S #6 By Mike Harris

By Mike Harris

BALTIMORE — Each year, September brings a new school year. Students move into their dorm rooms, classes begin, and daily college life returns to normal. Additionally, the beginning of the school year also means the beginning of Loyola intramural sports competition. Each year, over 100 Loyola Greyhounds face off in intramural basketball competition.

Teams comprised of roughly ten students of all four grade levels sign up with one goal in mind, an intramural title.

The prize? A highly coveted Loyola Intramural Champion t-shirt.

Last year’s title was awarded to the cleverly named team, “TBD”. Captain Carl Gatzendorfer and his team entered the 2016 season with their eyes on another title. The task seemed difficult as the squad lost senior standout RJ Williams to graduation. However, the team added two freshman, along with junior Paul Meara to bolster the roster.

TBD did not find the regular season success that they desired entering the 2016 campaign. The squad finished with a record of 2-2, and skidded into the playoffs with their only hope for another title coming in the form of a miraculous title run.

Senior center Charlie Carita said, “We were not where we wanted to be in the standings. We needed to turn around our season, and do it fast. Playoffs are one-and-done, so we had to rally.”

And rally did they ever. TBD stormed into the playoffs led by Gatzendorfer and Carita, and came out on top of their first three games. The victories earned the team a spot in the championship game.

TBD entered Reitz Arena for the championship game with a chip on its shoulder. From the first tip, the passion and drive of the group was clear. Through crisp passing and sharp shooting from senior forward Greg Vorvolakos, TBD got out to an early lead in the first half.

The rest is history. TBD ran away with the game in the second half, which reflected in the score when the finally buzzer sounded.

The group had done it. The entourage etched their names in the Loyola Intramural Basketball record books with their second consecutive title.

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After the game, captain Carl Gatzendorfer said, “I can’t really describe it. To get out here, and win our second title is nothing short of remarkable. I love these guys and it is a great moment for us.”

Loyola Basketball Shifts Focus to Patriot League Play

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By Mike Harris

BALTIMORE — Never. It has never happened. Loyola Men’s Basketball has never won a Patriot League title.

Well, “never” may be a little dramatic in this case given that Loyola only joined the Patriot League in 2014. However, the Hounds have come out empty-handed in their first three cracks at a league title, with their best finish coming last season. The squad finished in eighth place with a final conference record of 8-10. While an eighth place finish does not warrant a parade, the Hounds have shown improvement since joining the conference.

This season seems to be more of the same. The Hounds have shown growth once again. The team currently owns a 5-5 record, and has played a tough non-league slate, facing teams such as Notre Dame and Creighton University.

To this point the Hounds have not faced a Patriot League opponent. In the coming weeks, the Greyhounds will turn their attention towards league play.

The team will look to improve on its 8 win, 10 loss 2015-2016 conference record when Loyola opens Patriot’s League play against American University on Dec. 30. As Junior guard Matt Staubi said, Patriot League teams typically do not earn at-large NCAA bids, so league play will be pivotal in Loyola’s attempt to return to the NCAA tournament.

Loyola University Maryland has made two NCAA tournament appearances in program history. Loyola earned its last berth via their MAAC championship in 2012. Their appearance was cut short however, as Loyola was downed by top-ranked Ohio State by a score of 78-59.

Loyola will open Patriot League play on December 30, when they visit American University. The Greyhound faithful will have to wait until the new year to see the club in action at Reitz Arena. Lafayette College will travel to Loyola on January 2 for the Hounds’ league home opener.

The club will look to build off of its non-league success when Patriot League play this season. As junior guard Matt Staubi said, the team will look to build off of their non-league success, and improve in order to put itself in the best position for a March Madness run.

Loyola has been led by senior guard Jarred Jones. Jones is currently averaging 15.2 points and 7.3 rebounds per game. Jones carried the club to a thrilling overtime victory against Binghamton on Dec. 10.

The Hounds will attempt to carry this momentum into their next contest University of Massachusetts-Lowell, and further, into conference play. Can the Hounds make history and etch their names into the Patriot League record books? Only time will tell.

Sustainability at Loyola

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

According to the Princeton Review, Loyola University Maryland is home to the second best athletic facilities out of any college in the country. This honor can mostly be attributed to the school’s Fitness and Aquatic Center, or more commonly called the”FAC”. The FAC is home to a 10 lane aquatic center, a 6,000 square foot fitness center, three basketball/activity courts, an indoor rock climbing wall, and more. In order to maintain these facilities and their high standards, the university has put in motion a plan to both sustain and improve the FAC.

Although Loyola’s sustainability project is campus-wide, a major focus of the effort has been placed in the FAC. Beginning in 2015, the school has made great strides to conserve funds and maximize energy efficiency. In the case of the FAC, Loyola has installed motion censors and LED lights in order to best cut back on energy spending. The school estimates this move will save the university roughly $50,000 per year. Further, according to Loyola’s website, the project is expected to have a 2 year payback period along with a 49% return on investment.

