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Statement on Dining Hall Menu

February 9, 2018

Recently, our food service vendor Aramark offered a menu in Damen Dining meant to celebrate Black History Month, but which was also seen as promoting stereotypes of the African American community. Aramark has taken responsibility for this menu and apologized. In addition, the signage promoting the menu was insensitive and inappropriate. This was the misjudgment of one Aramark employee and the issue is being addressed. Loyola has the utmost commitment to diversity and inclusion. The University is taking steps with Aramark to ensure this doesn’t happen again. Students who have concerns regarding this issue are encouraged to reach out to the Dean of Students Office at 773.508.8840.

Take a virtual look at Loyola’s beautiful Retreat and Ecology Campus

What are you thankful for? Watch this throwback video

What is Ignatian Heritage Month, exactly? Watch this video to find out

Zombies invade Loyola! Enjoy this throwback Halloween video.

Take a break from midterms stress and enjoy this video of the dogs of Loyola

Need motivation to get in your workout routine? Take a virutal tour of Halas!

Why study abroad? Hear one student’s perspective

Watch the story of the wolf and kettle

See what it’s like to be a Loyola athlete

Watch this video if you’re interested in the School of Communication

The Midnight Bike Ride with Timothy Gilfoyle: a Loyola tradition

Hear from a former student about her experiences in Loyola’s psychology program

Find out where and when to pick up your books for the fall semester

Book Rush Hours

If you've placed an order online through the Loyola University Chicago Lakeshore campus bookstore, pick up your order on the 2nd floor of the Centennial Forum. Please bring your order number (it begins with the number 1121 followed by several zeros) and a photo ID. Pick-up at this location are available from August 21 to September 8. Afterward, pick up your online orders at the main store location, 6435 N. Sheridan Rd.

It's important to have your order number handy. Refunds, exchanges, and additional materials at the main Lakeshore campus bookstore location, 6435 N. Sheridan Rd. 

Hours for online pick-up at the Centennial Forum, 2nd Floor

August 21: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

August 22: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

August 23: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

August 24: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

August 25: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

August 26: 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.

August 27: 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.

August 28: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

August 29: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

August 30: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

August 31: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

September 1: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

September 2: Closed

September 3: Closed

September 4: Closed

September 5: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

September 6: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

September 7: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

September 8: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

After September 8, the online order pick-up location will be the main store during normal business hours.

Bookstore fall rush extended hours

August 28: 8:30 a.m. - 7 p.m.

August 29: 8:30 a.m. - 7 p.m.

August 30: 8:30 a.m. - 7 p.m.

August 31: 8:30 a.m. - 7 p.m.

September 1: 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.

September 2: 10:00 a.m. - 3 p.m.

September 3: Closed

September 4: Closed

September 5: Resume normal hours of operation

Bookstore normal hours of operation

Monday–Thursday: 8:30 a.m.–6 p.m.

Friday: 8:30 a.m.–5 p.m.

Saturday: 10 a.m.–3 p.m.

Sunday: CLOSED

Learn why Simpson Hall rocks

Virtually stroll through de Nobli Hall

Meet Jessica Landis, the Assistant Dean for Student Safety and Equity and Title IX Deputy Coordinator

Rambler Buzz Interview: Jessica Landis

Meet Jessica Landis, a Jesuit-educated and mission-motivated staff member who has filled a variety of essential roles within the Division of Student Development over the past four years. Currently the Assistant Dean for Student Safety and Equity and Title IX Deputy Coordinator—both positions she accepted earlier this semester, below she discusses the important services, resources, and options on campus for survivors of gender-based or sexual misconduct.

Can you tell us a little about yourself?

I currently serve as the Assistant Dean for Student Safety and Equity and Title IX Deputy Coordinator. I have my Bachelor of Arts from John Carroll University and Master of Arts in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies from the University of Cincinnati, where my research focused on sexual assault prevention in higher education. I’m originally from Ohio and huge Cleveland sports fans.

What do you do as a Title IX coordinator? How can students use you as a resource?

My role is to ensure the timely, impartial, and effective resolution of all Title IX complaints (incidents involving gender-based or sexual misconduct or discrimination) involving students. I meet with survivors to provide information about services, resources, and options for both formal and informal resolution. If someone chooses to initiate an investigation through the student conduct process, it’s my responsibility to ensure that the process is fair and equitable for all students involved. Even if students choose not to pursue the student conduct process, I’m able to assist them with requesting reasonable accommodations and interim safety measures. My door is always open, and I’m happy to meet with students to assist with any challenges they may be facing.

You’ve been at Loyola in several different capacities. How long have you been here and what else have you done?

I started working at Loyola in the summer of 2013. I previously worked in the Office of Student Conduct and Conflict Resolution as a conduct administrator, a trained mediator working with students to navigate conflict, and a Title IX Investigator and Hearing Board Chair for sexual misconduct cases.

As a graduate of a Jesuit university, is that what drew you toward working at Loyola?

Absolutely. My own Jesuit education was truly transformative, and I’ve been a believer in the Jesuit mission, tradition, and values ever since. I’ve realized that it’s important for me to work somewhere with a mission I believe in: Loyola is that place for me.

What do you enjoy most about working with students?

I love learning about the amazing things students are doing in the Loyola community and beyond. I often meet with students who are going through incredibly difficult experiences, and it’s inspiring to hear about the ways they’re not only persisting, but truly making their communities better places.

Can you explain the Title IX reporting process at Loyola? Is it possible for reports to be kept confidential?

Students can report in a number of different ways: Students can file an online report through EthicsLine; they can contact me directly (jlandis@luc.edu; 773.508.8834); and they can always report to Campus Safety. Additionally, all faculty and staff at Loyola are considered “responsible employees” who have a duty to notify me when they learn about a situation involving a student that may fall under Title IX.

Once I receive information through one of these channels, I reach out to the student to provide information about resources and invite them to meet with me to discuss their options. If students want to speak with someone in complete confidence, they can contact the following confidential resources: medical and mental health professionals at the Wellness Center, Loyola's Sexual Assault Advocacy Line, and Pastoral Counselors (recognized by a religious order or denomination as someone who provides confidential counseling.) As designated confidential resources, these individuals are not required to notify me or anyone else at the University.

What are a few important resources at Loyola that you think students don’t know about?

Loyola’s Sexual Assault Advocacy Line (773.494.3810) is an excellent resource. The hotline is staffed by trained advocates Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and 24 hours a day on the weekend when classes are in session. Additionally, I think many students don’t realize that survivors have a right to reasonable accommodations and interim safety measures even if they don’t want to go through a formal investigation process. Students can access information about these support services through a confidential resource or by connecting with the Office of the Dean of Students.

What are a few priorities you’re working on in terms of student safety and equity at Loyola? 

Every year we continue to review and improve our services and protocol related to gender-based misconduct. I’m really proud of the work we do, but there are always ways to improve. We are also working to continue building out more comprehensive and robust response and support services for students who experience discrimination or misconduct based on other protected classes, such as race, religion, ethnicity, etc. I’m also very excited to be involved in the Office of the Dean of Students initiatives focused on building open channels of communication between our team and students. Be sure to stop by the next “Listening Lounge” from 12–1 p.m. on Friday, April 7, when we hang out in Damen Student Center to hear from students directly about their Loyola experience.

Take the It's On Us pledge to help prevent sexual violence

Fourteen spooktacular ways to celebrate Halloween

Halloween activities 2016

It’s that time of year again where the leaves begin to fall, the smell of pumpkin spice lattes are in the air, and everyone is scrambling to get their costumes together. Yes, fall—and Halloween—are upon us. Here is our top list of Halloween activities around campus (and Chicago). So carve your Loyola themed pumpkin, grab a candy bucket, and let’s go.

The New 400 Theatre again hosts their spooky movie marathon. It’s a great chance to see all your favorite scary movies on the big screen while enjoying some of that delicious popcorn.

Monday, October 24–Monday, October 31, 9 p.m.
Admission: $3 per movie, $20 for an unlimited pass

Ghostbusters Film Screening
“I ain’t afraid of no ghosts!” Stop by the Damen Cinema to see the newest Ghostbuster film. Be prepared to laugh and watch some fantastic ladies battle ghosts!

Thursday, October 27–Saturday, October 29, 7 p.m.
Admission: Free

Advocate’s Movie Night
Join Loyola’s Advocate in Dumbach Hall for a special showing of The Rocky Horror Picture Show. Don’t be afraid to dress up in costume!

Thursday, October 27, 7 p.m.
Admission: Free

Psychology Club’s Halloween Movie Night
Start your Halloween weekend off right with a Halloween movie from Psychology Club! Join them in the Mundelein Center for a Halloween treat!

Thursday, October 27, 4 p.m.
Admission: Free

Library Haunted House
The University Libraries presents the Library of the Damned, a haunted house in the Library Storage Facility of the Sullivan Center. Cookies, spiders, and spooks will be provided!

Friday, October 28, 11 a.m.–1 p.m.
Admission: Free

Loyolacore Halloween Show
Are you ready to jam out this Halloween? Join Loyola bands as they dress up and rock out to some famous songs in the Rambler Room!

Friday, October 28, 6 p.m.
Admission: Free

Italiola Halloween Ball
Italiola is hosting their first Halloween-themed ball in Kasbeer Hall. Join in for some delicious food, dancing, and good times!

Friday, October 28, 6 p.m.
Admission: Free

Masquerade Skate
Put on a costume and get a chance to skate. Sign us up! The Department of Programming is hosting the Masquerade Skate in the Damen Student Center. Stop by for free food, music, and dancing.

Friday, October 28, 7–10 p.m.
Admission: Free

Tour of the Crypt
Are you brave enough to take a trip through the crypt beneath Madonna della Strada? Fr. Jerry Overbeck, S.J. leads students each year into this less visited part of the chapel.  Make sure to show up right on time for a surprise!

Friday, October 28, 8 p.m.
Saturday, October 29, 8 p.m.
Monday, October 31, 8 p.m.
Admission: Free

Graduate Masquerade Ball
All graduate, professional, and adult students are encouraged to head down to Regents Hall at the Water Tower Campus for the fourth annual Masquerade Ball. Costumes aren’t mandatory but are always welcome! Come enjoy a night of dancing.

Friday, October 28, 8 p.m.
Admission: Free

Stranger Sings
Loyola’s own AcaFellas and The Silhouettes present their free Stranger Things-themed concert. Expect spooky songs and a few classics. Join them in the Mullady Theatre in CFSU for good times, jolly tunes, and maybe even some candy corn.

Friday, October 28, 7:30 p.m.
Admission: Free

Loyola’s 9th Annual Trick-or-Treat
Trick-or-Treat is back this year at Dumbach Hall. Pass out sweet treats to kids from Rogers Park and Edgewater and have a chance to make someone’s Halloween special. Plus it’s another chance to dress up. Win–win, am I right?

Sunday, October 30, 1 p.m.
Details: Visit LUC Central to sign up.

Halloween Parade
Celebrate Halloween with a good old fashion parade. Lakeview families and neighbors participate in the Halloween Parade each year. Attendees can expect costumes and candy being thrown into the crowd. The parade route is on Halsted Street between Addison and Belmont avenues.

Monday, October 31, 5 p.m.
Admission: Free

Nancy Caciola: The Restless Dead in the Middle Ages
Professor Nancy Caciola, from the University of California San Diego will be presenting The Restless Dead in the Middle Ages in the Crown Center Auditorium.  Expect some spooky tales from our past!

Monday, October 31, 4 p.m.
Admission: Free

Check out additional events and keep an eye on the University Calendar for more! Don't forget residence halls are also planning special activities in celebration of Halloween, so check in with your RA for details.

Learn about safety tips, available resources, and upcoming initiatives from the Student Safety Forum

Safety Forum Update 2016

“Never be afraid to call us,” said Sergeant Tim Cunningham of Loyola’s Campus Safety Department. “Insignificant things can become significant very quickly.”

This was the underlying theme at the recent Safety Forum hosted by Student Government of Loyola Chicago (SGLC). Cunningham, Loyola’s student community liaison officer, opened the forum by reminding the more than 130 students in the room of the importance of responding to intuition when witnessing something out of the ordinary.

“We want to determine if something is nothing,” he explained. “We’d rather get a hundred calls about things that turn out to be nothing than miss one that turns into an emergency.”

Campus Safety was joined by representatives from the Chicago Transit Authority (CTA), the Office of the Dean of Students, the Wellness Center, and Campus Transportation. Moderated by members of SGLC’s Safety and Wellness Committee, the event started with safety tips and trends and transitioned into an open forum for student questions.

“The students who came were clearly passionate about safety issues on campus,” said Sidney Joseph, chair of SGLC’s Safety and Wellness committee. “I really appreciated their questions. The students that maybe felt their questions were not answered thoroughly enough stayed afterward to discuss them more in depth.” 

Mike Kozlar, chief safety and security officer for the CTA, shared some step-by-step advice for boarding any form of public transportation in the city. He asked the audience a number of questions: Had they ridden a train or a bus that day? Which train or bus route were they on? What was its direction of travel? What was the train car or bus number they boarded? The last question stumped the audience, and he pointed out the importance of that information when reporting a crime or even in retrieving a lost phone.

Missing these small details underscored his point of always being aware of your surroundings, something Campus Safety also emphasized. Both units stressed staying off of mobile devices when walking down the street or riding the Red Line or bus. “Criminals are going to target the person who isn’t paying attention,” said Kozlar.

