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CAPS malfunction pushes Scalia defends framers’ intent in Constitution talk recruiter deadlines by one week Ben Pokross Senior News Staff An online snafu that took down a widely used recruiting website over the weekend has caused dozens of employers to push back their deadlines for internship applications by a week. Chicago Career Connection, a portal operated by Career Advising and Planning Services (CAPS), was inaccessible to users over the weekend before coming back online Monday afternoon at 4 p.m. Students rely on the site to submit résumés, cover letters, and the like for internships, fellowships, and “Chicago Careers In” grants. According to CAPS Senior Associate Director Marthe Druska, all application deadlines listed on the site between February 10 and February 14—25, including several for Jeff Metcalf Fellowships—have been pushed back seven days. “This will give students the time to make up applications that they weren’t able to complete,” Druska said. Simplicity, a third-party company, operates Chicago Career Connection along with sites for numerous universit It is unclear what caused the outage, although Shannon Delaney, CAPS’s associate director of administration, strategic programming and outreach, attrib-
uted the problem to a “breakdown in [Simplicity’s] servers.” CAPS has used the system since the 2007–2008 academic year. Druska also assured users that materials students had uploaded to the site were safe, and that no student information had been lost. The staff at CAPS learned of the system failure Friday afternoon and began working with Simplicity immediately to resolve the problem. However, CAPS did not make an official announcement until Sunday afternoon, posting a note on the home page of their website. “We knew there was a problem on Friday—we didn’t know how widespread a problem,” she said. Third-year Sookyun Park, whose deadline for an internship at Pacific Gas and Electric was at midnight on Friday, turned frantic when he realized that the site was down. “On Friday, there was no communication from CAPS, so we didn’t know if the employer knew what was going on,” he said. Park quickly called CAPS, where a receptionist told him that the situation was being handled. “Obviously, they knew what was going on and were trying to figure it out,” he said, “but we didn’t know that they knew.”
Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia speaks to faculty and students about the methods and philosophies of constitutional interpretation at the Law School Monday afternoon. DARREN LEOW | THE CHICAGO MAROON
Rebecca Guterman Assistant News Editor Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia gave the annual Ulysses and Marguerite Schwartz lecture in the Law School Auditorium yesterday afternoon on the “Methodology of Originalism.” Dean of the Law School Michael Schill introduced Scalia, mentioning his
At community kitchen, a troubled past boils away Tiantian Zhang News Staff Four months ago, 25-year-old Lamont Herron was given a second chance to pursue his dream of becoming a seasoned chef, a passion that has simmered since he was young, despite several dips and turns along the way. Herron landed a job at the
Noodles Etc. offshoot in Hutchinson Commons, after participating in a 13-week training program at the Garfield Park Inspiration Kitchen, where he took hands-on training classes that taught him basic sanitation practices and learned several new recipes. The program helps over 3,000 people each year affected by
homelessness and poverty to improve their lives by providing employment training, job placement, and housing. Inspiration Kitchen, part of the Inspiration Corporation, is also a fully functioning restaurant run by students in the program. Growing up on the West Side of HERRON continued on page 2
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time as a U of C law professor from 1977–82, and his help in founding the Federalist Society in 1981. Scalia, who was appointed to the court in 1986 and is the longest-sitting justice on the Supreme Court, is known for his conservatism, humor, and fiery yet accessible judicial opinions. Scalia began by defending originalism, which refers to the method of
resolving issues before the court using the original meaning of the founding fathers’ words at the time the Constitution was written. That method operates in contrast to evolving constitutionalism, which reinterprets the Constitution in modern contexts. “It goes well beyond determining the historical usage of words,” Scalia said in SCALIA continued on page 2
Discovering love and turbulence in undergrad marriage Lily Gordon News Staff When Tanya Alimova (A.B. ’11) and fourth-year Daniel Straus started dating at the beginning of his time at the U of C, Straus wasn’t sure of their status as a couple. As a timid first-year, he hesitantly asked Alimova to confirm that they were in a relationship. Three years later, the two are engaged. At a time when young people are waiting longer and longer to get married (the median age is 28.2 for men and 26.1 for women, according to the 2010 U.S. Census), early engagements can raise eyebrows. However, Straus and Alimova, both 22, are just one of a handful of U of C couples who have made lifelong commitments to their partners early in their academic careers. Moriah Grooms-Garcia (A.B. ’11) and her husband Victor Garcia met on the track team in 2008 and married two years
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later, when Moriah was 22 and Victor 30. Engagement before graduation was once unthinkable to Moriah, she said, but married life has now become a place where she and her husband can feel safe. “I never thought I would get married before I graduated, let alone before 25,” Moriah said. “Getting married just made things easier. Instead of feeling like I had to go out somewhere to visit my boyfriend, I could now come home to my committed relationship.” Fourth-year Elizabeth Bedi, now 21, also pictured herself as “the kind of girl who could have been happy being single for a while.” In March 2010, however, she met Mandeep Bedi (A.B. ’10) at a mutual friend’s apartment, and knew he was the man for her. “He just struck me as different,” she said. They were married in a courthouse in the middle of spring COUPLES continued on page 3
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Uncommon Interview: Joe Sacco Acclaimed graphic writer Joe Sacco came to the U of C as the Dedmon Writer-inResidence for two days last week to speak with students about his work. Sacco’s prominent works include books on Palestine and the Bosnian Civil War. Sacco has won the Eisner Award, the Ridenhour Book Prize, and a Guggenheim Fellowship. The MAROON spoke with Sacco about his work, his early start with drawing, and the limits of journalism. To see the complete interview, go to www.chicagomaroon.com. For coverage of Sacco’s reading last Tuesday, flip to page 19.
Chicago Maroon: How do cartoons relate to journalism as a medium? Joe Sacco: Basically I would say the advantage of comics is they’re visceral. You open up a book and you can find yourself in a refugee camp in Gaza or in a town in Eastern Bosnia. We’re visual creatures, and I think drawings can put us into a scene. Through multiple drawings, because comics are a series of multiple drawings mostly, you can get a sense of the atmosphere of a place, perhaps easier than one photograph. The real thing about photo journalism is they’re trying to use one photograph, one image, to sum up a whole situation, whereas with comics, many images create sort of an atmosphere. CM: We’ve heard that you’re currently working on a project about poverty with journalist Chris Hedges. Could you tell us about it? JS: There’s prose in it and it’s his prose; then there are comics which are based on his interviews, my back-up interviews, and I’m also doing illustrations just to show what places look like. It’s hard to cover the whole United States, so we just picked places that represent certain things. One of those
is Camden, New Jersey, [also] Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota, Amocoli, Florida, where migrant workers are doing harvesting of crops, especially tomatoes, and coal mine areas of West Virginia. To his mind and to my mind, each of those represents something about America, but ultimately about the triumph of capitalism. So we’re just seeing how people live. The book ends with the Occupy movement. We actually went to New York and spent some time at Zuccotti Park to see the pushback. CM: What do you think is the place of graphic writing in today’s literary world? JS: There was a time when I was starting out, when it felt like a backwater, and now you get good reviews, sometimes better reviews than you deserve, because people don’t know how to judge it. So we’re at this golden moment when we’re getting a pass. CM: Why do you find yourself so interested in politics? JS: I’m interested in a lot of other things, but comics just take so much time so that it looks like you’re just obsessed with certain subjects.
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Graphic writer Joe Sacco. DARREN LEOW | THE CHICAGO MAROON
If it takes me seven years to do a book about something or five years or whatever, it looks [like] you’ve really devoted a lot of your life to this, and I have, but there are a lot of things I’m interested in. If you had to really look at it, I think it’s a matter of social justice. That’s what interests me. Things bother me. They anger me sometimes and they motivate me to do something—whatever it is. I’m not saying what I do is effective. I just have to do whatever I can do to find out about this and tell people about it. It’s a simple sort of equation. If something bothers me, I want to do something about it.
Scalia: Dred Scott, Roe v. Wade went “a bridge too far” SCALIA continued from front
his explanation of originalism. Though not always a straightforward or perfect solution, Scalia argued that originalism is the best way of interpreting the Constitution. Lawyers, like historians, he said, are trained to interpret and not decode the moral philosophy behind legal documents. “History is a rock-hard science compared to moral philosophy,” he said. The Court receives many useless amicus briefs that do not address the historical context of the issue under consideration, Scalia said, referencing interpretations of the Second Amendment’s right to bear arms. He also reinforced the idea that lawyers are qualified to make decisions based on historical analysis when they have appropriate information. “Conclusions to be drawn from these facts are, it seems to me, the Court’s responsibility and cannot be passed off to a professional historic class. To be sure, a conclusion contradicting a uniform judgement of historians should give one pause, but
ultimately it is the judges’ call,” he said. He ended his speech with a final defense of history over subjective moral interpretations. “A willful judge can distort history to reflect his or her own personal views, but originalism does not invite it,” Scalia said. “The use of history is far closer to being the cure than it is to being the disease.” In a question-and-answer session following the lecture, Scalia elaborated on his views of constitutional interpretation and the politics of the judicial branch. His support of originalism is reflected in part in his respect for the Framers’ desire to restrain the legislature over time. “Future society could not only mature, it could also rot,” he said. Scalia said that he does not always agree with the Court’s decisions, but the body is aware of the political climate in which it operates. “Dred Scott went a bridge too far, Roe v. Wade went a bridge too far,” he said. “[But] the Court very rarely gets the politics wrong…It very rarely goes a bridge too far.” At the same time, Scalia said, the role of the
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Court is becoming increasingly involved in politics, a role supported by the evolving constitutionalism method. “When people figure out that the Supreme Court is amending the Constitution turn by turn—people aren’t stupid. The most important criterion [then] is, is he or she going to write the Constitution I want? Of course it’s going to find its way into the confirmation process,” he said. When asked what advice he could give to law students, Scalia used John Marshall, the fourth Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, as an example of a lawyer who was also involved in his community. “Try to find a practice that enables you to have a human existence, time to attend to other responsibilities,” he said. “I don’t think lawyers do their share anymore.” In honor of his high regard for history, Michael Schill presented Scalia with a first-edition autobiography of Benjamin Franklin from 1794 as a gift for speaking.
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A year after her unsuccessful bid to unseat fifth ward Alderman Leslie Hairston, Anne Marie Miles is mounting another campaign against her former adversary for another of her posts: Democratic Committeeman. Hairston is currently both the fifth ward’s alderman and democratic committeeman—a situation not legally mandated, but still common in Chicago, including in Toni Preckwinkle’s fourth ward and Willie Cochran’s 20th ward. Miles announced her campaign on January 27 on her website. If she wins, she will be working alongside Hairston in the unpaid post, which coordinates closely with the alderman to encourage voter turnout, organize party events, and appoint election judges. “I’m perfectly willing to work with her,” Miles said, waving away the possibility of any simmering tensions with the woman who beat her last February. “I’m a consensus builder.” Hairston’s office could not be reached for comment. Miles says she will bring a different perspective to the fifth ward, over which Hairston has presided as alderman since 1999. “I’m running because the fifth ward has always been the voice of independence…[and] I just don’t hear that from our current alderman.” “Things need to get moving in the ward,” Miles said. Miles is undaunted by her failed campaign last year, and even hopes that the experience will be advantageous this time around. “If anything, it’s made me more excited about running,” she said. “Last year many people said, ‘We don’t know who you are,’” Miles said. Miles would not confirm whether she would run for alderman in the 2015 election, though she suggested that it is a possibility.
Herron received $10,000 in culinary training free of charge HERRON continued from front
Chicago and raised by his grandfather, Herron took particular interest in his aunts’ gastronomical endeavors as they prepared various recipes for the neighborhood. “Your dream will come true eventually as long as you stick to it,” Herron said. Upon graduating from high school, Herron enrolled in a culinary college but withdrew when he was unable to afford required books for his classes. After trying several different jobs, including working at a family-owned construction business and handing out fliers, one of Herron’s friends got him into drug dealing. Eventually he was caught by the police and spent a year in jail. “With a criminal background, it is nearly impossible to find a job anywhere,” Herron said. “There were times that I filled in job applications every day, but none of them gave me replies.” On his girlfriend’s urging, Herron found his “second chance” at Inspiration Kitchen and “kept calling them every day for a month” until he was offered an interview. He was admitted two weeks later and trained six days a week for the next three months. Even though it costs Inspiration Kitchen approximately $10,000 to train each student, Herron enrolled in the program free of charge. The only necessary commitments required of Herron were “time, patience, and dedication.” “They bring hope and open a door to people like me. I just need a second chance. And they give me exactly what I need,” he said.
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Married couples weather separation and tragedy while finding joy and stability COUPLES continued from front
quarter of 2010, and soon after took off for a honeymoon in Mexico to elude the gossip surrounding them on campus. Last August, however, after just over a year of marriage, Mandeep was hit by a car and killed while out driving with Elizabeth. He was 23. Six months later, Elizabeth says the two fully embraced the time they had together. “It seems crazy that we hadn’t met sooner,” she said. Amy Morgan, a Hyde Park marriage counselor, believes that age isn’t as important as maturity for young married couples, even if friends and family disapprove of the engagement. “There needs to be a certain level of emotional maturity and self-awareness for a young marriage to succeed. But marriage is also a safe place where people can really grow and develop,” Morgan said. Fourth-year Shawnteal Turner-Peery got engaged last year, for example, but she took her time: She met her future husband, Hunter Parlette, the summer before high school in Toledo, Ohio, but she waited until her second year of college before calling him her boyfriend. They got engaged last September. But when Turner-Peery got engaged to Parlette, she said that family and friends questioned her choice. “Acquaintances who don’t know what Hunter and I are like together of course ask, ‘What are you doing with your life?’” she said. However, the couple’s close relationship has endured tests of distance and separation. Parlette serves in the Marines, and the two have to go for weeks-long stretches without speaking. When alone, she listens to long voicemails from him, looks at photographs, and reminds herself that he finishes his service in 2013. “What’s so exciting to me about marrying him is just being able to be in the same place for a while,” she said. Moriah and Victor can empathize. Victor, who took a leave of absence from the U of C to serve in the Marines before he met Moriah, now works midnight shifts as a Chicago police officer. Meanwhile, Moriah works in the Education Department of the Oriental Institute. Day in and day out, one sleeps while the other works, leaving just the evening as their time to spend together. Alimova, who studied biolog y and psycholog y, and Straus, a chemistry major, also need to designate time in their busy schedules for each other as they apply for graduate schools. Still, they’ve been accepted into programs near each other, and they plan to live together then. As for how the scientific power couple knows they were meant to be, the answer, of course, is mathematical: Alimova’s birthday is January 25 (five squared), Straus’s is January 16 (four squared), and they were born nine days apart (three squared).
1. Dan Straus and Tanya Alimova
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Axelrod’s Institute: A Look at the Board Deval Patrick Current Position 71st governor of Massachusetts.
David Axelrod Current Position Political strategist and former senior adviser to President Barack Obama.
Clerk to Judge Stephen Reinhardt in the 9th Circuit; NAACP Legal Defense Fund; Partner of Hill of the Boston Law Firm Hill and Barlow; Assistant U.S. Attorney General under Clinton.
Breaks with party While working for the NAACP in 1998, the democrat sued and settled a case with then-Arkansas Governor Bill Clinton in a voting rights case.
Publications A Reason to Believe: Lessons from an Improbable Life.
Current Position Author, presidential historian, and political news analyst.
Campaign adviser/spokesman for Harold Washington, Barack Obama, and John Kerry; Consultant to Eliot Spitzer and Deval Patrick; founder of AKP&D Message and Media.
