The numbers keep rising:
a record 9,100 applications reached the College this year,
up 12 percent from last year. With one of the largest nationwide
increases among elite schools, Chicago’s
spike was tied by Yale and fell slightly behind Dartmouth,
which saw a 13 percent rise, according to the Yale Daily
News. Chicago’s largest regional increase—23
percent—came from overseas: mostly international students
and some U.S. citizens abroad, says dean of College admissions
Ted O’Neill, AM’70. The number of applicants
who scored 1500–1600 on the SAT, meanwhile, rose 34
After the political
science department made its B.A. paper optional, the sociology
department instead created two possible tracks: honors students
will work with a faculty member while the rest will
work with one of two graduate-student preceptors. Andreas
Glaeser, who has been pushing for changes since before becoming
program chair in 1999, also moved the B.A. paper seminar
from fall fourth-year to spring third-year so it no longer
coincides with job searches. And ”to
keep up with grade inflation,” Glaeser says,
he raised the honors prerequisite from a 3.0 general G.P.A.
to 3.25, and from 3.25 to 3.5 in the concentration....
Why do today what you can put off until
tomorrow? Because while most students procrastinate, for
some it’s a manifestation of anxiety that “impairs
their academic progress and paralyzes them,” says
Susan Snapp, a social worker with the University’s
Student Counseling and Resource Services. Snapp leads group
therapy sessions for students who chronically procrastinate.
Undergraduate groups of six students each—first screened
by Snapp—began meeting the first day of spring quarter....
In February the wrestling team
won its third straight UAA
title at the conference championship
tournament at New York University. The Maroons beat NYU
28–15 and Case Western 27–12. Seven wrestlers
also were named UAA champions in their individual weight
classes, and third-year Nick Kehagias was tagged the 2003
UAA Most Outstanding Wrestler.