When asked about protocol for reporting something suspicious on a CTA ride, he advised attendees to: a) call 9-1-1 if it’s an emergency, b) let the bus driver know or alert the train conductor via the call buttons in each car, or c) if something is less imminent, e-mail feedback@chicagotransit.com. Additional safety tips can be found on the CTA website here.

On-campus safety
The conversation during the Safety Forum didn’t just focus on what students can do to stay safe in the city—speakers wanted to address what students can do on campus in any sort of emergency situation.

Sergeant Edward Mirabelli from Campus Safety presented some facts and tips on active shooter situations, advising that the best response is to run. A quick reference guide and video on the RUN. HIDE. FIGHT. response can be found here.

Several questions were asked about procedure when reporting an incident and when the University issues a crime alert. If a Loyola community member sees a suspicious person, Cunningham instructed that they first get somewhere safe, such as a campus building or nearby business. Per a request at the forum, the University is also discussing an option that would allow students access to the lobby area of all residence halls for them to seek refuge from a possible threat.

The next step is to call Campus Safety. The most important details to relay to the dispatcher are a precise location of the incident and description of the suspect(s), focusing on characteristics like facial features, hair color, and build. Once reported, an officer might also need to setup a time to talk about the incident in-person. More directives can be found here.

On the topic of crime alerts, Cunningham discussed the frequency of alerts and the importance of students reading them.   

As background, Campus Safety is guided by the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act (Clery Act), but they also issue alerts for significant threats that occur outside the Clery Act requirements. When there is an imminent and serious threat to the safety of the University community, the Clery Act requires that Loyola issue timely warnings and take other measures to protect the University community. Campus Safety considers sending notifications for all crimes it has been made aware of. That decision-making process is done through the lens of campus community safety, Clery requirements, and Clery guidelines.

Students also voiced their opinions on what can be done to improve Campus Safety’s communications. One suggested following the lead of the Chicago Police Department and distributing community alerts on crime trends happening in certain areas. Another mentioned it would be useful to include more resources for survivors of crimes like sexual assault in the tips section of crime alerts.

Programs and initiatives
In addition to responding to emergency situations on campus, speakers reminded students about the programs and education opportunities available to them.

Mira Krivoshey, MPH, senior health educator, also shared a variety of gender-based violence resources, including the Loyola Sexual Assault Advocacy line, on-campus services within the Wellness Center, and Loyola’s Coordinated Community Response Team that includes constituents from her department, Residence Life, and the Office of the Dean of Students. She also answered questions on the Active Bystander and AlcoholEdu trainings that all first-year students are required to complete.

The center is also assembling a Student Wellness Center Group that will give students more of a say in programming. For more information or to join, reach out to Krivoshey at mkrivoshey@LUC.edu.  Additionally, Joseph mentioned that SGLC will be collaborating with the center in November on a "fish bowl" forum where students can anonymously submit written questions pertaining to mental and physical health.

Throughout the forum, Campus Safety referenced a variety of trainings offered to students living on and off campus. Cunningham encouraged students to attend a Hot Spots Tour designed to help identify real-world areas, behaviors, and characteristics that are generally unsafe and require heightened awareness.

SGLC and Campus Safety will also be co-hosting a community walk at the end of October. Joseph described it as an opportunity for students to walk with campus police officers and discuss where they feel unsafe, talk about blue lights, and listen to advice. More information on this and the Wellness Center event will be communicated in the coming weeks.

Celebrate fall with Loyola pumpkin-carving templates

Pumpkin-Carving Templates

Celebrate fall and show your Rambler Pride! Chose any of the below templates and carve away. When you’ve completed your creation, share with us using #LoyolaChicago on Twitter and Instagram.

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Find out where and when to pick up your books for the fall semester

Book Rush Hours

If you've placed an order online through the Loyola University Chicago Lakeshore campus bookstore, pick up your order on the 2nd floor of Centennial Forum. Please bring your order number (it begins with the number 1121 followed by several zeros) and a photo ID. Pick-up at this location is available through September 9. Afterward, pick up your online orders at the main store location, 6435 N. Sheridan Rd.

It's important to have your order number handy. Refunds, exchanges, and additional materials at the main Lakeshore campus bookstore location, 6435 N. Sheridan Rd. 

Hours for online pick-up at the Centennial Forum, 2nd Floor

August 29: 9 a.m. – 7 p.m.

August 30: 9 a.m. – 7 p.m.

August 31: 9 a.m. – 7 p.m.

September 1: 9 a.m. – 7 p.m.

September 2: 9 a.m.–5 p.m.

September 3: 10 a.m.–5 p.m.

September 4: Closed

September 5: Closed

September 6: 9 a.m.–6 p.m.

September 7: 9 a.m.–6 p.m.

September 8: 9 a.m.–6 p.m.

September 9: 9 a.m.–3 p.m.

After September 9, the online order pick-up location will be the main store during normal business hours.

Bookstore fall rush extended hours

August 29: 8:30 a.m.–7 p.m.

August 30: 8:30 a.m.–7 p.m.

August 31: 8:30 a.m.–7 p.m.

September 1: 8:30 a.m.–7 p.m.

September 2: 8:30 a.m.–5 p.m.

September 3: 10 a.m.–5 p.m.

September 4: Closed

September 5: Closed

September 6: Resume normal hours of Operation

Bookstore normal hours of operation

Monday–Thursday: 8:30 a.m.–6 p.m.

Friday: 8:30 a.m.–5 p.m.

Saturday: 10 a.m.–3 p.m.

Sunday: CLOSED

Explore Chicago with these six activities this Labor Day weekend

Labor Day weekend activities

By Stefanie Strothmann | Student Reporter

Labor Day is almost here! Make good use of this list of fun activities and explore the city over the long weekend.

  1. The Great American Lobster Fest

    Are you a lover of all things seafood? The Great American Lobster Fest is the Midwest's largest lobster and seafood festival. Enjoy lobster flown in fresh from the East Coast. This festival features live music, unique craft shopping, land-food options, and cold beverages. Plus, you can end the night with fireworks!


    Navy Pier; Friday, September 2, 12–10 p.m.; Saturday, September 3, 11 a.m.-10 p.m.

  2. Chicago Fringe Festival

    If you’re into performing arts, this is the festival for you! The Fringe Festival showcases theater, dance, stand-up comedy, spoken word, and more. This festival is easily accessible from the CTA Blue Line.

    Admission: $5 for admission button and $10 for a single show ticket

    Jefferson Park; Saturday, August 31-Sunday, September 11

  3. North Coast Festival

    Bassnecter, Zedd, and Odezza all in one place? Yep. North Coast Festival features an eclectic line up of music, contests, and food! Plus, it’s the perfect way to end the summer festival season.

    Admission: $55

    Union Park; Friday, September 2, 3–10 p.m.; Saturday, September 3, 1–10 p.m.; Sunday, September 4, 1–10 p.m.

  4. Taste of Polonia

    Experience Polish culture. Taste of Polonia offers the best of Polish cuisine, 30 local and international bands, ethnic dancing, arts and crafts, and much more. It’s easily accessible by Lawrence bus #81 and CTA Blue Line.

    Admission: $5 before 5:00 p.m. $10 after

    Copernicus Center; September 2, 5–10:30 p.m.; Saturday, September 3, 12–10:30 p.m.; Sunday, September 4, 12-10:30 p.m.; Monday, September 5, 12─10 p.m.

  5. Maggie Daley Park Climbing Wall

    Get a fun workout in before the festivities of the holiday kick in. Climb custom-designed rocks and boulders at levels ranging from beginner to difficult—take your pick for a challenge!

    Admission: $15+

    Maggie Daley Park

  6. Lakefront Trail
    Chicago has a beautiful shoreline. Explore the edge of the city on a walk, run, or bike ride, and then treat yourself to a picnic by the beach.

    Admission: FREE (minus the picnic food, of course)

Free swag alert: #TriviaTuesday launches on our Twitter account

Trivia Tuesday Guidelines

We’re hosting #LoyolaChicago #TriviaTuesday on our Twitter account. Follow along and participate for your chance at some snazzy swag!


  • Follow the @RamblerBuzz Twitter account.
  • Tag two other Ramblers to join the challenge.
  • First person reply with the correct answer will receive swag.
  • Only current Loyola students can participate.

A special shout-out to Nancy Freeman, director of the Women and Leadership Archives, and Kathy Young, university archivist in the University Archives & Special Collections, for helping gather questions and interesting content.

How to Crush Your Next Internship: advice from an expert

Internship Q and A

Stefanie Strothmann | Student Reporter 

You’ve heard it from your advisors, professors, and parents: an internship is one of the most valuable learning experiences you can have as a student. Take theory you learned in class and apply it to a career.

But navigating through an internship can be tricky, regardless of your status as a newbie intern or an I-have-a-dozen-internships-on-my-resume intern. So how can you make the most of your experience?

We sat down with Cheryl McPhilimy, School of Communication’s director of internship and career services* to answer this question. McPhilimy, once an intern herself, has also hired, coached, and worked alongside countless interns as a seasoned communications professional. Here’s what she had to say:

Q: What tips or suggestions do you give students looking for internships?

A: Think beyond the obvious places to apply.  Yes, advertising majors should consider ad agencies and accounting students will want to look at the big accounting firms, but be sure to also explore all the other places you can get a great experience. For example, the City of Chicago has a broadcast internship.  Law firms have HR internships.  Also, use your Loyola classmates for inspiration.  What internships are your peers doing that you might enjoy?

Q: How should students go about creating their portfolios?

A: Start to think portfolio in your first year at Loyola. Buy a domain, ideally your name, and begin collecting your best materials, even if you only have classwork at first.  Then, when you are on the job at an internship, ask your supervisor for permission to use the materials you’ve worked on in your portfolio.  Put the URL link to your portfolio at the top of your resume with your contact information and also on your LinkedIn profile.  Your portfolio will be a flexible, ever-changing collection that for the rest of your career you will be adding to and pruning.

Q: How important is networking when it comes to internships? What tips do you have for students to network?

A: Tip number one is: do it.  Don’t wait until you graduate to make connections. Be proactive and use LinkedIn to connect to every professional who visits a class, anyone you meet on a workplace tour, or anyone you talk to a career fair.  On an internship, get to know and stay in touch with your supervisor, coworkers and the other interns. And network with your classmates at Loyola, because they can serve as good resources for finding for future internships and jobs.  Be sure to be helpful and pass along ideas, connections and leads to them as well.  Networking is a two-way street.

Q: How should interns approach asking questions?

A:  Because internships are learning experiences, you’ll likely have lots of questions.  Rather than pepper your supervisor every half hour with a question, try bundling.  Wait until you have three to five questions, then set up a time to connect with your supervisor to ask the questions.  Your supervisor will appreciate your respect for his or her concentration and you are more likely to get the answers you need.

Q: How can interns take control of their learning experience when they feel like they are not learning as much as they could?

A: Communicate. Things are not going to change or be fixed if you do not communicate with your supervisor. Be flexible and give the supervisor or the organization a chance to fix the situation. And be ready with some specific requests or proactive suggestions that would make things better, such as “I’d really like to go on a photo shoot during my internship.” Or “I see the blog hasn’t been updated in a while. I’m interested in writing a post.”

Ask yourself some soul-searching questions to help determine if the expectations you had for the internship were realistic:

  • How am I growing?
  • What am I learning?
  • Am I getting everything I can get from this experience?
  • Were there warning signs before I took the internship?

At the end of the day,you are the captain of your own ship; your career is yours. It is up to you to make the most of the experience.  Even a bad experience teaches you something about yourself and how you work, which takes you one step closer to learning what you actually want to pursue.

Q: Is it better to intern at one place for a long period of time or to have many different internship experiences?

A: My recommendation is to try an assortment of internships. The commitment you are making is short-term, so you can find out what you like and what you don’t like quickly. This can also serve as a compelling story you can present to future employers; I prefer to hire someone who has interesting reasons why they tried the different things they did.

Q: What final piece of advice would you give interns?

A: Keep your eyes and your ears open. See what the environment is all about and make sure you are absorbing as much as you can. The most valuable asset students can learn from an internship is the organization’s culture: how do things work? How do people behave?  It gives you a perspective on what full-time work will be like.


*This fall, McPhilimy is transitioning to a role as a full-time instructor in the School of Communication.


Geek out: 4 Chicago places where nerds can boldly go

Geek out: 4 Chicago places where nerds can boldly go

By Anna Gaynor


Forget basketball. It’s time for the unofficial season of nerd to begin. But instead of staying inside gaming or rereading the entire Harry Potter series, try braving the cold to check out the geekiest activities Chicago has to offer.

Improvised Star Trek, iO Theater

The Chris Farley Cabaret, 1501 N. Kingsbury St.; 312.929.2401

Now that Star Trek is a major movie franchise, it’s easy to forget that its fanbase includes more than just Chris Pine enthusiasts. And with a new TV reboot on the horizon, now is the perfect time to commune with other devoted Trekkies for some laughs. Running on Fridays through December 18, Improvised Star Trek follows the team of the USS Sisyphus, a lesser of the Starfleet vessels. Tickets: $14.

Museum of Science and Industry

5700 S. Lake Shore Drive; 773.684.1414

As one of the largest science museums in the world, MSI has exhibits on the only German WWII submarine in the U.S., the science of making the materials that are used to make everything else—and through January 3, Robot Revolution. If the name doesn’t hook you, then maybe it’s time to reconsider your nerd status. General admission: $18; the museum also offers 52 free days a year for Illinois residents.

