Stocking Shelves for the Holidays

By Diego Galindo, Carolyn Perricelli, Maria Casalino

With the holiday season right around the corner, the Loyola University Bookstore has recently been preparing for one of the busiest times of the year. From decor throughout the store, to an increase in workload, the bookstore staff  definitely has their hand full.


Helping Out During the Holidays

By Ariana Lena, Kaylie Shaffer, Shyria Ushry

Loyola’s annual “Presence for Christmas” event is back promoting students to give back to the community during the holidays. Students can participate by going to the tables outside Boulder and picking up a gift tag with a child’s information and a gift they want. The gifts will be presented at Loyola’s big holiday event  called “Lessons & Carols” on December 9. Listen to program organizer, Honor Bowman, for more on how you can get involved with this great service opportunity:

Loyola Maryland’s McKenzie Coan Victorious at the Rio Paralympics

By Taylor Caldwell, Cami Whiteford, Cassidy Rafsol, & Mike Harris

While Loyola University Maryland students packed up their bags to move back into their dorm rooms, Junior McKenzie Coan boarded a plane headed for the Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Coan found great success at the games, collecting three individual gold medals and a silver in the Women’s 4X100M Freestyle Relay, leading Team USA’s Paralympics Swim Team to success and leaving classmates and members of her Loyola community proud.

Earth’s safety | Loyola University Maryland | Messina Environmental Justice Panel

by : Shyria Ushry

“There are little things we can do on campus that makes a difference!” said Loyola senior Samantha Smith.  In the recent Loyola University Maryland Messina : Commitment to Justice panel the topic of conversation was Environmental Justice. We got a chance to speak about the recent environmental issue effecting the world, and there impact on all life on Earth. It was moderated by Dr. Elizabeth E. Dahl assistant professor of chemistry. And panel guests Mr. Dante Swinton and Emily Chambers who both are committed to pursuing environmental justice. Dr. Dahl teaches analytical, marine and atmospheric chemistry here at Loyola. Pr. Dahl continues to study new environmental shifts on Earth and is a long-time fighter for environmental justice. She spoke about her feelings toward some environmental issues.

“I teach global environment, one of the reasons I love teaching that class is thinking of my life, and others as well. I tend to think in milestones, so when were you born, when you grow up, have kids, get married within the past and the future with regards to the environment. So I was born in that last year that the global average temperature was normal and below the twentieth-century average temperature. So this year its expected to be even warmer. I think about it all the time what the temperatures will be like in the future I tend not to dwell on this otherwise, I’ll get scared for us.”said Professor Dahl. She explained our oxygen’s carbon dioxide levels and how it is rising each year. From 332 parts-per million in the beginning of the twenty-first century to now with carbon dioxide levels rising to 400 parts-per million. The constant rise in carbon dioxide levels contaminates the clean air we need to exist. We should be mindful of what we use and consume while on Earth.

Loyola panel guest Mr. Dante shares his environmental justice beginnings his experience in the trenches fighting for changes. “I began to get involved in campus events at my small liberal arts campus in South Carolina. I went to a conference there once with young professionals at the time, we were being told about a coal plant that was trying to form in South Carolina, so I wanted to help fight this. The river that the plant was going to be built on had already high mercury levels, this was a big problem!” said Dante Swinton.  He was able to change the decision to build the coal plant in South Carolina it was not built. In his efforts he kept mercury levels from rising and contaminating the town water supply.

Loyola senior and panel guest Emily Chambers talks about what we as a campus can do to improve the quality of our environment. “I think that it’s definitely necessary to invite students and others to start recycling more and being mindful of there waste. I don’t think we should just stop at recycling we should be mindful of other ways to better our world as well” said Emily Swinton. Emily keeps students on Loyola campus aware of what we are doing and encourages us to be more thoughtful. Samantha Smith friend of Emily Chambers, audience guest had this to say about the environmental justice panel.“I definitely enjoy the panel tonight I think one thing that I’m doing to pursue environmental justice on Loyola’s campus is talking more about it. Simply holding people accountable for their consumption and their waste. There are little things we can do on campus that makes a difference! ”

Professor Elizabeth Dahl had these last words to say :

“Take deep breaths, those deep breaths came from the ocean it’s important the whole planet is important and we have to take care of it”


photograph by Shyria Ushry 

Here’s Professor Dahl and Loyola sophomore Marina Fazio posing for the Loyola Environmental Action Club on the campus quadrangle

posts on Facebook Loyola Environmental Action Club | photographs by Loyola Environmental Action Club.


Members of Loyola’s Republicans club and Democrats club reflect on the election

By Julia McBride

Different lenses bring different perspectives about the result of U.S. Presidential election. Members of Loyola’s Republicans Club and Democrats Club have been visible on social media. Club members have formed similar and differing views on why Trump won, why an individual might have voted for Trump, along with varying outlooks about the coming years under his governance.

