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scholars cross the pond…again
Rhodes scholar Erin A. Bohula, AB’99, advises the University’s newly
named Rhodes and Marshall scholarship winners to cultivate a taste for
mayonnaise, because in Britain, where they’ll be studying, “it’s served
with everything.” She also suggests that they bring umbrellas and be
ready “to meet some amazing people, both students and teachers.”
is one of four alumni who received prestigious British scholarships
last year. Maureen N. Dunne, AB’98, AM’98, and Mira C. Lutgendorf, AB’99,
also received Rhodes scholarships, while Elizabeth M. Evenson, AB’99,
was awarded a Marshall scholarship.
more College students and two more recent grads will be following in
their footsteps next year: a Rhodes scholar and three Marshall scholars,
all of whom plan to study at the University of Oxford. Chicago’s 35th
Rhodes scholar, Jasdip S. (“Jesse”) Kharbanda, AB’99, was one of 32
U.S. students to receive the honor this past December. One week later,
Robert R. Chenault, AB’99, and fourth-years Sarah C. Bagby and David
B. Haglund became three of 40 Americans to pick up a Marshall. This
is the first time three University of Chicago students have received
the scholarship in one year, bringing Chicago’s total number of Marshall
winners to 15.
in 1902 by British patriot Cecil J. Rhodes, his scholarship provides
tuition and living expenses for up to three years of study at Oxford.
The Marshall scholarship program was founded by an act of the British
Parliament in 1953 and commemorates the ideals of the Marshall Plan.
Funded by the British government, the scholarship provides tuition and
a living stipend to Americans for two years of study at any British
on his Rhodes, Kharbanda will study economic theory and environmental
science. Interested in the potential effects of global warming on small-scale
farmers in the developing world, he says he would like to pursue a career
in environmental public policy as both a researcher and an advocate.
plans to apply her Marshall toward the study of biochemistry. She wants
to explore how malfunctions in the internal communication of single
cells can lead to diseases such as cancer and cholera, hopefully yielding
clues to the development of therapies for these diseases. She would
also like to pursue a career in teaching. “Challenging my students stimulates
me to challenge myself,” says Bagby, who has served as a teaching assistant
in biology. “And coming up with new ways of explaining what we know
helps me to find new questions to ask about what we don’t know.”
will study classics, looking for ways to make Greek and Latin available
to more students at a younger age. He hopes to one day establish an
educational academy that will include training in Greek and Latin--subjects
he believes provide great joy while training young minds in interdisciplinary
subjects. Chenault credits Chicago’s classics department with kindling
his love for the subject: “When people ask me what there is for a classicist
but to teach classics, I say nothing would please me more than to interest
others in the field that has given me such pleasure.”
plans to study English literature on his way to becoming an essayist
and a biographer of Wallace Stevens. He says he would eventually like
to write and edit for such literary publications as the New York
Review of Books. “I must thank Wayne Booth for feeding my growing
passion for literature and thoughtfulness and then assisting that pursuit
as perhaps no one else has,” he adds.
one of Chicago’s current Rhodes scholars, says the recent winners may
be surprised by how different it feels to pursue their intellectual
passions at Oxford, without an American emphasis on output, deadlines,
or tests. “You can escape to a garden and read for hours because the
supervisors here encourage you to read and re-read until you think about
your material differently,” she says, advising them to prepare to live
life more slowly, and perhaps more fully, next year.
if mayonnaise isn’t the new group of scholars’ condiment of choice,
Bohula recommends opting for Britain’s other culinary passion--Indian
help third-years take the next career step
January 15, more than 400 third-years eagerly sought words of wisdom
from 66 University alumni at the third annual Taking the Next Step conference,
co-sponsored by the Maroon Key Society and the Student Alumni Association--with
assistance from the Alumni Association, Career and Placement Services,
the Office of the Reynolds Club and Student Activities, and the University
Community Service Center. The event, held at the Chicago Hilton and
Towers, was funded by the Office of the Dean of the College. Designed
to give students advice on how to make the transition from college to
the “real world,” the conference featured 16 different panels on a range
of possible post-graduation pursuits, from careers in the sciences and
the arts to graduate programs to hi-tech jobs.