Breaks with party Aided Obama Administration in passing health care reform bill through a Republican-controlled House of Representatives.
Publications Was the Chicago Tribune’s City Hall bureau chief and political columnist for the Chicago Tribune.
A.B. from Harvard College in English and American literature; J.D. from Harvard Law School.
Doris Kearns Goodwin
Studied political science at the U of C; adjunct professor of communication studies at Northwestern University.
Makes frequent appearances on NBC’s Meet the Press, The Charlie Rose Show, and The Colbert Report.
Breaks with party Documents in 2005 book Team of Rivals looked into success of Lincoln’s bipartisan cabinet in bringing together contentious factions to establish a common consensus.
Publications No Ordinary Time: Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt: The Homefront During World War II and Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln.
Academia A.B. from Colby College in Maine; Ph.D. in government from Harvard University; honorary L.H.D. from Bates College; Professor of history at Harvard University.
David Brooks Current Position New York Times columnist and commentator for PBS’s NewsHour.
Experience Editorial writer and film reviewer for the Washington Times, reporter and op-ed editor for The Wall Street Journal, senior editor at The Weekly Standard, contributing editor at Newsweek and The Atlantic Monthly, and commentator on National Public Radio.
Breaks with party Has supported same-sex marriage and has praised President Obama’s intellect.
Publications Bobos in Paradise: The New Upper Class and How They Got There and The Social Animal: The Hidden Sources of Love, Character, and Achievement.
Academia Studied history at the U of C; Professor at Duke University’s Terry Sanford Institute of Public Policy.
Michael Murphy Current Position Republican political consultant at Revolution Agency.
Experience Consultant to Romney, McCain, Rick Lazio, Jeb Bush, Schwarzenegger, and multiple Fortune 500 corporations and political interest groups.
Breaks with party Criticized Rep. Michele Bachman in a Time Magazine article for misquotes and called her unelectable.
Publications Contributor for The Weekly Standard, and the writer of Time’s “Murphy’s Law” column.
Academia Studied Russian and international relations at Georgetown University School of Foreign Service (withdrew during his senior year).
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All the single students A short, not-so-sweet list of things for single students to do on Valentine’s Day The student newspaper of the University of Chicago since 1892 ADAM JANOFSKY Editor-in-Chief CAMILLE VAN HORNE Managing Editor
It’s Valentine’s Day. You go to the U of C. Chances are, you’re single for this very special holiday—but that doesn’t mean you have to miss out on the fun. We’ve come up with some activities for you to enjoy while the couples continue to delude themselves:
MAHMOUD BAHRANI Senior Editor JONATHAN LAI News Editor HARUNOBU CORYNE News Editor SAM LEVINE News Editor EMILY WANG Viewpoints Editor CHARNA ALBERT Arts Editor DANIEL LEWIS Sports Editor VICENTE FERNANDEZ Sports Editor DOUGLAS EVERSON, JR Head Designer KEVIN WANG Web Editor ALICE BLACKWOOD Head Copy Editor DON HO Head Copy Editor GABE VALLEY Head Copy Editor
1. Go for the classic: Buy a pint of Ben & Jerry’s, watch When Harry Met Sally, and weep. 2. Make “V-day” cards out of old Vita Excolatur mags to give to all your friends. 3. Volunteer in the community—you may be alone on Valentine’s Day, but you’re still luckier than a lot of people who could use your help. 4. Cook a nice group dinner with all your single friends.
5. Enjoy some alone time. Rinse and repeat. 6. Read about the martyrdom of Saint Valentine and resist the urge to picket outside of a Hallmark. 7. Go up to a stranger at the Reg and ask him or her out. No, really. 8. Go on reddit and upvote every “Forever alone” meme. 9. Call home—your parents love you whether or not you have a date tonight; just don’t call during theirs. 10. Write a memoir chronicling all the ups and downs of past relationships. Then burn it because it probably sucks. 11. Defriend all your friends in relationships on Facebook. 12. See a Bulls game—they play the Kings tonight, and Valentine’s Day
means empty seats. 13. Go to Doc alone, sit right next to a couple, and weep. 14. Live your normal life. It’s midterm season, you don’t have time to mess around. 15. Write an op-ed submission for Viewpoints. Please. 16. Go to your professor or TA’s office hours and pretend like you’re on a date. 17. Visit the MSI—be a third wheel to the happy couple of Science and Industry; they won’t mind. 18. Explore a neighborhood. Do they celebrate Valentine’s Day in India? Visit Devon and find out. 19. Read craigslist missed connections and likealittles all night long, and weep.
20. Study in an obscure library. Get ahead on reading in Crerar while everyone you know is none the wiser. 21. Shopping spree at Kimbark Liquors. View this one as a last resort. 22. Eat your problems at Harold’s. We hear they’ll throw in a free plastic bag if you start crying mid-order. 23. Set up an OkCupid profile—so you don’t have to pull out this list again next year. 24. Take a squirrel out to dinner. 25. Buy a rose for Peter Ianakiev, the U of C’s most eligible bachelor.
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Fight for your nights American work and school days are structured for the early risers—but night owls deserve their time too
AJAY BATRA Assoc. Viewpoints Editor TOMI OBARO Assoc. Arts Editor MATTHEW SCHAEFER Assoc. Sports Editor TIFFANY TAN Assoc. Photo Editor TYRONALD JORDAN Business Manager VIVIAN HUA Undergraduate Business Executive VINCENT MCGILL Delivery Coordinator HAYLEY LAMBERSON Ed. Board Member HYEONG-SUN CHO Designer SONIA DHAWAN Designer ALYSSA LAWTHER Designer SARAH LI Designer
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I am a member of a tribe this society doesn’t have time for: the nocturnal. We few, we tired
few, we who are banned from operating heavy machinery. In America, you see, people get up early. They are expected to go to bed early, too. No other sleep pattern is seriously entertained. This is the schedule our Puritan forefathers kept. They led pious, thrifty, hardworking lives, almost entirely in the light of day. Probably because it’s harder to hide sins when it’s bright out. Why should anyone ever desire something different? This creates a conundrum for those of us who subscribe to a
different rhythm. It is difficult to maintain a healthy, productive life while also indulging our night owl tendencies. Work starts at 9. Class might be even earlier. Staying up until 3 or 4 means running on painfully little sleep every day. We have no choice but to repress our natures as best we can. This is a travesty. We gain the ability to function in “normal” society, but what about everything we lose? What about the silence? What about that profound
lack of distracting noises that only arises well past midnight in cities? Cars and trucks stop rolling down Woodlawn. No one slams the heavy front door to the apartment; no strains of music penetrate the thin walls. You have no one to talk to, and nothing to vocalize. It is perfectly, blissfully serene. What about the special poetry of the middle of the night? The sudden burst of creative energ y that needs darkness as its catalyst. The beautiful softening NOCTURNAL continued on page 6
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Letter: Financial aid
Letter: Uncommon Fund
Recent financial aid changes demonstrate commitment to affordable education for all
The Uncommon Fund Board addresses concerns expressed in “Two thumbs down”
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Earlier this month I joined one of the quarterly conversations with students organized by our two student liaisons to the Board of Trustees. After each one of these, I walk away impressed by the thoughtfulness of the exchange. I appreciate the time so many students take to learn more about their University and make their voices heard. Much of our meeting was devoted to a detailed discussion of tuition and financial aid, but I am concerned that the Maroon’s brief report may have left some misimpressions. In my comments to the students, I tried to emphasize a core University value that informs all of our decisions on this topic: We are committed to making a University of Chicago education affordable for all qualified students. That is why, when the 20082009 financial crisis forced so many sacrifices at the University, spending on undergraduate financial aid grew significantly. That is why, through the Odyssey Scholarship program, the University is now replacing loans with grants for more than 1,100 College students. A first-rate undergraduate education is expensive to provide, and
a portion of that expense is reflected in the top-line tuition figure for the College. But there are two related statistics that offer a fuller picture of what families pay: Last year, more than half of our College students received need-based financial aid. The average total of grants for those students was $34,650. As chair of the Board of Trustees, I am fortunate to be part of many conversations among trustees, officers, deans, alumni, faculty, staff and students. At every level, I hear a shared commitment not only to uphold financial aid as a University priority, but to find new ways to help make education affordable. That is more than rhetoric; University Trustees have personally donated more than $43 million for scholarships and financial aid over the last 10 years, including nearly $24 million for aid to College students. I am proud of that, and proud of the hard work of so many at this University to make sure that cost does not prevent qualified students from getting the truly great education offered here. Andrew M. Alper Chair, Board of Trustees
While the Uncommon Fund Board and, by extension, Student Government, has always appreciated the Maroon Editorial Board’s feedback, we hope to mitigate some concerns raised in the February 3 editorial “Two thumbs down.” The piece did make a few interesting proposals, but these were based on concerns that Uncommon Fund Board members feel we can address. The purpose of our first-round application was to seek out the most unique, innovative ideas from the student body. We stressed that preliminary applications (as stated on the form students filled out) would not require a budget and should be primarily prepared independent of feasibility and sustainability considerations for two reasons: First, we hoped to encourage the widest array of ideas and proposals in the first round, and second, we sought to address grievances from years past when students expressed understandable frustration in creating a detailed budget proposal only to be cut in the first round. Projects in the first round, then, had to be considered independent of these factors. With that framework in mind, we allowed the Board to supplement
second-round student voting largely because the general public might not fully understand the practical limitations affecting project preparation and execution. As for allowing the student vote to solely determine what proposals made the first-round cut, we received enough applications in the first round that asking the student body to review so many projects would likely have resulted in an inefficient and incomplete consideration of the numerous submissions. The weight of student input is detailed more thoroughly on the secondround application packet, but the point is this: Student votes will be taken into strong consideration, but we feel it is understandable that popular support will not force us to fund a project that is absolutely not feasible. Conversely, concerns were raised that voting and thus the entire funding process could be negatively impacted by student bias towards higher quality videos. This would seem to conflict with the Maroon Editorial Board’s earlier criticism that student voting does not have the impact that it merits, since it suggests that voting somehow has enough impact to warFUND continued on page 7
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When words fail Visionary thinking requires looking beyond the logical boundaries of language
I am currently reading the third edition of a book entitled The New Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain. It was first published in 1979 and since then, the original has undergone two revisions, been translated into 13 languages, sold over 2.5 million copies in the United States, and spent extended periods of time on The New York Times bestseller list. It was recommended to me after I told someone I wanted to learn how to draw. As its success and longevity would suggest, the book contains a wealth of valuable insight. The author, Betty Edwards, argues that good drawing is rooted in good seeing. Not glancing, perusing,
Some activities demand the night NOCTURNAL continued from page 5 of lines, the shadows cast on the wall by the streetlamp outside. The way things acquire a new significance. Pouring a glass of cheap wine and opening a book of the Romantics is not an activity for right after lunch. But at 2 a.m.? 3 a.m.? It just works, goddamnit. Byron and Shelley aren’t the same in sunlight. This is the time they were writing for. This is the time at which they deserve to be read. What about the world of thought you discover lying awake in bed? Most of the day your mind is directed. Focused. Even when you daydream, there is some fixed endpoint, some appointment to keep. Not here. Here you are free to wander until sleep takes hold. There are dreams, fantasies that you would never entertain on the more rational hours of the clock. There are memories that emerge from the depths, years since their last appearance. You can hold them, turn them in your hands, twist, stretch, warp. Here, like at no other time, you are both master and tourist of your imagination. Night people are suppressed by the subtle, unnoticed tyranny of the early risers. This is not meant to be an attack on those who choose to get up at daybreak. They certainly have the right to do so. And, in truth, there’s also a wonderful quality to early morning, with its dramatic sunrises and crescendoing choruses of birdsong. Much as I usually hate waking up early, I have to admit I find something to love each time I do. So I would never deny morning people the right to keep to their own schedule. But why can they not extend to us the same privilege? Why must we live by their workday? It serves no practical purpose; most of us no longer need to get up in time to plant crops, or go to bed early to preserve whale oil. Nor is it inherently natural, as the late hours kept in southern Europe, the Middle East and elsewhere attest to. We night people must stand together. This means you, girl reading this at 3 a.m. without yawning. This means you, guy who thinks 4 a.m. is a wonderful time to catch up on homework. Hit the snooze button. The time for chronological diversity is here. David Kaner is a second-year in the College majoring in philosophy.
This was a revelation for me. I realized that with my visual system of basic, childish drawing symbols, I was severely limited in what I could express. I was drawing within this language of symbols, not drawing what was actually there. I had never seen, when drawing in the past—just glanced, identified an entire object like a leg, and substituted my leg symbol for real sight. An even bigger revelation came when I realized that this concept wasn’t limited to drawing. We do it all the time in school. Everything I do in school boils down to my use of language. I write analytical essays or creative fiction or short responses or abstracts but always, perpetually, I am limited to words. One might argue that I should take visual art classes. I would agree, but as Edwards indicates, many art teachers tend to avoid the issue of how to see and either ignore it or get around it with “crafty” projects like mosaics or things involving glue. And art history, while noble in its own right, only perpetuates this incorrect use of language, simplifying art too much while simultaneously making it sound complicated and dignified. Real languages are extensive, significantly more extensive than a child’s symbolic drawing language, but they are not infinite. They
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UNIVERSITY OF CHICAGO, TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 14, 2012
EXTRA Historic Issue on Shelves Today EXTRA NEW DAILY PAPER October 1, 1902
Gratifying Interest in Publication of TheDailyMaroon Founded To-day HISTORY OF THE FOUNDING If Students Subscribe as Expected and Patronize Advertisers Permanence Sure The news event of the opening day in the quarter is the appearance of The Daily Maroon. As the first copies leave the presses in the new building of the University Press, the editors and business staff express the belief that with this issue the founding of a student paper is accomplished; and that long after they are gray-headed alumni The Daily Maroon will appear every afternoon and be always new and filled with bright U of C news. This is assured if the students will patronize our advertisers and if they will subscribe to the paper. From hundreds of expressions of interest, the founders are confident the students generally will give all the support desired. The movement for the founding of the paper started last fall when the managing editor and business manager held similar positions on The University of Chicago Weekly. Together they submitted to President Harper suggestions in reference to the establishment of a daily newspaper and a monthly literary magazine to take the place of the Weekly. Some schedule of business management to ensure stability was the imperative demand. The managing editor suggested official University management as in the athletics, and the business manager suggested a subsidy from the University. The net result was a faculty discussion which crystallized the sentiment that the University must not in any way subsidize the student daily, that the paper must be a selfsupporting student activity. At the end of the winter quarter last year, nine men joined with the present managing editor and decided that they would undertake the financial and editorial responsibility for publishing a daily during one year, provided the students would give them the DAILY continued on page 7
CHAMPIONS December 4, 1905
MAROONS HUMBLE THE MAIZE and BLUE Coach Stagg’s Warriors, Playing the Game of Their Lives, Outclass Formidable Michigan Machine in Titanic Struggle for Championship of West—Contest is Greatest in Western Football History— Game is Won on Quick Recognition of Tactical Blunder—Curtis is Ruled Out For Roughness—Shulte is Played—Chicago Stars Play Brilliantly—Chicago Rejoices —Maroon Adherents Rejoice By a score of 2-0 , in the greatest football game ever played in the West, Chicago won the long-coveted Championship of the West on Thanksgiving Day. It was a triumph of the spirit of fight over the spirit of overconfidence, quality over weight, Coach Stagg over Coach Yost. The position of the “Old Man” as the premier coach of the West was startlingly vindicated and some of the most remarkable of surprises resulted from the genius of the Wizard. Michigan has an excuse with which to account for the result, but it is not a reason. About fifteen minutes after the commencement of play, Joe Curtis, the great tackle, whether by intent or accident, crashed into Eckersall after he had gotten away a punt and knocked the quarter back, stunned and bruised, to the ground. While thousands of spectators watched breathlessly to see if “Eck” could remain in the game, the tackle was ruled out of the game by the officials for unnecessary roughness. Had Curtis remained in the game, say the Maize and Blue adherents, the result might have been different. Chicago men, however, remember that while the giant was still in the game Bezdek found him good for a number of generous gains, and, on the other hand, his efforts at carrying the ball were absolute failures. “Octy” Graham, the other great lineman ground gainer, averaged eight inches for each of CHAMPIONS continued on page 6
BULLETIN January 10, 1906
THE PRESIDENT IS DEAD
400 STUDENTS OCCUPY AD BLDG! January 31, 1969
‘Disruptive’ Students Face Expulsion Dozens of students face expulsion from the University as a result of charges lodged against them at the administration building sit-in. Charles O’Connell, dean of students, said in a statement yesterday that the University will take disciplinary action against students involved in “disruptive” actions. He said the action might include expulsion. An ad-hoc student negotiating committee said at the captured administration building last night that they have not changed their demands despite the University’s statements. The students, led by the Committee of 85 (now the Committee of 444), demand: • The immediate rehiring of sociology and human development assistant professor Marlene Dixon. • Acceptance in principal of equal student participation in faculty hiring and firing. • Unconditional amnesty for demonstrating students. • Full compensation for University employees who could not work because of the demonstration.