Geek Bar Beta

1941 W. North Ave.; 773.687.9824;

As the product of a successful Kickstarter campaign, Geek Bar Beta has devoted itself to all things geeky. With themed drink menus and food items, the spot holds viewing parties for shows such as The Walking Dead and Doctor Who. You can also stop by and play some Geeky Trivia, Dungeons and Dragons, and all sorts of board and card games. Note: Must be over 21 after 9 p.m.

American Science & Surplus

5316 N. Milwaukee Ave.; 773.763.0313

You don’t need deep pockets—or fashionable taste—to spend all day shopping at American Science & Surplus. Aimed for hobbyists, gearheads, and cheapskates, AS&S has a little bit of everything, from a solar-powered radiometer to a miniature version of Da Vinci’s catapult. You can even buy surgical equipment and lab supplies or kits to build your own robot. Talk about nerd heaven.


Get fit this summer on campus and in the city

Summer Group Fitness

Stefanie Strothmann | Student Reporter 

Summer is here, and what a perfect time to get in shape or stay active! Health is important and sometimes the traditional idea of going to the gym can seem daunting or downright boring. So why not try something new?

Group classes offer motivation and accountability. They can be a fun way to get active without noticing you have only just started, dying of exhaustion, or looking at the clock every five minutes.

If you are near the Lake Shore Campus, Halas Recreational Center offers a variety of classes to choose from such as:

  • All Abs— This intense class focuses on increasing the strength of the abdominal muscles and after 25 minutes will leave you feeling the burn!
  • Body Tone— A choreographed total body strength workout, it concentrates on overloading all of the major muscle groups using weights, bands, bars, and exercise balls.
  • Boot Camp— This 45-minute conditioning class uses circuit training, obstacle courses, and intervals to build strength and endurance.
  • Cardio Kick—This choreographed cardio class combines elements of kickboxing, martial arts, and cardiovascular exercise. It does not involve target mitt training or any physical contact and is designed for all levels.
  • Hip Hop Cardio—This 55-minute cardio dance class features popular dance moves to current hip hop hits.
  • Pilates— Pioneered by the late Joseph Pilates, this exercise method focuses on the postural muscles of the abdomen and lower back, while providing a total body workout.
  • Yoga—This class focuses on building strength, relaxation, and deep stretching as participants flow from one pose to next.
  • Rock Climbing—Halas offers two different types of rock climbing: top-ropping and bouldering. The instructors provide you with safety and climbing techniques.
  • Group Swim Lessons— This class teaches a variety of swim strokes to stay afloat. 

You can find a full list of all the classes at here.

Other Ideas:                                                                              

  • If you want to join a really big group and get a change of scenery, there are free summer workouts at Millennium Park.
  • The lakeshore is beyond beautiful! Why not grab a friend or two, rent a bike from ChainLinks Loyola, and experience the view while trailing along Lake Shore Drive?
  • If walking is more your style, you can join Frontrunners/Frontwalkers on Tuesdays at 6:30 p.m. or Saturdays at 9 a.m. or the Chicago Walkers on Saturday mornings and Thursdays at 6 p.m.
  • Dance your way into fitness. Chicago SummerDance has a variety of bands playing and dance lessons for you to have fun and work up a sweat. Best of all it’s FREE!
  • Run a marathon! Chicago has a bunch of races to choose from this summer, and you can do it for a great cause!
  • Download a 30 Day Fitness Challenge. Get your friends to join you, and stay motivated together!


Best Festivals in Chicago: Summer 2016

Best Festivals in Chicago: Summer 2016

By Stefanie Strothmann | Student Reporter

Festival Season is here! It’s the perfect time to enjoy great food, warm weather, and live music and create some new memories. Listed below are must-see festivals for this summer!  

  1. Millenium Art Festival

    This fest is one of the “Top 50 Art and Design shows” rated by Sunshine Artist Magazine. It has live music, local food vendors, and more than 100 artists showcasing photography, art, jewelry, and the list goes on.

    Admission: Free
    Lake Street at Michigan Avenue; Friday, June 8: 11 a.m.–6 p.m.; Saturday, June 9: 10 a.m.–6 p.m.; Sunday, June 10: 10 a.m.–6 p.m.

  2. Andersonville Midsommarfest

    This festival has been around for more than 50 years! It features live music, dancing, kid’s entertainment, and, of course, delicious food. Restaurants providing food include: Andies Restaurant, Calo Restaurant, Doughy Delights, Hamburger Mary’s, and many more.

    Admission: $10 donation supporting innovative programming, events, and services in the community
    Clark Street between Foster Avenue and Catalpa Avenue; Friday, June 10: 5 p.m.–10 p.m.; Saturday, June 11: 11 a.m.–10 p.m.; Sunday, June 12: 11 a.m.–10 p.m.

  3. Chicago Blues Festival

    This festival, right off the Jackson stop, features a variety of classic tunes and is a chance to get in touch with Chicago culture. This year’s lineup includes Peaches Stanton, Eddie Shaw, Toronzo Cannon, and many more. The festival closes with a tribute to Otis Rush.

    Admission: Free
    Grant Park; Friday, June 10: 11 a.m.–9:30 p.m.; Saturday, June 11: 11 a.m.–9:30 p.m.; Sunday, June 12: 11 a.m.–9:30 p.m.

  4. Ribfest

    Ribfest has more than 15 vendors solely dedicated to cooking the best ribs. The “ribcrawl” allows you to try a variety of different ribs to select a winner! Food Network’s Anthony Anderson listed it as one of the 10 best fests in USA Today.

    Admission: $5 suggested donation to North Center philanthropy and community programs
    Lincoln Avenue, Irving Park Road, and Damen Avenue; Friday, June 10: 5–10 p.m.; Saturday, June 11: 12–10 p.m.; Sunday, June 12: 12–10 p.m.

  5. Chicago Food Truck Fest

    Food trucks are beloved in Chicago. This event features more than 40 food trucks. Food ranges from Chicago-style pizza to Cajun food. Finish the festival off with some sweet treats that include donuts, cupcakes, and gelato. There also is a variety of outdoor games to participate in.

    Admission: Free
    2400 South Dearborn Street; Saturday, June 25: 11 a.m.–7 p.m.; Sunday, June 26: 11 a.m.–7 p.m.

  6. Roscoe Village Burger Fest

    Love red meat? This festival appeals to burger lovers all across the city! The Burger Fest features live music on two stages throughout the day.

    Admission: $10 donation fee that benefits Roscoe Village Chamber of Commerce
    Clybourn Avenue between Diversey Parkway and Wellington Avenue; Saturday, July 9: 11 a.m.–10 p.m.; Sunday, July 10: 11 a.m.–10 p.m.

  7. Wicker Park Fest

    Right off the CTA Blue Line, Wicker Park Fest is an annual music festival with cutting-edge musical acts, celebrated local restaurants, and unbeatable culture.

    Admission: $10 donation that benefits the community
    North Avenue and Damen Avenue; Saturday, July 24: 12 p.m.–10 p.m.; Sunday, July 25: 12 p.m.–10 p.m

  8. Celebrate Clark Street Festival

    This festival is a cultural explosion and features an eclectic lineup of world music. The food also highlights the diversity of the Rogers Park community with food from Senegal, Greece, and many regions of Latin America.

    Admission: $5 per person
    Clark Street between Morse Avenue and Estes Avenue; Saturday, July 16: 1 p.m. – 11 p.m.; Sunday, July 17: 1 p.m. -10 p.m. 

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Become more involved on campus and in the city—and even snag a full-time job

Fairs Roundup

Tanner Walters | Student Reporter

New year, new you. As the semester kicks off, check out these opportunities to become more involved on campus and in the city with student organizations and internships, and even snag a full-time job.


Quinlan School of Business Career Fair
February 10: Finance & Accounting
February 11: Other Business Majors
3-6 p.m.
Wintrust Hall and 10th Floor, Schreiber Center
Suit up to connect with employers and Quinlan alumni for internship and full-time opportunities.

Study Abroad Fair
Thursday, February 11
11 a.m.-3 p.m.
Damen Student Center, Multipurpose Room
Future world travelers, chat with program representatives and discover study abroad opportunities from 70 countries around the world.

University Career Fair
Wednesday, February 17
1:30-5 p.m.
Damen Student Center, Multipurpose Room
Students of all majors should check out the largest full-time and internship fair at Loyola! Get connected with employers all over the city to land your dream gig.

Education Consortium Career Fair
Thursday, March 3
2-5 p.m.
UIC Campus, Student Center East, Illinois Room
750 S. Halsted Street, Chicago, IL 60642
Future educators, learn more about your career opportunities.

Careers in Healthcare Fair
Monday, March 14
1-4:30 p.m.
Damen Student Center, Multipurpose Room
Connect with representatives from hospitals, health care organizations, and graduate and professional schools. Check out a full list of registered employers here.

School of Social Work Networking & Career Fair
Tuesday, March 29
2-5 p.m.
Philip H, Corboy Law Center, Kasbeer Hall
All SSW students (both BSW and MSW) are invited to attend.

Visit the Career Development Center website for more information. 

Learn about 8 unique classes to take this summer

8 unique classes to take this summer

By Tanner Walters | Student Reporter

Summer is almost here! Whether you’re going home or sticking around Chicago, you’ve got plenty of options for classes to take over the summer. If you’re looking to ease your course load for the fall semester, below are some of Loyola’s unique courses offered this summer.

ANTH 399: Field Archeology
Want to be the next Indiana Jones or just get out of the city? This class at the Loyola Retreat and Ecology Campus (LUREC) is the perfect fit. Learn field techniques for archival and excavation. Heads up: you’ll need the permission of the faculty to enroll in the class.

MUSC 103: Guitar for Beginners
Always wanted to learn to play guitar, but never got around to it? Here’s your chance. Learn basic guitar and music reading skills, and satisfy your Artistic Core requirement.

BIOL 282: Genetics
Brush up on your Punnett squares at home—this class is being offered online for the first time this summer during Session B.

SOCL 123: Mass Media and Popular Culture
If you’re spending your summer watching Netflix, you might as well talk about it in class. This class will analyze the relationships between people and the media. It satisfies the Tier 2 Societal Core and the Writing Intensive Requirement, but be sure you’ve taken your Tier 1 before registering.

THEO 282: Introduction to Hinduism
Learn about one of the world’s oldest and most influential religions in this online course. If you’re home for the summer, it’s the perfect chance to keep up with your studies.

PHYS 111, 111L, 112, and 112L
Knock out the sequential college physics series at the stunning Cuneo Mansion in Vernon Hills. Core classes are offered during both sessions.

FNAR 102: Modern Art
This Session A class promises many trips to the Art Institute on beautiful summer days.  

BIOL 111: General Biology Laboratory
What better place to complete your lab course than LUREC? Live on the beautiful Woodstock campus and conduct lab work in the field for a few weeks. 

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March 22, 2016

Dear Students,

Earlier this semester, I wrote to update you about various safety initiatives being worked on for our campus community. We continue to make progress on these programs, including this week’s launch of 8-RIDE Mobile. See below for more detail, along with other safety and transportation updates.

8-RIDE Mobile is now available
We are pleased to announce the launch of 8-RIDE Mobile. Using this new portal from your web-enabled devices gives you easy access to register and schedule your own 8-RIDE reservations, check on estimated arrival times, and track vehicle locations. A small group of users has been piloting the technology for the last few weeks, and their experience has been very positive. The new reservations portal can be accessed by clicking here. For additional information and detailed instructions, click here.

Please know that the 8-RIDE reservations line (773.508.7433) is still available and can now also be used to answer questions about the registration process and collect feedback.

I’d like to thank the Campus Transportation team and members of the Student Government of Loyola Chicago for working to offer this streamlined approach to accessing transportation around campus.

Easter Break transportation schedule
In light of the upcoming Easter holiday, the following schedule changes will take effect this week:

  • Thursday, March 24: shuttle service ends at 7 p.m.
  • Friday, March 25–Sunday, March 27: no shuttle service
  • Monday, March 28: shuttle service resumes at 2 p.m.

During this time, 8-RIDE service will run with normal operating hours and a reduced number of vans. Full service will resume on Monday, March 28. For those who are outside the 8-RIDE boundaries, please consider using a cab or rideshare service when possible, and especially late at night.

Safe and Sound: Living Off-Campus Safely
On Thursday, March 31, Off-Campus Student Life and members of the Chicago Police Department will host a safety workshop at 11:30 a.m. on the Lake Shore Campus. You are invited to attend and learn about alley safety, burglary prevention, situational awareness, as well as other topics. The workshop is open to all Loyola students, and details can be found here.

I hope many of you will be able to attend. In the meantime, I hope you have a restful holiday weekend with friends and family.


Jane Neufeld
Vice President for Student Development

Finalized Demonstration and Fixed Exhibit Policy

March 17, 2016

Dear Students, Faculty, and Staff,

In February, Interim President Pelissero issued a community message sharing the proposed Student Free Expression: Demonstration and Fixed Exhibit Policy. In his note, he welcomed input from all members of the University. Over the past three weeks, we received a handful of e-mails from students, faculty, and staff reacting to the proposed policy. As the recipient of that feedback, I want to thank those who reached out to me. The input I received confirmed that we have landed on a fair policy, one that provides a venue for students who wish to express their views in a timely manner.

The information gathering and input process was thorough and we hope you found it inclusive. We think it is a great example of our community's ability to come together to listen to various perspectives and debate ideas. In the end, that dialogue has allowed us to establish a new policy that will work well for the community, while promoting safety and respectful action.

