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Meet the leaders of Loyola's student government

By Julia Barr

Each year, new officials are elected to Loyola University Chicago's student government. Comprised of executive, legislative, and judicial branches, the Student Government of Loyola Chicago (SGLC) functions "as an organization of shared governance," according to their homepage on Loyola's website. Each branch works together to give voice to Loyola students in regards to university operations, in addition to upholding the values of a traditional Jesuit institution. Below are the leaders of the executive branch for the 2018-19 school year. 

Clockwise from left, Anusha Mannam, Adriana Lucero Caballero Mondragon, Sophie Yano

Anusha Mannam 
Class of 2019 
Major: Global and International Studies and Political Science 
Hometown: Grand Blanc, Michigan 
What do you hope to achieve as president? 
This year, as President, I hope to work towards making campus more inclusive. Whether it be focusing on initiatives that help our underrepresented students feel more supported on campus or striving to see how we can build better trust and communication between the student body and the University’s administration. Adriana and I ran on a platform with the slogan “we are here for you,” and we really want to be here for our fellow students!

Adriana Lucero Caballero Mondragon, Vice President 
Class of 2019 
Major: Global and International Studies and Political Science 
Hometown: Mexico City, Mexico 
In what way(s) do you think SGLC benefits the student body?
SGLC is basically the communication channel between the Loyola administration and the student body. Therefore, I believe that the main benefit of SGLC to the student body is its job as a resource for students to express their concerns or ideas about what happens around campus. Besides students' concerns being the inspiration for our work, SGLC also provides the student body with the opportunity to work on their own projects. In other words, SGLC does not just work to benefit the student body, SGLC benefits from the student body as well, which I believe is the most important characteristic of a student organization.

Sophie Yano, Speaker of the Senate 
Class of 2020 
Major: Political Science Major, Educational Policy Minor 
Hometown: Centennial, Colorado 
What inspired you to run for this position?
I was inspired by those around me to run for the position because they thought it was where I could best serve the senate. Last year I was a committee chair, and I can’t wait to see what new and exciting challenges this year brings.

Responses have been edited for grammar and clarification.

 

 

 

 

The Best Loyola Twitter Accounts to Follow

By Julia Barr

How well do you know Loyola? Take a look at seven of the best Loyola-related accounts to follow on Twitter, including school organizations, news sources, and of course, everyone’s favorite campus pup.

 

Santos Loyola: @Sitwithsantos

Keep up with all things Santos! Give Loyola’s therapy dog a follow to see where you can meet up with him or just for pictures of the beloved pup goofing off around campus.

 

Porter’s Jacket: @PortersJacket

While this account isn’t affiliated with Loyola men’s basketball head coach Porter Moser—or his fashion choices—it does cover all things #RamblerNation. Only four more months until the season opener.

 

The Pack: @ThePack_LUC

The Pack is Loyola’s official student section, representing all Rambler athletes. Keep your school spirit going year-round with highlight reels and team news.

 

Loyola Phoenix: @PhoenixLUC

Loyola’s student newspaper doesn’t quit. Their feed is filled with stories and breaking news whether school is in session or not. Videos, photos, and articles from Phoenix beat reporters will keep you informed no matter where you are.  

 

LUMA: @LUMAChicago

LUMA’s exhibits represent the crossroads of social justice and art. The gallery displays permanent exhibits featuring pieces from the Middle Ages, the Renaissance, and the Baroque, among several other rotating collections.

 


Loyola Archives: @LUCArchives

University Archives is filled with the best flashback photos, going back decades into the school’s history. Collecting and preserving historical Loyola documents, they also present exhibits throughout campus.

 

Loyola Chicago News: @LoyolaNewsroom

The Loyola Newsroom keeps tracks and promotes news coverage of all Loyola-related topics including sports, academics, and community from different outlets. Give them a follow for a well-rounded look into the Loyola universe.

The 12 Days of Winter Break

Winter Break post

By Sophie Mark, Junior

Congratulations, Ramblers–we’ve made it to winter break! Now that we have time to relax and get away from campus, the holiday season ushers in a wonderful time to get out and explore Chicago. So if you’re staying in Chicago for all or part of winter break, here are 12 awesome things to do.

1.Ride the CTA holiday train

Hop on the decorated train for a few stops or as you ride to other holiday activities. Find the train on the red line on December 16, and on the purple line on December 21.


2. Go caroling at Cloud Gate
Sing carols to the Bean! Join local choirs for a combined concert and sing-along on Friday nights throughout December.


3. Check out the holiday exhibits at the Museum of Science and Industry
Admire holiday decorations done on an enormous scale, and learn more about the traditions behind them at the museum’s signature Christmas Around the World and Holidays of Light exhibits. They also have live music and performances on the weekends.


4. Do some late-night holiday shopping in Andersonville
Head to Andersonville on Friday nights before Christmas for Andersonville Late Nights, which include extended store and restaurant hours, caroling, pictures with Santa, music, and a free holiday trolley that runs up and down Clark Street. You can also have your locally purchased gifts wrapped for free on December 22.

