No sooner had the campus master plan been approved ("Completion
of campus master plan leads to building boom," October/99) than
it began materializing. In December, workers broke ground on the
new parking structure on 55th Street between Ellis and Greenwood
Avenues. Designed by New Haven, Connecticut, architect Cesar Pelli,
the five-story building (one story is underground) will offer
1,080 spaces, for a net gain of about 700 campus parking spaces.
The ground floor will hold a combination of recreational, entertainment,
and eating facilities--possibly a bowling alley, billiards parlor,
and a restaurant and bar. The building should open in late autumn.
other building fronts, Bruner/Cott & Associates Inc. of Cambridge,
Massachusetts, has been chosen to design Bartlett Gymnasium's
renovation, while Sasaki Associates Inc., based in Massachusetts
and San Francisco, has been chosen to develop a campus-wide landscape
plan to strengthen the sense of community. Bruner/Cott will convert
Bartlett to a dining hall and construct a one-story addition for
food storage and a loading dock. According to Steve Klass, deputy
dean of student services, the new 550-seat dining facility will
be nearly twice the size of any dining room on campus. Serving
more than 1,000 students, the dining room will be on the second
floor--where the basketball courts now are. The track that runs
above the courts will not be torn down but may be closed if it
can't be brought up to code. No decision has been made yet regarding
the future of the basement pool.
of Jimmy's Woodlawn Tap are crying in their beers--but not at
Jimmy's. In May 1999, three months after the death of owner Jimmy
Wilson ("Jimmy of Jimmy's dies at age 86," April/99), the fabled
watering hole at 55th Street and Woodlawn Avenue closed when Wilson's
liquor license expired. Wilson's heirs sold the bar to longtime
Jimmy's manager Bill Callahan and his brother, Jim Callahan, who
planned to apply for a new city liquor license and quickly reopen
the bar for business.
the Callahans and the University of Chicago--which owns the Woodlawn
Tap building--discovered that a number of renovations were needed
before the bar could pass inspection. After repairing the roof,
replacing the wiring, installing new fixtures, and enlarging the
bathrooms, the Callahan brothers applied for a Chicago liquor
license late last year.
the city rejected it. The reason: the bar's proximity to St. Thomas
the Apostle Catholic Church and School. A state statute prohibits
the sale of liquor within 100 feet of a church or school entrance.
Jimmy's is more than 100 feet from the school entrance, but only
89 feet away from the parking lot, often used as a playground.
The Callahans have hired a lawyer to contest the decision.
Film emerged as a doctoral-degree-granting program ("Reel Scholarship,"
April/1997) at the U of C this past fall when the Committee on
Cinema & Media Studies admitted four graduate students to its
inaugural class. U of C undergraduates had been able to concentrate
in cinema and media studies for several years; already the committee
has had several hundred requests for information on graduate studies.
doctoral program focuses on the history, theory, and criticism
of film and related media. Students must complete 16 quarter-long
courses, three required and the rest elective. At least eight
of those courses must be listed among the committee's offerings.
The required classes are Methods and Issues in Cinema Studies
and Film History, a two-quarter survey course for beginning graduate
students or advanced undergraduates. Students also must demonstrate
proficiency in two modern foreign languages.
the program's international, interdisciplinary nature, the committee's
faculty comes from a variety of departments. Members are: committee
chair James Lastra, associate professor in English; art history
professors Tom Gunning, Joel M. Snyder, SB'61, and Yuri Tsivian;
Miriam Hansen and Jacqueline Stewart, AM'93, PhD'99, of the English
department; Laura Letinsky of the Committee on the Visual Arts;
David J. Levin and Katie Trumpener, associate professors in Germanic
Studies; and Rebecca West, professor in Romance languages and
literatures. Students can also draw upon two dozen resource faculty
committee is extremely fortunate to have such an incredible faculty,"
says Lastra. "Some of the film scholars currently at the University--people
like Miriam Hansen and Tom Gunning--are really the people who've
helped to redefine the field as a whole."
Rosen, AM'62, PhD'66, the Edwin A. and Betty L. Bergman distinguished
service professor in economics, will become president of the American
Economics Association (AEA) in 2001. Rosen, editor of the Journal
of Political Economy and a microeconomist with expertise in
labor economics and industrial organization, will be the fourth
U of C economist in five years to hold the post. Economics professor
emeritus D. Gale Johnson ("Gale Force," December/97) was the AEA's
1999 president; Nobelist and GSB professor Robert Fogel was president
in 1998; and economics professor emeritus Arnold Harberger, AM'47,
PhD'50, headed the group in 1997.
the coming year, Rosen will oversee the budget and coordinate
preparations for the 2001 meeting, which should draw nearly 7,000