In commemoration of the College’s 120 years, The Chicago Maroon releases its Historical Issue today, reviewing some of the most interesting events in the University’s storied history. This year is also an important one for the Maroon itself—2012 marks the 120th anniversary of the student newspaper, which traces its founding back to the first day of classes at the University of Chicago. To honor the event, today’s paper will reprint historic content from the Maroon’s archives. The University of Chicago Weekly, the precursor to the Maroon, was founded in 1892. Although there were several attempts by students to create a daily newspaper, only the Weekly brought in enough advertisements to survive. Ten years later, with the University’s prominence firmly established, the editors of the Weekly decided that a daily newspaper would thrive and presented a proposal to President Harper. That proposal, which is documented on this page, marked the beginning of The Daily Maroon. As the University grew into a football powerhouse, developed the Core Curriculum, dabbled in the Manhattan Project, and became one of the world’s premier institutions of higher education, The Daily Maroon served as its paper of record and marked the unfolding history on its pages. As World War II escalated, the draft left the University with few students and an ominous outlook. The Maroon was edited and published primarily by women and younger students, and ultimately came out of the war reshaped as a bi-weekly. Since then, the student newspaper has been called The Chicago Maroon, and publishes every Tuesday and Friday of the academic year. On some occasions, the Maroon published daily—when the Administration Building was occupied in 1969, as it is recounted on this page, the Maroon filed special editions and kept students and faculty informed of the unfolding demonstration. At other points, the Maroon, as the largest student organization, was itself the campus news. In 1951, the paper became highly political and its Editor-in-Chief was ousted by the Dean of Students. A University-wide election replaced the editor, but the paper remained highly factious. Political adviser and writer David Axelrod (A.B. ’77), a Maroon associate editor, recently said, “The politics of the Maroon were even more intense than the politics of the City of Chicago.” One thing that has remained consistent over the years is the Maroon’s function as a keeper of records for the University. To compile the Historic Issue, which used to be published on a regular basis in the 1970s, editors and writers researched 110 years of Daily Maroon and Chicago Maroon archives, and flipped through the pages of all books dealing with the history of the University of Chicago. What was discovered is a unique chronology of a University with a changing character. Every decade has brought a sea-change of culture clashes, scientific discoveries, and building expansions. While the University of Chicago today is a far stretch from the University in 1969, 1942, 1905, or 1892, it shares a common path that students have walked for 120 years, and will continue to walk for years to come.
“Stay at Peace,” Hutchins Pleads Over Nation-wide Radio Broadcast
At seventeen minutes past two this afternoon President Harper passed away. The first intimation which the University public received was the lowering of the flag at twenty-five minutes to three. The end was not totally unexpected, for this morning Dr. Frank Billings, the President’s attending physician, stated in a bulletin that Dr. Harper’s condition was so precarious that he could not survive the week, but the sudden end was not anticipated by anyone but the immediate relatives. Doctor Harper had been growing steadily weaker since
University president Edward Levi was unavailable for comment last night. Some fifty students marched from campus at 11:00 pm to the University Ave home of President Levi to give him an enlarged copy of a student summons. he was asked to appear in one hour at Eckhart hall for a disciplinary hearing on charges of participating in a disruptive demonstration. Occupants of the house refused to open the door. Approximately 400 students seized the administration building yesterday at noon. The decision to occupy the administration building was made at a meeting Wednesday night attended by more than 500 people. Students participating in the sit-in spent most of the afternoon organizing on all six
Frightened because he believes “that the American people are about to commit suicide,” President Hutchins last night pled with the nation to keep out of war for the sake of “suffering humanity.” His appeal was broadcast over the Red Network of the NBC at 9:30 p.m. “Our policy should be peace,” he insisted. “Aid to Britain, China, and Greece should be extended on the basis most likely to keep us at peace, and least likely to involve us in war.” He expressed apprehension at the tone of Roosevelt’s recent speeches. “The conclusion is inescapable that the President is reconciled to active military intervention if such intervention is needed to defeat the Axis in this war,” he stated. President Hutchins then contended that we were not prepared, either physically or morally, to enter the war at this time, and that the only adequate way in which we could help humanity was to build up in America a true knowledge of the principles of democracy, while at the
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End Came at 2:17 This Afternoon—Crisis was Expected To-night—Statement Given Out by Dr. Billings this Morning Prepared Students and Faculty for the Worst IMMEDIATE FAMILY AT BEDSIDE Student and Faculty Grief Stricken at Death of Man They Loved. Class Room and All Social Exercises Immediately Suspended
January 24, 1941
Charges Roosevelt Reconciled to War
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Stephanie Xiao Maroon Staff Today, the name “Hyde Park” inevitably evokes association with familiar places like the Medici Bakery (established in 1962), Harold’s Chicken Shack (established in 1950), and of course the most prominent Hyde Park resident of all, the University of Chicago (established in 1890, first classes held in 1892)—essentially, a list of fine institutions that in our consciousnesses have been around forever. But before these residents arrived, Hyde Park looked far different than it does today. Remove the street grid, rethink the lakeside, and eliminate any knowledge of urban living from
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springtime mud from the bog. Thus, despite its economic successes, Chicago was ultimately considered an undesirable place to live, especially among those who possessed the means to move elsewhere. This is the background against which Paul Cornell entered the scene. The cousin of Ezra Cornell (of Cornell University fame) and brother-in-law of John Evans (of Evanston, Illinois fame), Paul Cornell was a successful Chicago-based lawyer, hotel entrepreneur, and real estate guru, who, by the time he was 31, had adopted an ambitious vision for an escape from the ills of Chicago through the establishment of a resort com-
munity for the city’s affluent elites. In his plans for the retreat, Cornell hoped to attract a group of well-to-do businessmen like him, as well as civic leaders and politicians and their families. With this objective in mind, Cornell in 1853 purchased 300 acres of marshland about seven miles south of downtown Chicago between what is now 51st and 55th Streets. Though the area was essentially a marshy swamp at the time, Cornell recognized the potential of the land and struck a deal with the Illinois Central Railroad Company, granting the railroad permission to operate through Hyde Park in return for the construction of a passenger stop
in the community. Furthering his mission of creating a commune for the wealthy, Cornell named the new area Hyde Park, after the London landmark, and marketed it as an affluent suburb whose contained environment would be conducive to the construction of luxurious homes and estates. As a tangible initial attraction, Cornell established the Hyde Park House luxury hotel on 53rd Street and the shore of Lake Michigan in a space that is today occupied by the Hampton House, a condominium. Beginning in 1857, the Hyde Park House became the opulent focal point of the Hyde Park community and social life. During its 22-year span (it was destroyed by fire in 1879), the hotel served as a pleasant getaway for both local Chicago elites hoping for a weekend of leisurely relaxation as well as visiting VIPs, such as Mrs. Ulysses S. Grant, Mary Todd Lincoln and sons, and Albert Edward, Prince of Wales, who were known to spend months in Hyde Park living in the fourstory building. By 1856, the now-desirable Hyde Park area could boast access to the valuable shores of Lake Michigan as well as convenient railroad transportation to downtown Chicago. Furthermore, with the frequent leisure visits by the city’s affluent, Hyde Park soon gained the luxurious reputation as the upperclass retreat Cornell initially sought, which set the scene for a pattern of permanent residency, beginning with Jonathan Kennicott, a dentist, who moved onto 48th Street
and Dorchester Avenue and became the first official resident of Hyde Park. In the next few years, the influx of permanent residents into the area included such prominent industrialists as Gustavus Swift, the founder of a meatpacking empire, Julius Rosenwald, the CEO of Sears, Roebuck & Company, William Rand of Rand McNally Map Company, and Marshall Field, founder of Marshall Field & Company. The Hyde Park residential community independently blossomed upward until 1890, when oil magnate John D. Rockefeller, in cahoots with the Baptists, founded the University of Chicago on land donated by Marshall Field. After this point, the condition and affairs of Hyde Park became increasingly linked to the decisions and influence of the University, and the residential makeup diversified as business giants were joined by professors and other academics that were drawn to the neighborhood by the prestige of the University. Jump ahead to today, and Cornell’s Hyde Park has shifted, now officially bordered by 51st Street to the north, Midway Plaisance to the south, Lake Michigan to the east, and Washington Park to the west. The ideal of the “affluent resort” in the sense that Cornell imagined has more or less faded with the establishment of the University and changing social conditions of history that eventually brought us the Hyde Park we know today. For now and for us, Hyde Park is simply home.
Storied beginnings and strong foundations Anthony Gokianluy Maroon Staff “The first University of Chicago was not a large institution. It had a troubled history. But it produced a profound conviction that Chicago was the predestined seat of a great institution of learning,” writes Dr. Thomas Goodspeed, a celebrated historian and former secretary of the Board of Trustees at the U of C, in his book A History of the University of Chicago. The founding of the U of C, the successor of this first Chicago University, would qualify that last sentence. The beginnings of the modern, top-ranked University of Chicago present a provocative insight into the efforts of the men who made an uncommon idea into reality. It’s common lore that the University American Baptist Education Society, with the generous support of oil magnate John D. Rockefeller, founded the University of Chicago in 1890 with the first classes being held in 1892. However, the process started in 1888 with Dr. Goodspeed and Frederick Gates. As an American Baptist clergyman and philanthropic adviser to Rockefeller, Gates stated that “the first great educational need of Baptists was to found a powerful institution of learning, not in New York nor in Washington, but in the city of Chicago, and not in a suburb outside the city, but within the city itself and as near its cen-
ter as might be conveniently possible.” Although the Chicago initiative was hotly contested, since there were already plans to establish Columbian University at Washington as a national university for Baptists, Chicago gained support and Columbian University was eventually dropped.
The Best Investment At first, Rockefeller was hesitant to donate the $1,000,000 requested to create the University, but after some persuasion he agreed to pledge $600,000, with the remaining $400,000 donated from local Chicagoans and other interested groups. Rockefeller would later deem the gift as “the best investment I ever made” (his total contributions to the University would amount to around $35 million). As Gates recalls, the $600,000 pledge was significant and “that nothing less than $600,000 from him to $400,000 from the denomination gave any promise of success. For success, we should have to go before the people of Chicago and the West with the thing more than half done at the start.” With the assured support of Rockefeller and the leadership of Dr. William Rainey Harper and Goodspeed, the Executive Board of the American Baptist Education Society on December 3, 1888 finally set the plan to create a college in Chicago. The Board’s actions were decisive and resulted in the found-
ing of the U of C 18 months later. The location and land problems were solved when Marshall Field, owner of the Marshall Field Company department store chain, graciously donated the space needed for the University. However, there remained the issue of securing the teachers and creating the academic environment that would become the legacy of the institution.
Harper’s Court Harper, a young Biblical scholar from Yale and a close associate of Rockefeller, was brought in to lead the new educational institution in the Midwest. Assuming the post of president in 1891, Harper continued to secure funds from Rockefeller while seeking world-class educators to man the new university’s departments. He was said to have ruthlessly raided other colleges to find the best minds in the various academic fields, and believed that having a high-quality faculty was an important aspect of an institution of higher learning. Just less than two years after the University of Chicago was founded, Harper managed to bring together 120 faculty members, which included eight former presidents of other colleges and universities, and build the school into a 10-building campus. To entice the teachers to a contract, Harper offered a number of benefits such as reduced teaching loads and excellent salaries that were rev-
olutionary for that time. However, more than the good wages, the exceptional faculty also had the intention of making the fledgling university great. Harry Pratt Judson, who served as president of the University of Chicago from 1907 until 1923 (and after whom the Burton-Judson Courts are named), writes in A History of the University of Chicago that “the original Faculty who began so hopefully in 1892 owed a large part of their enthusiasm doubtless to the fact that they were looking into the future; they were less concerned with what was then with what might be and with what they could help create.” The faculty assembled on Opening Day, October 1, 1892 to hold the first classes at the College, which then had an enrollment of 594 students. Harper wanted to create a university that was “bran splinter new, yet as solid as the ancient hills.” In his opinion, the ultimate goal of higher education was to create academic scholar-researchers. His new model saw the first two years of college as a preparatory period devoted to general education; this “core” would later serve as the foundation for learning in specialized areas during the third and fourth years. Harper even went beyond expectations and conventions to promote a commitment to gender equality in both undergraduate and graduate education, despite the original intention to found an institution based on Baptist ideals.
The timeless quality of Harper’s ideas is also reflected in the architecture of the buildings that now adorn the campus grounds. The first buildings were constructed in the English Gothic style of architecture, sporting towers, spires, and gargoyles. Planned by two University of Chicago trustees and designed by Chicago architect Henry Ives Cobb, the buildings of the main quadrangles were a mixture of the Victorian Gothic and Collegiate Gothic styles, mostly modeled on the colleges of the University of Oxford. In particular, Oxford’s Magdalen Tower (see: Hogwarts’s Dining Hall) was the inspiration for the Mitchell Tower and Hutchinson Commons. It should be noted that while the University was being built, the Chicago World’s Fair was being celebrated to commemorate the 400th anniversary of Christopher Columbus’s arrival in the New World. The exposition is remembered and alluded to in the University’s alma mater. By the early 1900s, the University had adopted a coat of arms that featured a phoenix emerging from the flames and a Latin motto, Crescat Scientia, Vita Excolatur (“Let knowledge grow from more to more; and so be human life enriched”). Indeed, to draw from the words of Mr. Frederick Gates, “no one at that time, unless it be Mr. Rockefeller himself, was gifted with prophetic dreams of what the infant institution was so soon to become.”
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A University of Chicago timeline ing their students to the U of C. It was also around this time that the University developed a reputation for having a watered-down undergraduate curriculum because students only had to take Core classes. After that debacle, undergraduate admissions plummeted.
