S#6 Carolyn Perricelli

“Study day” at Loyola University Maryland creates a unique campus-wide atmosphere, more students dress down for a studious day in slippers and sweats; Starbucks is a hub of paperwork and computers rather than lunch dates and coffee breaks.

Contributing to the relaxed mood before angst disrupts student’s spirits, The Women’s Center at Loyola, located at Seton Court, has implemented a 16-year tradition, since the opening of the center, to provide its students and faculty with free massages on this symbolic day, marking the end of the semester and the start of finals week. This fall of 2016, the center hosted its event on Tuesday, December 13. Knowing members of Loyola’s community feels the stress of writing, studying, and grading, the center has maintained this tradition as a means of momentary relief and relaxation.

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This year, there were four masseuses hired to give 15 minute chair massages for each client. The event lasted from 10 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. Jennifer LaFalce, a second-year grad student in the clinical psychology master’s program at Loyola, has worked at the Women’s Center for over a year and noticed this semester that about 95% of the clients were students rather than a majority being faculty.

Because of its momentous status, the center advertises for its free massage day on Loyola Today, the electronic messaging boards, its newsletter, and sends a campus wide email about two weeks prior to the event so the students can email or call for appointments. The appointments get booked quickly, so it is recommended to be a part of the center’s emailing list. Sophomore, Rhys Schueren managed to get an appointment this semester that was scheduled by the center’s administrative assistant, Kathy Zulty, after reading the Loyola Today announcement. Schueren thought the event was a good way to help students feel rejuvenated, “I liked the relaxing music that they had in the background.”

As a study day event only, students and faculty have to wait until the spring 2017 semester to schedule an appointment. It is such an anticipated event, this past semester rumors had circulated amongst the students that it is not a study day-only service. Although it is exclusive to study day, the Women’s Center hosts other events and activities throughout the semester, which are advertised in its newsletter and on Loyola Today.

 

 

 

 

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Therapy Dogs !

by : Shyria Ushry 

Come cuddle with some pups ! In Loyola Notre Dame Library Gallery you can toss all your worries away and come cuddle with cute pups. We all know the stress of exams is weighing heavily on our minds, if you aren’t taking a yoga class at the FAC or an hour long mediation break in your room. We hope you came to see the Pets on Wheels Therapy Dogs, always visiting Loyola many times throughout the year. Our visiting pooches today was Ariel , Heidi , Lulu, Sammi, and Jesse ! This is always a great way to take your mind off exams for a moment relax with these lovable pups that have time to relax your worries. Many of fellow Loyola students as well as Notre Dame University students came to the library for warm coffee,  cookies and these fluffy cuties..

Pets on Wheels have been coming to Loyola for years now they love helping university students and other people relieve stress. The simple connection to an animal can make you forget the most stressful things and open your heart to a furry friend. Ariel, the golden retriever rescue dog is age three and absolutely loves people she was such a friendly girl we all got to meet her and her other friends. Jesse, the black-tan-white collie mix is age ten and has been with Pets on Wheels for while her owner lets her take our worries away.  She loves helping others, is friendly with adults and children is very docile curious about almost everything. Jesse and Heidi the fluffy toy dogs, were being held by us all they were fun loving active dogs and fun to watch. Sammi, the boxer dog, was a rescue dog that now has a home she stops by Loyola time to time to see how we are all doing during this stressful time. She was so calming, playful, bright, and full of life. We all adored these dogs for the two-hours they were there sometimes we have to relax our minds today in order to prepare for tomorrow. These helpful cuties are around to do just that, the warm coffee and refreshments were a great touch. To set a relaxing atmosphere for us to enjoy these amazing animals even for just a brief moment, many of Loyola students were tense about exams.

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I had a chance to talk to Emily Shed freshman Communications major at Loyola University Maryland. She shared her thoughts about the overwhelming stress of final exams and the adorable therapy dogs ! “I am very stressed for my first finals, I don’t know what to expect I’m actually freaking out a little bit. So I just came from class, I needed a little de-stressor, I’m done classes for the semester.  I pet the golden retriever (Ariel) she’s very cute made me feel loved, made me feel at home cause I missed my dogs a lot.” says Emily. After the interview she admits she “ I feel a lot better, I’d come see them again honestly.” I also spoke to sophomore Nicole an accounting major at Loyola University Maryland who share her stress about exams and how great these dogs are. “I very stressed about classes I take six classes, so I have a final in every class coming here is very calming. Its nice to just sit breathe for five minutes and you know just pet a dog it reminds me of home” says Nicole. Even I am stressed for these exams so as an animal lover I had to relax and focus for a brief moment on the beauty of these animals. We all feel stressed but it’ll all work out in the end, with the help of these Therapy Dogs we have nothing to worry about!

