S #6 by Taylor Caldwell

By Taylor Caldwell

Loyola women’s basketball team’s recent 79-60 loss to University of Maryland has continued their rocky start to the season.  The Hounds, who made it to the Patriot League Championship final last year, hope to improve their current record from (4-6).

The women have competed against tough opponents, facing losses against Cornell, Fairfield, Pittsburgh, Columbia, Delaware and Maryland.  Even though they have a losing record, the women have also been victorious against Lipscomb, St. Francis Brooklyn, Mount St. Mary’s and UMBC.

Avid fan and student, Sabrina Tabasso explained how important Junior Bri-Betz White has been for the team in her leadership and contribution. “She is the smallest player on the

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Junior, Bri Betz-White

team, but she never gives up – she always gives the reason for the team to stay motivated,” she said.  “Bri has incredible ball handling skills and drive, which is what allows her to shift through tough defenses so easily.”

Betz-White who has been the high scorer for Loyola in half of their games thus far, also was the only Loyola player named to the five-member Preseason All-Patriot League Team.  Seniors Lisa Mirarchi and Lauren Daugherty are also key leaders on the team.  Mirarchi currently leads the team in steals, while Daugherty leads in both blocked shots and defensive rebounds.


Senior, Lisa Mirarchi

The team recently added five Freshman to the roster and Tabasso explained how impactful they have been even though it is sometimes difficult establish and identify on a team.  “The team has a strong foundation and I believe if the freshmen continue to improve it will lead them to a Patriot League Championship again,” she said.

Freshmen, Alexis Gray and Stephanie Karcz have already begun to show how they can improve the momentum of the team.  Gray currently leads the team in 3-point field goals made, while Karcz leads in total rebounds, rebound average and offensive rebounds.

The women will continue their journey towards a Patriot League Championship on Friday, Dec. 23 against George Washington at the Charles E. Smith Center at 12:00p.m.


Women’s Lacrosse in the Holiday Spirit

By Taylor Caldwell

The Loyola women’s lacrosse team finished up their Fall season with a Christmas dessert party on Sunday, Dec. 11 before the beginning of finals week and winter break. Each member of the team paired with another to bake a homemade dessert to share at the party.

Many of the players baked various cookies with some festive icings, while others got more creative and baked desserts like Funfetti cake-pops in the shape of reindeer or brownies with icing Christmas trees stuck in them.  Once all the desserts were laid out on the table, everyone delved in, filling their plates with one of each dessert.

According to the members of the team, Head Coach Jen Adams wanted the team to get together and do something fun before heading home for winter break.  “This was a great way for our team to hang out one more time before everyone heads home for winter break and destress before everyone has finals,” said Senior Amy Abdalla.  “A great aspect of Loyola women’s lacrosse is that we strive to remain close on and off the field and doing little things like this helps develop the sense of family within our team.”

Senior Megan Boepple emphasized how important the team chemistry is to all the coaches, especially to four-time National Champion and Head Coach Adams.  “She focuses on building the team from the inside out because the off-field chemistry is what translates onto the field and holds a team together when it’s needed most.”

The teammates expressed how much they love doing things together outside of lacrosse and how it keeps them mentally balanced.  Sophomore Lindsay Gamer said, “during season it can get really frustrating and we can get fed up with each other, but the activities we have outside of lacrosse are what keep us so close.”

“Jen designs our schedules so we have a chance to compete with top-ten teams before playing against those in the Patriot League,” said Boepple.  “She trusts that our bond will encourage us to all buy into the game and believe that we can win a National Championship.”  This season the Hounds will contest teams like Princeton, Penn State, Florida and Virginia.

The holiday spirit and excitement to return to season has brought the team even more motivation to continue their hard work over the break.  The women will kick off their season Wednesday, Feb. 22 versus one of their Charles Street rivals the Johns Hopkins Blue Jays.

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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Underdogs to Top Ranked Hounds: Loyola Men’s Soccer fights for the Patriot League Championship

By Taylor Caldwell

Last season Loyola men’s soccer finished last in the Patriot League.  Picked to place 8th for 2016, the underdogs have managed to seize their highest conference finish since 2012, placing 2nd overall in the Patriot League.

After taking down the Holy Cross Crusaders, Saturday afternoon at the Smith Soccer Stadium, the Greyhounds increased their conference record to 6-1-2, but what has truly made the difference from last season to present?

Senior Laurin Vogel said their biggest challenge they faced was integrating such a large freshman class into the team, but “the biggest difference from last season to this season is without a doubt the quality of players.”  He explains that a talented freshman class does not explain why their season has been so successful, “We had a rough start to the season but were then able to come together as a team and start winning games.”

In addition to placing five players on the All-Patriot League Team, senior Matt Sanchez was name Patriot League Goalkeeper of the Year, freshman Brian Saramago was named Rookie of the Year and Steve Nichols, only in his third season at Loyola, was voted Coach of the Year.


