep, according to the Chicago Sun-Times.

The new board members join at a time when Chicago Public Schools faces massive pension funding shortfalls and a federal investigation into recently-resigned CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett for alleged contract improprieties.

Read the full Sun-Times story here: SCHOOLS