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Loyola Republicans club Twitter post on Halloween  before the results of the election.

When members were asked why they thought Donald Trump won this year’s election individuals from both clubs were often in agreement, however described some issues differently. Republicans Club member Brad Schober comments, “Hillary took the rust-belt for granted, she simply ignored a demographic of working class individuals.” One Democrats Club member attributes Trump’s win to his use of rhetoric, “He capitalized off of the growing frustration and fear of the American people who are struggling financially and who do not trust the establishment in Washington to make a real change.”

When asked why some Republican club members might have voted for Donald Trump, or chose not to vote for him, responses were also mixed. Schober states, “Nearly half of our executive board did not vote for him for reasons not limited to inappropriate comments, failure to adhere to a conservative (or really any) individual platform.” Schober also noted on those who did vote for Donald, “This vote was mostly against Secretary Clinton due to policies they deemed detrimental to society.”


Loyola Democrats Club posts on twitter before the election results.

When asked what changes members think will be made during Trumps presidential term there is an overall uncertainty among individuals of what exactly Trump will do, but some predictions were made. Republican club member Schober believes, “There will likely be more funding in securing the boarder” and added, “The Affordable Care Act will be replaced by a measure that prevents discrimination based on preexisting conditions and protects those under the age of 26 by permitting them to remain on their parent’s healthcare.” Democrats club member Swedrlow commented, “I’m sure that education, foreign aid, and protection for the environment will unfortunately face obstacles.” Another member of the Democrats club predicts “I believe that he will deport millions of immigrants and create extreme barriers for Mexicans and Muslims to enter the country.”


Posters around Loyola’s campus promote respectful conversation about the election.

Of the 220 million eligible voters, only a total of around 126 million actually voted, which means 57% of eligible voters voted. Of those 126 million voters 47.9% of all votes went to Hillary, and 47.2% of the votes went to Donald Trump. Of those votes Donald Trump won the age demographic of 45 and older (53%), white demographic (58%), and male demographic (53%). Clinton won in all other demographics. Time will tell what the future holds for the U.S. under Trump’s presidency if the Electoral college elects Trump Dec. 19th.

For more information on the election and Donald Trump’s Presidency:


Caribbean Student Union Hosts Michael Benitez

Loyola’s Caribbean Student Union held a lecture last night featuring Michael Benitez, a scholar who is traveling the nation, discussing social justice, activism, and educating the minds of college students across America. The event was held in the Loyola-Notre Dame Library Auditorium, and as Benitez approached the podium, the room full of students became silent.


ALANA Services organized this lecture, and proves to be one of Loyola’s many student organizations that help encourage social awareness and cultural appreciation. Benitez addresses these topics directly by talking about what it means to be Caribbean and Latino, and how society can have an impact on a social identity.

Benitez used personal experiences and various cultural contexts to explain his thoughts on social issues. He told a story where someone had asked him where he was from. Benitez simply responded by saying he grew up in Washington Heights, and also lived in Pennsylvania for a while. However, apparently that was not enough.

“Where are you really from?” the person asked again. Looking back on the interaction, he said, “It doesn’t take much more for me to feel that I don’t belong. Latinos are asked this same question, yet they have been here for generations and for some, all they know is American culture.” He expressed the significance of unity and distinctiveness, and wanted to get the opinions and thoughts on perceptions of latinos from the audience.


Responses ranged from dancing and spicy food, to immigration, various stereotypes, and even eurocentrism. Benitez gave the students a crash course in hispanic history, and was able to bring in modern examples to explain the evolution of such a dynamic culture. This high-energy and engaging discussion kept students interested throughout the lecture.

After the event, Paul Rodriguez, a senior at Loyola University was asked about what he thought of the session. He said, “I learned how Caribbean hispanics can be black, white, or anything in between. I consider myself a white-hispanic, so it is something personal for me, and I can relate to what he was saying.”

As the presentation ended, Benitez said his closing remarks and even took pictures with attendees, who were looking forward to the next visit.

For more information, check out his wesbite.

Student-Athletes Strive to Win On and Off the field

By Taylor Caldwell

Collegiate students-athletes are often stereotyped as those who think about their sport first and school second.  But for many student-athletes, their competitive natures motivate them to succeed both on the field and in the classroom.

There are several requirements student-athletes must fulfill at Loyola University to
maintain a good academic standing.  Beginning in their first semester, athletes must screen-shot-2016-11-16-at-12-16-29-amattend bi-weekly meetings with an academic advisor, fulfill eight hours of required study hall hours and uphold a minimum 1.8 GPA to be eligible to participate in their sport.

Student-athletes are often held to a higher standard than other students, but they are provided with many dependable resources.  Katrina Geiger, a fifth-year senior on the Loyola women’s lacrosse team, expressed the importance of the tutors, required study hall hours and academic advisors.  “Time management is key when you’re an athlete and academic advisors are a great because they check in on what you’re doing and make sure you get your work in on time.”


