the I-House building, and the
I-House program in a way that fully maintains the residential
interaction between Americans and international students. Remodel
the facility as necessary to improve functionality and residential
comfort, expand the role of the GSB if necessary, but retain
the ability of any graduate student at the U of C to stay there,
alongside international students studying/working in Chicago.
structure is a remarkable landmark at 59th Street, and it contains
some notable facilities, despite the aging internal mechanisms
and the small residential rooms. The building's historic value
is more than adequate to merit changes to the residential sections,
and refurbishment of the internal mechanisms, so that it can continue
to have a functional role in the life of the University.
residential program I experienced at I-House was just as vital
as my graduate program--in some regards, more so. Since I left
Chicago at the end of 1987, it has been the friends at I-House--nearly
all from Europe, in my case--who have remained a part of my life.
When I am on campus, I choose to stay at I-House. When I talk
with friends from Chicago days, we easily return to discussions
of I-House experiences.
any notion of turning the building (or the razed property) over
for exclusively GSB housing, I would consider this a sad, serious
mistake. From my own experience in 1985-87, the international
students of the Law and Business schools comprised a major component
of the I-House population. The American GSB students were challenged
and broadened by meeting individuals from throughout the world,
who held views remarkably different from those often found in
I consider the best plans to be those which retain the building,
the residential programs for graduate students at the U of C (including
the GSB), and international students studying or working in Chicago.