We have finalized the policy, which goes into effect immediately, and the Community Standards have been updated to reflect this important change. With this update, the previously imposed moratorium has concluded. On behalf of the interim president, I want to thank everyone who played a role in this process

Loyola, like all institutions, is a continuous work-in-progress and we must continue to dialogue with one another to advance our collective goals.

Thank you again for your efforts.


Jane Neufeld
Vice President for Student Development

Spring break in Chicago

Spring Break in Chicago

By Ana Plefka | Student reporter

It may not be beach weather outside, but Chicago has a lot to offer those who will be taking a staycation in the Windy City for spring break. Check out this list of ways you can have a rewarding and relaxing spring break close to home.

Van Gogh’s Bedrooms
Now through Tuesday, May 10, 10:30 a.m.–5:30 p.m.
Art Institute
Don’t miss your chance to see some of Van Gogh’s most renowned work at this special exhibition.   
Tickets start at $19 for students

Maggie Daley Skating Ribbon
Now through the end of March, 12–8 p.m.
Maggie Daley Park
The days left to do your favorite winter activities are numbered! Grab some friends and ice skate around Maggie Daley Park before the ice melts.
Skate rental is $12l

Pop Art Design
Now through Sunday, March 27, 10 a.m.–8 p.m.
Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA)
Take a stroll through the history of the pop art movement at the MCA near Water Tower Campus.
Tickets start at $7 for students; Free for Illinois residents on Tuesdays 

Now through Saturday, April 2, 3 p.m. and 8 p.m.
Jackalope Theatre, Edgewater
See the world premiere of this dark comedy about a reporter who attempts to hide from a potentially fraudulent story in her small hometown. And it’s close to campus!  
Tickets are $15-$20

Polar Plunge
Sunday, March 6, 10 a.m.
North Avenue Beach, Lincoln Park
Here’s your chance to feel the sand between your toes over break! The water may be chilly, but proceeds from donations benefit Special Olympics Chicago. Jump in or just watch while wrapped in your parka.
No registration fee, but all participants are required to raise a minimum of $175 

Neighborhoods of the World
Sunday, March 6, 12–4 p.m.
Navy Pier, Crystal Gardens
Celebrate the culture of Italy in Chicago and immerse yourself in a full day of Italian cuisine, crafts, and performances. 

Reel Science Film Series: Back to the Future
Thursday, March 10, 5:30 p.m.
Adler Planetarium
Have you ever wondered how Doc Brown’s DeLorean travels through time? Come uncover the science behind the sci-fi classic.
Tickets are $22

St. Patrick’s Day Parade and River Dyeing
Saturday, March 12, 9 a.m. (River dyeing), 12 p.m. (Parade)
Downtown, Columbus Drive
Join in one of Chicago’s most popular St. Patrick’s Day traditions and watch as the river turns green and the Irish dancers skip by.

Leprechaun Leap
Saturday, March 12, 9:30 a.m.
Lincoln Park
Celebrate the luck of the Irish with a breezy run or walk through Lincoln Park. Wear as much green as your closet will allow!
Registration starts at $21

Have a splendid and safe spring break, Ramblers! 

Five Tips to Win Over Employers at the Career Fair

Five Tips to Win Over Employers at the Career Fair

Tanner Walters | Student Reporter

Whether you are looking for an internship or a full-time position, the Career Fair on Wednesday, February 17, is the time-tested way to meet recruiters and potential employers. But for students who shudder at the word “networking,” it can be intimidating. Kathryn Jackson, director of Loyola’s Career Development Center, has some tips for students to make the most out of the fair.

“The Spring Career Fair is a great opportunity for students because it is an effective and very efficient way to speak to multiple recruiters in one place, at one time,” Jackson says. “The added bonus is that the recruiters that are attending a fair at Loyola are attending it because they specifically want to recruit Loyola Chicago students.”

Below are 5 tips that will give you the upper hand when you attend. 

  1. Do your homework. Research which companies are attending and what positions they hope to fill. Prepare some questions. Loyola makes this simpler with the free LUC Career Fair Plus app, which includes information on who will attend the fair and even where each booth is located.
  2. Dress the part. “Wear a suit, or a nice pair of pants with a sweater or dress shirt,” Jackson says. Don’t fret if you don’t own a suit, but dress professionally.
  3. Stock up on resumes. A sure-fire way to get your resume in someone’s hands? Put it there yourself. Bring around 10 well-edited resumes to hand to recruiters. Bonus points for carrying them in a snazzy folder.
  4. Practice, practice, practice. “Practice how you introduce yourself,” Jackson says. You’ll be the one approaching each booth, so it helps to have a game plan of what you might say. Let each recruiter know who you are, what you’ve done, and why you’d be an asset. Wear a name tag that includes your year and major. Warm up those handshaking muscles, too.
  5. Relax. Remember: recruiters need employees, and you need an employer. You might not walk away with a job, but you will have made connections that could help you later down the road.

For more information on career fairs and a full schedule, head here. For more tips, check out this presentation.

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Five Tips to Win Over Employers at the Career Fair

Five Tips to Win Over Employers at the Career Fair

Tanner Walters | Student Reporter

Whether you are looking for an internship or a full-time position, the Career Fair on Wednesday, February 17, is the time-tested way to meet recruiters and potential employers. But for students who shudder at the word “networking,” it can be intimidating. Kathryn Jackson, director of Loyola’s Career Development Center, has some tips for students to make the most out of the fair.

“The Spring Career Fair is a great opportunity for students because it is an effective and very efficient way to speak to multiple recruiters in one place, at one time,” Jackson says. “The added bonus is that the recruiters that are attending a fair at Loyola are attending it because they specifically want to recruit Loyola Chicago students.”

Below are 5 tips that will give you the upper hand when you attend. 

  1. Do your homework. Research which companies are attending and what positions they hope to fill. Prepare some questions. Loyola makes this simpler with the free LUC Career Fair Plus app, which includes information on who will attend the fair and even where each booth is located.
  2. Dress the part. “Wear a suit, or a nice pair of pants with a sweater or dress shirt,” Jackson says. Don’t fret if you don’t own a suit, but dress professionally.
  3. Stock up on resumes. A sure-fire way to get your resume in someone’s hands? Put it there yourself. Bring around 10 well-edited resumes to hand to recruiters. Bonus points for carrying them in a snazzy folder.
  4. Practice, practice, practice. “Practice how you introduce yourself,” Jackson says. You’ll be the one approaching each booth, so it helps to have a game plan of what you might say. Let each recruiter know who you are, what you’ve done, and why you’d be an asset. Wear a name tag that includes your year and major. Warm up those handshaking muscles, too.
  5. Relax. Remember: recruiters need employees, and you need an employer. You might not walk away with a job, but you will have made connections that could help you later down the road.

For more information on career fairs and a full schedule, head here. For more tips, check out this presentation.

The Wellness Center has been informed that a student who resides on the Lake Shore Campus has been diagnosed with a probable case of mumps.

February 3, 2016

Loyola Community,

The Wellness Center has been informed that a student who resides on the Lake Shore Campus has been diagnosed with a probable case of mumps. Please know that this is only a single case of mumps and is not cause for alarm. However, as a precaution, students, faculty, and staff who may have come in contact with the student during the contagious period are being notified directly of the case by the Chicago Department of Public Health. At this time, the student has left campus and returned home.

What is Mumps?
Mumps is a contagious disease caused by a virus. Persons with mumps usually start out with non-specific symptoms such as headaches, body aches, a low-grade fever, decreased appetite, and fatigue. Usually within 48 hours of these symptoms, parotitis, swelling of the parotid gland(s), develops. This tends to cause pain in front of, and below, the ears. The swelling can occur on one side, or both sides, and often causes pain when moving the jaw, especially when chewing food. Some people with mumps infection have very little, or no, gland swelling. Symptoms tend to decrease after one week and usually resolve after 10 days.

Mumps is spread by coughing and sneezing or direct contact with the saliva of an infected person. Symptoms of mumps usually develop 16 to 18 days after infection, but may develop from 12 to 25 days after infection. A person with mumps is considered contagious for five days after the start of the gland swelling and should avoid contact with others and stay home from school/work during this time.

Have Symptoms?
If mumps infection is suspected, laboratory testing for mumps should be performed by a healthcare provider. Please contact your health care provider (faculty and staff) or the Wellness Center (students) if you develop any swelling of the glands around the ears or neck.

The Wellness Center will continue to work with the Chicago Department of Public Health to ensure that all recommendations are followed. Again, should you experience swelling of the glands around the ears or neck, or are being tested for mumps by your own physician, please contact the Wellness Center immediately.

If you have further questions about mumps, please contact the Wellness Center at 773.508.8883 or the Chicago Department of Public Health at 312.746.5911.

Thank you for your attention to this matter,

Diane Asaro, MSN, RN
Director, Wellness Center

Follow Up on Friday Night's Crime Alert

January 23, 2016

Loyola Community,

Thank you for your attention to last night’s crime alert and for everyone who has followed up regarding the well being of the student who was injured in the incident near 6701 N. Clark. The student continues to recover from the injuries she sustained.

Since last night’s alert was issued, the Chicago Police Department has released additional information on the case. They believe the student was an unintended target and that shots were fired from a passing vehicle. Witnesses report seeing a gray-colored Nissan Altima flee the scene of the shooting. No information on offender descriptions has been provided at this time.

Campus Safety will continue working closely with the Chicago Police Department on the investigation. If you know of any leads, please call Chicago police via 9-1-1 or Campus Safety at 773.508.6039.

Campus Transportation Update
We are working with MV Transportation to increase 8-RIDE this weekend. Additional vans are being put into service this evening, and we will closely monitor call volume and add additional support, as needed, to respond to requests for service.

Student Development Availability
Wellness Center, Campus Ministry, and other Student Development personnel are available to anyone who would like to talk about this incident or other concerns. Please do not hesitate to reach out to a staff or faculty member if you are in need of services of any kind.

Please keep this student, and her family, in your thoughts and prayers.


Jane Neufeld
Vice President for Student Development

An Update on Safety and Transportation

January 25, 2016

Loyola Community,

I want to provide an update on the tragic situation that involved one of our students Friday evening near 6701 N. Clark. Leaders from several University departments gathered this morning to discuss the situation and to continue focusing on the safety and well-being of our Loyola community.

Many of the questions we have received, both via e-mail and through social media, have focused on the prognosis of the injured student and general safety at, and around, our campus. It is with great relief to report that the student continues to recover from her injuries, and we remain in contact with her family to address any needs they have. Below are some other updates:

Campus Safety
At present, the Chicago Police Department (CPD) continues to develop and follow leads on the case. To reiterate what we do know from CPD: They believe our student was an unintended target and that shots were fired from a passing vehicle. Witnesses reported seeing a gray-colored Nissan Altima flee the scene of the shooting. No information on offender descriptions has been provided at this time.

Campus Safety continues to maintain a strong partnership with CPD and both departments will continue to work closely together. Our officers patrol within our extended boundaries (the incident happened outside of these boundaries), in both marked and unmarked vehicles, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The department is in regular contact with the 24th District, which includes our Lake Shore Campus. Campus Safety also has access to, and continues to monitor, CPD’s zone frequencies (radio). The department is ready to assist CPD at a moment’s notice, as they did on Friday evening when the shooting occurred outside our boundaries. As CPD continues to investigate the case, our officers are ready to assist, as requested.

Campus Transportation
On Saturday, we contacted MV Transportation, the University’s shuttle and 8-RIDE service provider, regarding our interest in increasing the number of vans available for the 8-RIDE service over the weekend, anticipating an increase demand for service. The result was additional vans being put into service on both nights. On Monday morning, we reviewed the number of calls from Saturday and Sunday and saw that requests for the service were no more than usual. Moving forward, we will continue to monitor the number of calls that come in for the service and will staff 8-RIDE accordingly.

I also want to highlight a few other next steps that will occur this semester:

  • Safety Forum—As we have in the past, we are planning to organize a forum in the near future that brings together Thomas Murray, our chief of police and director of Campus Safety, a representative from CPD’s 24th district office, a representative from 49th Ward Alderman Joe Moore’s office, and members of the Student Development staff to address any questions you might have about safety, off-campus living, transportation options, and more. We will communicate a date and time to you once everything is set.
  • Shuttle and 8-RIDE App—Members of the Campus Transportation team and the transportation committee of the Student Government of Loyola Chicago have been working with MV Transportation on the development of a new app that will allow the Loyola community to better engage with, and track, the shuttle and 8-RIDE services. 8-RIDE users will be able to request a ride, view the location of vehicles in service, and monitor the time it will take for the ride to arrive, all without having to contact and speak with a service dispatcher. We’re excited to offer this streamlined approach to accessing transportation around campus, and we expect the app to be available in early March.

Please know that the safety of all in our community is a priority, and we are working with many people, inside and external to Loyola, on the issues of crime and safety. As always, members of the Student Development staff are available to talk with any student who has questions about Friday’s incident or has other concerns. Do not hesitate to reach out to us if you are in need of anything. I also encourage you to engage with the neighborhood community around us. We continue to participate in CAPS (Chicago Alternative Policing Strategy) meetings, and they are a great way for neighborhood residents to monitor activity in the neighborhood. A schedule of CAPS meetings can be found on the websites of 49th Ward Alderman Joe Moore and 48th Ward Alderman Harry Osterman.


Jane Neufeld
Vice President for Student Development

Update on Saturday Event Near Lake Shore Campus

February 2, 2016

Loyola Community,

I want to follow up on my earlier e-mail to provide some additional information, as we have received a handful of inquiries seeking more specifics. Please know that my intent earlier was to prepare you for, and call attention to, a controversial event happening Saturday evening near the Lake Shore Campus, while also being careful not to trigger anyone who may be a survivor of sexual assault.