entire day was a very inspirational experience that happened just at
the right time,” concluded one conference attendee, third-year Katrina
A. Oppen. “I had recently been panicking about internships for the summer
and career choices for the future, and hearing the stories of U of C
grads old and new helped to calm my fears about the job application
process ahead of us."
left campus every 15 minutes beginning at 9 a.m. to shuttle third-years
downtown. Told to dress casually, the students left their interview
suits at home and mingled in jeans and sweaters. After Alumni Association
president and Washington Post columnist Bob Levey, AB’66, reassured
students in his opening remarks that the College will prepare them well
for the future, they struck out for the panel discussions. Panelists
included alumni from across the country who work for organizations as
diverse as NASA, J.Crew, Pfizer, NBC News, Second City, the White House,
Merrill Lynch, the Center for AIDS Research at San Francisco General
Hospital, and Ameritrade.
really strove to have the greatest breadth of topics possible in order
to attract the greatest number of students,” said fourth-year Jessica
Robinson, a co-chair of this year’s conference planning committee.
bottom-line message behind many of the alumni comments was perhaps best
summed up by luncheon keynote speaker Elizabeth Michaels, AB’88, who
is the president and business director of Chicago-based Jellyvision,
an interactive media company responsible for the game You Don’t Know
Jack. Michaels advised the students: “Make sure that whatever it is
you do is something that you have a real passion for, something that
you’re going to feel great about.”--C.S.
Interfraternity Council (IFC)
seven of the University’s roughly one-dozen fraternities and serves
a three-fold purpose: communicating among the fraternities, regulating
pledging and other interfraternity issues, and coordinating joint functions
with the University’s two sororities. Nate Norstrud, ’00, the IFC’s
vice president, gives a glimpse of the Greeks:
weekend there’s at least one fraternity or sorority party, and at many
of the fraternities there are weekly study breaks for the general public.
At the end of the year, Greek Week brings all of the fraternities and
sororities together to hold events both for the public and the Greeks.
Each night, a different fraternity and sorority host a study break--for
two or three of them, we charge a can of soup or a pair of socks for
admission, which is funneled back to philanthropic organizations. We
also have a closed event just for Greeks, but the week culminates in
a big party for the general public. On the community service side, all
of the fraternities contribute--through tutoring at local high schools
or other initiatives, and a yearly fundraiser for a philanthropic cause.
not too popular to be Greek here because of the nature of the U of C
as an academically vigorous institution, where students don’t have time
to get involved in many social activities. There are people who look
down on the whole life. When I hear people speaking negatively, I’ll
mention that I’m in a Greek organization, and it’s a real surprise to
them. I’ve diminished a few stereotypes.
automatically have people that you can really resonate with, go out
with at night and have a good time. But the fraternities and sororities
also come together and help each other in their academic pursuits. Then
there’s the whole aspect of brotherhood--or sisterhood. The University
of Chicago can be a lonely place, and you can go through a lot of struggles.
To have a fraternity brother or a sorority sister can give you the kind
of aid and support that can definitely help you here.
to be Greek?
looking for the best and the brightest. We look at GPA, at initiative,
sense of purpose. We want to know that it will be a mutually beneficial
relationship. Involvement in campus life is a requirement for membership
in most of the fraternities and sororities.
is strong alumni contact. In any given quarter, the fraternities hold
receptions and they invite alumni. Alumni are a tremendous source of
resources, especially financially. Each fraternity or sorority has a
chapter adviser who is an alumnus or an alumna, and they communicate
constantly. There’s an incredible network of connections in terms of
getting support professionally.
terms of social events, we do the IFC Sing spring quarter, where all
of the fraternities and sororities get together with their alumni and
sing two songs important to their group. The event holds significant
meaning for many current and alumni Greek members.
on the U of C campus know their limits and adhere pretty strictly to
policy and regulation. It would be nice to have a little more support
from the administrative standpoint, but they have some pretty liberal
policies that the fraternities and sororities appreciate.--B.B.