5. Ice skate downtown
Skate in front of the Bean at the McCormick Tribune Ice Rink, or visit the larger skating ribbon at Maggie Daley Park.


6. Head to Lincoln Park Zoo for the free light show
Bring your friends and enjoy more than 100 themed displays, ice sculptures, rides, and more while sharing holiday snacks and drinks at Lincoln Park Zoo Lights. The event runs through the first week of January.


7. Catch a Christmas double feature at the Music Box Theatre
The charm of this vintage movie theatre combined with audience participation makes your holiday favorites a bit more magical. At the classic Christmas Double Feature, you can meet Santa, sing carols, and then cheer for George Bailey in It’s a Wonderful Life and sing your way through White Christmas. If you prefer more contemporary holiday classics, opt for their Jolly Holidays double feature of Love Actually and Christmas Vacation. Want something more unconventional? Check out the Dark Knight before Christmas show, featuring Batman Returns and The Nightmare Before Christmas.


8. Visit the Walnut Room at Macy’s to see the Christmas tree
Check out the Great Tree and famous holiday windows at the Macy’s on State Street. Enjoy the tree for free from the upper balconies of the store, or book a spot in the Walnut Room restaurant to see the tree up-close while enjoying a delicious meal.


9. Watch a local theatre production
If you like fun, affordable, and experimental theatre, Edgewater has over a dozen local theatres and theatre companies to choose from. Check out the Edgewater Theatre District calendar for details on all the shows running during winter break.


10. Ring in the holidays or the New Year with laughter at Second City
Catch the improv comedic stylings of Second City at Holidazed & Confused Revue through December 19, or spend New Year’s Eve at their special show featuring Dream Freaks Fall from Space.


11. Celebrate New Year’s Eve at Navy Pier—for free
New Year’s Eve in Chicago might conjure up images of swanky hotel celebrations, but it doesn’t have to be expensive! Head to Navy Pier to watch the fireworks show over the lake for free. If you arrive before 8 p.m. you can also channel your inner child and stop by Winter Wonderfest to enjoy the rides and giant slides.


12. Hit up a free museum day
Once the holidays are over, it’s a great time to take advantage of free museum days. On Martin Luther King Jr. Day, you can get into the Adler Planetarium, the Art Institute of Chicago, the Chicago History Museum, the Museum of Science and Industry, and the Shedd Aquarium for free with an Illinois ID. If you don’t live in Illinois, check with the museums­–some will honor your student ID as a valid form of Illinois ID. You can also use your Loyola ID for free admission to the Art Institute at any time. If you go before January 7, you can see the Thorne Miniature Rooms decorated for the holidays!

Be sure to tag @RamblerBuzz to show off your winter break adventures!

 

Don’t forget to leave time to return your textbooks to the bookstore

Fall Book Return Extended Hours

If you rented fall textbooks from the University bookstore, this is the week to return them. Check in your rental books by Monday, December 18, 2017 and avoid the non-return fees! The main bookstore at Lake Shore is open extended hours this weekend. The bookstore will be open:

Wednesday, December 13: 8:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Thursday, December 14: 8:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Friday, December 15: 8:30 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Saturday, December 16: 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Sunday, December 17: 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Monday, December 18: 8:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

 

Staying on Campus for Thanksgiving?

Thanksgiving Staycation post

By David Motsinger, Senior

Thanksgiving is coming up this Thursday, and while many students will be heading home to feast on turkey and spend time with family, some Ramblers are sticking around on campus to experience the magical staycation that is Thanksgiving in Chicago. Check out these activities in the Windy City.

 

Celebrate with Loyola

Loyola’s Quinlan Graduate Programs, the Center for International Business, and the Quinlan Graduate International Club are hosting an International Thanksgiving Dinner on Sunday, November 19 for students and staff. Expect a Thanksgiving meal with all the fixings, a presentation with international fun facts, and a fun-filled evening for domestic and international students. Tickets are only $10 at the door.

 

Go Out for Thanksgiving (or Get Carryout and Stay In)

A myriad of Chicago restaurants will be open for Thanksgiving. If you don’t want to stray too far from campus, head to Lady Gregory’s in Andersonville for a scrumptious four-course dinner for $39. I personally went here as a first-year student at Loyola and had an amazing time! 

 

Watch the Chicago McDonald’s Thanksgiving Day Parade

Why would you watch the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade when you can experience the fun of Chicago McDonald’s Thanksgiving Parade in Lincoln Park? The parade is from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. on Thanksgiving morning. Don’t forget to wear your turkey hat!

 

Run the Turkey Trot

Race along the Lincoln Park lakefront, and join your fellow Chicagoans for the 40th annual Art Van Turkey Trot on Thanksgiving morning. Whether you run the 5k or 8k, you will definitely earn the right to gorge yourself by the end of the race.