Although these are great steps towards a more energy efficient facility, Loyola has not stopped here. The university recently installed a feature to the pool pump that is expected to shave energy costs of the pool by 25%. The new plan has been entitled the Pool Pump Variable Frequency Drive Project, or the VFD Project for short. According to Loyola’s website, the installation of the new feature allows for “the speed of the pump and the turnover rate of the pool water to be decreased during non-operating hours.” The equipment costs of the the facility were offset this July and the savings have continued to pile up as this pump minimizes the energy costs of the 560,000 gallon pool.

With Loyola coming in at number 2 on the Princeton Review’s athletic facility power rankings, it is no secret the school strives for excellence. The sustainability project furthers this claim. With the savings garnered from this project, as well as future projects such as this one, Loyola University Maryland has the opportunity to reach new heights.

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.

Hounds Flounder in Hard-Fought Battle

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By Mike Harris

BALTIMORE – The “H2Ounds” hit the pool at the Mangione Aquatic Center on Saturday looking to avenge last year’s triple digit drowning by Lehigh. Heading into the match, both Loyola men and women’s teams owned undefeated records in the Patriot League, with three wins apiece. However, the Hounds would not leave the water undefeated, falling to Lehigh by scores of 171-129 on the men’s side, and 169-125 on the women’s.

Loyola captured victories in both diving events of the day, with both the men and women’s teams topping Lehigh in the one and three-meter dives. Junior Sam Baluzy took first in both men’s diving events, with scores of 265.5 and 247.30 respectively. Junior Lindsey Staszewski matched Baluzy’s feat on the women’s side. Her scores of 229.79 in the one-meter event and 245.77 in the three-meter event earned her first place finishes in both contests. Staszewski’s performance earned her Corvias Patriot League Female Diver of the Week honors, her third of the season.

Additionally, in one of the most exciting events of the day, freshman Elizabeth Romano stormed back during the last lap of her 1000-meter (40 lap) swim to snatch first place. Romano’s triumph ignited the Hounds, but the rally was to no avail as the Lehigh Clutch proved to be too much to handle. Although the meet did not leave the Hounds victorious, it proved to be a great improvement from last year’s bout with Lehigh. With multiple swimmers earning first place finishes, Loyola gave its Patriot League rival a run for its money. Senior swimmer Tara Mulligan said, “This meet was huge for us even though we lost. We’ve never come this close to beating Lehigh since joining the Patriot League and this meet confirmed that we’re better than we’ve ever been.”

Although the Hounds are no longer undefeated in the Patriot League, the team will look to move forward and finish out the season on a high note.

Loyola Men and Women’s Swimming and Diving will next take on Virginia Military Institute on Wednesday, November 16 at 6 pm at Mangione Aquatic Center.

 

Trick-or-Tweet!

By Mike Harris

What if I told you that the best place to begin your “Halloweekend” was at the library?

Don’t believe me?

Last Wednesday, the Loyola Notre Dame Library donned an unfamiliar look. With the lobby draped in dark Halloween-themed décor, students circulated in awe to check out the commotion. Just before the entrance to the main chamber of the library, a variety of fall snacks such as powdered donuts and apple cider awaited library patrons to get them in the holiday spirit.

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A big attention grabber was the costume set. Adjacent to the snacks, the Library Social Media members lined up a Halloween-themed background and a camera, alongside a variety of costume choices. Students threw on the costumes and posed for pictures with friends, which drew tons of laughs and smiles.

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When asked what she thought of the event, junior Kristi Liguori said, “It was really cool that they had this in the library. I would want to come here more often if this was how it was every day.” Surely the event was a hit, but how often are these events held? Bria Langston, member of the Loyola Notre Dame Library Social Media Committee said, “We do about one a year, with the Halloween event being our big one this year.” She added that the main purpose of the event was to promote the library’s social media outlets. To cap off a great day at the library, junior Kristen Harold added, “it was a great way to take a study break and have some fun with my friends! Between the food and the costumes, I am ready for Halloween already!”

On this day the library was nothing short of spook-tacular!

 

For more information about the LNDL Social Media Committee, visit them on Twitter: https://twitter.com/lndlibrary

 

The Watergate Effect

More than 44 years ago, the Watergate Scandal sunk Richard Nixon’s presidency. Following a detailed investigation into the break in to the Democratic National Committee headquarters and cover up of his involvement, Nixon became the first and only United States president to resign from office. What is not often talked about however is the tale of the reporters who broke the story.

The story of the Watergate not only changed politics and the US government forever, but also the field of journalism. Thanks to the two young Washington Post reporters, Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein, a new movement of truth-seeking journalists was born. Although the Washington Post faced pressures from Nixon and his administration, Katharine Graham stood by their side. The two plowed on to uncover, and ultimately influence one of the worst events in United States history.

The Washington Post towered above other papers in the coverage of this story. Thanks to the hard work and dedication of the Post, and more importantly Woodward and Bernstein, the scandal was resolved. The entire incident changed the path of American politics and also news coverage forever.

Reactions to the Final Debate

By Mike Harris

Wednesday’s debate had a lot of people talking. Here were some reactions on social media…

Brilliant.

Accurate.

And on the lighter side…

 

And we have a winner.

Now we will just have to wait and see what type of reactions America has in November when we receive the results of all this madness.