 

Hope to see the Pets on Wheels pups next semester !

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Service dogs appear on Loyola’s campus

By Julia McBride

Members of the Loyola community may notice an increase in the number of man’s best friend in the coming semesters. In the past service dogs have frequently made an appearance on campus at the library and on the quad. They are brought to campus by organizations that train service dogs and therapy dogs to help students with stress relief during exam weeks. However, recently students have been given the opportunity to train therapy dogs for nine months, training them to be well behaved, and conditioned to be around people and different places. Universities are considered a great place to train service dogs as they introduce the puppies to possibly stressful situations, loud noises, and large crowds of people. There have been quite a few students who have already taken up this opportunity and are now taking care of their own service dog.

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Service dog in training Moose already knows how to sit and lay down on command.

Sunday night Loyola’s housing association held an event in Avila Lounge featuring a new addition to the Loyola community; service dog in training, Moose. The event was held to help students relieve stress, including coloring books, food, and playing with puppies.

When asked about her experience having  moose on campus, owner Olivia Houser commented, “Its been fun to be able to train her, but also difficult. We call her princess moose because she is kind of a diva.” Olivia noted that she often chooses not to go down stairs and will randomly just sit or lie down in the middle of the sidewalk when on the way to class. When asked about what it’s been like bringing her to classes, and what her teachers think, Olivia commented, “Well she falls asleep and then snores in the middle of classes, so some teachers think its a student who’s asleep in class, I remind them its just Moose.” While many students are excited to see more dogs around on campus, others question the practicality and distractions that might come with having dogs in classrooms and in dorms.

Loyola’s disability support services provide guidelines and requirements for having a service animals and assistance animals on campus. These guidelines explain the specific requirements regarding requests for an assistance and emotional support animal, or service animal on campus. They state that dogs or other types of animals, with or without training, can qualify as assistance animals if their presence is needed to provide an individual equal opportunity within residences. Although animals normally are restricted on University property, service animals (and service animals in training) are not excluded as long as their presence does not alter the nature of a University program or activity and they meet these required guidelines.

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.

Loyola’s Fitness and Aquatic Center updates its functional training space

By Carolyn Perricelli

Current pop music plays from speakers throughout Loyola University Maryland’s Fitness and Aquatic Center.

The fitness center has a cardio and weight room, a half mile track, indoor soccer court, two basketball courts, a rock climbing wall, the FitWell Cafe, two group exercise rooms, the Mangione Aquatic center, and racquetball courts. It didn’t have a functional training room- no designated space for stretching and circuit training, except for a few racks of free weights and a row of mats. This academic year, the fall of 2016, Loyola’s FAC gutted one of the racquetball courts and designed a functional training room to accommodate all FAC members and their varying fitness activities.

This update was a surprise to members of the FAC, including its employees. Senior and student employee at the FAC, Aubrey Syrek confirmed that the student employees were not notified there would be facility updates prior to a public announcement in October.

Andrew Black, Associate Director of Recreational Sports said the department had been interested in updating the functional fitness space based on fitness trends by students and other members; the department, “completed an assessment to determine usage of the court for racquetball  purposes as well as usage for our downstairs weight room.” Although still under renovation, the upstairs workout space has now tripled. As an employee Syrek believes more people will be willing to go to the FAC to workout, as a student who utilizes the FAC, Syrek appreciates the added space for people to workout, the expanded space “definitely helps for rush times, during 6-7 or 4-7, when we’re busiest.”

The renovations have cost a few thousand dollars, a definitive budget was not confirmed; however, Black notes there will be more additions to the current state of the functional fitness area: a Torque Machine, more kettle balls, more medicine balls, battle ropes, and plyo boxes. Currently, the racquetball court was replaced by a multipurpose floor, but the department plans to install turf in the summer. Black jokes, “This area will also have a mirror our patrons will use instead of their reflection on the glass!” (in reference to the glass of the remaining racquetball courts). With these new additions, there is now a designated area in the atrium on the second floor for relaxed stretching and mat-focused workouts. Where there used to be about a dozen lounge chars, is now a supply of free weights, balance balls, mats, and foam rollers.

These two designated spaces for meant for different fitness purposes will better serve members of the FAC for their varying activities and exercise practices. Because this space is being renovated in stages, the new functional fitness area will not be fully completed until the summer of 2017. Due to the newly laid out atrium space, members will not be inconvenienced as the department continues to re-do the second floor of the FAC.

A Hard Day’s Night

By:Diego Galindo

The holiday season is right around the corner, and Loyola’s English department was thrilled to host an annual feast in the Center for Humanities. Mark Osteen, an English professor at Loyola, invited students from his England Swings: Literature, Film, and Culture in the 1960’s course to be apart of the special night. This year’s theme was The Beatles’ A Hard Days Night, one of the band’s well known album and film hybrids. The sound of rock-and-roll began to fill the halls as students and professors gathered around the stage.