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The Administration Building (center), Machinery Hall (left) and Moose Bridge at the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition. COURTESY OF UNIVERSITY OF CHICAGO ARCHIVES
Colin Bradley Maroon Staff
The Early Years 255 years younger than Harvard (that school) and 190 years younger than Yale (that other school), the University of Chicago has worked tirelessly throughout its relatively short history to put itself in the same league (practically, not nominally—although we have plenty of ivy) with the stalwarts of American education. Founded about 100 years before you were born, the U of C has already left an unmistakable mark on a multitude of academic fields and commands a special reverence in the intellectual and cultural world. It is home to Milton Friedman and freshwater economics, improv comedy, the Core, Carl Sagan, the nuclear bomb (sort of ), Kurt Vonnegut, Millikan and his oil-drop experiment, Agent Orange (of Vietnam fame), and Barack Obama. Needless to say, the University of Chicago has a rich but certainly controversial history. It rose from the ashes of the “Old” University of Chicago (note the phoenix mascot—possibly a coincidence), a failed attempt by Stephen A. Douglas and a group of wealthy Chicagoans to create a Baptist institution of higher education in the Midwest. This early attempt was plagued by difficulties from its very conception: Douglas’s politics scared off many
would-be investors (think KansasNebraska Act), debt mounted rapidly, the City of Chicago had the audacity to burn down and precipitate a financial panic, etc. After 30 tumultuous years, the school closed its doors in 1886. But as circumstance would have it, you all are currently attending the University of Chicago. The Baptists persisted after the first U of C met hellfire until they happened upon a Mr. John D. Rockefeller (Standard Oil magnate and philanthropist extraordinaire) and his money (see again: Standard Oil) to support the new effort. Together they attracted the University’s first president, the educational visionary and Hebrew professor William Rainey Harper (the “Harper Memorial Library” Harper), who in turn attracted even more money from Rockefeller. Soon thereafter, the University of Chicago you know and love (or will come to love, maybe) was up and running.
Hutchins Era The new U of C was founded primarily as a higher-level research institution with a very small undergraduate population cast in more of a supporting role, i.e. as a breeding ground for more graduate students. Since then the relative population sizes of the College and graduate schools have been the focus of an ongoing debate. Enter Robert Maynard Hutchins.
Only 30 years old at the time, Hutchins ascended to the presidency in 1929, a year marked by philosophical uncertainty regarding the University’s future course. An adamant supporter of a strong undergraduate program, he took steps to build ours into one of the best in the nation. First, amidst a comprehensive restructuring effort, Hutchins created an official administrative division for the College. He also oversaw curricula reforms that laid the groundwork for what is today the subject of a love-hate relationship in every undergraduate’s heart: the Core. Incidentally, we also have Hutchins to blame—or praise—for shutting down the U of C’s Big Ten football program. He once famously pronounced: “Whenever I feel the urge to exercise, I lie down until it passes,” a prevailing sentiment in Hyde Park. Yet he undertook another controversial endeavor which, though intended to increase the talent of the undergraduate population, is today largely held responsible for its decline over the next several decades. He created a program which allowed rising high school juniors to begin their B.A. program at the U of C, essentially intending to poach the best and brightest from around the Midwest. It backfired. Hutchins discovered a fundamental problem: High school juniors are not usually ready for college. He also managed to alienate most college counselors, who stopped send-
It is possible with a little imagination to trace the U of C’s history, from its very beginning, through its architecture. The main quad, chiefly built when the University was founded, reflects its lofty aspirations: a “German institution with an English campus.” The NeoGothic buildings across campus scream “ACADEMIA!” but are also remarkably beautiful and inviting (Cobb, Bond Chapel, Ryerson). In 1931, under Hutchins’s pro-undergraduate reign, we get BurtonJudson—another impressive but welcoming structure, this time specifically intended to house undergraduate students; it says, “Come to the U of C—pretend you’re Goethe or C.S. Lewis!” There was originally a plan to create a whole complex of B-J lookalikes south of the Midway, but that was nixed as too strong an endorsement of undergraduates. Now fast forward about 40 years; undergraduate enrollment goes down and the Brutalist Joseph Regenstein Library goes up. Though perhaps
your reluctant best friend during weeks 3–10, the Reg is decidedly undergraduate unfriendly. This is also around the same time we get the venerable Henry Hinds Laboratory (that Kafkaesque beehive on Ellis), built primarily for the purpose of trapping unwary undergraduates in its Anarctitorium (sic).
Modern Living But in the early ’90s a biking bandit (alias: John W. Boyer) burst on to the scene brandishing a beacon of redevelopment for the undergraduate body. Boyer’s tenure as Dean of the College has seen more than just the construction of the (disturbingly colorful) Max Palevsky and (yetto-be-named) South Campus dormitories. He has also revamped the study abroad program and greatly expanded the Metcalf Fellowship program—all with an eye toward insulating the undergraduate population in the warm embrace of academic paternalism. And so this is where we enter the tale of the University of Chicago, in the midst of an undergraduate explosion aided largely by the efforts of Dean Boyer, James Nondorf (the University’s new admissions/marketing guru), and the Common Application. What it will look like in 120 years is up to anyone’s imagination. Until then, we students will be the historians.
Robert M. Hutchins was the University of Chicago’s fifth president, in office from 1929 to 1945. COURTESY OF THE UNIVERSITY OF CHICAGO
A tribute to John Paul Stevens The University of Chicago and the Chicago Maroon have a strong list of noticeable alumni, but perhaps none were as daring in their days as former Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens. Below, Stevens is heralded as a godly gentlman and scholar. Behind the scenes, Stevens was Editorin-Chief of the Maroon at the time. Since then, Maroon edi-
tors have stayed away from trumpeting their own glory. It goes without saying that Adam Janofsky and Camille van Horne are the brightest students on campus. Stevens also advertised “Beer Parties” at the Maroon, a tradition that has sadly faded in name, but not spirit.
BMOC BARBECUE Sept 23, 1940
To you, perhaps BMOC means nothing. Starting right now you ought to figure out that BMOC stands for Big Man on Campus. See how it all works out? Matching the BMOCs are the BWOCs which, with practically no thought at all, works out to be Big Women on Campus. These boys and girls are the senior leaders in campus activities.
John Paul Stevens: gentleman, scholar and Psi U. Probably the biggest man on campus this year in view of his being (a) Head Marshal, above which there is no higher, (b) member of Owl and Serpent, senior men’s honorary society, (c) chairman of the Board of Control of the Daily Maroon, (d) prime practitioner of the “Shucks fellers” and unas-
suming school, (e) an out and under authority on the battle of Gettysburg, (f ) very eligible.
Maroon Beer Party! Fun For Alumni Sept 19, 1941 Have you ever seen four people nested each on the other’s lap on one chair? Have you ever stood ankle deep
in beer in almost total darkness playing gin rummy with a philosophy professor? No? Then you have never attended a Daily Maroon Brawl, and if you are a former Maroon man it is high time you did... The beer and pop corn will be on the house, of course, the party will last as long as there is a man standing, and there will be a family entrance for the ladies.
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High heels and higher education did not possess enough influence on campus. Despite their complaints, this issue was not taken into consideration until the ’70s, when an unsuccessful sitin demanding the contract renewal of Assistant Professor Marlene Dixon left 23 students expelled. This forced the administration to reexamine “the status and opportunities open to academic women on this campus.” In the end, the report acknowledged the University’s lack of opportunity for women and encouraged the recruitment of more women educators and students. In addition to advocating for more female influence in the University, Talbot took it upon herself to create well-balanced women, supervising the female students’ studies, social life, and diet during her time at the University. Throughout the 20th century, women undergraduates continued to face restrictions that their male counterparts did not: The University established women’s curfews and heavily supervised any event during which men and women socialized with one another. Women, unlike men, were not only required to live in the residence halls,: They were also expected to clean up after themselves while the men’s rooms were cleaned by housekeeping. Under the administration of one dean of students, women were even required (although without protest) to wear skirts to dinner. Fed up with the strict regulations imposed on student life, students clashed with administration, demanding more lenient, equal social expectations. Their protests eventually led to the transition to coeducational dorms whenever possible by 1966, and eventually the elimination of the women’s
Foster Hall was the oldest womens dormitory on campus before it was retired. COURTESY OF UNIVERSITY OF CHICAGO ARCHIVES
Jennifer Standish Maroon Staff When it opened in 1892, the University of Chicago was one of the few universities in the country willing to admit both men and women. Despite its non-discriminatory foundations, the fight to retain the rights of women at the University was not an easy one, requiring unification, protest, and lead-
ership. In 2009, the University of Chicago library created an exhibit on Educating Women at the University of Chicago, documenting the transformation of the role of women at this school. According to the exhibit archives, the University’s practice of coeducation was threatened only 10 years after it began. In 1902, University Administration voted to separate women and men in the class-
room during their first and second years in the school. This was met by intense objection from students, affiliates, and faculty of the University. Because of this, the controversy ended only a few years after it began with the reinstatement of coeducation for all four years. In the early 1900s, Marion Talbot, Dean of Women (a position that only existed until 1925), and two other female professors argued that women
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floors and setting up some basis by which they could carry out discussions. Basic issues raised were the amnesty proposal, control of the press, and communication with faculty and administrators in the ad building. Wednesday night students planning the sitin decided to attempt a tactic of “non-violent disruption.” Included in the decision was an agreement not to enter files in the building. Later that afternoon, however, students did force their way past a locked partition blocking the northern wing of the second floor. Security guards stationed there claimed that following instructions, they did not use force against the students who pushed past them. Occupation of the building began at noon yesterday as planned. Despite rumors that the University would lock the administration building, students were able to enter and crowd on the first floor and the registrar’s office there. This is the disciplinary warning issued by Dean O’Connell, at 12:30 Thursday, calling the action “disruptive.” “A determination has been made that the actions in which you have engaged constitute an improper interference with the normal functioning of the University and are disruptive. “This determination has been made after consultation with the members of the Committee of the Academic Council of the University. “I concur this finding. “Participation in such disruptive acts will subject the participants to disciplinary measures, not excluding expulsion. “This notice constitutes an official request that all students discontinue participation in this demonstration and dis-
perse immediately.” It was then announced that students would have ten minutes to vacate the building. This was not done and administrators started issuing summonses to students to appear to be arraigned for a hearing with the disciplinary committee. Many students refused to give their names to administrators who attempted to give them summonses. Student reactions to summonses included statements such as “Rip up those summons; they can’t do a damn thing,” and “Eat them.” At least one student burned his summons.... Throughout the day, students in the building were concerned about the presence of police. Uniformed security policemen were present at all times but had instructions not to interfere with demonstrators unless they started to molest University property. At approximately 3:45 University police attempted to lock the outside doors to the ad building. Captain Delaney, director of the University security force, said that this was the standard procedure when the employees leave the building. Students protested this action and eventually police left the doors open, although they said that they would check IDs of all persons entering and leaving the building.... Outside the administration building, leaders from inside addressed a crowd of approximately 800 standing in the quads, persuading them to join the demonstrators. “We’re asking you,” one student demonstrator said, “not to cooperate (with the administration), not to accept summons. We need you inside.” One speaker opposed to the sit-in addressed the crowd and said, “I fail to realize why those who don’t like the University don’t leave.” (Original article too long to print in entirety)
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curfew by the ’70s. The fight for women’s rights on campus continued side-by-side with female activists across the country. In 1967, the first campus women’s liberation organization, the Women’s Radical Action Project, was formed, later expanding through other parts of Chicago. During the national abortion debate, a group of female students, organized under the Abortion Counseling Service, advocated for the legalization of abortion from 1960 to 1973. By the time of the Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision legalizing abortions, the group organized an estimated 11,000 illegal abortions in the Chicago area. Remnants of female progress and influence at the University can be seen to this day. In 1916, Ida Noyes Hall was initially opened as a women’s clubhouse in response to the opening of the Reynolds Club and Bartlett gym for men at the University. Multiple residential houses are named after prominent women alumni, including Katherine Graham, former head of the Washington Post and Pulitzer Prize winner, and Sophonisba Breckinridge, the first woman admitted into the Order of the Coif, an honorary legal scholastic society. In 1985, Alpha Omicron Pi led the way for the formation of various sororities on campus, despite the administration’s initial ban of such organizations. In contrast to 1910, when they only represented 22 percent of the undergraduate population, women today make up 47 percent of students in the College. This progression toward equality will persist as women continue to excel in the classroom, take student leadership roles, and serve as faculty members.
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Obama, former law prof, wins presidency GSB nets $300 million gift
from alumnus David Booth
Naming donation largest amount ever given to a business school, the U of C BY ALISON SIDER Associate News Editor
The Graduate School of Business received a $300 million donation Thursday from alumnus David Booth (MBA ’71) and his family and will be renamed the University of Chicago Booth School of Business. The gift is the largest in the University’s history, as well as the largest to any business school in the world. The next largest single gift to the University was $100 million toward financial aid from an anonymous donor last year. Students were notified that there would be an “historic announcement” made at the Charles M. Harper Center late Thursday, mere hours after the University Board of Trustees voted to accept the gift. Booth spoke at the hastily assembled reception along with President Zimmer, business professor Eugene Fama, and Ted Snyder, Dean of the Graduate School of Business. Greeted by a standing ovation
from a crowd of students, trustees, and faculty chanting “Booth,” the donor expressed his gratitude for the University’s contributions to his success. “It’s not a gift,” Booth said. “The University has been a partner all along, so this is a partnership distribution. This is the University getting its due for all the help it’s given me.” Snyder described Booth’s previous gifts of $10.5 million as “a mere warm-up for what he’s now committed.” The gift is a combination of an up-front payment and income from an equity stake in Booth’s investment fund, Dimension Fund Advisors (DFA). The school will receive income from its shares, and the final value of the shares whenever it chooses to sell them. In his opening remarks, Snyder noted that Booth’s fund consistently outperforms comparable stock indices. President Zimmer pointed to Booth as someone who fully underGSB continued on page 4
Hyde Park adapts as favorite son draws worldwide attention BY SARA JEROME News Editor
Chris Salata / Photo Editor
Barack Obama spoke to an exhilarated Chicago crowd in Grant Park on Tuesday night, carving out the challenges the nation will face and promising to unite the country by listening to the supporters of his opponent. Many Hyde Park residents and University students migrated north to witness the event. BY SUPRIYA SINHABABU Maroon Staff
Barack Obama accepted the 44th Presidency of the United States in a speech in Grant Park Tuesday night, surrounded by tens of thousands of supporters. Obama will become the first black
president in the nation’s history. He is a first-term senator from IL and a former professor at the University’s Law School. Obama’s victory speech brought together a proud and exhilarated Chicago as the world watched and visitors poured into the city limits to experience the competitive national
race turn into a local victory. U of C students and Hyde Park residents began a migration to Grant Park in the late afternoon on Tuesday, riding the north-bound Metra in droves. The festivities spread downtown after the speech, where supporters flooded Michigan OBAMA continued on page 5
Rico Miller, a barber at the shop where Barack Obama gets coiffed, likes to tell reporters that the election has already brought change—at a very local level. “The Senator got some grays dealing with what he’s been dealing with,” Miller says, as he buzzes a neat hairline on a client’s neck. “He’s getting a more presidential look. But it’s all natural. No chemicals.” Hyde Park Hair Salon, on the corner of South Blackstone Avenue and East 53rd Street, had never fielded
someone from the international media before the campaign. But now a barber sits near the door to direct reporters with video cameras and microphones to whomever can best meet their various demands. “We’ve had people from all over— Switzerland, Japan, Russia, England,” Miller said. “I mean, they’re coming in from every part of the world.” As the million-watt glare of the international spotlight has affixed itself to Obama over the last few years, some of the sheen has refracted onto Hyde Park. And even as the country waits to see if Obama can HYDE PARK continued on page 5
Doctors Hospital hotel blocked for at least four years, precinct voted dry BY ELLA CHRISTOPH Senior News Staff
Residents voted the 39th precinct dry on Tuesday, halting University plans to convert the vacant Doctor’s Hospital at Stony Island Avenue and East 58th Street into a hotel. Of 477 votes cast, 249 residents supported the ban while 228 voted against it. The University bought the building in 2006 and hired White Lodging to develop and operate the hotel, which would have provided accommodations for University-
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affiliated visitors. Proponents argued it would have created more jobs in Hyde Park. “The referendum in effect killed White Lodging’s interest in the site,” said Robert Rosenberg, associate vice president for public affairs. Rosenberg said the University had been working with White Lodging over the past year to engage the community in discussions. Neighborhood residents said their concerns about the preservation of the building, traffic and noise concerns, and the non-unionized
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status of White Lodging garnered little response from the University or White Lodging. “What people have ignored in the arguments against the petition is that none of the objections to the hotel as planned by White Lodging have been dealt with in any substantial way by the University and White Lodging,” said former professor and Hyde Park resident Allan Rechtschaffen said. “They spoke as if there was compromise, but there was never any compromise on any issue.” Rechtschaffen added, “No one is
objecting to a hotel. We’re objecting to this particular hotel. And if we didn’t reject this particular hotel with the referendum it would have gone up exactly as White Lodging wanted it.” But it is unlikely that any hotels will be interested in coming to a dry precinct, said resident and hotelproponent Peter Rossi, a blogger for Hyde Park Progress. According to the Liquor Control Act of 1934, the referendum cannot be voted on again for another four years, and only
Now that he’s president-elect, Barack Obama must tackle issues as diverse as the failing economy and wars abroad. As a former Law School professor, his colleagues and students discuss how the skills he cultivated at the University will affect his presidency, what it means to have an academic in the White House, and impressions on his time at the U of C. –OBAMA FEATURE ON PAGE 2
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A tribute to Voices The Maroon has consistently provided an outlet for cultural criticism, and until this year it had been the Voices section (now Arts), which was started as “Silent Voices” in the ’80s. Compared to the mild tone of past reviews (see “P.J. Party” below), Voices was extremely racy and scandalous. The headlines and excerpts below are the Maroon’s way of pouring one out for its twisted brother. Rest in piece, motherfucker.
