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Thumbs Up Thumbs Down: Look Who’s Back, Back Again


Hey hounds! Thumbs Up Thumbs Down is back from its tiny hiatus, which was really just the editorial board not meeting last week because of Fall Break and us not being able to think of enough Thumbs Downs… Never a bad thing, right? Getting back to campus after Fall Break has been hectic as usual, with a few more ups and downs than last week. Here are our top three for each:

Thumbs Up. Stefan’s Seattle Adventure

What better excuse is there to miss a few days of classes than to attend a conference across the country? Last week, News Editor Stefan Joyce ’20 and a few other members of the WLOY Radio team made their way to Seattle. to attend the College Broadcasters, Inc. conference. Stefan says that he was very grateful the experience and learned a lot from the guest speakers who shared their broadcasting wisdom to those in attendance. Breaking your way into the broadcasting industry can feel daunting, but the opportunities and resources that Loyola its students over the course of their undergraduate career prepares them for the scary adult world!

Thumbs Down. Homecoming got rained out. 

The first annual homecoming weekend was met with some resistance from Mother Nature with rainy skies and fall drear, but that didn’t stop hounds new and old from spending time on the Evergreen campus and celebrating some good old fashioned school spirit. The weekend was a great opportunity for alumni to visit and relive their college days, with the bookstore selling some old school Loyola College gear. One of the most anticipated events of the weekend was President Rev. Linnane’s ribbon cutting to celebrate the new Center for Intercultural Engagement (CIE). The third floor Student Center remodel holds now ALANA Services, the Pride Resource Room, and the Student Activities office, and is an important space for meaningful integration on campus.

Thumbs Up. Men’s soccer won homecoming game.

The men’s soccer team flexed some serious Greyhound pride during their homecoming game where they won 1-0 against Lafayette. This victory clinches their row-title of Regular Season Champs for the second season in a row. As the main event of the weekend, the boys’ win proved even more cause for celebration on an already fun and spirit-filled weekend. Best of luck on their final game of the regular season where they will once again be playing Lafayette on Nov. 10 @ 7 p.m! Go Hounds!

Thumbs Down. Halloween Rally. 

Last Thursday was one of the much-awaited festivities of the spooky season for Loyola students, but apparently Halloween Rally wasn’t worth the trouble this year. In addition to the general sloppiness that comes with every PowerPlant Live! Rally in the Alley, last week’s in particular proved to be even more chaotic and dangerous than usual. A student was reported to have broken their ankle after being trampled by a mob of partiers, among other such injuries. Buses from University of Maryland (UMD) College Park and other colleges in Delaware also descended upon Baltimore for the event, making for a hectic and seemingly uncontrollable night.

Thumbs Up. The Wolves. 

This weekend, the theater department put on a riveting rendition of the Sarah DeLappe play “The Wolves.” The story follows a team of high school-aged girls during a fall indoor soccer season. The audience spends most of the play’s duration getting to know the girls during the conversations they have during practice and warm ups. A surprise and tragic ending left the entire house in tears, myself included. Let’s just say I wasn’t exactly put together when I ran into Director and Class of 2019 Dean Natka Bianchini… Congrats to the entire cast and crew on a phenomenal show!

Thumbs Down. Pittsburgh Synagogue Shooting.

Last Saturday, gunman Robert Bowers opened fire on a Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh, killing 11 people and wounding several others. The shooting, which has been labeled a massacre, was very clearly a hate crime, with Bowers stating that he “wanted all Jews to die.” According to the New York Times, this has been “one of the worst attacks against the Jewish community in the United States in decades.” As we receive messages of hate from those in power and others around us, The Greyhound team encourages everyone to act with kindness, compassion, and understanding to everyone in the Loyola community.

That’s a wrap for now, folks. Keep working hard and remember to find time for self care along the way, too. To combat the seemingly pervasive hate that is seeping into all levels of our society, consider stopping by the We Will Not Be Erased community demonstration on the quad this Friday, Nov. 2, and 2 p.m. to stand in solidarity with our transgender community here at Loyola and beyond. Hope to see you there!

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