Women’s March (01/18)
The third Chicago Women’s March — led by Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot and other elected women — had protesters filling West Adams Street in the Loop before converging in Federal Plaza. At the front of the charge, Lightfoot was joined by marchers with disabilities, who were part of the focus of the 2020 march.
As a part of this emphasis, accessible entrances were set up near the beginning of the march in Congress Plaza and volunteers were dedicated to giving assistance to marchers who needed help getting through the route.
Loyola Beats Bradley at Sold Out Gentile Arena (02/01)
At Gentile Arena’s first sold-out game of the year Feb. 1, Loyola’s men’s basketball team beat out Bradley 62-51. Then-junior center Cameron Krutwig led the team, scoring 19 points in front of a crowd of nearly 5,000 people.
The victory was made sweeter since it was the first time the two teams matched up since Bradley ended the Ramblers chances of heading back to the NCAA tournament when the Braves beat Loyola March 2019.
Loyola Falls at Arch Madness (03/06)
Despite early excitement around the Ramblers’ chances at Arch Madness, No. 2-seeded Loyola fell to No. 7-seeded Valparaiso in its first game at the tournament. Free throws — something the team struggled with all season — were pegged as the culprit for Valparaiso’s win, with the Ramblers going 14-for-27 from the “charity stripe.”
Loyola was far from the only upset at the tournament though, as No. 1-seeded Northern Iowa also fell in its first game to No. 8-seeded Drake University. The two games made Arch Madness history as it was the first time the top two seeds had been eliminated in the quarterfinals.
At the same time as the protests May 30, riots and looting broke out, leading to Loyola’s Water Tower Campus being damaged. While most of the damage consisted of broken windows, the broadcast studio was hit hardest — two television monitors, one of its three studio cameras and all 25 of the studio’s iMac computers were stolen during the night.
Rogers Parker Residents Come Together To Create "Neighborhood Memorial for Victims of Police Violence" (07/26-08/19)
Rogers Park residents came together again nearly two months later to help the P.O. Box Collective (6900 N. Glenwood Ave.), a creative group dedicated to community building through “radical art,” to create an art installment related to the protests on a CTA viaduct wall.
The “Neighborhood Memorial for Victims of Police Violence” pasted up posters reading “We miss you” with the names and death date of individuals killed by police officers. Every Sunday, members of the group brought supplies and encouraged community members to participate in the art piece.
Our Streets LUC Protests (08/20-)
Loyola students brought the Black Lives Matter movement to Loyola’s Lake Shore Campus by covering sidewalks with chalk messages and marching in the streets surrounding the university. The protests led to Chicago police officers taking six Loyola students into custody.
The students were released and some of the charges against them were dropped while the protest organizers, a group called Our Streets LUC, continued to pressure the university to meet the demands they had set forth.
Allegations of racism at the university were made by students during an on-campus gathering and by Loyola’s former Associate Director of Admission Marcus Mason in his resignation letter.
Mason’s allegations were aimed toward Erin Moriarty — a university official in the Undergraduate Admissions Office accused of cultivating a “toxic” environment — spurring a university investigation into the matter which ended with Moriarty being cleared of the allegations.
Election Day (11/04)
Loyola’s Centennial Forum served as a polling place for the 2020 election, bringing voters and electioneers to campus. While lines were thinner due to record amounts of mail-in voters — including 7,000 49th Ward residents.
However, several of those showing up to vote on Election Day did so out of a fear their vote wouldn’t be counted.
“I voted four years ago and I would’ve mailed it in without a problem then,” Loyola senior Kailyn Strawbridge said. “Now I need to be in person because I had a fear my vote might not be counted or my mail-in ballot might be lost.”
Our Streets LUC Protest After Biden Declared Winner (11/07)
Student protest organization Our Streets LUC continued its protests in Rogers Park through November. This march took place the day the presidential election was called in favor of Joe Biden. Students made clear that a Biden win didn’t mean their fight was over.
A variety of topics were brought up by protesters while they marched around campus and down North Sheridan Road, most notably their continued calls for Moriarty's termination.