For those who are seeking more information on the gathering, which is being hosted by a group named Return of Kings, a "men's rights" group, please see this DNAinfo article. I do want to caution anyone who reads the article, as it contains offensive and disturbing language.

I hope that this update helps and provides the additional information that some of you were seeking.


Jane Neufeld
Vice President for Student Development

February 2, 2016

Loyola Community,

Many of you may be aware that a non-Loyola-affiliated organization has announced plans to gather near the intersection of Broadway/Devon/Sheridan on Saturday evening, February 6, around 8 p.m. Campus Safety is aware of the gathering, and they have been working with the Chicago Police Department (CPD) to determine how to best respond. The organization is controversial and has caused concern, however, at this time there is no direct or specific threat towards the University community.

I want to thank the concerned members of our community for reaching out to Campus Safety, and other offices, to report the scheduled event. Your safety and well-being continues to be a top priority for this University, and it is extremely helpful when community members go the extra mile and look out for each other. As always, please remain aware of your surroundings, and please report suspicious activity immediately. You can report any issues to Campus Safety at 773.508.6039 or the Chicago Police Department via 9-1-1.

We are disheartened that a gathering like this is scheduled to take place so close to our campus. We strive to create a safe and welcoming environment for all, and we encourage anyone who has been triggered by this gathering to utilize the many resources that are available on campus, including the Wellness Center, Campus Ministry, Dean of Students office, and more. Anyone who is in need of immediate support should contact the Loyola Sexual Assault Advocacy Line at 773.494.3810.


Jane Neufeld
Vice President for Student Development


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It’s summertime for the Ramblers

It’s summer time for the Ramblers!

The summer is finally here. If you didn’t get Lollapalooza tickets in time, or you’re looking to explore Chicago neighborhoods, here are some free summer festivals and activities that will keep you ramblin’ around the city!

Wicker Park Fest
Saturday, July 25 from 12 p.m. – 10 p.m.
Sunday, July 26 from 12 p.m. – 10 p.m.
Free*, Wicker Park 

Nothing is sicker than the Wicker Park Fest! The blue line is home to this fun festival.

Taste of Latin America
Saturday, August 1 from 12–10 p.m.
Sunday, August 2 from 12 –10 p.m.
Free, Logan Square

Get a taste of the rich Latin culture, foodies and non-foodies are both welcome!

Saturday, August 1 from 12–10 p.m.
Sunday, August 2 from 11a.m.–9 p.m.
Free*, Edgewater

No need to wander far from home. The EdgeFest is perfect for a weekend stroll.

Chicago Hot Dog Fest
Friday, August 7 from 11 a.m.—9 p.m.
Saturday, August 8 from 11 a.m.—9 p.m.
Sunday, August 9 from 11 a.m.—8 p.m.
Free*, Lincoln Park

Get your hot dogs here! Of course not any dog, a Chicago-style one (leave your ketchup at home).

Retro on Roscoe
Friday, August 7 from 5—10 p.m.
Saturday, August 8 from 12—10 p.m.
Sunday, August 9 from 12—10 p.m.
Free*, Roscoe Village

Experience a blast from the past at the 20th annual festival.

Uptown Saturday Nights
Saturday, August 8 from 7–9 p.m.
Free, Uptown

Saturday night and we in... Uptown.

Wrigleyville Summerfest
Saturday, August 8 from 12—10 p.m.
Sunday, August 9 from 12—9 p.m.
Free*, Wrigleyville

Oh Yeah, come on down! 

Glenwood Avenue Arts Fest
Saturday, August 15 from 11 a.m.—9 p.m.
Sunday, August 16 from 11 a.m.—9 p.m.
Free, Rogers Park

Enjoy the creations of artists from all disciplines in the neighborhood. 

Clark after Dark
Thursday, August 20 from 4—10 p.m.
Free*, River North

Support Illinois troops at summers last "hoo-ah."

Taste of Greektown
Saturday, August 22 from 12—11 p.m.
Sunday, August 23 from 12—11 p.m.
Free, West Loop

Get yourself to the Greektown culinary fest. 

Albany Park World Fest
Saturday, August 22 from 12—10 p.m.
Sunday, August 23 from 12—9 p.m.

Albany Park can show you the world at their eclectic festival. 

Check out the self-proclaimed, all-inclusive summer festival calendar at thrillist.com for more events and activities throughout the summer.

*Suggested donation ranging from $5-10

Welcome to campus, Ramblers!

Family Weekend is almost here

Ignatian Heritage Month is here

Meet the SGLC President and Vice President, Michael Fasullo and Mariana Chavez


Students from the class of 2016 might remember senior Mike Fasullo as, in his own words, “the kid hanging out in the elevator passing out flyers in Mertz.” It paid off—after serving in the Student Government of Loyola Chicago (SGLC) for the past three years, the former vice president has stepped into the role of president. Fasullo and Vice President Mariana Chavez sat down with RamblerBuzz to discuss their plans for the upcoming year.

What are the top priorities of the SGLC for the upcoming year?

Mariana Chavez: We have three main platform goals. The first one is student empowerment. The University makes a lot of decisions, and students feel that they aren’t always necessarily heard. That’s an issue that we saw when we decided to run.

The second is the community benefits agreement. The reason why we brought that issue to the table is because, as the University continues to grow and expand, it continues to impact our community. We want to make sure that the University can continue to expand and, at the same time, keep the community happy.

Michael Fasullo: The biggest question that comes along with that is: “Why do students care?” We’ve moved past the student government that deals with just how the food is in the dining hall. We still care about those things. We still have students working on committees that care about that, but we recognize that we go to a university where we are in classroom being taught a certain mission, and we want to put that in action.

MC: The third campaign is my favorite, a campaign called Students for Worker Justice. That one started last year in student government, through our justice committee. We started to organize breakfasts in the mailroom every Friday last semester, and we started to begin to formulate relationships with these individuals that kind of run the University.

What past successes inspire you for the year ahead?

MF: I’m really proud of the Magis Scholarship. We took a national issue, immigration reform, applied it to a local setting in terms of access to our University, and voted.

MC: A lot of people reached out to us, and different universities were asking for models to see how we did it. We weren’t just making an impact here, we were making an impact nationally.

How are you influenced by the Jesuit mission?

There’s always a yearning to learn more. There’s never a satisfaction with where you are. Like naming a scholarship the Magis Scholarship and applying that word to our actions is a testament to the value in which we see. I find us pushing for more constantly because we love this University so much.

MC: “Working to expand knowledge in the service of humanity;” this line of the mission really appeals to me because in all the things that we do, whether it is attending Loyola to receive an education or learning about the huge socioeconomic disparities of the world, we are called to be agents of change.

And last but not least —favorite campus study spot?

MF: I’ve gotten into the rhythm of going to the IC. The Cudahy Stacks is where I go with friends, but I never get work done there.

MC: Most of the time I am hiding in the stacks of Cudahy because that's the best place I can concentrate and get work done. 

SGLC meetings are open to all students and occur weekly on Tuesdays at 4 p.m. For locations, click here

It's On Us, Ramblers

Listen here! Five Chicago music venues that every student should visit

Top Five Concert Venues

By Kristen Torres | Student reporter

Chicago may be known for its calorie-packed pizzas and bitter-cold winters, but it’s the music that vibrates throughout the city that makes it a remarkable place. Boasting hundreds of venues—from popular mainstays to lesser-known holes in the wall—Chicago is a true musical mecca. Here are five places every student should visit at least once to see a live show.

Red Line Tap

7006 N. Glenwood Ave.; 773.274.5463

Going strong since the ’70s, the Red Line Tap is a Rogers Park landmark. A block from the Morse Red Line station, the venue is known for its alternative live music acts on stage every day of the week. Booking bands ranging from punk and funk to bluegrass and jazz, the Red Line Tap has hosted nationwide acts such as Afroman and Layzie Bone. The décor is rebellious, the lights are dim, and the people that frequent the venue are overwhelmingly local. 


3730 N. Clark St.; 773.549.4140

Everything about the Metro can be described in one word: huge. The venue boasts grand staircases up to the main floor and second-floor viewing platforms—all under the cover of vaulted ceilings. Placed in the midst of trendy Wrigleyville and near the Addison Red Line stop, the venue frequently books both mainstream and alternative music acts ranging from rap and hip-hop to acoustic R&B. Past performers include Circa Survive, Big K.R.I.T., Mac Demarco, and Wild Belle.

Schubas Tavern

3159 N. Southport Ave.; 773.525.2508

A short walk from the Belmont Red Line station, Schubas Tavern is housed in an old Schlitz brewery. It’s small and cozy, with a full bar taking up the front room that leads to an intimate stage tucked into the venue’s depths. Focused more on local, up-and-coming artists, the venue books primarily acoustic, alternative artists such as The Stone Foxes and Little May. 

Lincoln Hall

2424 N. Lincoln Ave.; 773.525.2501

Operated under the same administration as Schubas, Lincoln Hall is starkly different than its Southport sibling. Just around the corner from the Fullerton Red Line stop, Lincoln Hall is an all-performance area. Audiences get to stand nose-level with the stage and experience live music from the most extreme, up-close perspective. Its large size lets the venue book national acts such as The Dodos and Troye Sivan.

Aragon Ballroom

1106 W. Lawrence Ave.; 773.561.9500

The Aragon Ballroom’s sign can be seen from the train, and the venue is less than a minute walk from the Lawrence Red Line stop. Aragon steps more into the EDM genre than any other venue in Edgewater, booking bands and DJs like ODESZA and AWOLNATION. The venue can almost always guarantee concert-goers a noisy, vibrant experience with crowds filling up every inch of the dance floor.


It's On Us, Ramblers

Fall in love with Loyola this Halloween

Halloween 2015

Fall has arrived! Whether you’re a fan of pumpkin-spice-anything or not, there are plenty of events on campus to catch as the air cools and leaves drop.

Pumpkin Carving Templates
Carve your own Loyola-themed pumpkin at home. Download and print our templates, and before you ask: yes, we have a Sister Jean design.

Labre Gives: A Season of Thanksgiving
Now through Monday, November 2
Terry Student Center

Celebrate the Thanksgiving season with Labre Homeless Ministries by grabbing a request tag from the Terry lobby.

Campfire and S’mores with Ramble Outdoors
Friday nights
8-10 p.m., West Quad

There’s no better way to enjoy fall than with s’mores by the fire. Roast a few marshmallows each Friday on the West Quad.

Trick-or-Treat on Campus
Sunday, October 25
1-4 p.m., Dumbach Hall

Live vicariously through the Rogers Park neighborhood trick-or-treaters and help make Halloween a blast. Visit LUCentral to sign up to help.

The New 400 Scare Fest
October 25-31
9:30 p.m., New 400 Theatre, 6756 N. Sheridan Road

Catch free showings of classic horror films, just a block away from the Lake Shore Campus. Take a look at the full schedule.

Debate Society’s Harry Potter Debate Tournament
Thursday, October 29
7-10 p.m., Damen Student Center, The Den

Kapwa’s Halo-Halloween
Friday, October 30 6-9 p.m., Coffey Hall, McCormick Lounge

Anime Club’s Halloween Party (members only)
Saturday, October 31 7-10:30 p.m., Coffey Hall, McCormick Lounge

Masquerade Costume Skate
Saturday, October 31
8 p.m.-midnight, Damen Student Center, 2nd Floor

Celebrate Halloween on campus at the Masquerade Ball. There will be face painting, photo booths, and free food.

Tour of the Crypts
October 30-31 and November 2
8 p.m., Madonna della Strada

Take a tour of the Madonna crypts, led by a Jesuit priest. Check out the Loyola's Phoenix's preview. This is not for the faint-hearted.

We hope you will make smart and safe decisions no matter how you choose to celebrate Halloween

Dear Students,

Fall is here, and Halloween is quickly approaching. We know many of you will celebrate the holiday weekend with the Chicago community, and we hope you will make smart and safe decisions no matter how you choose to celebrate.

Don’t forget there are plenty of events on campus throughout the week, including a Masquerade Costume Skate, tours of the Madonna della Strada crypts, Campfire and S’mores with Ramble Outdoors, and more. Additionally, all residence halls are planning special activities; check with your resident assistants for details.

Here are a few tips to help our entire community celebrate in a safe environment:
  • Travel with a group of friends, stay alert, and remember not all people in costumes are friendly—be aware of who is around you.
  • Use 8-RIDE by calling 773.508.RIDE (7433).
  • Remember the Student Promise—care for yourself, care for others, and care for the community.
  • Avoid high-risk behaviors involving alcohol. If you choose to drink, be responsible and check outthese tips. If you are under 21, understand the consequences of fake IDs and under-age drinking.
  • Respect peers’ decisions not to drink.
  • Look out for each other and remember Loyola’s Good Samaritan Policy.
  • Be respectful of our neighbors and our neighborhood.
Happy Halloween,
Jane Neufeld
Vice President, Student Development
Sunset on Sheridan. #RamblerSummer

And the Provost Fellows danced

And the Provost Fellows danced

And the Provost Fellows danced

By Kelsey Cheng | Student reporter

Ten days, ten students, and one performance intertwining both Chicago and Vietnamese city of Ho Chi Minh City.

Every year a group of Loyola students head to Vietnam to put on a cross-cultural event with the International Choir and Orchestra of Ho Chi Minh City.