 

Binge-Watch Netflix

Stay inside, make a blanket-burrito, and watch some of the Thanksgiving-inspired television Netflix offers. Some must-watch highlights are Friends, That 70’s Show, and How I Met Your Mother.

 

Skip Thanksgiving Altogether

If you’re not really feeling Thanksgiving this year, skip it altogether and get a head start on celebrating Christmas by heading to the famous Chicago Christkindlmarket. The market is a Chicago tradition featuring handmade international goods, hearty German food, and the elegant Chicago Christkind.

 

Be sure to tag @RamblerBuzz and show off your Thanksgiving staycation adventures!

Seven Ways to Get in the Halloween Spirit

Seven Ways to Get in the Halloween Spirit

By Sophie Mark, Junior

Halloween is only a few days away! Whether you’re already looking up pumpkin carving templates and planning your costume or don’t have any plans yet, here are seven things you can do around campus and beyond to celebrate the spookiest season.

1. Enjoy a movie marathon

Loyola’s Department of Programming (DOP) has a great lineup of Halloween films this year. Catch Hocus Pocus and Twitches on October 26, The Corpse Bride and Beetlejuice on October 27, and Halloweentown (free candy provided!) on October 31 in the Damen Cinema. For more movies during the Halloween weekend, head to Theatre 400’s Scarefest to watch classics like The Exorcist and Night of the Living Dead for only $3-$4.

2. Go on a haunted tour

Check out Loyola Libraries’ Phantom of the Library haunted house on Friday, October 27, complete with Halloween treats. Or experience a Loyola tradition by attending a spooky tour of the crypt on October 30, 31, or November 2 led by Fr. Jerry Overbeck, S.J., in Madonna della Strada Chapel.

3. Dress up for DOP’s Fall Festival

Don your most creative costume and join this Halloween extravaganza in the Damen Student Center on Saturday, October 28, for prizes, games, costume contests, a caramel apple station, and much more!

4. Hit up Chicago’s best Halloween stores

If you want to win the Fall Fest costume contest, you’ll need the perfect costume, of course. Grab some friends and spend an afternoon exploring some of Chicago’s coolest costume shops.

 5. Appreciate some adora-BOO-le costumes

Volunteer at Loyola’s Community Trick-or-Treat on Sunday, October 29, with DOP or a student organization to pass out candy to neighborhood kids. Or head to Lincoln Park with the Public Interest Law Society to volunteer at the Spooky Zoo on the October 28. If four-legged friends are your favorite, stop by the Brands Park Doggie Halloween Party to see the pups parade in their costumes on Saturday.

6. Get spooky AND fit at Halas

Join a special Halloween-themed group fitness session after your classes on October 31.

7. Send in your best throwback Halloween photo

Submit a picture of your favorite childhood costume or a pic of your pet in their Halloween best by tagging @RamblerBuzz in your Twitter or Instagram posts

A Rambler's Guide to Fall Break

A Rambler

By Sophie Mark, Junior

Fall break is almost here! If you’re staying on campus and looking for something to do besides Netflix and more Netflix, here’s a roundup of some of the best events and activities you can add to your schedule. Whether you feel like sticking close to campus, getting out and exploring the city, or doing a little of each, this list will have you doing something fun every day without spending a lot of money. 

 

DAY-BY-DAY EVENTS

Saturday, October 7

Kick off your break by enjoying arts and eats on the cheap at the West Town Art Walk and Food Truck Social on Friday and Saturday! If quirky (and free!) events are your style, check out Chicago Home Movie Day at the Chicago History Museum. Bring your own favorite home video or just enjoy others’. Or head to the women’s soccer game versus Valparaiso to show your Rambler spirit—also free with a student ID!

Sunday, October 8

Cheer on runners at the Chicago Marathon! Click here for spectator information. Afterward, travel around the world by watching 15 international short films at the ShortCut Film Festival for $25. Added bonus: it’s at the vintage Music Box Theatre, which is well worth a visit on its own.

Monday, October 9

Both the Field Museum and the Adler Planetarium have free admission for Illinois residents today. Even if you’re from out of state, you can use your student ID as proof of residence at the Field Museum or get into Adler for under $12 with a student discount at the door. And don’t forget that the Art Institute is always free with a Loyola ID!  If you’re on campus in the afternoon, stock up on fresh food at the Loyola Farmers Market. This Monday is one of the last dates before it closes for the year.

Tuesday, October 10

Explore local theaters for free by joining the Andersonville Theatre Crawl, which kicks off Andersonville Arts Week. Check out the full Arts Week schedule here for more artsy activities.

 

OTHER IDEAS

Be a tourist for a day (on a student budget)

If you’ve never taken an actual tour of Chicago, there are a surprising number of fun ways to do it that don’t cost a ton! Here are a few ideas:

Free Tours by Foot is definitely the jackpot for budget-friendly tours. Operating on a pay-what-you-like system, you pay the guide however much you feel the tour was worth at the end. Some of the tours do involve taking public transit, but with your U-Pass, you’re already covered!  

