The writing on the walks
Cheaper than a newspaper ad,
more eco-friendly than flyers. No wonder students are chalking
it up. Milton Friedman thought here. So have thousands
of laissez-faire theorists, free spirits, and colorful eccentrics
of one stripe or another. That may be why, when it comes
to chalking, Chicago students are a relatively free bunch.
"Chalking?" you may ask—but only if you've spent
the past few months with your head in the clouds-or far
from any college or university. Like crocheted ponchos,
leather-fringed jackets, and other Sixties styles, chalked
messages are again a big mode on campus. So big, in fact,
that many institutions have developed rules governing their
use. Some schools require groups to petition for permission
to chalk; at one institution "unauthorized chalking"
has been recorded on student transcripts. At least one school
forbids "counter-chalking" within a certain distance
of the original message, and many institutions limit chalking
to specific areas of the campus.