The students—Phoebe Coakley, Kelleigh Harman McIntosh, Jordan Kunkel, Meghan McVann, Abigail Newlon, Mary O’Rourke, Laura Prieto, Sarah Prinz, Christina Schultz, and Kelsee Simons—were each awarded the Provost Fellowship through the Center for Experiential Learning.

The fellowship allowed them to to participate in a Faculty Led Summer Program in Vietnam through the Office of International Programming.

“The opportunity to travel to a completely new place with the intent to perform was completely eye opening and enriching,” said Mary O’Rourke. “Prior to performing, we were immersed in Southeast Asian culture, which really had an impact on our performance. It led us to approach it with a new found sensitivity to cultural implications.”

Prior to departure, the students worked closely with faculty members to create two original dance works. Once in Vietnam, the students experienced Vietnamese culture while learning from local contemporary choreographers. In the final days, the students demonstrated their choreography in two beautiful performances alongside the International Choir and Orchestra of Ho Chi Minh City. The performance can be viewed here.

For a behind-the-scenes look at the trip, check out this Rambler’s documentary of the experience.

The Center for Urban Research and Learning has fellowships available for students. Check them out!

This Rambler spends his summer working festivals, writing grad school apps, and washing laundry

This Rambler spends his summer working festivals, writing grad school apps, and washing laund

"Moisture is the essence of wetness, and wetness is the essence of beauty.” —Derek Zoolander

When Keagan isn’t binge watching Sons of Anarchy, you can find him all over Chicago working at festivals, writing graduate school samples, or training for track and field. Pictured above is Keagan working in Norville’s laundry room, pondering the deeper things in life:

Name: Keagan Potts

Year/Major: Senior, Philosophy and English

What are you up to this summer?
This summer I’m working on my writing sample for graduate school, working at the Norville athletic center’s laundry room, and on the weekends I’m working as a logistic manager for festivals organized by Star Events.  When not working, I am either working out or engrossed by my newest TV addiction.  With the enabling vice of Netflix I find myself blazing through seasons of Sons of Anarchy full throttle.

What are you most excited about?
I’m excited to have time to pursue all of the inspiration I receive from my jobs and hobbies. I am allowed more time to fully appreciate the writing process, musically and academically.

Is there something sparked your interest in this research?
My research is all about human rationality, particularly in cases where we don’t have time to deliberate or judge. My many interests show me the importance of bodily knowledge, self-knowledge and goal fulfillment. I hope that as a result of this issue I will be able to take what I learn about the building of perception and sense of self and apply it to issues of social injustice.

How will your summer adventures add to your Loyola experience?
I am lucky enough to have jobs that allow me firsthand encounters with the leading professionals in fields I love. I get to explore my academic interest in philosophy at a new level that I’ve never engaged with before. I am most excited about building momentum in each of my areas of interest (academia, athletics, and music) to carry me through my senior year and the end of my Loyola experience.  

Completely off topic, but totally important: What is your Chipotle order?
Burrito bowl with chicken, fajitas, no beans, brown rice and all the salsa they’ll give me.

#Loyola2019, ready for Welcome Week? Put on your game face at casino night or run to @Target late night. @LoyolaSAGA
Hey, #Loyola2019! Meet fellow #Ramblers through a Start the Fire Experience with @LUCCampusRec this summer.

Rising senior is working with the Ignatian Spirituality Project and training for the marathon this summer

Summer Feature - Annie Burns

Annie Burns is running around Chicago engaging with all it has to offer— Literally. In addition to training for the Chicago marathon, Annie uses her LUREC experiences to offer those experiencing homelessness a chance to take a retreat of their own.  

Name: Annie Burns

Year/Major: Senior, Business Management and Theology

What are you up to this summer?
I am working a few jobs around town and training for the Chicago Marathon

Tell us your favorite workout jams!
Sometimes I run to The Weepies, but mostly I like working out with Sister Hazel, The Bravery and Def Leppard.

What are you most excited about?
I’m really looking forward to working with Ignatian Spirituality Project down in Pilsen. They offer retreats in the Ignatian Tradition to individuals experiencing homelessness. I can’t wait to get to know them and witness all of the good they are up to!

How will your summer adventures add to your Loyola experience?
This summer, I think, will provide a lot of professional and vocational growth that I am really excited about. On the fun side, though, I’m hoping to engage in all that Chicago has to offer, including the museums!

What three emojis best describe your summer so far?
Well, I don’t have a smart phone, so I’m not emoji fluent. I’m feeling a little windswept already, though, as May has been a wonderfully hectic month. So, if there’s an emoji for that. Otherwise, I’m all grins.

Finally (for a little fun), tell us what your go-to Chipotle order is.
Veggie Bowl (because free guacamole!) with fajita, black beans, white rice, mild salsa, lettuce, and salad dressing.

3 books to fill your beach bag this summer

3 books to fill your beach bag this summer

3 books to fill your beach bag this summer

By Ana Plefka  |  Student reporter

During summer break, it’s easy to spend your downtime hanging out with friends and binging on Netflix. Next time you reach for your laptop, however, pick up one of these reads instead for some entertaining and refreshing story telling.

In The Unlikely Event by Judy Blume
It’s been more than 15 years since Judy Blume published a book for adults, but she has not missed a beat when it comes to writing an emotional narrative. This partly autobiographical novel tells the story of three plane crashes that happened in 1950s Elizabeth, New Jersey, and their effect on adolescent main character, Miri. A heartwarming but real story of community and family, this book is perfect for when you need to escape the heat and stay safely inside your air-conditioned home.

On the Road by Jack Kerouac
Going on a cross-country road trip? Need to survive 8 hours in a car with nothing but gas station snacks and your family? There is no better way to read the classic journey of On the Road than while traveling, whether an hour from home or across the Atlantic. Kerouac’s alter-ego, Sal Paradise, narrates a unique quest to find the meaning of life, which is riddled with travel, jazz, poetry, and what it means to be a part of the “beat” generation. Don’t forget to pack this one in your suitcase on your next adventure.

Acts of Faith: The Story of an American Muslim, the Struggle for the Soul of a Generation by Eboo Patel
Not only is this the required summer read for incoming students, but it is also an amazing tale. Detailing Eboo Patel’s childhood and college years growing up as a Muslim in suburban Chicago, this autobiographical account highlights some of Loyola’s most central values such as service and acceptance. Bring this one to the beach if you are looking to have some relaxing and reflective down-time along the lake. 

Make three delicious treats with ingredients from the Farmers Market

Make three delicious treats with ingredients from the Farmers Market

Make three delicious treats with ingredients from the Farmers Market

By Kelsey Cheng  | Student reporter

If you’re walking by the Loyola ‘L’ stop on Mondays between 3 and 7 p.m., swing by Loyola’s very own Farmers Market. With the market so close to campus, it’s an easy way to get your grocery shopping done. But the true challenge lies is picking the perfect combination of fruits, vegetables, and other goods.

So—what to buy?

Here are three quick recipes that can be made in a dorm room or teeny kitchen with a handful of ingredients from the Farmers Market:

Sweet peanut butter toast
Grab a loaf of bread from Pleasant House Bakery’s stand and head to Benton Harbor Fruit and Bee Folks for some honey. If you see any fruit that strikes your fancy, be sure to add that to your bag.  You’ll also need peanut butter (or your favorite nut butter) for this recipe. Once you have all of the ingredients, toast your bread, slather on the peanut butter, add some sliced fruit, and drizzle it all with honey.


  • fresh bread
  • peanut butter
  • fruit
  • honey

Gluten-free pesto flatbread
D-ology is new to the Farmers Market this year, bringing an array of gluten-free foods, notably pizza crust. Grab the pre-made dough, spread some of Presto Pesto!’s sauce and olive oil on it, add cheese from Stamper Cheese on top, and finish it off with basil and cilantro. Then pop it in the oven until the dough is golden brown.


  • pizza dough
  • pesto
  • olive oil
  • cheese
  • basil
  • cilantro

Fajita night
Make a night of it and have a few friends over for delicious fajitas. Grab some peppers, onions, and cilantro—and if you’re a carnivore, pick up some pre-seasoned fajita meat from Farmer Nick. Armstrong Farm, Loyola’s Urban Ag Program, and Patyk’s Farm all offer a variety of vegetables. Also, be sure to have tortillas ready for the final product.  If you want an extra-delicious treat, Tamale Express sells Mexican corn that is worth the trip to the Farmers Market alone.


  • peppers
  • onions
  • cilantro
  • fajita meat
  • tortillas

Visit the Loyola Farmers Market website for a complete list of vendors. 

Felice's president dishes on his Loyola experience

Summer Feature - Ryan Kelley

Although pizza isn’t his major, it might as well be for senior Ryan Kelley, who devotes his time to improving Felice’s.

Name: Ryan Kelley

Major: Is pizza a major? (Management and Information Systems)

Year: Fifth-year senior

What are you up to this summer? 
Working with the finest team of people in all of the land to turn Felice’s into Loyola’s favorite dining establishment.

What are you most excited about? 
Some great new changes in store for Felice’s (stay tuned). Also the greatness that is Chicago…minus the polar vortex.

How are your summer adventures adding to your Loyola experience? 
There is, of course, the incredible value that working for Loyola Limited adds to any Loyola education. Aside from that, being in Rogers Park and Chicago, taking the opportunity to really get out and see the city, spend time with people, catch up on rest and some leisurely intellectual enlightenment—all help to complement the parts of the Loyola experience that are spent in classrooms and the IC.

What has been the most rewarding aspect of working in the food industry? 
Being able to walk out into the dining room and interact with customers. To see that one’s time and effort has, even in the smallest way, brightened someone’s day is the greatest reward; working in the foodservice industry allows me to experience that every day. 

What is your Felice’s order? 
A slice of pepperoni. I keep it simple.

Volunteering in Ghana: One student implements a clean water treatment

Summer Feature - Elizabeth Black

International studies and communication studies double major took learning outside the classroom this summer as she worked in West Africa. Elizabeth Black recently returned from her experience in Ghana where she worked alongside a local community of women, empowering them to open and operate their own clean water businesses.

Name: Elizabeth Black

Year/Major: Junior, International studies and communication

What are you up to this summer?
During the month of June, I traveled to Ghana with Saha Global, a nonprofit, to implement a water treatment center in a rural village. I am also working and reading a lot!

What are you most excited about?
The future and what it holds for the world, society, the people I care about, and I guess myself, too!

How will your summer adventures add to your Loyola experience?
My summer adventures have given me different, valuable perspective on things. I hope I am able to bring a portion of that insight to Loyola. Hopefully, I use it to further educate and enlighten myself and those around me as we move forward to "set the world on fire!"

What is your desired profession or impact you hope to make on the world?
As cliché as it sounds, I want to help people. I would love to work in international development, but at the same time, I have lots of interests and am open to doing many things. I am so passionate about finding sustainable, socially responsible ways to implement valuable development projects in communities all over the world, while empowering people to solve their needs long-term. For now, I'll see where the future takes me, but as long as I'm making people's lives better in some way, then I'll be happy.

As always, for a little fun, what is your Chipotle order?
Burrito bowl all the way (with everything in it)!

5 neighborhoods to explore beyond Rogers Park

Neighborhoods to explore

5 neighborhoods to explore beyond Rogers Park

By Elise Haas  |  Student reporter

Rogers Park has plenty to offer—and couldn’t be any more convenient. But there’s a whole other world waiting for you to explore beyond Loyola’s bubble. Here are five cool neighborhoods—each rich in culture, food, and color—that every Rambler should check out this summer.

By combining its Swedish roots and small-village charm with some of the city’s hippest stores and restaurants, Andersonville is the perfect place for a weekend afternoon ramble. It’s considered one of Chicago’s brightest neighborhoods and is populated with independently owned shops and incredible brunch places. It’s also the city’s unofficial Little Sweden and dotted with Swedish businesses and restaurants.

What to do: Have brunch, afternoon coffee or tea; shop at the Andersonville Galleria (5247 N. Clark St.); check out the Andersonville Farmers Market on Wednesdays from 3–8 p.m. (on Berwyn between Clark and Ashland); visit the Swedish American Museum (5211 N. Clark St.).

Where to eat: Swedish Bakery (5348 N. Clark St.); Big Jones (5347 N. Clark St.); Hopleaf (5148 N. Clark St.); and Acre (5308 N. Clark St.) 

How to get there: Take the Red Line to Berwyn.

Pilsen is a proud Mexican neighborhood loaded with tasty taquerias. Bordered by 16th Street, Western Avenue, and the Chicago River, the artistic epicenter is best known for its vibrant murals and Bohemian architecture. The colorful spirit of the community permeates every part of the diverse neighborhood as well.

What to do: Walk around and observe the vibrant street art in every direction (be sure to stroll 18thStreet and 16th Street along the train tracks); visit the National Museum of Mexican Art (1852 W. 19th St.); check out Harrison Park (1824 S. Wood St.); snack on authentic Mexican street food.

Where to eat: Carnitas Uruapan (1725 W. 18th St.); Nuevo Leon (1515 W. 18th St.); PI-zen (1519 W. 18th St.); and Efebina’s Café (1640 S. Blue Island Ave.)

How to get there: Take the Pink Line to 18th Street or Damen.

With nearly 50 restaurants, this South Side neighborhood is a great way to sample some authentic Chinese food. But it’s much more than just an eater’s paradise. You can pick up a souvenir at the Chinatown Bazaar, explore authentic Asian markets, and even take center stage a Chinese karaoke joint. Plus, the neighborhood is packed with unique architecture and home to a beautiful riverfront park.