If you’re into architecture, the Chicago Architecture Foundation offers a number of walking tours in the $20-$25 range. For slightly more, you could also take Shoreline Sightseeing’s river architecture tour (Use the discount code Web2017 to get $5 off).

Do a self-guided tour of a Chicago neighborhood! Check out this article for some ideas. Or if you’d really prefer a guided one, try out a Wicker Park or Bucktown tour on Friday or Saturday, also in the $20-$25 range.

Catch a show at the theater

Yes, Hamilton and other big-ticket shows are an iconic part of the Chicago theater scene, but there are also tons of smaller and cheaper plays going on all the time. You can search by date on websites like Theatre in Chicago and Chicago-Theater.com to find local plays that fit your budget. Don’t feel like leaving campus? Loyola theatre department’s production of Doubt is running Friday­ through Sunday during fall break. Tickets are currently sold out, but if you add your name to the waitlist and arrive at the Mundelein Center early, you may be able to get in at the door.

Enjoy the outdoors

If you just want to get out of your room and get active, there are tons of ways to do that! For example, rent a bike from Loyola’s own Chainlinks and explore the city. Check out their Facebook page for route ideas. You can also walk a Chicago path or go further afield and hike at a local woods or state park. See this list for a wide range of options. Or get your fill of green space by heading to one of these great Chicago parks or a free botanical space such as the Garfield Conservatory or Chicago Botanical Gardens.

Explore from home

If you just want to curl up and relax this fall break, you can use some of that time for fun projects you might not normally have time for. Want to know where you can get student discounts, find a new favorite coffee spot, or shop for art supplies? Look through the Ramblin’ Around Guide to get to know the neighborhood. Fall break is also a great time to plan your study abroad trip, so you don’t miss deadlines because you ran out of time to research the programs you were interested in. Take some time to explore the Study Abroad website, figure out next steps, and start narrowing down your choices. Finally, if you’re new to Loyola, you might not be in the know about some of the best things to do on campus. Find out about Loyola events to check out this year by going through the Rambler Buzz Archive, Student Development website, Department of Fine and Performing Arts website, or the University Calendar.

Want to save some cash on campus? This guide is for you!

Want to save some cash on campus? This guide is for you!

By David Motsinger, Senior

Some days it’s tough living on a college budget in a big city. The best way to make it through (and possibly have the best time of your life) is to find a way to cut costs. Here are my favorite ways to get creative with my spending:

Equipment Loan Program
Before you head out and drop cash on electronic equipment for school, check with Digital Media Services! They lend everyday electronics through the Equipment Loan Program at the library. Students can check out items like phone chargers, bluetooth speakers, calculators, hard drives, laptops, and tablets. They’ll have you covered—regardless of if you just need to charge your phone before class or you’re itching to launch your film career.

Avoid Sales Taxes with Rambler Bucks

Chicago has the highest sales tax in the nation…and that can add up! You can avoid sales tax by adding Rambler Bucks to your account and using your Loyola ID to buy food at any of the specified on-campus dining facilities.

For those of you wondering if campus food is good, it is. I personally recommend Lu’s Deli & Pub and getting the Gold Coast Sandwich, but honestly, all of the sandwiches on the menu are delicious and surprisingly filling.

The money you save on sales tax could be used for one of the unlimited number of awesome things to do in Chicago, like exploring a new neighborhood, going to see a concert at Concord Music Hall, or visiting the Shedd Aquarium on Chicago’s Museum Campus!

Rambler ID Discounts
Surprise, surprise, your Rambler ID is more than just your personal reminder of what you looked like the first week of freshman year. It is also your golden ticket to massive discounts at restaurants around campus! Every Year, Ramblin’ Around publishes a guide for students interested in getting to know the neighborhood and saving some dough.

Just by being a student and having your Rambler ID, you can get 10% of your final bill at Giordano’s, a 20% discount off food at Bar 63, and a 10% discount off at Flaco’s Tacos. Is your mouth watering yet? Significant discounts for Loyola students are available at restaurants and business all around Loyola’s Lake Shore and Water Tower Campuses. Make sure to bring your Rambler ID and ask for the discount.

Have any secret tips to save money while at Loyola? We’d love to hear them! Tweet us @ramblerbuzz!

It’s summertime for the Ramblers

Rambler Summer August 2015

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!


EdgeFest
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

It’s summertime for the Ramblers

Rambler Summer June 2015

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!


Rib Fest
Friday, June 12 from 5 – 10 p.m.
Saturday, June 13 from 12 – 10 p.m.
Sunday, June 14 from 12 – 10 p.m.
Free*, North Center

You probably saw the Facebook event back in February but  hop on the Brown line and get off at Irving Park enjoying everything rib related!


Andersonville Midsommarfest
Friday, June 12 at 5 p.m.
Saturday, June 13 at 11 a.m.
Sunday, June 14 at 11 a.m.
Free*, Andersonville

Join the Andersonville neighborhood celebrating the 50th Misdsommarfest with food and five stages of live entertainment all weekend long. It’s just off the Red line Berwyn stop so no need to travel far.