The motherfucker comes clean, tells the fucking story January 13, 1998 — This ain’t no fucking joke, but it’s time to get the motherfucking story straight. I actually hung out with Richard Pryor shortly after “Stir Crazy” made it to the screen, and this is the way the shit is going down, so settle down and read. To fucking suggest that Richard Pryor’s life has been an easy one would be a sick joke not unlike a tasteless ex-Voices editor convulsing and twitching behind his word processor, doing an impression of Pryor circa 1995—nine years into his diagnosis with multiple sclerosis. Pryor, however, has always been the Toy, the fool, the clown cutting shit up like only he can. In his own words, he was as well known for saying funny shit as he was for acting weird on stage. This is, after all, the man who freaked in Vegas seeing fucking Dean Martin in the audience and fucking walked off the stage, weirded. “You’ll never play in this town, again!” shouted his agent. Pryor just got naked, jumped on a table in the casino, and shouted “Blackjack!”...
Courtney Pine wrecks shit January 13, 1998 Hey Grisham: Fuck you! November 21, 1997 Maroon Consultant Gives Fashion Tips September 11, 1940 For That P.J. Party Pajama parties in the dorms bring you out in your beloved flannel robe or housecoat, your “butcher boy” pajamas, sheepskin scuffies or “slippersocks”—knitted wool socks with thick felt soles—to munch hamburgers, dill pickles, popcorn, potato chips, milkshakes, cokes, apples, and cookies, not to mention bicarb if your eyes are bigger than your stomach, and exchange sundry small talk on everything from “where did you get that gorgeous braemer” or “how much should I study and should I do it often” to “I met the most darling man on the train coming up here, he said...” far on into the night.
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same time extending military preparation for any possible conflict. All the pleads for aid to the Allies regardless of the dangers of a war he felt were based on untenable assumptions. What would happen if the United States did enter the war was a certainty. “Education will cease,” he said. “Its place will be taken by vocational and military training. The effort to establish a democratic community will stop. We shall think no more of justice, the moral order, and the supremacy of human rights. We shall have hope no longer.” Pointing out that he had supported Roosevelt since he first entered the White
House, and had never questioned his integrity or his good will, he said that nevertheless, the President was committing the United States to obligations abroad which “we cannot perform. The effort to perform them,” he fears, “will prevent the achievement of the aims for which the President stands at home.” The end which he desires to attain by maintaining peace is to “build a new moral order for America.” Through this means, and this means alone, can America help “suffering humanity, and succeed in its crusade against the suppression of the four freedoms: free speech, freedom of worship, freedom from want, and freedom from fear.”
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Thanksgiving, and the marked changed for the worse during the last few days prompted the statement made by Dr. Billings. Even in spite of the adverse dictum, the public has looked for the remarkable rallies which have characterized the President’s long and gallant struggle against disease. It was felt even by those who knew the situation best that his marvelous vitality would again carry him out of danger. With the sudden relapse of the last few days, however, even this shadowy hope departed. In anticipation of the end, Dr. Harper’s mother, Mrs. Samuel Harper, and his sister, Mrs. Douglass, of Pittsburg, arrived at
the President’s home yesterday and were at his bedside today. Not even in the University, where the news has been more or less expected for some time, is the blow the less severe. The news spread rapidly, and left students and faculty alike stunned and appalled with a sense of sudden irreparable loss for which no amount of warning or expectancy could prepare them. All student activities were immediately abandoned, and class-room work was suspended with the receipt of the news. The only question of the University was for details, and of these nothing could be learned. Before tomorrow little of definite information will appear.
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the nine times he carried the ball, so that estimates as to what Joe might have done are being discounted. To the surprise, but also to the pleasure of the Chicago rooters, Schulte was played, and while his presence in the game had but little effect on the result, it also robbed Michigan of another excuse. It was thought that in view of the indisputable evidence which has appeared in the papers as to the length of Schulte’s experience that Yost would not have the never to play him, but he appeared, and seemed to be much needed. The weather was ideal when candidates for seats began to line-up on Fifty-seventh Street to buy general admission tickets. By
twelve o’clock both the north and south stands were filled, and the reserved seats were rapidly being occupied. For a short time a socker game amused the crowd, who jeered and exercised their wit at the expense of the sockists, but who seemed to enjoy the novel exhibition. This last moment before the game the hay, which had covered the field for two weeks, was raked off, leaving the field in perfect condition and the slight snow flurries which continued all afternoon were not heavy enough to materially affect the footing. The yelling began early and a brisk interchange of preliminary cheers came from the rival bleachers. These, however, were dwarfed in the thunderous roar of welcome that greeted the Maroon team,
and that which a minute later greeted the wearers of the Maize and Blue. Chicago won the toss, and received the ball in the north goal. Then came the first surprise of the day, for she promptly tore off a number of good gains through the vaunted Michigan line. When finally the ball went over, the second surprise of the day materialized, for the Chicago line held like Harvey-ized steel plate. From tackle to tackle it was practically impregnable to the Michigan attack, the Yost machine making first down but eight times, as against the twenty-four times made by Chicago. The West rose in the estimation of the East at this stage in the game, for the defense of both sides was gilt-edged. That of Chicago was particularly phenomenal.
Although outweighted at least fifteen pounds to a man, the gritty linemen held the mighty Michigan bookfield with a determination which shut down every play to gains of inches. Early predictions were completely reversed by the event. Dopesters figured that Chicago would run Michigan’s ends and that Michigan would tear the Maroon line to pieces. But it was Chicago’s ends that Garrels ran for the distances which raised the Michigan gains high enough to save her reputation and it was the Michigan line that yielded the most to the Maroon attack. (Original article too long to print in entirety)
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Remembrance of a dorm’s past
Woodward Court was one of the largest dormitories on campus before it was retired to make way for the Booth School of Business. COURTESY OF UNIVERSITY OF CHICAGO ARCHIVES
Patrick Fitz News Staff Woodward House in Max Palevsky Central doesn’t draw its name from a wealthy benefactor or a former great mind of the University. Formerly known as Harper House, Woodward takes its name from the Woodward Court Residence Complex, a dormitory that now exists only in the minds of former residents and the University archives. The Charles M. Harper Center, home to the Booth School of Business, now stands on what was
once Woodward Court, a sprawling complex of three interconnected buildings and a dining hall that at its peak housed over 500 students. The residence hall has as storied a history as many former campus landmarks. The University planned a new series of residence halls in the 1950s, the first of which was Pierce Tower, originally intended as an all-male dormitory, and the second of which eventually became Woodward Court, an all-female dormitory to offset Pierce. Finnish architect Eero Saarinen, who later went on to design the
Laird Bell Quadrangle for the Law School and the Gateway Arch in St. Louis, originally planned a massive residential campus between 56th and 57th streets, on the block currently occupied by the Regenstein libraries, Bartlett Dining Hall, and the Max Palevsky buildings. The design called for the demolition of both Stagg Field and Bartlett and would have occupied the entire block; this was but a small part of a campus-wide master plan he submitted to the University. Deeming Saarinen’s plan too bold, the University asked him to downscale the design for a plot of
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authority, successive boards chosen in open competition to assume the responsibility annually. The ten were Messrs. Fleming, McLaury, Collins, Ford, Henry, Wyman, McNair, Tische, J.F. Adams, and Steward. They announced a mass meeting to be held May 15, “for the organization of a new student activity.” This announcement aroused considerable curiosity. The object of the meeting was explained to the Class of 1902, and the class unanimously adopted a resolution of support for the movement. In the meantime, Mr. Moon had also been working on plans for the starting of a daily and had associated himself with Messrs. Conrad and Brode in a stock company for the development of the Weekly into a daily and monthly. The day before the mass meeting President Harper called Mr. Fleming and Mr. Moon to his office and said, “Get together, gentlemen.” The obstacle was the fact that Mr. Moon owned the Weekly and had quite a sum invested. It was known that Mr. Fesler, secretary of the Alumni Association, had in mind a plan for alumni business responsibility for the proposed publications. He was appealed to and expressed the belief that the association would purchase the Weekly from Mr. Moon. The result was that at the mass meeting, a resolution asking the alumni to purchase the paper was adopted. The ten men named, with Messrs. Keehn and E.P. Gale added to the list, were authorized to be the editors of the proposed daily and monthly for one year, and Mr. Moon was recommended for business manager, this action being taken at a meeting which crowded Kent Theater. Opposition to the plan developed among the
alumni. Finally, during the summer, a committee of 15, appointed on Alumni Day, was about to send out an adverse report. With Henry Gale, ’96, of the committee, acting as adviser, the managing editor representing the editors and Mr. Moon came to a compromise agreement, and Mr. Moon withdrew his proposition to the alumni. The agreement provides for an equal division of the financial responsibility between the business manager and the combined editorial boards. It provides specifically that all subsequent boards of editors shall be selected in competition open to all students. This board, through an auditing committee, has insight into the books, and elects the business manager, the retiring manager nominating. By this means the paper is to be a self-supporting student activity. There have been two student dailies and one tri-weekly in the history of the University. The University News was started October 17, 1892 and ran almost through the first year of the University, suspending publication April 19, 1893. The tri-weekly was called The Maroon. It first appeared May 15, 1895 and was discontinued March 20, 1896. The third effort took place in the spring of 1900 when a paper named The Daily Maroon was published from May 12 to June 23. In every case, these papers were discontinued because of inadequate business management. The present editors and business managers are not at all afraid of the name they have chosen. Because the University is now so large, and because on both business and editorial sides the paper has been carefully and comprehensively organized, the founders are confident that The Daily Maroon will last.
land behind Ida Noyes Hall, at the time the center of most women’s activity on campus. After several revisions, the final design consisted of three connected four-story buildings in a modernist design with a flat-roofed dining hall in the center. Originally Saarinen’s dormitory called for Gothic architectural elements, including arches and window canopies. However, through the course of the site move and many redesigns, the building took on an increasingly modern feel, in the end blending more with the Brutalist architecture of the 1950s and ’60s than the elegant Gothic stonework of the Main Quad. Constructed between 19571958, Woodward Court was originally called the New Women’s Dorm, though for nearly all of its existence the residence hall hosted both men and women. By the mid-1960s, about 330 students in Wallace, Flint, and Rickert Houses called Woodward home. For thirty-five tumultuous years Woodward Court housed undergraduates. Popularly known as the “Pharmaceutical Society” in the 1970s and ’80s, at the height of student drug use, Woodward once had much stricter codes of conduct, including midnight curfews, enforced gender segregation, and visitation rules for persons of the opposite gender, in which one foot always had be on the floor. Former residents attested to the seriousness of the codes. Views from Woodward overlooked Frank Lloyd Wright’s Robie House on the other side of 58th Street, and in 1968 students could see from their rooms the South Side
riots on the Midway, in which the National Guard confronted local gangs following the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The buildings themselves were known to have had bleak basements, small rooms, cinderblock walls, and incredibly poor acoustics, not to mention a lack of temperature control that left rooms freezing in the winter and scorching in the late spring and early autumn. Despite the architectural failings, students who lived in Woodward remember fondly the social relationships developed in those dank, darkly lit rooms and traditions like the Woodward Court Lectures, sponsored by then-Resident Master Izaak Wirszup, a mathematician in the College. Wirszup brought in such acclaimed scholars as physicist Subrahmanyan Chandrasekhar and philosopher Mortimer Adler for periodic lectures, a tradition that continues to this day as the Wirszup Lectures, under current Max Palveksy Resident Masters David and Kris Wray. Woodward Court was demolished in 2002 to make room for the Harper Center, and Wallace, Flint, Rickert, and Harper—soon to be renamed Woodward, in homage to the felled dorm—Houses and their students moved to the recently completed Max Palevsky Residential Commons. Like Stagg Field and the Shoreland, Woodward Court belongs on that proud list of former University buildings ingrained in the ethos of the institution, especially memorable as a former residence hall that once housed our peers.
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IN QUOTES “Whenever I get the urge to exercise, I lie down until the feeling passes away.” —President Robert Maynard Hutchins, who eliminated varsity football during his tenure.
A legendary past, burned to ashes, may rise again Harunobu Coryne News Staff The sports history of the University of Chicago reads something like a pagan creation myth. The saga begins eons ago, as the very idea of hurling pigskin was just dragging itself out of the primordial muck of the 19th century: On a cool October day in 1892, an over-the-hump baseball star named Amos Alonzo Stagg marched onto a Midway still untouched by the World’s Columbian Exposition. He decided that a veritable football dynasty was something the University couldn’t do without. In the Big Ten—the D-I power conference that the University of Michigan, Penn State, Ohio State, and Northwestern compete inStagg’s Maroons won six championships over a 40-plus-year stretch that predated jazz, Soviets, and Robert Zimmer. It might as well have been the Dawn of Man. But the Maroons gave up football in 1939, and when they returned 20 years later, it was for D-III ball. They sojourned in the Midwest Athletic Conference until 1987, when they settled into a league not-so-affection-
In the early 1900s, The Daily Maroon was completely devoted to university sports—football coverage and fight songs filled the pages. On April 21, 1905, in large capital letters on the front page, a headline describing Coach Stagg’s missed connection home reads like an obituary.