What to do: Fill up on Chinese food; take a tour with the Chicago Chinese Cultural Institute (2121B S. China Pl.); relax or kayak at Ping Tom Park (300 W. 19th St.); check out the view from the Chinatown Bridge.

Where to eat: MingHin Cuisine (2168 S. Archer Ave.); Chi Café (2160 S. Archer Ave.); Joy Yee (2139 S. China Pl.); and Kung Fu Tea (2126 S. Archer Ave.)

(Note: Some places are cash only.)

How to get there: Take the Red Line to Cermak-Chinatown or take a water taxi from the Mag Mile for a more scenic route along the river.

Logan Square
Local is the perfect word to describe Logan Square’s atmosphere—from locally organized farmers markets to local craft brews. Here, you’ll discover a great selection of scruffy dives, artsy bars, great restaurants, and artisanal goods. The area also is known for its bike-friendly avenues and parks.

What to do there: Rent a bike and cruise the neighborhood; enjoy a picnic or “take out” in the park; sample local brews at Revolution Brewing (2323 N. Milwaukee Ave.); watch a $5 matinee at the intimate Logan Theatre (2646 N. Milwaukee Ave.)

Where to eat: Scofflaw (3201 W. Armitage Ave.); Fat Rice (2957 W. Diversey Ave.); Yusho (2853 N. Kedzie Ave.); Owen & Engine (2700 N. Western Ave.); Lula (2537 N. Kedzie Blvd.); and New Wave Coffee (3103 W. Logan Blvd.)

How to get there: Take the Blue Line to Western-O’Hare, California-O’Hare, or Logan Square.

University Village & Little Italy
UIC definitely holds sway around here. The area bustles with backpack-toting students, giving it a nice college feel, and the strip along Halsted has been recently revamped. The neighborhood also rubs shoulders with Chicago’s Little Italy, meaning pizza and pasta reign supreme.

What to do: Visit the National Italian American Sports Hall of Fame (1431 W. Taylor St.), the Jane Addams Hull-House Museum (800 S. Halsted St.), or the Shrine of our Lady of Pompeii (1224 W. Lexington St.); shop and enjoy free live music every Wednesday from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at the University Village Maxwell Street shopping center.

Where to eat: RoSal’s Italian Kitchen (1154 W. Taylor St.); Al’s Italian Beef (1079 W. Taylor St.); Jim’s Original (1250 S. Union Ave.); and Chilango Mexican Street Food (1437 W. Taylor St.)

How to get there: Take the ­Blue Line to Racine.












Recent graduate ready to relax after presenting award-winning research in California

Summer Feature - Michelle Lozano

Recent graduate Michelle Lozano wraps up her time at Loyola with quite the experience. Michelle traveled to California soon after graduation to present her award-winning research on the eating habits of adolescent girls. She’s ready to kick back, relax, and enjoy the summer before starting graduate school!

Year/Major: 2015 graduate with a BA in psychology!

What are you up to this summer?
Taking some much needed me-time before the grind that is graduate school at Northwestern. A lot of biking, summer festivals, hot yoga, excessive eating, and hopefully a little bit of traveling.  I'll also be working at a summer camp called Camp Play-A-Lot in Rogers Park as a senior counselor. 

What are you most excited about?
My birthday, of course (July 25, mark your calendars folks). But no really, I was most excited about presenting my research at Stanford this past May at the International Undergraduate Psychology Conference. It was truly an honor to be accepted to present at such a prestigious university, and to be able to meet other students from all over the world with similar interests and studies. It was a humbling experience, and I am very fortunate to have attended.

Do you have any good luck charms or things that helped you prepare before you presented at the conference?
My family, friends, and boyfriend are an all-star support system, so I usually text them before something big happens. This time around, I texted them "I'm about to present!" I usually get their encouraging responses immediately, which boost me up and make me feel like their right there with me every step of the way. My successes are theirs too.

How will your summer adventures add to your Loyola experience?
Presenting at Stanford served as an amazing end to my research as a Johnson Scholar. I think everyone should do research, no matter what they want to go into post-grad. It is truly a unique and rewarding experience. My time at Loyola would not have been the same without the three years in the Activity Matters Lab in the Department of Psychology. 

Finally (for a little fun), tell us what your go-to Chipotle order is.
Burrito bowl - chicken, white rice, black beans, pico de gallo, extra queso, and some lettuce. 

Veteran Orientation leaders return to welcome new students

Summer Feature - Kate and Jeremiah

Students Kate McFeeley and Jeremiah Martin love Loyola so much, they spend their summers on campus. The two are on the Office of First-Year Experience’s Orientation team for a second summer in a row, planning and making sure campus is ready for new Ramblers. They also have a deep affinity for Chipotle (but don’t we all?).

Name: Kate McFeeley and Jeremiah Martin

Year/Major: Senior, Special Education and Senior, History with minors in sociology and psychology

What are you up to this summer?
We are both working in the Office of First-Year Experience with the new student Orientation program.

Kate: Specifically, I am a program assistant for staff development and training. I am extremely excited to welcome students to this wonderful community!

Jeremiah: I am the orientation program assistant for logistics and advising, so I get to work with a lot of current and incoming students.

What are you most excited about? 
Kate: Besides working with an incredible Orientation team, I am looking forward to spending another summer in one of my favorite cities.

Jeremiah: I really enjoy interacting with different people, so I'm very excited to see all of the new students around campus during orientations. Other than that, I’m just enjoying the summer in Chicago.

How will your summer adventures add to your Loyola experience?
Kate: Before being an orientation leader, Loyola was just my school. It was the place where I took classes and attended free events on campus, but now I know that it is my home. I am hoping that my new position in the program will continue to provide ways to engage with the wonderful community that has challenged me to approach my college career in a completely new way!

Jeremiah: I have had a wonderful time here at Loyola so far. I've been involved with a lot of different things and met really awesome people. I get the opportunity to work in a more professional setting in the field of higher education, a field that I am interested in going into, so I feel this gives me hands-on experience and tangible skills for my future.

Describe your Loyola experience in 10 words or less.
Kate: A personal journey of leading an extraordinary life.

Jeremiah: An adventure of incredible opportunities with fantastic individuals.

And finally (and completely off topic)...What is your Chipotle order?
Kate: Easy. A burrito bowl with white rice, chicken, mild salsa, corn salsa, cheese, lettuce, and sour cream. Sometimes I spice it up and order tacos.

Jeremiah: First of all, I love Chipotle. Burrito bowl to go, brown rice, 1/2 scoop black beans, lots of veggies, chicken, medium and hot salsa (got to love the spicy life), lots of cheese, and lettuce.


Rising senior spends the summer as a fashion blogger

Summer Feature - Ron Amiscaray

Rising senior Ron Amiscarary didn't have to leave Chicago to find the perfect summer gig as a blogger. When he’s not writing about the latest fashion trends for CollegeFashionista, you can find him exploring the city.

Year/Major: Senior, Creative Writing

What are you up to this summer?

Along with working for Campus Safety as a front desk receptionist, I'm scouting campus for stylish and fashion-forward students for my blogging internship with CollegeFashionista (follow me on Instagram and Twitter @sowrongitsDanny for weekly updates!). I'm definitely going to enjoy Chicago and catch up on some good reads like Dante Alighieri's The Divine Comedy, Lena Dunham's Not That Kind of Girl, and Haruki Murakami's Chronicle Bird.

What are you most excited about?
I am excited about the events going on in downtown Chicago, like the movies and music festivals in Millennium Park. Even though our Ventra cards aren’t unlimited, I'll heading downtown to find some fun and fashion!

What’s your favorite new summer trend?
Designer Jonathan Anderson stated a while back that fashion is “experiencing a moment of nostalgia.” I've noticed this myself and quite like it. We're seeing a lot of throwback clothing with a contemporary twist. It's hard to pick a favorite, but it's between puritan hats (hats with the wide brim) and retro sunglasses (cat eye, white frame, and flat top/square glasses).

How will your summer adventures add to your Loyola experience?
Being on Loyola's campus this summer allows me the time to explore the surrounding neighborhood. So, a lot of adventures I've been taking are random walks up and down streets I usually don't have time to explore during the school year. Ashland Ave., Morse Ave., and Pratt Blvd. have some great architecture. Seeing many of the different scenes around Rogers Park adds so much more to my Loyola experience.

And finally (and completely off topic)...What is your Chipotle order?
I must say I love this question! I usually get a sofritas burrito bowl with the tortilla on the bottom, no beans, fajita vegetables, mild salsa, sour cream, corn, lettuce, and of course guacamole! Can't go without a good dollop of guacamole.

One Rambler balances a long-distance publishing internship while studying abroad

Summer Feature - Megan Prokott

Though rising junior Megan Prokott hasn't even wrapped up her study abroad adventures in London, she has already begun her summer publishing internship in the US. At Blueberry Lane Books, Megan reads books before they hit the shelves and creates discussion questions published with the text.

Megan is pictured above at King's Cross St. Pancras train station (look familiar Harry Potter fans?) with her Kindle, which can always be found by her side, and one of her favorite books, B.J. Novak's One More Thing.

Year/Major: Junior, English and Criminal Justice

What are you up to this summer?

Moving home from London to Chicago, working for LUC, and interning for Blueberry Lanes Books.

What are you most excited about?

Treating Chicago as a continuation of studying abroad and exploring my favorite city with new eyes.

How will your summer adventures add to your Loyola experience?

Getting to know my Chicago community during the academic off-season will enhance my experience with my Loyola community during the school year!

What did you miss the most about Chicago while you were in London?

I missed the always-entertaining Red Line riders, my favorite reading spot in front of Madonna della Strada facing Lake Michigan, deep dish Giordano's pizza, and the Trump Tower.

What is your Chipotle order?

I hate Chipotle; Flaco's Tacos pork verde tacos all day.

Volunteering abroad makes impact on nursing student

Summer Feature - Salina Ramos

Student Salina Ramos recently traveled to Lourdes, France, to experience the spiritual healing of the baths, which attract more than 6 million patients every year. She and 12 nursing students spent 10 days traveling and studying alongside 13,000 other volunteers. Now that Salina’s back stateside, here’s what she has to say about her experience.

Year/Major: Senior, Nursing

What are you up to this summer?

I had amazing opportunity to serve in Lourdes, France, volunteering in the baths. I assisted patients in getting into tubs filled with water from the spring. I prayed with them, I comforted them, but most importantly, I supported them during their experience in Lourdes.

What are you most excited about?

I am most excited to return to Lourdes next year. The city taught me that nursing has no boundaries. It is still possible to provide the best care for someone no matter the setting, the language, or the type of care. I am excited to use what I have learned at my nursing internship at Swedish Covenant Hospital in Chicago later this summer.

How will your summer adventures add to your Loyola experience?

Providing nursing care in another country has really taught me that what I learn as a nursing major is able to go much further than I thought. My education at Loyola is more than the facts and figures learned in classes; it is also about the spiritual and emotional care I can provide someone.

Did you hear any cool stories while in Lourdes?

While we were there, a military pilgrimage was ending. More than 20 nations had their militaries come as a sign of peace and allow some of their wounded warriors to experience Lourdes. Travelers comes to Lourdes with their own stories and expectations, and it is amazing to be a part of that journey.

And finally (and completely off topic)...What is your Chipotle order?

Carnitas burrito bowl with brown rice, pinto beans, peppers and onions, lettuce, sour cream, cheese and guacamole! Answering this just reminds me that there are no Chipotles in France!

Discover the history and symbolism of @MadonnaChapel's windows.
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Take the pledge, just in time for Sexual Assault Awareness Month - It's on Us!

Learn more about the McNair Scholars Program

It's a beautiful day in the park by Water Tower Campus! #RamblerSummer

Ballet in Bolivia: One student teaches dance to children in need

Ballet in Bolivia: One student teaches dance to children in need

While many Ramblers give back through international medical brigades and mission work, one Loyola senior found a way to use her unique artistic talents for others last summer—through dance. 

Elizabeth Modde, a biology and dance double major, combined her interests in health and motion through Loyola’s Social Justice Fellowship. Designed to support research that does justice, the fellowship enabled her to travel to Bolivia, where she taught dance to children through Niños Con Valor, a program that houses neglected children who have varying health abilities.

During her stay in Bolivia, Modde taught boys and girls of all ages. During her boys’ ballet class of boys ages four to nine years-old, she ended class with a creative movement game, where the boys could generate their own choreography and share it with the rest of the class. Beyond observing improvement in recognition and recall, the class gave the kids a chance to understand choices and creativity within structures and pushed them to engage with and respect each other as a community. Modde’s younger class of girls ages six to ten enjoyed dancing in the nearby park and selecting costumes for their final performance.

Not only did Modde observe the children changing and learning form dance, but her research became a vehicle for self-discovery as well. Living in community with Maryknoll missioners and exchanging interests and perspectives with those at Niños heightened her passion for social justice.

“Living in Bolivia gave me the opportunity to reflect on ways in which I can love others better and engage more intentionally in my community,” said Modde. “I discovered justice as a way of life and I want to continue that in Chicago.”

Integrating some of what she learned this summer, Modde is spending the fall teaching jazz in Roger’s Park through Caring Connections for Seniors, and working with the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago to design a dance class for their pediatric floor.

“I hope these opportunities working with and learning from others will provide me with a holistic perspective of health that can complement my education and prepare me for a career as a health professional.”

For more information about the organization Elizabeth worked with, check out www.ninosconvalor.org.

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#Loyola students do public transit like champs.