Chicago Blues Festival
Friday, June 12 from 11 a.m. – 9:30 p.m.
Saturday, June 13 from 11 a.m. – 9:30 p.m.
Sunday, June 14 from 11 a.m. – 9:30 p.m.
Free, Loop

Spend the weekend at Grant Park jamming along at the largest Chicago music festival. Need a break from the heat? The Museum Campus is just a short walk away!


Uptown Saturday Nights
Saturday, June 13
Saturday, July 11
Saturday, August 8
Second Saturday of the month
Free, Uptown

Not only is Argyle Street known for authentic Asian food, it hosts an array of live music, yoga classes, and mural projects—unfortunately Bruno Mars probably won’t be making an appearance.


Edgewater Farmers Market
Saturday, June 13 from 8 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Free, Edgewater

Meet members of the Loyola community at this hyper-local event. Every Saturday through October, grab some fresh food with friends before hitting the beach for the day.


Wells Street Art Fest
Saturday, June 13 from 11 a.m. – 10 p.m.
Sunday, June 14 from 11 a.m. – 9 p.m.
Free*, Old Town

Check out some of the best local artists or listen to some local musicians while strolling the historic streets. The Wells Street Art Fest is just a few blocks away from the Sedgwick Brown line stop.


Puerto Rican Festival
Thursday, June 18 from 3 – 10 p.m.
Friday, June 12 from 3 – 10 p.m.
Saturday, June 13 from 12 p.m. – 10 p.m.
Sunday, June 14 from 12 p.m. – 10 p.m.
Free, Humboldt Park

Grab the train and a bus to gather in celebration of Puerto Rican culture with music, Caribbean cuisine, carnival rides, crafts, and more. Don’t miss out on this huge celebration!


Six Corners BBQ Fest
Friday, June 19 from 5 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Saturday, June 20 from 12 p.m. – 11 p.m.
Sunday, June 21 from 12 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Free*, Portage Park

Sit down and enjoy some ribs, wresting, art, and music with the Portage Park neighborhood! Get off the Red line at Sheridan and take the 80 Bus to Irving Park/Cicero and you’ll be at heart of the six corners ready for the fest.


Taste of Randolph
Friday, June 19 from 5 – 10 p.m.
Saturday, June 20 from 12 p.m. – 10 p.m.
Sunday, June 21 from 12 p.m. – 10 p.m.
Free*, West Loop

Explore another great Chicago neighborhood with some of the best food and music in the city. The event is produced by the same music promoters that create North Coast Music Festival, so you can count on some awesome independent music.


Gold Coast Art Festival
Saturday, June 20 from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Sunday, June 21 from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
*Free, Gold Coast

Take the El down to Grant Park seeing stunning artwork or making your own spin art while experiencing one of the best views in the city.


Green Music Fest
Saturday, June 20 from 12 p.m. – 10 p.m.
Sunday, June 21 from 12 p.m. – 10 p.m.
Free*, Wicker Park

When else will you have the chance to go to a music festival that has a bicycle powered stage? Wicker Park seeks to remind festival goers that having a great time can be eco-conscious.


Spirit of Music Garden: Summer Dance
Friday, June 26 from 6 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
Saturday, June 27 from 6 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
Sunday, June 28 from 4 p.m. – 7 p.m.
Free, Loop

Improve your dance skills this summer and then show them off with live music on the dance floor every weekend at Grant Park’s open-air dance floor.


Elston Avenue Sausage Fest
Saturday, June 27 from 12 p.m. – 10 p.m.
Sunday, June 28 from 12 p.m. – 10 p.m.
Free*, Avondale

Haven’t heard enough music this summer? Stop by the Elston Ave sausage fest to hear live music while visiting a mix of sausage vendors.


Chicago Food Truck Fest
Saturday, June 27 from 12 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Sunday, June 28 from 12 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Free*, Armour Square

Experience some of the hippest and coolest combinations of food all in one place! Located right near U.S. Cellular field, you’ll want to come hungry.


Windy City Ribfest

Friday, July 3 from 12 p.m. – 10 p.m.
Saturday, July 4 from 12 p.m. – 10 p.m.
Sunday, July 5 from 12 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Free*, Uptown

Did you miss the other rib festivals this summer? Don’t fret, this one is close by! Uptown is home to this rockin’ three day festival and some of the hippest music venues in Chicago.


Fourth of July Fireworks
Saturday, July 4 from 9:30 p.m.
Free*, Streeterville

Navy Pier showcases a festive display on America’s birthday, but they also have bi-weekly displays every Wednesday and Saturday.


Taste of Chicago
Wednesday, July 8 from 11 a.m. – 9 p.m.
Thursday, July 9 from 11 a.m. – 9 p.m.
Friday, July 10 from 11 a.m. – 9 p.m.
Saturday, July 11 from 10 a.m. – 9 p.m.
Sunday, July 12 from 10 a.m. – 9 p.m.
Free, Loop 

This is the ultimate food festival of Chicago featuring five days of all the food one can imagine!