STAGG MISSES CONNECTIONS A delayed telegram received from Coach Stagg late this afternoon brought the news that he had missed connections at Memphis and was unable to get to Chicago this morning as expected. He will arrive tonight at 9:30 on the Illinois Central.
The west stands of Stagg field before its demolition. COURTESY OF UNIVERSITY OF CHICAGO ARCHIVES
ately dubbed “The Nerdy Nine,” of which now only four—including Washington University, the Maroons’ arch rival—play football. Nonetheless, as murky as that truly bygone era of bare-knuckled leatherheads might be, theirs is
A spectator cheers for the Maroons at the old Stagg Field. COURTESY OF UNIVERSITY OF CHICAGO ARCHIVES
the story that gets passed down annually. The highlight reel runs like this: First are the Stagg Years, with those six Big Ten championships. Later comes Gertrude Dudley’s pioneering work in the establishment of female col-
legiate sports. The big finish is the first-ever Heisman Trophy presented to Maroon halfback Jay Berwanger in 1935 (awarded annually since then to “outstanding” college football players like hall-of-famers O.J. Simpson and Paul Hornung ). Close after that are nuclear fission and a gaggle of Nobel prizes. In the words of one 1962 Sports Illustrated piece celebrating the man’s 100th birthday, “The story of Stagg has been told so often that some people would like to ignore it.” And yet, here it comes again. Why? Admissions pitches and selftrumpeting alone seem unlikely, since the fossilized halcyon days of Chicago sports have long taken a back seat to tallies of Rhodes Scholars and the like (see: “student-athlete”). This cling to history could just be a bit of self-consciousness about the University’s self-sustaining culture of intellectualism, its relative newcomer status among the nation’s elite (and Ivy League) institutions, and its notoriously anemic turnout for major sporting events—one Maroon editorial last year practically begged students to show up for Homecoming, reminding them of enticements like free food and t-shirts. But that possibility is dreadfully cynical. And it does a disservice to something far simpler, and perhaps far truer. Maybe it is that, when Dudley, Stagg-ish in her own right, decided in 1901 that the perfect tools for shattering a glass ceiling were a heavy, ash-wood baseball bat and a dirty catcher’s mitt, it was actually a moment that justified perennial pride, even through 2012. Or that, when halfback Jay “The One Man Gang” Berwanger finally succumbed to lung cancer in June of 2002 at the age of 88, his legacy wasn’t just the
Heisman Trophy that now glistens in the lobby of the Ratner Athletic Center, but a winking reminder that incredible things have happened in a Maroon uniform, and that they continue to do so today. In basketball, for example, the men’s team has clinched six conference titles since 1997, while last year the women’s squad plowed their way to a second UAA championship in three years with a whitehot 17-game winning streak. Stagg Field has also come alive again, being the home turf of the 2010 women’s track and field team that fought to a top four spot in the D-III finals, as well as the five runners and jumpers who competed for national titles at the end of last season. Maroon football continues to be a big fish in a tide pool, but Stagg’s successors have been climbing as of late. As recently as 2009, former quarterback Marshall Oium (A.B. ’11) made records for the post-1969 Maroons in yards passed (472 in one game, 2,605 in one season), completions (33 in one game), and touchdowns thrown (six in one game, 21 in one season), while just last year, during a 61–22 rout of Carnegie Mellon, rising star wideout Dee Brizzolara, a thirdyear, scored more touchdowns in one game than any Maroon in over 40 years. In all likelihood, the old highlight reel will keep rolling, maybe forever, or at least until either a Maroon wins another Heisman, or [insert obligatory Cubs-Never-Win joke]. Still, it’s worth watching, at least once, at least before checking out the fireworks that have in recent years been hissing, sparking, and occasionally exploding at Maroons games around the country. So keep watching, if only for the perspective. The real show is happening right now, and there might be a new reel to grumble about in the coming years.
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Four dramas and a chick flick: Five top V-day films Tomi Obaro Associate Arts Editor 5. Love Jones (1997): Though it could never quite live up to the exceptionally high standard it set for itself in the first ten minutes of the movie—Darius Lovehall, a Newcity reporter (Larenz Tate), spots Nina Mosely (Nia Long) in a crowded club and performs a simmering spoken word poem to her—Love Jones was a refreshing change of pace for a mainstream (read: white) populace used to seeing African Americans as gangsters and crack addicts. Set in the South Side (yep, this South Side), the romantic drama showcased Chicago stepping, name-dropped George Bernard Shaw, and gave us immortal lines like this one: “I love you. That’s urgent like a motherfucker.”
stories go, Weekend’s is pretty banal. Boy meets boy, they hook up, do some drugs, and talk endlessly. But in its banality, British film-editorturned-director Andrew Haigh does a marvelous job drawing the viewer into the lives of two English 20-somethings grappling with their obvious attraction to each other, the unintentional marginalization that comes with living in a heteronormative world, and the consequences of a noncommittal, hookup culture. Chris New and Tom Cullen have wonderful chemistry together, and the abrupt cuts, handheld camera work, and diegetic music all work together to sucker you in. Weekend is a bittersweet film, but for once, gayness and various reactions to it aren’t the reason for the sadness. It ends just like any other realistic love story.
4. Weekend (2011): As far as love
3. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless
Mind (2004): Retelling the love story of sadsack Joel Barish ( Jim Carrey) and wild child Clementine (Kate Winslet wih a career best performance) in non-chronological order, Eternal is an original, thoughtprovoking visual stunner. Carrey is the consummate foil to Winslet (never has Carrey’s famously elastic face been so staunchly scrunched in melancholy), and the truly innovative script coupled with Michel Gondry’s whimsical directing make this film one of the best of the aughties. Period. Here’s a warning though: It may not be the best film to watch with your significant other on Valentine’s Day. Those early breakup scenes can be brutal!
bunch of films that do, but as far as young, collegiate bullshitting to impress a potential romantic partner goes, Before Sunrise takes the cake. Ethan Hawke and the lovely Julie Delpy star as two strangers who meet on a train en route to Paris and stop in Vienna to continue a conversation they started on the train. That’s basically the plot of the movie. And it’s great. Both Hawke and Delpy improvised a lot of their dialogue, and it shows; nothing feels contrived. It’s also basically filmed in real time, so the pacing is slow and methodical. With its Generation X spur-ofthe-moment romance, its earnestness and naïveté, Before Sunrise is a modern classic.
2. Before Sunrise (1995): Is there any film that better encompasses the life of the mind than Before Sunrise? Okay, scratch that: There are a whole
1. When Harry Met Sally (1989): A list of the top romantic movies of all time without a Nora Ephron screenplay? Not on my watch. Billy Crystal
and Meg Ryan are at their best as onand-off friends (and U of C alums) who attempt to answer the age-old question, “Can (straight) men and women be friends?’ in this 1989 classic. There’s so much to like— Meg Ryan’s peculiar menu ordering style, Billy Crystal’s snug jeans, Meg Ryan’s changing hair, Carrie Fischer, orgasms, a shot of Hull Gate—and of course, the famous ending speech at a New Year’s party that cements Harry and Sally’s place in America’s collective heart forever. 1.
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Five Valentine’s Day dates that are OkCupid Jordan Larson Arts Staff Top five places to have some fine Valentine’s times 5. The Museum of Innocence Every couple likes to think it’s too cool for a traditional Valentine’s Day, and what better way to say, “Hey, we’re a quirky couple that does cute, non-cliché stuff together because we’re just so cute!” like spending an afternoon at Shedd Aquarium or the Field Museum? You can talk about how much you love each other while staring into the eyes of the lions of Tsavo, or think about how sad that Australian lungfish must be because he doesn’t have a mate like you do. Admission to the Aquarium is free today and next Sunday, and entrance to the Field
Museum is $12 with a student ID. 4. The Non-Fancy Fancy Restaurant Chicago is known the world over as a food capital, so there’s no reason to limit yourself to your usual staples (please, let Chipotle rest). Incredibly good food doesn’t have to come with an incredibly uncomfortable or stiff atmosphere. Chicago Diner (3411 North Halsted), La Creperie (2845 North Clark), and The Publican (837 West Fulton Market), among so many others, are nice enough to be special without making you feel like an awkward college student eating at an expensive restaurant where you clearly don’t belong (which is what you are). That said, don’t be afraid to go out of your way for actual good food;
it makes all the difference in the world.
and the promise of a Valentine’s Day that isn’t boring.
to include blueberries, rosemary, or sweet potatoes.
3. The Winter of Our Discontent Short of renting out a private ice-skating rink or taking a freezing boat cruise, winter entertainment options are mostly relegated to indoor activities that require little movement or effort. The Music Box Theatre (3733 North Southport) has a special screening of The Princess Bride tonight, and the Chicago Reader’s Third Annual Anti-Valentine’s Day Party, a mixture of theater and live music, is at Logan Square Auditorium (2539 North Kedzie). If you need something with a little more bite, Chances Dances (1951 West Dickens) is having a queer dance party complete with free food, mixtapes,
2. The Unbearable Lightness of Drinking Spend some time revisiting distant (or not-so-distant) drunk dreams with your honey-bunny at some place besides your old dorm or the back room of Jimmy’s. The Violet Hour (1520 North Damen), though pretty stuffy, has an impressive array of cocktails. You and your tastycakes can practice your good posture and looking-good skills while sipping on drinks with names like “Oldest Living Confederate Widow” and “League of Nations.” Or, if you want to go cheap on dinner and splurge on drinks, kill two birds with one stone at Blackbird (619 West Randolph); resident mixologist Lynn House is known for her culinary twist on cocktails, which have been known
1. Your Bed We all know you’re a little too lazy for this Valentine’s shit, so combine some perfunctory romance with whatever you’d be doing normally and call it cute. Staying in bed when you should be doing something fancy and romantic is only lazy if you let it be. Act all fancy and get some macarons ahead of time from Alliance Bakery (1736 West Division), or act all “I’m hungry for real food,” and order some Harold’s from down the street. Or, if you’re single (God-forbid), listen to some Adele and then watch every Jane Austen novel-cum-TV-drama you can find. If nothing else, use this holiday as an excuse to do something this week besides study and cry about how cold it is, even if it’s only out of love for yourself.
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DIY is your boo’s best friend Cheap gifts for your sweetheart Alice Bucknell Arts Staff So Valentine’s Day is here, midterms are fast on your heels (again), you’re running low on cash, and you still haven’t gotten around to buying a gift for your sweetheart. Or perhaps you’re seeking to win over the girl or boy of your dreams with a token of your affection so unique, so charming that he or she would just have to date you, right? Whatever your reason, worry no more! Maroon Arts has compiled a list of the top five most lovely, timely, and affordable DIY gifts that will knock your valentine off their feet. 5. You’re My Sugar: Who doesn’t love baked goods? Show your valentine how much you care by baking your feelings into a cake or a batch of cookies. Extra points if they’re heart shaped. Be sure to make use of the V-Day- themed pink frosting available now at most grocery stores, and don’t go light on the sprinkles. Though perhaps not as neat as your generic, store-bought box of chocolates, a gift of homemade sugary bliss will leave your lover’s mouth watering for more…if you know what I’m sayin’. (Supplies available at Treasure Island, $5-10) 4. Lover’s Talk: Surprise your love interest with a gift of the ancients: a handwritten note sure to evoke romantic nostalgia for times long passed. Compare her cheeks to roses Shakespeare-style, reminisce upon that moment you knew he was the one when he so eloquently compared Marx’s theory of alienation to a herd of goats in your Sosc class, say whatever your heart desires—the charming antiquity of your own elegant script will make even the worst pick-up line send shivers up their spine. Slip your love letter into their mailbox for an added bonus. (Classy stationery available at Office Depot, $5-10; if you’re feeling the high school approach: crumpled notebook paper, $0)
3. The History of Love: Dust off that copy of The Wealth of Nations or The Odyssey that has been collecting dust on your bookshelf for God knows how long and bring it under the knife to create a surprise Valentine’s Day treat. Cut out a sizeable trench in the text, maybe a few inches wide and an inch or so deep (bigger books work best), and fill this hidden alcove with sweets, movie tickets, jewelry – whatever you see fit for your lover to discover (nothing too perishable). If you’re not looking to dismantle the sacred texts of the U of C’s Core but still want to seduce your favorite bookworm with some oldfashioned literary lovin’, head on over to O’Gara and Wilson, Ltd.’s used books on 57th Street for some antique delights. (Cost: $5-10) 2. The Coupon Book: Listen up, those of you who don’t have a penny to spare. With just blank paper, a writing utensil, and a stapler (though embellishments are encouraged), craft your own coupon book-of-sorts for your lover. Coupons can range from “free-of-charge activities” such as A Stay-in Movie Night, to “things that cost money” like A Trip to the Zoo, or “events that should cost money but actually don’t” like A Day at the Art Institute of Chicago (bless you, Arts Pass). Handwrite these coupons, and feel free to add your own drawings or designs to the mix to guarantee a unique gift. Honestly, the more you suck at drawing a monkey or a movie theatre, the better (bad art is oddly endearing). (Cost: $0) 1. The Mix CD: Consider this the ultimate weapon of your arsenal of homemade gifts. What could be a better gift than a personal soundtrack to occupy your lover while waiting for the bus to campus on an early wintry morning or as audio therapy between classes? Even if it’s no pop masterpiece, your sweetheart will swoon over such a timeless and personalized gift. (Pick up blank CDs for as little as $2 for a 5-pack at a Walgreens or CVS Pharmacy)
Maria Bavaro & Omar Castro Dating for: 1 year, 4 months Years/Major: Omar: third-year Religious Studies major, Maria: second-year Psych major Favorite date movie: (almost) anything. They watch a lot of House together though... (Fill-in-the-blank) is a better dancer: Maria... Her hips don’t lie... Where did you meet: Outside of Maria’s room during O-Week; he gave her a care package from InterVarsity. First Date: Downtown. They ate at Bennigans, saw the Festival of Lights, then went to the movies to see Next Three Days. Favorite nicknames for each other: Maria calls Omar “Babe,” Omar calls Maria “mi amor.” JAMIE MANLEY | THE CHICAGO MAROON
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Graphic writer Joe Sacco captures conflict with comic drawings Emma Broder Arts Staff Graphic journalist and Dedmon Writer-in-Residence Joe Sacco, who has written several books of graphic nonfiction about conflict in the Middle East (his new book about poverty in America, co-authored with the journalist Chris Hedges, will be out in June), spoke last Tuesday afternoon in Rosenwald. Sacco is the sixth writer to take part in the Dedmon Writer-in-Residence Program. The Dedmon fund annually brings to campus a writer engaged in interdisciplinary workâ€”in Saccoâ€™s case, the intersection is between journalism and cartooning. Daniel Raeburn, a lecturer of creative writing, said that Saccoâ€™s work is timeless, and that it expresses the point that â€œnobody ever wins a war; the only thing that wins a war is the war itself.â€? The title slide of Saccoâ€™s presentation read simply, â€œComics as Journalism.â€? In Saccoâ€™s slideshow, he elaborated on several types of richness that his interdisciplinary work engenders; he also summarized the methods he uses to ensure the visual accuracy of his renderings. Throughout the presentation, he showed example panels from both his earlier books (Palestine, The Fixer) and more recent publications (Footnotes in Gaza).