Office of College Admissions saw a 36 percent increase in early applicants
this fall with 1,648 applications, up from 1,215 last year and 862 in
1997. Michael Behnke, vice president and associate dean for enrollment,
says this 91 percent increase in two years can be attributed to the
success of a new outreach program to high-school sophomores. Early applicants
scoring in the top tier of the SAT (1,500 to 1,600) doubled this year,
increasing 158 percent over the past two years. Regional interest from
the western United States increased by 61 percent from last year, while
early applications from New England rose by 38 percent.
in the city
U of C College Bowl team emerged victorious from competition against
rival Northwestern in a tournament dubbed “Smartest in the City.” The
defending national champions, the U of C College Bowlers are on a winning
streak, claiming victory in 12 of the last 13 regional matches. College
Bowl tournament questions range from science and history to pop culture
500 students attended the January 16 Student Activities Fair, where
125 student and University organizations, geared to cultural, preprofessional,
sports, or other interests, were represented. The second such fair held
this year for College students, it allowed groups to “put the word out
and let students know what they’re doing,” says student organization
coordinator Jennifer Parry Bird, AB’97. “It was also a chance to rekindle
interest now that students are in winter quarter and a little less swamped.”
not showing recent blockbusters on Friday and Saturday nights, Doc Films
caters to more esoteric film buffs, offering a different category of
film for each weekday:
The Last War
Dawn Patrol, Edmund Goulding, 1938. The film depicts young men in
a WWI fighter squadron constantly coping with death and killing. The
British airmen fly missions on command as is their duty, but they also
share a professionalism with the German pilots they battle daily.
Suicide, James Benning, 1986. Benning explores locations that have
been scarred by murders, intercutting poetic and quiet landscape shots
with haunting portrayals of the murderers based on court transcripts.
Child, Tsitsi Dangarembga, 1996. Dangarembga follows the lives of
four children orphaned when their parents die of AIDS-related complications.
This 35-mm film shows how a village eventually recognizes its responsibility
for the orphans when one of them dies accidentally.
of the Moon, Bob Rafelson, 1990. Partially based on journals, Mountains
chronicles Victorian explorer Sir Richard Francis on his explorations
through Africa, focusing on the man and his relationship with fellow
explorer John Hanning Speke.
Phantom der Nacht, Werner Herzog, 1979. This eerie remake of F.
W. Murnau’s silent horror classic relates the story of a man who ignores
his wife’s premonitions and travels from his small town in 1850s Germany
to close a real-estate deal with the bald, pale, and fragile-looking
middle linebacker Daniel T. Philips was named to both the Hewlett-Packard
and Football Gazette NCAA Division III All-America football teams
in December. In 1999, Philips recorded at least ten tackles in every
game and led the Maroons (5-4) with 141 stops on the year. He is the
fifth Chicago football player to garner All-America status since 1990.
Cinnamon M. Pace and Jessica C. Berry were named to the 1999 NSCAA/Adidas
Scholar Athlete All-America Team in January. Pace, who garnered All-Central
Regional status in 1999, and Berry, who earned All-America honors in
1999, were among ten players chosen from NCAA Division III institutions
Maroons go into February with a winning record, spurred on by a UAA
athlete of the week, first-year Derek M. Reich. He’s the team’s leading
scorer and rebounder, responsible for driving Chicago to victory in
January against a pair of conference rivals, Carnegie Mellon and Emory.
a dual meet against Wheaton College on January 15, second-year Jeremy
E. Lankford recorded a time that was under the NCAA’s National B-standard--posting
a time of 53.56 seconds in the 100-meter backstroke.
lacrosse team ranks in the Midwest’s top ten, according to the Women’s
Collegiate Lacrosse League. The league’s preseason poll has Chicago
at number 10 (of 30-plus teams), joined by Big Ten competitors Michigan
(1), Michigan State (4), Northwestern (5), Ohio State (7), Wisconsin
(8), and Illinois (9). The Maroons (9-4-1 in ‘99) will look to build
on last year’s playoff success--when they reached the quarterfinals
of league competition at the University of Toledo.