Square Roots
Friday, July 10 from 5 – 10 p.m.
Saturday, July 11 from 12 – 11 p.m.
Sunday, July 12 from 12 – 9 p.m.
Free*, Lincoln Square 

Join the fun at a nightly dance party or open jam sessions in the cozy neighborhood of Lincoln Square. With multiple music stages one can expect quite the experience. 


West Fest
Saturday, July 11 from 12 – 10 p.m.
Sunday, July 12 from 12 – 10 p.m.
Free*, West Town 

Chicago’s up and coming neighborhood is just a train and bus away. Hop off the Red line at Chicago and ride the 66 Bus until Chicago/Wood. This is no longer a quaint block party, enjoy live art demonstrations and quite the music lineup.


Roscoe Village Burger Fest
Saturday, July 11 from 11 a.m. – 10 p.m.
Sunday, July 12 from 11 a.m. – 10 p.m.
Free*, Roscoe Village 

Some of Chicago’s best burger vendors are heating up their grills to showcase the ultimate patty. If you love a good cook out this is the festival for you!


Taste of Lakeview
Saturday, July 11 from 12 p.m. – 10 p.m.
Sunday, July 12 from 12 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Free*, Lakeview 

Come hungry to enjoy the best food Lakeview has to offer! Sample summer classics like pizza and ice cream while dancing out to live music or making a cool craft.


Taste of River North
Friday, July 17 from 5 p.m. – 10 p.m.
Saturday, July 18 from 12 p.m. – 10 p.m.
Sunday, July 19 from 11 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Free*, River North 

O’My! Walk along the Chicago River while doing everyone’s favorite summer activity: eating and listening to music.


Sheffield Music Festival & Garden Walk
Saturday, July 18 at 12 p.m.
Sunday, July 19 at 12 p.m.
Free*, Lincoln Park 

Do you think nature is pretty neat? Hop off the Red line Fullerton stop and enjoy self-guided garden tours, architectural tours, and live music!


Chinatown Summer Fair
Sunday, July 19 from 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Free*, Chinatown 

Celebrate the true Chinese culture with classic dance, martial arts, food, and a petting zoo! Visitors are invited to experience the amazing aspects of ancient and modern Chinese culture.


Taste of Lincoln Ave
Saturday, July 18 from 12 p.m. – 10 p.m.
Sunday, July 19 from 12 p.m. – 10 p.m.
Free*, Lincoln Park 

Can’t make it home this summer for your hometown carnival? Well you’re in luck! Grab the El and stop by for this annual festival accompanied by a carnival.


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 

Ever want to explore all of Wicker Park but didn’t have enough time to do so? The coolest vendors come out for this celebration. Top it all off with a concert at night and you’ve experienced the best of the fest.


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

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Congratulations, graduates

It’s Christmastime at Loyola

Christmas Activities at Loyola 2014

 

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.

Hot Cocoa Bar
Through Friday, Dec. 5, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Free, Sullivan Center HUB

The HUB is pouring free hot chocolate all week to melt away stress.

Film Screening: Elf
Wednesday, Dec. 3 at 7 and 9 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 4 at 7 p.m.
Free, Damen Student Center Cinema

…Need we say more?

Christmas Tree Lighting
Thursday, Dec. 4 at 5:30 p.m.
Free, Damen Student Center

Celebrate the start of the season with the annual tree lighting ceremony and festive activities, including ice skating, pictures with Santa, and chocolate fountains.

Joyola!
Thursday, Dec. 4 at 7:30 p.m.
$5, Mundelein Auditorium

Keep warm and listen to classics like “Carol of the Bells,” “Christmas Time is Here,” and more. Performing groups include Loyola’s Orchestra, Wind Ensemble, Jazz Ensemble, Women’s Chorus, University Chorale, and Chamber Choir.

Winter Dance Informance
Friday, Dec. 5 at 7:30 p.m.
$10, Kathleen Mullady Theatre

If you’re a fan of the Nutcracker but can’t afford Joffrey prices, come see our own Loyola dance students show off their moves at this performance.

Counterpoint A cappella: The Winter Concert
Friday, Dec. 5 at 7:30 p.m.
Free, Sullivan Center’s Galvin Auditorium

Join Counterpoint for their final performance of 2014. There’s a rumor that Garrett’s Popcorn will also make an appearance. Hear them in action.

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.

LoYULEcappella
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., and Sunday, Dec. 7 from 12 p.m. – 9 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.

 

Meet the President's Medallion Recipients

Ignatian Heritage Month

Have a Spook-tacular Halloween

Have a Spook-tacular Halloween

 

Halloween is just around the corner. Get into the spirit with on-campus events and activities:

Monday, October 27

Sociology Club’s Sociology of Horror Screening

6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

Life Science Building, Room 142

Find out what makes horror films so scary by attending a screening of "the Sociology of Horror."