As he worked through his slides, Sacco spoke of the advantages genre-bending brings to his work. He said he uses images to create a pervasive mood. Showing the audience one panel in which many events occur simultaneously, Sacco said, â€œYou want the reader to be as confused as you were.â€? He achieves this through cutting up blocks of type, or putting the panels in a state of disarray, so that it is not clear which should be read first. In another panel, he pointed out the tension between the accuracy of a quote from a witness to a scene, who was depicted in a separate panel in one corner of the page, and the subjectivity of his hand-drawn rendering of the scene, at which he had not been present. In yet another set of panels, Sacco said he was trying to give the reader the sense of how wet and muddy the weather in a refugee camp was, and that he wanted this idea to follow the reader through the panels like the weather would follow a person in real life. Sacco was careful to distinguish between the methods he uses to gather visual information about events he has not witnessed (photo archive research, interviews, tours of the site) and those he has (extensive journaling, thorough photo documentation, help from friends). The audience, of whom per-
haps 20 lined up after the event to have their books signed by Sacco, took advantage of the question-and-answer session that followed. One member asked Sacco what he thought of subjectivity in journalism. â€œItâ€™s important to be honest,â€? Sacco said. â€œItâ€™s a blessing that cartooning forces you to draw yourself into situations. Itâ€™s too bad that journalists are made to write themselves out of some of their best stories.â€? Another attendee wanted to know why Sacco draws himself in a more cartoony style than others. Sacco offered the theory that â€œif you draw yourself more generally, itâ€™s easier for people to identify with you.â€? Some audience members were more complimentary and cheeky: â€œYou allow yourself to be the brat, you know ? It helps the reader, as a spoiled Westerner.â€? â€œDoes anyone ever complain that their nose is too big ?â€? When asked why his book Footnotes in Gaza ends in silence, he talked about interviewing an old man who was having trouble narrating his story to Sacco. The manâ€™s grandson asked, â€œWhatâ€™s the one thing you remember from that day?â€? â€œFear,â€? the old man answered. â€œThatâ€™s when I realized,â€? Sacco said, â€œthat I knew his story better than he did. I was just returning the story to these people.â€?
Martha Fahlgren & Gustavo Alvarez Dating for: 4 years, 4 months Years/Majors: Gustavo: second-year Biology Pre-Med, Martha : second-year Psychology major Favorite date movie: Click (Fill-in-the-blank) is a better dancer: Definitely Gustavo, despite the fact that Martha has been dancing ballet for 17 years. (What can we say, his skills kill) Where did you meet: Freshman Honors Biology at Willowbrook High School Where was your first date: AMC Yorktown Cinema (Stereotypical, we know) Favorite nicknames for each other: Theyâ€™re as sickeningly sweet as it gets; Gustavo often calls Martha â€œBaby Girl,â€? and Martha calls Gustavo â€œBabycakesâ€? DARREN LEOW | THE CHICAGO MAROON
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Rockefeller Memorial Chapel NICK and the Ovorols rockefeller.uchicago.edu nickandtheovorols.com
Margaret Ward, Emerita Professor, Wellesley College, is the author of Missing Mila, Finding Family: An International Adoption in the Shadow of the Salvadoran Civil War, the story of her sonâ€™s adoption from El Salvador and their later connection with his birth family through AsociacioĚ n Pro-BuĚ squeda. Nelson Ward de Witt, Margaret's son, is now a ilm-maker. He will present excerpts from Identifying Nelson/Buscando Roberto in which he tells the same story from his perspective. AsociacioĚ n Pro-BuĚ squeda was founded by the late Dr. Robert Kirschner and Salvadoran colleagues to reunite Salvadoran families with children adopted abroad during the war years. It was a 1997 call from Dr. Kirschner to the de WittWard family that set in motion this remarkable reunion.
Thursday, May 31, 2012 at 6:30 p.m. International House Assembly Hall 1414 East 59th Street Free and open to the public with a reception to follow. This lecture series honors the life and work of Robert H. Kirschner, M.D., noted forensic pathologist and a founder of the University of Chicago Human Rights Program. ********* This event is co-sponsored by the International House Global Voices Program and is a part of the International House 80 th Anniversary Reunion Celebration. The program will include the recognition of the winners of the 2012 Human Rights writing, research, and fellowship competitions and graduating students of the Program. For more information or to RSVP, please email: email@example.com University of Chicago Human Rights Program 5720 S. Woodlawn Avenue â€˘ Chicago, IL 60637 773-834-0957 â€˘ humanrights.uchicago.edu Persons with disabilities that may need assistance should contact the Ofice of Programs & External Relations in advance of the program at 773-753-2274.
THE CHICAGO MAROON | ARTS | February 14, 2012
Put Love on Shuffle Lindsay Warren Arts Contributor Happy Singles Awareness Day, everybody! And no, I’m not referring to whether or not you’re in a relationship—I’m talking about making sure you have certain key songs on your computer and music device. Whether you’re out on a date night, or bashing a heart-shaped piñata like hell hath no fury like yours, there should be something in this list to suit your mood. (Minimal apologies in advance for the multiple Florence + the Machine songs; I tried to be varied, but Florence just makes really good music . . . sorry I’m not sorry.) Actual Adorable Love Songs That Scream “You, Me, All Our Family and Friends, and Bond Chapel” “Marry You” by Bruno Mars “Never Gonna Leave This Bed” by Maroon 5 “Hanging By a Moment” by Lifehouse “Never Let Me Go” by Florence + the Machine “When the Day Met the Night” by Panic at the Disco (sans “!”) “Somewhere Only We Know” by Keane “Soul Meets Body” by Death Cab for Cutie “At Last” by Etta James “The Luckiest” by Ben Folds “Bloodstream” by Stateless During Which You Curse the Housing Assignment People for Giving You a Roommate/ Thank the Housing Assignment People for Giving You a Single “Just a Little Bit” by Kids of 88 “With Me” by Sum 41 “Sex On Fire” by Kings of Leon “Drumming Song” by Florence + the Machine “Lollipop” by Framing Hanley (cover of Lil Wayne) If These Lyrics Describe Your Relationship, You Have a Lot of Life Choices to Reevaluate “Cosmic Love” by Florence + the Machine “Love Will Tear Us Apart (cover of Joy Division)” by Fall Out Boy “Forget About It” by All Time Low “Foundations” by Kate Nash “I Hate Everything About You” by Three Days Grace To quote the Disney version of Robin Hood, “Absence makes the heart grow fonder…” “Hey There Delilah” by Plain White T’s …or forgetful “If It Means a Lot to You” by A Day to Remember “I Really Really Like You But I’d Rather Sit Around Having an Unrequited Love Fest Than Do Anything About It” “Enchanted” by Taylor Swift I Really Really Like You and I Just Need a Good Shove to Do Something About It “For You I Will (Confidence)” by Teddy Geiger An Ode to Singles Empowerment “Stronger (What Doesn’t Kill You)” by Kelly Clarkson A List of Really Bad Ideas for Impressionable Singles “(I’m Gonna) Party Like a Rockstar” by JTX May you now spend your Valentine’s Day with an awesome soundtrack playing in your head wherever you go, whatever you do. Or you could travel with a boombox hoisted above your shoulder if that’s your thing.
Evan Garrett & Peter Jensen Dating for: 8 months Year/major: Evan: fourth year Theatre and Performance Studies major, Peter: fourth year English major Favorite date movie: Ticked off Trannies with Knives, which we believe to be an underrated masterpiece (seriously, go see it). Evan falls asleep during every other movie we ever watch together. (Fill-in-the-blank) is a better dancer: Evan’s definitely the better dancer. But Peter is better at maths. Favorite quotes: “Kiss well or don’t kiss at all,” “Stop biting” DARREN LEOW | THE CHICAGO MAROON
THE CHICAGO MAROON | ARTS | February 14, 2012
Bittersweet leaves a bad taste Sarah Miller Arts Staff In honor of Valentine’s Day, the Hyde Park Community Players hosted Bittersweet Love, a performance of two of William Inge’s oneact plays, Glory in the Flower and Strains of Triumph, at the Experimental Station in Hyde Park. Although they had noble intentions, the end result was a somewhat lackluster performance of these short plays. Both plays are relatively obscure works that have recently been discovered as masterpieces. The first play Glory in the Flower derives its title from William Wordsworth’s “Splendour in the Grass,” an apt title considering its theme: love lost and never regained. An aging high school piano teacher named Jackie (Mela Woods) runs into her old high school sweetheart Bus (Eric Roberts) at the Paradise Bar. A simple platform inside of the Experimental Station served as the set, but the stage’s small size and proximity to the audience gave the show a homey Midwestern milieu. Auxiliary characters include a gang of high school students, a friendly bartender named Howie (Terrie Vasilopoulos), and an old man named Ben (Jeff Verlanic). The scenes were blocked awkwardly; Woods and Roberts acted more like acquaintances than former lovers. Even at the most tense moment of the play, Woods failed to deliver a passionate response to Roberts’s desperate pleas. Occasionally, Verlanic would provide comic relief with inappropriately timed outbursts about wanting to remain free on the road, but the majority of the play consisted of brief exchanges with the characters about the play’s ideas about youth, nostalgia, and relationships. Significantly shorter than Glory in the Flower, Strains of Triumph takes place at Kansas University in the spring of 1963. The crew transformed the set from Paradise Bar to a hill overlooking a stadium by dismantling the bar set and rolling out a strip of turf. However, the passion lacking in the first play
was uncontrollable in Strains of Triumph. Young couple Ann (Stephanie Litchfield) and Tom (Adam Rosenthal) have quickly fallen in love and have plans to wed. However, Ann’s childhood friend Ben (Jeff Verlanic) cannot come to terms with the fact that he will lose his closest friend and secret love to a rival teammate (both run track). An unnamed professor (Paul Baker) finds Ben lamenting in the fetal position and quickly comes to his aid. Throughout the play, the other three characters try to console the protagonist Ben, but his passion cannot be contained. Strains of Triumph is far more enjoyable than Glory in the Flower, largely because of the professor character. With a cane and a wizened brow, the professor tried to instill knowledge on the tortured Ben with words like “memory idealizes the past,” and a discussion about the pitfalls of living vicariously through others. The setting of the top of a hill, isolated from others, is significant because the professor often talks about how he loved from afar and watched others and commented on their successes without fully living. Both Ben and the professor are tragically trapped on the hill away from the stadium because neither can accept reality and move on. Though the plays were thematically similar and both set in the same time period, it seemed rather strange that these two plays were meshed together into one performance, because they differed in tone and type of characters. However, the Hyde Park Community Players is a relatively new group, looking to gain an audience in the community through their unusual production choices. In 2009,the Hyde Park Players hosted their first production. Since then, the organization has continued to grow in the past three years with the mission of fostering a love of theater in Hyde Park and the surrounding communities. Ironically, their posters first attracted me to the event—while this organization may have good advertising techniques, the Hyde Park Community Players may need to hone their acting skills before hitting the stage again in June.
Fauré Quartett FRIDAY / FEBRUARY 17 / 7:30 PM Chicago debut of one of Germany’s most dynamic piano quartets Mahler: Piano Quartet in A minor Fauré: Piano Quartet No. 2 in G minor, op. 45 Brahms: Piano Quartet No. 1 in G minor, op. 25 Buy your tickets today! 773.702.8068
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We Are Chicago Exhibition: Special Collections Research Center Exhibition Gallery, Regenstein Library
When: Through Mar. 23 M-F 9:00 a.m.-4:45 p.m. Sat 9:00 a.m.-12:45 p.m
Student Life in the Collections of the University of Chicago Archives We Are Chicago highlights student experiences over a span of 120 years. This exhibition features recent donations to the collections and rarely seen materials including costumes, photographs, T-shirts, letters, posters, publications, and memorabilia.
THE CHICAGO MAROON | SPORTS | February 14, 2012
Chicago dominates Case, falls in nailbiter to NYU for second-place finish
Second-year Jake Schramm pins down Wheaton College’s Tom Foy in the wrestling team’s season debut last fall at Ratner Athletics Center. TIFFANY TAN | THE CHICAGO MAROON
Wrestling Derek Tsang Sports Staff Chicago took second at the UAA Championships Saturday at Case Western, losing a close dual meet to NYU, despite four Maroons earning spots on the All-Association team. Entering the meet as three-time defending champions, the Maroons
lost control over their fate with a 19–14 loss to NYU in the first match, before putting up a 40–6 score against a depleted Case Western squad, winning four of the six contested bouts. NYU put up a similar score against Case Western to seal the championship. “We’ve had very close dual meets with NYU every year for about the last five years,” said head coach Leo Kocher. “This one was
another nail biter.” Wrestling with lingering injuries, second-year Jake Schramm opened with a 4–3 decision at 125 pounds. First-year Willie Long won a similar onepoint decision at 133 pounds to open a 6–0 lead for the Maroons in the match. Both Schramm and Long were named to the All-Association team. Chicago dropped a one-point decision at 141
pounds and a major decision at 149 pounds, but firstyear Devon Range restored the Maroons’ lead at 10–7 with a major decision at 157 pounds, earning him the Maroon’s third spot on the All-Association team. NYU trotted out DIII’s fourth-ranked wrestler at 165 pounds, and the ninth-ranked wrestler at 174 pounds, but third-year James Layton and first-year Ryley Hankenson were able to avoid losing
major decisions or getting pinned, respectively. Later, against less overwhelming competition in the dual with Case Western, Layton wrestled a much closer match, losing a one-point decision, and Hankenson avenged his loss with a pin in 2:50. A third-straight winning decision for NYU at 184 pounds gave them a 16– 10 lead, and the Maroons would have needed both their last two wrestlers— first-year Mario Palmisano at 197 pounds and secondyear Jeff Tyburski at 285 pounds—to win, one of them with some sort of bonus points, to seize the championship. Palmisano earned himself the UAA Rookie of the Year award by coming up big with a 17–8 major decision in his hometown with his family in the stands to put the Maroons within two points of NYU. “It meant a lot to get the award,” said Palmisano. “It shows that the hard work I have been putting in all season long is starting to pay off.” “[We] have a very talented freshman class,” Palmisano added. “It is an honor to receive [the award] amongst so many other wrestlers who also deserve recognition for their hard work.” Palmisano slotted in as the fourth Maroon on the All-Association team, joining Schramm, Long, and Range with his dominating performance.
Providing context, Kocher noted that “the NYU wrestler [at 197] won a tournament earlier in the year, and Mario pretty much destroyed him.” The outcome of the meet came down to the clash at 285 pounds between Chicago second-year Jeff Tyburski and NYU’s Jamie Myers. In another close match, Myers came out on top with a 5–4 victory. “While 285 was the final match, the fact is that we had five other matches we lost, and a win in any one of them would have brought us the championship,” Kocher said. The Maroons do not plan to let the decision linger for long. “I know that everyone left everything they had out on the mat and that’s all we can ask for,” Palmisano said. The Maroons, though, will have to wait two weeks until they wrestle next at the Great Lakes Regional on February 25 in Minneapolis, the season’s penultimate meet. First- and secondplace finishers, plus a handful of at-large bids, earn a ticket to the DIII national championships two weeks after that. Even though Kocher and the Maroons will not dwell on their UAA loss, they are not hesitating to use it for motivation looking forward, to the next meet and to next year. “I feel we should win [the UAA championship] every year,” Kocher said.