From left to right: Senior Matt Sanchez, Coach Steve Nichols and Freshman Brian Saramago

Cara Connolly, a senior on the Loyola women’s soccer team, describes how significant an impact Coach Nichols has had on the team, “His ability to bring in big time recruits that wouldn’t normally choose a Patriot League soccer team has definitely strengthened the program.”  She too believes the culmination of players has improved the team chemistry, “It’s very impressive to have several freshmen come in and have such an impact, but I also think having seniors such as Matt Sanchez and Brennan Goldsmith is a great contribution to the team.”

Vogel has high expectations for their future and hopes to continue “shocking everyone with their Cinderella Story.” The Greyhounds will continue their journey towards a Patriot League Championship this weekend in the semi-final game hosted by American University.

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Loyola University Public Debate

By: Taylor Caldwell


Photo: Taylor Caldwell

BALTIMORE – Loyola University’s Messina Program and Rhetoric Society co-hosted a public debate October 27, in McGuire Hall with a panel consisting of several accredited students and professors.

The event offered the opportunity for panelists to demonstrate debate skills and knowledge of controversial topics.  Professors Dr. Karsonya Whitehead and Dr. Michael Runnels sat beside students Emma Muir, Karl Dehmelt and Cole Davis on the panel, while the head of the Rhetoric Society Dr. Martin Camper moderated.

Topics ranged from free speech and safe spaces to racial profiling. Cole Davis kicked off the debate by answering the first question. Prevalent discussions such as this are often difficult for some viewers because the responses could contradict their own opinions.  Student, Amy Abdalla attended the event for her Messina class, and said, “I was uncomfortable with the excessive use of the n-word due to the population at the debate.  I understood the content in which Dr. Whitehead was using it, but I do still find it a controversial idea.”

Bailey Mathis, a student who was attending for her political science class further elaborated on the event saying, “I think debates are a great platform to discuss controversial topics, especially when they bring different opinions together.” Throughout the debate, the panelists remained confident in their answers and defended their opinions in a civil and respectful manner.  Audience member Katrina Geiger showed her appreciation for the event, “I think debates, such as this are so relevant to our generation especially with the current presidential campaign taking place,” said Geiger, “I think our generation lacks knowledge and an appreciation for how topics such as these impact their lives.”

Loyola alum and current correspondent for the Los Angeles Times, Mike Memoli, wrapped the night up by discussing his experiences with the current presidential campaign.  Following his comments, the event ended with an open platform for any questions from the audience.

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Stress and Duress

“Deep inside the forbidden zone at the U.S.-occupied Bagram air base in Afghanistan sits a cluster of metal shipping containers protected by a triple-layer of concertina wire. The containers hold the most valuable prizes in the war on terrorism – captured al Qaeda operatives and Taliban commanders…”

Post 9/11 was a scary time for America because it was a time where many difficult decisions had to be made on how to react to the terrorism.  As the U.S. military began to make moves in response to the attack, the government started to become more secretive of their actions.  Dana Priest, a journalist for The Washington Post, was one of the first to delve into the exposure of the Stress and Duress interrogations tactics the U.S. was using on the captured enemies.  She goes on to explain how difficult writing about the terrorism because sources were not allowed to give up intel due to the secrecy of the government.  Priest had a small window to act, but through months of gaining intel through conversations and small details, often assumed before proven true, she released an article describing the controversial interrogation techniques of the military.  Her article, published on December 26, 2002, revealed how the military was getting the captured enemies, which included descriptions such as “painful positions”, “deprived of sleep” and “kneeling for hours.” This was so significant to Priest because she was it as a means of portraying who we were as a country at the time- our response to the terrorism was going to show Americans if we were going to be the bigger country or react harshly due to negative emotions.  The more that was revealed about “stress and duress” tactics, the more Americans began to understand the rules the government was abiding by in order to gain intel, which were none.  Although Priest’s article took months to write, it was the beginning to understanding how the government was handling the war and how many secrets they were trying to hide from the world to maintain a clean reputation.

Source: http://www.investigatingpower.org/post-911/

Reactions to Debate #3

Debate nights are often popular for social media.  Some reactions on social media to the debate were…

Throughout the debate, viewers were narrating their opinions based on the actions of the candidates. These tweets proved how unsure and nervous Americans are about the possible outcomes of this election. The candidates are not making it easy for themselves as they are targeting each other’s triggers to try to get them to say something that may damage their reputation. The Joy Reid tweet is a perfect example of the details people notice within a debate. One would think the candidates would be more worried about answering the question to convince the public they are the country’s best option, but all they seem to be concerned with is sabotaging each other.

The Pew Research tweet goes even further to emphasize this with their poll proving the top three emotions Americans feel towards the campaign are frustration, disgust and fear. It is frightening seeing how poorly the campaign seems to be progressing, but hopefully whoever wins the debate will act honestly and with the safety of the country on their mind.