 

Tuesday, October 28

NSCS Halloween Movie Night

6 p.m. - 9 p.m.

Cudahy Hall, Room 210

Enjoy Halloween classics with NSCS!

 

Wednesday, October 29

Film Series

7 p.m. and 9 p.m.

Damen Student Center, Cinema

((dop)) will be screening of "As Above, So Below."

 

Thursday, October 30

NCAAW: Safe Halloween Reverse Trick-or-Treat

11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Norville, Damen Student Center and Information Commons

Grab candy and tips on how to stay safe this Halloween from the Wellness Advocates.

Film Series

7 p.m. and 9 p.m.

Damen Student Center, Cinema

((dop)) will be showing the original "Exorcist."

 

Friday, October 31

NCAAW: Safe Halloween Reverse Trick-or-Treat

11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Norville, Damen Student Center and Information Commons

Grab candy and tips on how to stay safe this Halloween from the Wellness Advocates.

Graduate Masquerade Ball

7 p.m. - 10 p.m.

Lewis Towers, Beane Hall

Join Water Tower Campus Life for a great night featuring appetizers, a dessert bar, adult beverages, photo booth, DJ C-Vicious, and FREE masks! Costumes are welcome.

Masquerade Ball

8 p.m. to midnight

Damen Student Center, Multipurpose Room

Join ((dop)) for a night full of face painting, dancing, games, activities, food and fun!

Film Series

7 p.m. and 9 p.m.

Damen Student Center, Cinema

((dop)) will be screening of "As Above, So Below."

 

Saturday, November 1

Spirits of Halloween, Tour of the Madonna Crypts

Tours depart at 8 p.m.

Madonna della Strada

Are you hoping to get in touch with the Spirits of Halloween this Fall?  There is a Spook-tacular opportunity right here, buried beneath Madonna della Strada. Join Jesuit, Fr. Jerry Overbeck, SJ, for a "Tour of the Crypts" and learn a bit about the history of the Chapel's crypts.

Out of the Ordinary Summer Courses

Summer Sessions 2016 lede

Tanner Walters | Student reporter

Summer is around the corner, and whether you’re going home or sticking around Chicago, there are plenty of class options. 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
Whether you’re looking to be the next Indiana Jones or are just trying to get out of the city, this class at the Loyola Retreat and Ecology Campus (LUREC) is a great way to escape for some adventure. 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.

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 requirements, 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.

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. 

Top Ten Most Instagram-able Spots at Loyola

Last year, Loyola made Thrillist’s “30 Most Instagrammed Places in Chicago,” and for good reason. If you’re looking for a photo for your latest Instagram post or Facebook cover photo, check out the places below to show off our picture-perfect campus. Be sure to tag #LoyolaChicago in your masterpieces’ captions.

1. View from Mundelein Palm Court

The Palm Court on the fourth floor of Mundelein is not only one of the fanciest places to study, but the outdoor balcony provides a stunning view of the Lake Shore campus. Pinkies up when you snap your shot.

Recommended filter: Mayfair

2. Madonna della Strada arches

The view is perfectly framed under a Madonna arch.

Recommended filter: Juno 

3. IES Greenhouse

Whether you’re taking a stroll through the Institute of Environmental Sustainability on a study break or giving visiting family a campus tour, you can’t help but stop, stare, and snap a photo of the foliage in the greenhouse. Take a peek at night for a more interesting shot.

Recommended filter: Valencia

4. Water Tower Park

If you’ve already bragged too much about living on the lake, make sure your friends and family know your other campus is right off Michigan Avenuewith this very ’gramable view of the Chicago Water Tower.

Recommended filter: Ludwig

5. Ceremonial green door

Best place to snap a post-commencement shot in your robes as a new alum.

Recommended filter: Lark

6. LUREC high ropes course

Quick city get-away? Check! Showing off your newfound athleticism? Check!

Recommended filter: Rise

7. The Information Commons

Dreading spending countless hours studying this semester? Don’t be. Grab a seat with a view and snap a beatific shot of Lake Michigan. Added bonus: If you’re a morning person, the sun rises on the Lake.

Recommended filter: #NoFilter

8. JFRC Campus (orange groves)

Hey, we all wish we were in Rome sometimes, so aren’t you glad your friend Instagrammed while abroad?

Recommended filter: Slumber

9. Schreiber Center

Schreiber Center is the new kid on the block, and there are endless photo opportunities with all the natural light and fantastic downtown view. It can quickly become your favorite spot to study or Instagram. #SchreiberViews

Recommended filter: Moon

10. Los Lobos statue

Embrace your #Rambler pride and take a classic picture with the wolves.

Recommended filter: Clarendon

Welcome to Loyola, Dr. Rooney

Welcome Week 2016 is here

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.

Scarefest
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.

