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The paper campus: Quads from an alternate universe

Part three of our occasional series on the unbuilt buildings of campus Welcome to another edition of the Paper Campus, in which I scour the University of Chicago Library photo archives for information on campus-building designs that, for one reason or another, remained on the drawing board. Show More Summary

Brand new start

A former English major steps into the indie-folk spotlight. “I’ve always loved writing, and I’ve always written songs. But it took me a little while to get serious about doing it,” says Haroula (Spyropoulos) Rose, AB’02, MAT’02. HerShow More Summary

Love thy neighbor

Rhodes Scholar Stephanie Bell, AB'08, pens an open letter against an Iowa state rep trying to ban gay marriage. In middle school, Stephanie Bell, AB'08, babysat for the children of Kim Pearson, the recently elected state representative for Iowa's 42nd district. Show More Summary


Questions for MLK Day keynote speaker Judith Jamison Judith Jamison, outgoing artistic director of Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater and one of the great dancers of the 20th century, became a star by embracing her identity at a time when there were few African American performers on stage. Show More Summary

Stand the test of mind

Writing down your anxieties before a big exam can mean a better grade, suggests new research from UChicago. Tetchy testers take note: for students who get anxious about high-pressure tests, simply writing out their fears the night before...Show More Summary

Coffee, futon, art: done

A relaxing recline—and a little caffeine—brings a new perspective to Cascade. "Do people come in and lie on the futon a lot?" I asked the Smart Museum barista making my latte last Thursday morning. "Oh yeah," he said, "all the time." With...Show More Summary

Maroon Lens: Aleem Hossain

Maroon Lens is a monthly column about alumni filmmakers. First up: Aleem Hossain, AB'00, a UCLA film-school grad who has created a successful online police thriller, Central Division. The four episodes in Central Division's first season are each no more than four minutes long, and the whole thing takes place in a dimly lit parking garage. Show More Summary

Alternate Rockefellers

Part two of our series on the unbuilt campus. As part of my occasional series on proposals for University buildings that never came to fruition, I’ve dug up a few early proposals for one of campus’s most iconic buildings: Rockefeller...Show More Summary

The King speech

Watch a live webcast of the MLK Commemoration Service, featuring Judith Jamison’s keynote address, today at 3:30 p.m. CST. Learn more.

The Craftsman cometh

From Wall Street to the woodshop, Richard Sennett wants to honor good work for its own sake. In 2010 Richard Sennett's (AB’64) latest book, The Craftsman (Yale University Press, 2008), won Italy’s Mazzotti Literary Prize; he also received...Show More Summary

The paper campus

University buildings that never were. I'm fascinated with things that never were, particularly when it comes to architecture. And particularly architecture from places I'm familiar with—it's fun to play "what if." So when I realizedShow More Summary

To dye for?

An interview with UChicago's own Tie-Dye Guy I don’t know what I was expecting when I arranged to interview Rafael Menis, '11, a.k.a. “Tie-Dye Guy,” for the next issue of Core. I knew Menis was a political-science major and philosophy minor. Show More Summary

Job satisfaction

A recent ranking highlights an obscure, but apparently well-satisfied, career path. It always takes a little extra effort to explain what I do for a living. “I work for the University of Chicago,” I’ll say, to be quickly followed by,...Show More Summary

A little light on the subject

The innovative design of the $215 million Eckhardt Center will illuminate the science inside. The discoveries that could emerge from the William Eckhardt Research Center after it opens in 2015 strain the imagination—at least the scientifically impaired imagination. Show More Summary

YO, a scarf for this season

If you live in the Northern Hemisphere (as at least nine out of ten UChicago alumni do), today is the first day of winter. The higher your latitude, the lower the temperature is likely to be, and the higher the chances are that you didn’t leave home this morning without a scarf. Which is where we come in. Show More Summary

Getting a Handel on things

The U of C’s choral director talks about the annual campus performance of Messiah. James Kallembach and I started with the University Chorus at the same time, in the fall of 2005. I had just moved back to Hyde Park to take a job with my alma mater; he had just been hired as the director of choral activities for the Department of Music. Show More Summary

Art flow

A commanding ink-on-rice-paper painting draws in coffee drinkers and museum visitors alike. Walk into the Smart Museum now, and you notice, perhaps for the first time, that the back wall of the reception hall (where the café tables sit) curves at the top. Show More Summary

Fall, slipping away

On a day when the skies over Chicago are an unmistakable winter-gray, Magazine photographer Dan Dry offers a look back at autumn on campus: luminous ginkgos in front of Hinds, the ivy turning red on the quads, fallen leaves in Botany Pond, shorts-clad students enjoying unseasonable warmth. Check out the photo set or watch the above slideshow. Lydialyle Gibson

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