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The Humanities building had been transformed into the Cavern Club, a historical rock-and-roll venue where many famous musicians had played. Dr.Osteen joined fellow band members, which were comprised of students and staff, to cover a setlist of the Beatles greatest hits, as if they were back in England during the 1960’s.

Beatles posters filled the walls and many students were even dressed in costumes as they sang along with the band. From, “Twist and Shout” to “Come Together”, the audience danced the night away. However, the real question was who was going to win the dance contest.

After several songs, Chase Hutchinson, a senior at Loyola, won first place and was awarded a festive gift bag filled with prizes. Hutchinson shared his thoughts on the evening. He stated,”Tonight was like a blast from the past. It was a good turn out and I can’t believe that I actually won. I thought it was a really good way to end the class because of how relevant the theme was, and the live music was awesome.”

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Chase Hutchinson shows off his dance moves.

One of the lead vocalists, Ellie Shirocky, was also excited for her performance in front of fellow classmates. She described her passion for singing and said, “I’ve been singing since I was seven, but tonight was way different.  Watching everyone dance and get excited about what we were doing was the best part.”

After the show was over, attendees moved onto the feast. Students and faculty gathered in the Refectory to enjoy England-themed entrées and a varied assortment of holiday treats. Although dinner was coming to a close, the night was not over yet. Their knowledge of the Beatles was tested through an exciting game of Beatles trivia, although Dr. Osteen always seemed to be the first to answer.

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Students playing trivia.

The English department was able to bring what this class was learning to life in a fun and festive way. There was a smile on everyone’s face, and even as the night ended, people were still laughing and taking pictures to remember the noteworthy night.

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Bright Minds Bold Hearts and The York Road Initiative

By: Jamie Archibong

Nestled adjacently to Loyola University Maryland is Baltimore city’s York Road. It is home to a community which has many needs from education and health development to support of local small businesses. Loyola wants to be a part of that change and the Bright Minds Bold Hearts campaign is gunning to raise $400,000 dollars for The York Road Initiative to bring it about.

The campaign gives all members of the Loyola community; friends, faculty, alumni and students, the opportunity to be a part of shaping Loyola’s future. The campaign’s name was created to honor Loyola student’s themselves who show having a great want to learn more about their world as well as a passion for transforming the lives of others all over. The vitality of Loyola itself depends on philanthropy and generosity of leaders within its community who believe in supporting the Jesuit education. Supporters of the campaign have showed enormous commitment to reach the $100 million dollar goal by its end. The silent phase of the campaign began in June 2011 and that year raised nearly $45 million dollars. Since December 7, 2013 the campaign has been public and stands at a total of $75.43 million dollars since Nov. 30th.

The York Road Initiative, begun in 2003, was a part of a strategic plan to take leadership in improving the lives and learning from those living on York Road, geographically defined as the Greater Govans community of Cold Spring Lane and Northern Parkway. The Bright Minds, Bold Hearts campaign has decided to put forth $400,000 dollars of its donated money into the program in an effort to further grow the school’s positive relationship with the residents of the community. Vice president for advancement at Loyola, Jerry Sawyer said, “What we love about The York Road Initiative and why we think it’s a great thing to support is because the initiative is not only a gift to Loyola, it is an investment and gift to the city.”

The program is all about collaboration with neighbors. The funds raised for the York Road Initiative will allow Loyola to sponsor activities that will stimulate the economy of York Road as well as bring about a safer and vibrant community for its residents. Already Loyola offers numerous service activities within the Baltimore community for students to take advantage of. Through the Center of Community Service and Justice (CCSJ) students can directly get involved in bringing service and volunteering to local, national, and international communities. As far as the campaign goes, Loyola students are very excited to hear that Loyola has such love and care for the people of Baltimore.

More information on how to give to Bright Minds Bold Hearts can be found on its website.

NEW QUICK CHEK CAUSES ENTRANCE AND EXIT PROBLEMS FOR WHIPPANY, NJ RESIDENTS

By Maria Casalino

 

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Photo: Maria Casalino

“New Jersey doesn’t pump its own gas,” but who says it has to struggle driving into the gas station? Whippany, New Jersey, a small town in Hanover Township, had minimal areas to stop and get gas over a year ago. Now, approximately six months later, as of the April 16 Daily Record newspaper article, local residents are celebrating the new Quick Chek, a Wawa-type location, at the corner of Route 10 and South Jefferson Road, a traffic-heavy area that has certainly aided people in their daily commutes.