Katrina Geiger staying organized with her student-athlete planner

Bailey Mathis, a senior on the Loyola women’s lacrosse team, explained how organization and relationships with professors are key to academic success. Mathis, who is a co-president of SAAC and a member of the Loyola Green and Grey Society, also emphasized the importance of extracurricular activities, “I believe what motivates these student-athletes to get involved is the ability to make an impact in something other than their sport.”

With this strive for success and involvement comes many difficulties.  Amy Abdalla, a senior on the Loyola women’s lacrosse team and a member of the Jeff Janssen Leadership Academy, said, “As an upperclassman, having to worry about what to do after college, in addition to finishing your last season or making time to do internships with our practice schedule, it is extremely stressful.”  Abdalla voiced time management as the most challenging aspect of being a student-athlete, especially in season.

The encouragement, facilities, and resources the school provides the athletes allows each individual the opportunity at academic success.  Loyola University aspires for greatness in all areas and ultimately strives to emphasize the student in student-athlete.

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Hounds Roll Over Fall Opponents

By Mike Harris

BALTIMORE — The Loyola Club Baseball team entered the fall season looking to repeat the success found during the 2015-2016 season. The Hounds captured their first ever conference championship, finishing the year 13-2. With the departure of four key seniors from last year, the Hounds looked to new faces to repeat as District III North champions.

The Greyhounds led off the season with a 4-3 victory over Georgetown on the road. The win marked the start of a special fall for the club. Led by senior captain Carl Gatzendorfer and junior ace Sam McQuaid, the Hounds charged into the State College Classic. In the first game of the tournament, the team massacred powerhouse SUNY Brockport in a 12-2 beatdown.

When asked about the victory, junior Brian Lule said, “This is a big deal for us. That’s a nationally ranked team over there and we showed we can hang with the best.”

The team dropped hard fought games to D1 powers Rutgers and Ohio University in the final two games of the tournament. However, the strong showing by the club opened eyes across the NCBA, and made the Hounds a force to be reckoned with.

Following a 2-2 start to the season, the Hounds entered conference play. First on the chopping block for the Loyola sat York College. The team crushed York on its way to a three-game sweep. Freshman Matt Sweeney led the brigade totaling a whopping 8 RBIs in the short three-game stint.

Cross-town rival Johns Hopkins was next to fall victim to the powerhouse Hounds offense. The club posted 26 runs on their way to another three-game sweep of a conference rival. On the bump, McQuaid etched his name into the Loyola record books with a no-hitter in game one of the series against the Jays.

When asked about his thoughts on the fall season, senior Charlie Carita said, “It was definitely a strong start for us. We are taking care of business in league play, and we need to look to continue that in the spring heading into playoffs.” Junior Tommy Lyons added, “Kansas. That is the goal. We want to be in Kansas playing for a national title.”

Loyola will look to defend its conference title in the spring, and change the fortune of last season’s regional exit. The Hounds seem to be in the driver’s seat as they set their eyes on the Division II Club Baseball World Series in Kansas this May.

What Loyola Lectures Lack

By Kaylie Shaffer

On Wednesday, Dr. Susan Wood was the keynote speaker at a lecture titled “Lutheran-Catholic Efforts to Achieve Unity: What’s at Stake?” Hosted in McGuire Hall, this was one of the two lectures the Theology department requires students taking introductory courses to attend this semester.

Loyola offers a number of these lectures throughout the semester, often geared toward a certain department and class sections to help students understand their learning further from an outside source. Each event is unique and presented differently depending on the speaker. While some use guiding slides or videos to engage the audience, others choose simply to just talk their points aloud to the crowd.

This lecture took the second route, which made some parts more difficult to understand and lost the attention of the audience at times. Dr. Wood had number of insightful points throughout her hour-long lecture regarding Martin Luther and the split of the church, but they did not all appear to resonate with the students.

While the content of the lecture was strong, the presentation was something that seemed to lack gaining the attention of the students in the room. It is great that the university puts in the effort to host these events, it can be more beneficial if the presentation was more engaging.

One sophomore, Tiffany Haroutunian, thought the lecture was interesting and highlighted ideas that she had not thought of before in her class. Haroutunian said, “I enjoyed the stories and lessons talked about throughout the lecture because it highlighted things I didn’t understand or know beforehand.”


Marisa Ganley works on her reflection of the lecture.

Sophomore Marisa Ganley highlighted what the lecture lacked when she said, “I thought it was informative, but it could have been presented in a more entertaining fashion.” For an event that is required for many students, Ganley thought a more interactive lecture could have been more grabbing for students and help them to retain the information more effectively.

The crowd at the lecture was rather light, only about 70 students, many of whom were required to attend. Perhaps what the university needs to draw a larger crowd is to redefine the presentations to be more interactive and entertaining for the students that attend.

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