Unseating Emory is the goal at UAAs
Title hopes alive after weekend sweep
Women’s Swim and Dive
Liane Rousseau Sports Staff ChicagowillheadtoCleveland for the UAA Championships this weekend. There the Maroons will take on Emory, NYU, Case Western, Carnegie Mellon, Wash U, Brandeis, and Rochester. Every meet in the season so far has been part of Chicago’s preparation for UAAs. In addition, the Maroons have tailored their training this week to the demands of postseason play. “These past two weeks have been our taper season in order to prepare us for UAAs,” fourthyear Jacqueline Trudeau said. “We’ve been resting, focusing heavily on technique, bringing down our yardage in the pool and our intensity in the workout room, and overall just giving our muscles a chance to recover.” “It’s been really important for us to stay rested and on top of our schoolwork these last couple of weeks more than ever,” fourthyear Laura Biery said. The Maroons are two weeks removed from a solid win against DePauw, but the team expects
to carry this momentum into championships nonetheless. “OurlastmeetagainstDePauw was one of our best this season, which hopefully means that this will be our best conference meet yet,” Biery said. With the win and their strong record,theMaroonsareexpecting to do well in Cleveland. “It’s hard to speak for everyone, but overall I think that team expectations are pretty high going into the UAAs,” Trudeau said. “We’ve had one of our best years so far and a lot of people have had some really great swims in-season when we’re tired and sore, so we’re really looking to drop some time and post some awesome swims, now that we’re rested and at the peak of our strength.” The team will need to bring its best in order to win this weekend. Traditionally Emory has dominated the meet. “Our hope is to get closer to Emory and distance our lead over the other schools,” Biery said. “They’re always some tough competition, but we keep getting better every year, and I think we have some swimmers who will really be able to hang with and beat their star swimmers,” Trudeau said. “That said, at the
end of the day, it comes down to the clock and you. A lot of us will just be racing against ourselves and our best times and looking to just get to the wall first.” The team is incredibly strong this year with an impressive first-year class and continual improvement and motivation from the upperclassmen. “We have a lot of fast [firstyears] who I’m excited to see do well this weekend,” Biery said. “It’s been our goal to knock [Emory] off that first-place pedestal for a couple of years and each year we keep getting a little bit closer,” Trudeau said. The meet also has implications for Nationals, which begin in a couple of weeks on March 21. “Having good swims at UAAs means that hopefully we’ll get a lot of our swimmers to Nationals and really score some points,” Trudeau said. “You qualify for Nationals based on time standards, not based on where you finish at UAAs, so it’s important to have the competition there to push people to do their best times.” To check in on Chicago’s progress this weekend, head to the athletics page at athletics. uchicago.edu. The meet begins on February 15.
Alexander Sotiropoulos Senior Sports Staff There is still hope for the Maroons to receive a share of the title. While the hope is slim, given that Chicago sits three games behind Wash U with only three games remaining in the UAA, the Maroons have momentum on their side. After defeating Carnegie in a 77–75 overtime thriller on Friday, Chicago stayed in the UAA hunt by ousting Case 86– 78 on Sunday. Friday’s game against Carnegie featured a first-time starter for the Maroons: second-year guard Derrick Davis. In the nine minutes he played in the first half, the second-year did not make any shot attempts and did not provide blocks or steals on defense. By the half ’s end, the Maroons were down 36–27. However, the second half was a brand-new game for Davis. He was 5–6 from the field, blocked one shot, and had two steals. “The thing about [Davis], from the time he’s walked in
here, he’s had some very physical tools that very few players I’ve coached have had, and those tools should really transfer in the defensive end,” head coach Mike McGrath said. “Recently, I’ve really felt that he’s starting to put them together.” Davis’s efforts contributed heavily to the victory for the Maroons. With 34 seconds left in overtime, fourth-year guard Michael Sustarsic found Davis open right next to the basket. The second-year dunked the ball emphatically to put the Maroons up 74–69. Still, Carnegie did not give up. With time expiring and the Tartans down 77–75, guard Asad Meghani, who was 5–8 from the three-point range on the night, put up a three-pointer that hit the rim but did not go in. “I thought it looked good,” McGrath said. “I was glad when it went out.” The Maroons saw another tight affair in the first half against Case. After Matt Johnson went 0–5 from behind the arc and the Maroons converted on only four of 14 three-point attempts in the first half, the team found itself behind 34– 33 at the end of the half.
Yet again, another second-year stepped up for the Maroons in the final 20 minutes. This time it was forward Sam Gage. Gage scored all of his 18 points in the second half, going 5–7 from the field and 6–6 from the charity stripe. “[Gage] has played well this year,” McGrath said. “When he gets to the point where he consistently knocks down that jump shot, he’s going to be [a great] player.” Gage’s efforts, on top of 41.7 percent shooting from behind the arc for the Maroons, landed Chicago an 86–78 victory. For the Maroons to even have a chance at sharing the UAA title, they must win all of their remaining games, and Wash U must suffer three defeats. “I hope we try to win [the final] three games, which I think is very, very plausible,” McGrath said. “I hope that Wash U loses three [games,] and I think that’s very plausible, and we’ll see what happens in between.” The Maroons will attempt to keep their hopes alive on the east coast this weekend. They tip off on Friday at 7 p.m. at NYU and Sunday at 11 a.m. at Brandeis.
THE CHICAGO MAROON | SPORTS | February 14, 2012
Pristine record still spotless after blowouts against Carnegie, Case Women’s Basketball Mahmoud Bahrani Senior Editor Chicago clinched at least a share of the UAA title Sunday, defeating a sting y Case Western squad 73–44. It seemed like the Spartans would pose a greater challenge, having lost a close game to a very good Wash U team only two days prior, but Chicago outscored Case in the second half 50–26 to break open the game. The win came two days after one of the most lopsided wins in Chicago history, as the Maroons flirted with the 100-point mark in defeating Carnegie Mellon 95–46. Chicago had overwhelmed Carnegie in a similarly dominant fashion nearly a month ago in Pittsburgh, winning 81–44. Head coach Aaron Roussell said after the game that with the group of players he has, he never has to worry about a letdown in energ y. “We’ve made that mistake in other years,” Roussell said. “I was really proud of all of our kids, how we really locked in. You get to this point, you feel like you know your team, and I really felt that our kids were locked in before the game.” The game got out of hand early for the Tartans. A hounding Chicago defense forced turnover after turnover, and Carnegie was able to score only three points in the first six minutes of play. Fourth-year Meghan Herrick had five steals all on her own in the first half, two shy of the Ratner record, which almost certainly would have fallen had Herrick played extended minutes throughout the rest of the game. The margin reached 20 points
halfway through the first period and kept growing, and Chicago went into the locker room up 28. The second half was more of the same, and the question turned from, “How much can Chicago win by?” to, “Are they going to get to 100 points?” “If it would have happened, it would have happened,” Roussell said. “I wasn’t going to do anything special to try and get it.” “When you’re playing a team like that and you’re up by 50 points, it’s almost like you want to win the subjective battle, like a wrestling match or a boxing match. We wanted to make sure that we dominated from the tip to the last buzzer,” said fourthyear guard Kate Casaday after the game. “We wanted to send them home knowing that we were better than them in every aspect, player for player.” Casaday had one of her strongest games of the year, scoring eight points in just 11 minutes. She made a spectacular play late in the second half, nailing a drifting fadeaway jumper in the corner that put brought the bench to their feet. “She just works her butt off day in and day out and pushes constantly, and is probably one of our biggest cheerleaders on the bench,” Meghan Herrick said. “To see her come out there and just play an amazing game all around, I’m just so proud of her. She deserved it.” Two days later, the Maroons played Case Western, whom they beat by only five points in Cleveland. In Chicago’s 10 previous UAA contests, Case was the only team, aside from perennial powerhouse Wash U, to stay within 10 points of
First-year Morgan Donovan evades a defender during a home game against Case on Sunday. JOHNNY HUNG | THE CHICAGO MAROON
Chicago. Sunday, however, they were not so lucky. The first half was a sloppy affair with 27 turnovers between the two teams, and neither squad was able to gain a sizable advantage. In the second half, the Maroons’ depth allowed them to pull away as they wore
down a Case team that did not have the luxury of an easy Friday night blowout. The lead ballooned to double digits early in the half and the Maroons never looked back. Chicago has now beaten UAA opponents by an average of 20.1 points per game. With only three
games remaining, the Maroons have locked up at least a share of the UAA title, but any win over the course of the next three games will lock up the title and, by extension, an automatic NCAA berth. Chicago travels to New York on Friday and then plays Brandeis in Boston on Sunday.
Practice slows in preparation for heightened postseason competition
Third-year Wade Gong competes against DePauw University at a meet in January at the Ratner Athletics Center. DARREN LEOW | THE CHICAGO MAROON
Men’s Swim and Dive Sarah Langs Sports Staff The UAA Championships are finally here. Starting Wednesday, the Maroons will participate in a three-day meet along with the rest of the UAA.
The past two weeks have been spent preparing for the big meet, as the team’s dual meet against DePauw two weeks ago was the last of the season. “In swimming for championship meets, the team tapers,” first-year swimmer Andrew Angeles said. “This means that each practice gets shorter and shorter, allowing our
muscles to recover from the hard training earlier in the year. During this taper time, we have been treating our bodies well. We all try to eat healthier and get more sleep.” This calculated and specific preparation is undertaken in hopes of optimal team as well as individual performance. “We’ve been working toward this
meet all season and both teams hope to get second and qualify a number of individuals and relays for NCAA Championships,” head coach Jason Weber said. Last year, Chicago finished third behind Emory, who won by a significant amount, and Carnegie Mellon. “The main goal for the meet is to get second to Emory,” Angeles said. One element left out of the team’s preparation is records. “Breaking school records is not really a main focus for us, but we do expect to break a lot on both sides,” Weber said. “We’ve already broken nine on the men’s side and should get close to breaking 20.” At this point, with the tapering regimen laid out, it is up to the swimmers and divers to keep it up and motivate themselves for the meet. The leadership and experience of fourth-years in particular will be crucial for success during the road trip. “The seniors have been stepping up all season to help prepare the team,” assistant coach Krista Carlson said. In terms of the meet’s location and length, the Maroons did not have any issues. “The trip to Cleveland should not be too difficult…[and] the team
has already had some three-day meets during the season, and many of the swimmers swam club meets that lasted three days or more, so this meet should not be a problem for us in terms of length,” first-year swimmer Andrew Salomon said. “We’ll be driving down the day before, so there should be no issues,” Weber said. Another thing that won’t hinder the Maroons is attitude. “I think the team as a whole knows what is expected of them from the coaching staff as well as their teammates, and they hold each other accountable to that,” said Carlson. From the athlete’s side, the feelings are the same. “We are really going into this meet united as a team,” Angeles said. As the preparation tapers off and the swimmers and divers travel to Cleveland, rest and relaxation should help to propel them toward their goals and beyond. “Now, with us fully rested, we can do some real damage,” Salomon said. The Maroons will take on the rest of the UAA starting at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, February 15 in Cleveland. The meet will last through Saturday.
IN QUOTES “Who is this kid? I’ve heard about him and stuff like that, but what’s he been doing?” —Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant on New York Knicks point guard Jeremy Lin, one night before Lin scored 38 points against the Lakers.
Speed dating with the Maroons Eligible U of C athletes talk about what they look for in a partner, share first kiss stories, and more Michaela Whitelaw | Cross Country
Dee Brizzolara | Football
Ideal date: Dinner—homemade or out. Good conversation. Some flowers. I guess the date has to be cute. Let’s see—what else? Not too cheesy. Turn-ons: Humor, curiosity, athleticism, and…height. Turn-offs: Let’s see—lack of personality. Boring-ness. Or complaining. First kiss: It was at a fair…and I think it was in sixth grade, somewhere around there. And I was saying goodbye to him, and then we kissed. Then all I could think about was if I did something wrong or not.
Ideal date: Doesn’t matter where we go, or even staying in or going out. I just like to have fun, and I really appreciate a girl that can hold a decent conversation. The place never matters; it’s all about who you’re with. First kiss: A girl named Hannah in fifth grade. Turn-ons: She’s gotta be in good shape. I prefer an athlete, but as long they’ve got it together I don’t care if she actually plays a sport or not. Turn-offs: Smoking. It was cool in the ’90s. It smells bad and makes people’s teeth gross. Just stop.
Meghan Herrick | Basketball
Wolfgang Connell | Football
Ideal date: Something original. Nothing expensive, just something fun. If that’s going to a park in the summer or ice-skating in the winter, something original and fresh. Turn-ons: I like a guy who is funny and smart. I like to have stimulating conversations, so if we can share conversations and share jokes, that makes me excited. Turns-offs: Smoking cigarettes. Ugh. Number one turn-off. It’s disgusting. First kiss: It was sixth grade in a band room with a guy named AJ. I’ll never forget it. It was pretty embarrassing, because everyone was standing outside waiting for us to kiss. And I, obviously, as a girl, had to kiss him because he was too scared and nervous.
Ideal date: I’d have to say I’d invite her over. I’d have to cook her a little bit of dinner, show off the talent in the kitchen: I’d sauté her some chicken, put some nice Caesar salad dressing on it, get a little sauce going, rice with some green peppers. And we’d go on to have a little movie night, one of the Tarantinos, (Reservoir Dogs, Pulp Fiction), and then we’d spend the rest of the night hanging out, watching movies. Turn-ons: Definitely eyes. She’s got to have eyes that see right through you. She’s got to be athletic, because I like to work out a lot and like to have something in common with someone. Turn-offs:Being too preoccupied with the future. First kiss: First kiss would have to be Georgia Connell on April 11, 1992. She gives me one every day I’m around her just to remind me who I am.
Katherine Hedlund | Soccer
Jeff Tyburski | Wrestling
Ideal date: I am a laid-back person, so I would just want something really simple like hanging out, something very low-key. Turn-ons: Someone who is really funny and down to hang out and talk; you can really just talk forever. Turn-offs: Someone who’s really materialistic, or someone who can’t just joke around and have a good time. First kiss: I was really young and it was a dare. Athletes or non-athletes: I’m really into athletic guys.
Ideal date: Just something fun, something interactive, where we can do something. Turn-ons: Athleticism. Athletic build. And so is ambition—I like a go-getter attitude. Turn-offs: I don’t like laziness. I hate girls who are lazy. First kiss: I was in high school, and I got this note from this girl’s friend, and then I called the girl and she came over like two days later, and we hooked up. And that was the first time I ever kissed a girl.
Lyda Harris | Track & Field
Tommy Sotos | Basketball
Ideal date: I’d get picked up at my apartment. That’s the key. Then we’d go do something downtown, some cool only-Chicago thing either before or after dinner, some place really good. Flowers are nice; no roses though, they’re kind of overrated. First kiss: I was in seventh grade and I was in band at the time, and my boyfriend who was in band as well—he was my first boyfriend—and we had been talking about it for a while, I guess, but neither of us had the courage to do it. And then one day we were in the band room after school, and I was about to leave to go to swim practice—and there was someone in the room but they weren’t really paying attention—and I turned to hug him, and I hugged him, and afterward he gave me a little kiss, and I was like, oh alright. It was really nice.
Turn-ons: For me, physically the first thing I’m drawn to is her eyes. I love really pretty eyes. After that, I’m all about intelligence. I like girls that are…smart, know what they’re talking about, are passionate about what they’re studying or what they’re doing as far as work goes. Turn-offs: Really annoying laughs. First kiss: My first kiss was actually in an elevator in a Detroit hotel. I was 13 or 14. I met the girl on a basketball trip and she was staying in the hotel with us and I got to know her for a day or two. We made out in an elevator. It was a pretty anticlimactic first kiss. It was fine, but I haven’t really seen her since. If you act like you know what you’re doing, things go well for you. Being tall helps. PHOTOS COURTESY OF UOFC ATHLETICS AND FACEBOOK.COM