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Among the convenient location, affordable gas prices, and mini market that houses some of the best on-the-go coffee and sandwiches, the new Quick Chek has still created some traffic problems. “Quick Chek gets real busy around rush-hour, making it nearly impossible for drivers to enter and exit the area safely,” Jim Casalino, 19-year resident of Whippany said. “There are too many accidents waiting to happen and drivers making illegal turns which has caused the town to step in,” he continued.

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What ideas has Hanover Township discussed so far? “So far, one idea floated by Mayor Ronald Francioli to put up rubber stanchions on South Jefferson Road to delineate lanes and prevent illegal turns in and out of the new Quick Chek has been rejected by the state Department of Transportation (DOT), which has jurisdiction of the intersection” James Lent, Editor of the Hanover Eagle newspaper wrote on Thursday, Dec. 8.

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A phone interview took place with the vice president of Quick Chek, John Schaninger who said, “we are very lucky that the Whippany community welcomed us as greatly as they did. While I have not heard of any complaints about the new Quick Chek personally, I have read about them.”

Regardless, the two Quick Chek premises located in Whippany are extremely successful and aid drivers in gas tank fill-ups and early morning coffee and donuts.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Loyola’s Lessons & Carols Kicks off the Holiday Season

By Kaylie Shaffer

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Photo Credit: Kaylie Shaffer

On Friday evening in the Alumni Memorial Chapel, Loyola hosted its annual celebration of the advent season with Lessons & Carols. The event combines prayerful Christmas readings with a variety of songs performed by the Loyola University Chapel choir. The event also marks the conclusion of the Presents for Christmas drive, as it is where all the donated gifts are brought so that they can be given to those in need.

The audience quickly occupied the entire chapel, filling all of the seats and much of the standing room on the sides of the pews before the event had even started. Each year alumni, family, and friends come back to celebrate the holiday season with this beautiful and peaceful event.

Anne Lauder, a sophomore, enjoyed how the festive event was beautiful start to the holiday season as the ambiance of the lights, music, and prayer truly created a peaceful evening. She explained, “I thought it was a great way to get everyone into the Christmas spirit and bring the Loyola community together for the holidays.”

The event is not able to come together without all of the hard work from the Campus Ministry staff, the Chapel Choir, and other volunteers. As for the planning of the event, sophomore Julie Montone points out that preparing for the show is not a small task. “We usually have two hour practices once a week, except for the week of Lessons & Carols where we have three practices,” she says. The groups split up into male and female sections to work on the more difficult parts of each song and then come back together at the end to run through the whole piece as a group once more.

Fellow sophomore choir member Colleen Samot echoed this sentiment on how nicely it all came together, regardless of the bumps in the road that came up along the way. “It was great to perform and see the result of all the hard work of so many different people who came together to make Lessons & Carols possible this year.”

To see the results of all the hard work that the faculty and students put into this event, there is a recorded version available online.

Fa-la-la-la-Finals. S#5

By: Bennett Wisner

Students around campus at Loyola University Maryland are preparing for the most stressful time of year, finals week. Yes, unfortunately the time has come. With the last week of classes ending today, students are now trying to stay relaxed, while at the same time pressing the “In Case of Emergency” button due to the grueling week of finals coming up. The first official day of finals starts on December, 14th and the last day is December 22nd; a tad later than last years finals week.  All students have a different way of preparing, however.

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Lauren Young, a fifth-year senior at Loyola, is taking a much more relaxing route. “I graduate in January, so most of the really important work I needed to get done is already done. I just have to do some short presentations and take one final. Unfortunately I have to wait until the 22nd to take it, but during that time I’ll probably watch some Christmas movies and start to really prepare the day or two before.”

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Fortunately for students, they can find laughter and happiness from the 25 days of Christmas in the “25 Days of Christmas” from Freeform. The movie marathon began December 1 and the last day of the marathon ends December 25th. Nick Rolle in particular, a junior at Loyola, is expecting to find comfort in the Polar Express movie showings. “It’s been my favorite Christmas movie since I was a kid. It always just made me really happy, but that was before I had 5 finals and 3 papers due in one week, so we will see if it can benefit me at all during finals week.”

The university itself has gone out of its way to offer students fun activities to help them ease their way through this rigorous week. On December 6 and 12th, The Loyola Notre Dame Library hosted “Therapy Dogs, Cookies and Coffee”, an event where Pets on Wheels Maryland brings dogs to the LND library essentially for students to play with them for a while to take their mind off of finals week. Annalee Flaherty found this event to be very soothing. “I just love dogs. Having my dog back at home during finals week in high school made it so much easier, so even though the dogs were not my own it provided the same amount of comfort and happiness.”

 

I personally want to wish everyone the best of luck this week. Stay Calm and Holy Finals.