See Sr. Jean be inducted into the Loyola Athletics Hall of Fame

Sr. Jean Hall of Fame

Celebrate the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. at this year's luncheon

MLK

MAP is critical to students

MAP Matters

Spring Break Staycation

SB on Campus 2017

PolarPlunge
Sunday, March 5
10 a.m.
North Avenue Beach, 1600 N Lake Shore Drive
Can you brave the cold? People from all over Chicago are gathering at North Avenue Beach for the annual Polar Plunge, a quick dip into freezing Lake Michigan!
Free

Artists Unleashed
Monday, March 6
7-10 p.m.
Landmark Theatre, 850 South Wabash Avenue
Local artists share their insights and breakthrough thinking in the areas of self-expression, freedom, and power.
Free

Ayodele Drum & Dance at the Chicago Cultural Center
Wednesday, March 8
6-8 p.m.
78 E Washington St.
The Chicago Cultural Center invites everyone to join this local group as they dance, drum, and discuss ways of healing.
Free

North Loop and Millennium Park Walking Tour
Wednesday, March 8
10 a.m.
-12 p.m.
Chicago Theater, 175 North State Street
Be a tourist in your own city! See some of the best architecture and places that downtown has to offer.
Free

Seed Starting Fundamentals
Wednesday, March 8
7-8 p.m.
Broadway Armory Park, 5917 North Broadway
Learn the fundamentals of growing some amazing plants this spring!
Free

At the Table
Thursday, March 9
7:30 p.m.
Berger Park Cultural Center, 6205 N Sheridan Road
A blazing young ensemble of actors brings its best to the table in this prickly portrait of friends and enmities!
Pay what you wish!

Architecture Tour: Birth of the Skyscraper
Friday, March 10
1-3 p.m.
Willis Tower Skydeck, 233 South Wacker Drive
Not too tired of walking? Check out some of the most prominent skyscrapers that make up Chicago’s skyline.
Free

National Museum of Mexican Art
Tuesday-Sunday
10 a.m.-5 p.m.
1852 W 19th Street
Pilsen is home to one of the largest Latino cultural organizations in the United States, and it’s open all week! Check out their display of more than 6,000 pieces including their current installment of Hecho en CaSa!
Free

Lincoln Park Conservatory
9 a.m.-5 p.m.
2391 N Stockton Dr.
Dreaming of spring flowers? Look no farther than the Lincoln Park Conservatory, which houses more than 40,000 plants!
Free

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Sexual Assault Awareness Month

Join WLUW and become an on-air radio DJ in Chicago

Join WLUW and become an on-air radio DJ in Chicago

By David Motsinger, Senior

 

Have you ever dreamt of hosting your own radio show in one of the biggest cities in America? Now is your chance, because Loyola’s own college-run radio station WLUW FM 88.7 is always looking for students to apply. Before signing up, check out this brief overview.

 

What is WLUW?

WLUW is Loyola’s student-run radio station, broadcasting from the School of Communication. The station is dedicated to broadcasting independent music, informative talk programming, and giving students the chance to break into the radio and music industry. WLUW broadcasts 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and streams online to fans all over the world. The station aims to provide the leading college radio experience in Chicago and extend Loyola’s core values over the airwaves.

 

How to Apply

If you are interested in becoming a DJ or working on other behind-the-scenes functions for WLUW, you can apply here. Make sure to decide which type of DJ you want to be and to show your creative side and passion for music in the “Interview Questions” section. Not everyone who applies will receive a time slot, and availability depends on openings in the current lineup of DJs. The more timeslots you are available to host will drastically increase your chances of being offered a position. No experience is needed, but any relevant experience in radio, DJ-ing, or the music industry is a huge plus.

 

Things to Consider

As in all things, new members must pay their dues, and new DJ’s generally have late-night time slots. My second and third year at Loyola, I was the creator and DJ of my own late-night radio show. “Motzi Past Midnight” focused on Chillwave and Electronic-Vocal music, and hosting it was the highlight of my week. I loved working on my show, but my time slot was from 2-4 a.m. on Tuesdays. This completely messed up my sleep schedule during the semester. Potential DJ’s should keep in mind that it takes a lot of work to make a show, and it may be better to become an “Independent Music DJ” and play from WLUW’s own collection, instead of compiling a set list from scratch each week. 

 

Why You Should Become a DJ for WLUW

Whether you decide to be an Independent Music DJ, a Specialty Program Host and DJ (like I was), a Substitute DJ (which is one of the best ways to get your foot in the door), or a member of the support staff, Loyola’s WLUW Station and Program has something for everyone. WLUW is like a family and has cultivated a great group of people who can help students with any occasion that may arise: from picking out bed music to creating a personalized intro, it can all be done.

For me, this has been the crème de la crème of my college experience. WLUW gave me the chance to make some amazing friends, meet extraordinary people, and fall in love with Chicago all over again. I put plenty of blood, sweat and tears into my show, and it culminated into a two-hour period on Tuesday nights that was completely my own. I wouldn’t trade all the late nights I spent at WLUW’s radio station for the world, and the experiences have helped shape me as a person and expand into new fields.