Have a Safe St. Patrick's Day

Dear Students,

While we know our students remain focused on academics, we also know that some of you will celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with your peers. It is our hope that you will make smart and informed decisions about how you choose to spend the weekend.

Here are tips to help keep you safe this weekend and always:

  • Don’t go out by yourself—travel with a group of friends.
  • Be aware of your surroundings.
  • Remember, ours is a community of care—speak up and step in if a Rambler is in need. 
  • Remember the Student Promise—care for yourself, care for others, and care for the community.
  • Look out for each other and respect those who make the choice not to drink.
  • Remember Loyola’s Good Samaritan Policy.
  • Be respectful of our neighbors and neighborhood.
  • Avoid high-risk behaviors involving alcohol. If you choose to drink, be responsible and check out these tips. If you are under 21, know the laws about fake IDs and under-age drinking.
  • Use 8-RIDE by calling 773-508-RIDE (7433).
  • Attend events on campus this weekend, including Colossus 2015, St. Baldrick’s Day, Athletic competitions, and more! Click here for details.

We trust in your ability to make good, healthy decisions. These tips are designed to help our entire community celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in a safe environment.


Jane Neufeld
Vice President for Student Development

Annual Notice of the University Policy on Alcohol and Other Drugs

Loyola Community,

As an academic community rooted in the Jesuit tradition, Loyola University Chicago is committed to maintaining an ethical and just environment where learning is the central focus. Accordingly, the University expects all members of our community (students, faculty, and staff) to make responsible and legal decisions concerning the use of alcohol and other drugs. Since ours is a community of care and concern for one another, all students, staff, and faculty are encouraged to learn about the social, physiological, and psychological consequences of alcohol and other drug use and abuse. Just as we all depend on one another to maintain an environment supportive of learning, we also share in the responsibility to limit the dangerous effects of these substances in our community.

Each academic year, we distribute the following policy on alcohol and other drugs in order to comply with federal, state, and city laws, and to promote the health and well-being of our community. All students, faculty, and staff are expected to comply with this policy. The policy includes references to other University policies concerning alcohol and other drugs and summarizes certain legal penalties under federal and state law for the illegal possession or distribution of drugs and alcohol. The following information is critical and should be read carefully by all members of the University community.

To view the Alcohol and Other Drugs Policy, click here.

If you have any questions, please contact the Office of the Vice President for Student Development at 773.508.3890 or Human Resources at 312.915.6175.


Jane Neufeld
Vice President for Student Development

Winifred Williams, PhD
Vice President for Human Resources and Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer

Because you know we're all about that faith, bout that faith, wolf and kettle

Make plans to travel to St. Louis over Spring Break for Arch Madness 2015!

IMPORTANT - File your FAFSA by Saturday to be eligible for MAP Grant

Dear Students,

The Illinois Student Assistance Commission (ISAC) has suspended Monetary Award Program (MAP) Grant eligibility for students who file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) AFTER FEBRUARY 21, 2015. Students who file after this date will no longer be considered for these state-funded grants.

You may have already filed the FAFSA, and if so, your application will be considered and you will receive more detailed financial aid information from Loyola in the weeks to come. However, if you have not already done so, we encourage you to file your FAFSA as soon as possible to ensure maximum financial aid consideration.

To learn more about the MAP Grant program and the suspension deadline, visit http://www.isac.org/isac-gift-assistance-programs/map/suspense/index.html.

Complete your FAFSA online at https://fafsa.ed.gov/.


Nancy Merz
Director, Financial Aid Office

Come to Jesuit Jam for free food, t-shirts, and basketball

Check here for the latest weather-related updates

The University will be open on Monday, February 2. All classes will be held as scheduled.

The intercampus shuttle and 8-RIDE service will operate as close as possible to the regular schedule. Delays can be expected throughout the day. It is strongly encouraged that students, faculty, and staff utilize the CTA Red Line during this time and track the shuttles at LUCBUS.com. If you have any questions, please contact Campus Transportation at 773.508.7036 or campustransportation@luc.edu.

Continue to check back here for additional winter weather updates or visit Twitter.com/LoyolaChicago

Spring semester safety and transportation updates

Spring Semester Safety and Transportation Updates

Dear Students,

Welcome to spring semester 2015. We hope you had a restful holiday season and are ready for the next semester. Over the break, we reviewed 8-RIDE’s extended hours and discussed ways to make our campus a safer place. 

New Extended Hours 8-RIDE Schedule and Pick-Up Location
This semester, the 8-RIDE program’s extended hours will continue to run from 2:30 a.m. to 4 a.m., seven days a week while school is in session. The extended hours program now also features a fixed schedule, with pick-ups occurring approximately every 30 minutes at Cuneo Hall, from 2:30 a.m. to 4 a.m. Additional vans will also be available throughout the evening to limit wait times.

Please note that beginning this semester, all calls from the Klarchek Information Commons will now pick-up at the southeast lobby of Cuneo Hall on Campus Road. Regular 8-RIDE service will continue to start at 6:30 p.m., seven days a week while school is in session. Learn more about the changes at LUC.edu/campustransportation.

Campus Safety Forum
We invite you to attend a Campus Safety Forum on Thursday, January 29, at 7 p.m. in The Den at the Damen Student Center. The forum is designed to bring together Loyola students, faculty, and staff to discuss safety efforts and is being conducted by the Chicago Police Department (24th District) and Loyola's Department of Campus Safety. Representatives will be present to share safety tips and listen to your concerns. 

Investigation Update and Other Safety Reminders
Regarding the tragic death of student Mutahir Rauf, the Chicago Police Department continues to work the case and is asking for anyone with information to come forward by contacting 9-1-1 or Campus Safety at 773.508.6039.

The Chicago Police Department has assigned additional officers to the area surrounding campus, including an additional beat officer, two bicycle patrol officers, and increased patrols at the Loyola, Thorndale, and Granville CTA ‘L’ stops. The Chicago Police Department and Campus Safety will continue to deploy resources strategically based on observed criminal activity patterns.

Please be assured that we continue to remain vigilant and committed to crime prevention on campus and in our surrounding neighborhood. The safety of our students, faculty, and staff remains a top priority. Please feel free to share these safety updates with your parents, and as you prepare for the new semester, take a moment to review the safety tips available via the Campus Safety site.


Jane Neufeld
Vice President for Student Development

Information Technology Services has successfully upgraded the OnePrint software

Dear Students,

Information Technology Services has successfully upgraded the OnePrint software, which allows students to print from personal computers to authorized printers throughout campus. This upgrade was done to improve security and speed. 

Students who use this service will need to re-install OnePrint on their personal devices. The new software and related instructions are available at LUC.edu/its/uniprint/oneprint.

Questions can be directed to the ITS help desk at 773.508.4ITS (4487) or helpdesk@luc.edu.


Information Technology Services

Cheer on the Ramblers against #15 Wichita State Sunday, January 11. Free food and swag at the student pregame event starting at 2:30 p.m. in the Damen Student Center.

Dear Students,

As many of you know, our men’s basketball team is off to a great start this season and there is a real buzz surrounding their success. After beating Bradley in our Missouri Valley Conference opener, we have #15 Wichita State coming into Gentile Arena this Sunday, January 11 at 4 p.m. and the game is being televised on ESPNU. We need all of you to come out and show your support to let everyone know that this is our house.

Prior to the game, the Division of Student Development and Arch Madness Committee are hosting a pregame event starting at 2:30 p.m. in the Damen Student Center. The first 500 students will receive a free t-shirt and free food. You just need your Loyola ID for admission. Let’s fill the student section and show off our Rambler Pride to everyone watching on television. 

We have eight home games left before we head down to St. Louis for Arch Madness (March 5-8). Affordable packages for students make it a great way to spend part of your spring break. Purchase your package at LUC.edu/archmadness/students. Last year’s excitement down there was just the beginning, so make sure to be a part of one of Loyola’s best new traditions!  

Our coaches and student-athletes work tirelessly to give you a team that you can be proud of and we need your support every step of the way. As Coach Moser always says, you are a part of our team!

Onward LU!


Steve Watson
Director of Athletics

Shuttle schedule and U-Pass usage during Winter Break

Dear Students,

As winter break approaches, we wanted to make you aware of important information about your U-Pass usage, the intercampus shuttle schedule, 8-RIDE, and other transportation options.

Intercampus Shuttle and 8-RIDE
There will be no intercampus shuttle or 8-RIDE service Wednesday, December 17 through Sunday, January 11. Both services will resume normal operating hours on Monday, January 12.

LL Express
Get to the airport this winter break by taking the LL Express! LL Express is a comfortable motor coach bus that travels from Lake Shore Campus to O'Hare and Midway for only $20 per ride. Also, don't forget to like LL Express on Facebook!

Students who are currently eligible for the CTA/Ventra U-Pass, the unlimited portion of your pass will deactivate at 11:59 p.m. and activate at 2:01 a.m. on the dates listed below.


Fall 2014 deactivation

Spring 2015 activation

Undergraduate and graduate students

December 16, 2014

January 12, 2015

School of Law

December 18, 2014

January 14, 2015

Quinlan School of Business graduate students

December 13, 2014

January 12, 2015

You can continue to use your U-Pass during Winter Break, but you will need to load separate funds on the pass. Visit LUC.edu/upass for additional details on how to add funds, how to replace your card if it is lost, and more. Information about U-Pass can also be found at www.transitchicago.com/upass.

If you have any questions about the shuttle or 8-RIDE, please contact Campus Transportation at 773.508.7036 or campustransportation@luc.edu. If you have questions regarding your U-Pass, email upass@luc.edu or call 877.669.8368.


Nick Memisovski
Manager of Campus Transportation

Geoffrey Foote
U-Pass Coordinator

See and hear highlights from this year’s Joyola! performance.

The Quiet Reading Room in the IC = a perfect #RamblerStudySpot.

It’s Christmastime at Loyola

It’s Christmastime at Loyola

The holiday season is finally here. If you’ve already hit up ice skating in Millennium Park and Christkindlmarket, or you’re just too cold to venture across the city, here are some festive on-campus events to get you in the holiday spirit.

Lessons and Carols
Saturday, Dec. 6 at 7:30 p.m.
$5, Madonna della Strada Chapel

Hear nine lessons told in song by Schola Cantorum, University Chorale, Women’s Chorus, and Chamber Choir—and take note at how beautiful Madonna della Strada is during the holiday season.

Saturday, Dec. 6 at 8:30 p.m.
Free, Damen Multipurpose Room

Pull on an ugly sweater, get cozy, and listen to classic Christmas pop hits like “Last Christmas” and “Santa Baby” at Loyolacappella’s annual holiday concert. 

Polar Palooza
Saturday, Dec. 6 from 12 p.m. – 10 p.m.
$5 All-Access Pass, Loyola Red Line Station Plaza

No need to trek to Millennium Park—we’ve got an ice skating rink at the Lake Shore Campus! The inaugural two-day festival will feature a synthetic ice skating rink, food and drink from local restaurants, live music, crafts, and activities.

Art and Faith of the Crèche: The Collection of James and Emilia Govan
Through January 4, 11 a.m. – 8 p.m. (Tuesdays) and 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. (Wednesdays–Sundays)
Free (for Loyola students, faculty, and staff), Loyola University Museum of Art                                                                          

Take a look at hundreds of crèches from around the world. Don’t know what a crèche is? It’s a nativity scene!

Check out the University calendar at LUC.edu/calendar for more events and activities throughout December.

Learn about one student's work with Chicago's nonprofit community.

"A Community of Blood: Jesuits, University Professors, and Worker Martyrs"

Loyola 360 helps first-year students reflect on who they want to become

School of Education students help at-risk high schoolers

Seniors, celebrate your birthday with a giftcard from Alumni Relations

Alumni Birthday

Seniors, Alumni Relations wants to celebrate your birthday! The month of your birthday, stop by Damen Student Center, Room 123, Fridays between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. for a Dunkin Donuts gift card. Limited quantities available.

Zombies have invaded Loyola! Watch as the zombie apocalypse unfolds.

Tips for a safe and happy Halloween weekend

Dear Students,

Halloween weekend is upon us, and people around the City of Chicago will put on their costumes to "trick-or-treat" their way through our communities. 

While we know our students remain focused on academics, we also know that some of you will celebrate Halloween with your peers. It is our hope that you will make smart and informed decisions about how you choose to spend the weekend.

Here are tips to help keep you safe this weekend and always:

  • Don’t go out by yourself–travel with a group of friends to help you stay alert.
  • Be aware of your surroundings.
  • Remember the Student Promise–care for yourself, care for others, and care for the community.
  • Look out for each other and respect the choice not to drink.
  • Remember Loyola’s Good Samaritan Policy.
  • Be respectful of our neighbors and our neighborhood.
  • Not all people behind a mask are friendly–be aware of who is around you.
  • Avoid high-risk behaviors involving alcohol. If you choose to drink, be responsible and check out these tips. If you are under 21, know the laws about fake IDs and under-age drinking.
  • Use 8-RIDE by calling 773-508-RIDE (7433).
  • Attend events on campus this weekend, including a Halloween-themed film series, Masquerade Dance, and more! 

We trust in your ability to make good, healthy decisions. These tips are designed to help our entire community celebrate Halloween in a safe environment.


Jane Neufeld
Vice President, Student Development


Warning: Zombies on the loose! Stay tuned for more. #LoyolaChicago

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The new West Quad is making a beautiful addition to the Lake Shore Campus.
Happy Energy Week! Check out the events sponsored by @GreenLoyola.