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OCTOBER 2003
Volume 96, Issue 1
 

GRAPHIC:  About AlumniFrom Our Pages
1913 “Marshall Field” had just been redubbed “The University of Chicago Athletic Field,” but the November Magazine noted a reason to change the name again. Many at the University suggested “Stagg Field,” arguing that “to call the exercise-ground of our young soldiers of sport by the name of their honored general would be appropriate, and wise.” The writer supported naming the field after Amos Alonzo Stagg, Chicago’s football coach since 1892, but noted that the change did not have to occur immediately. “That some day it will be ‘Stagg Field’ a great many people believe. Perhaps as long as we are privileged to have the ‘Old Man’ actively engaged among us, ‘The Athletic Field’ will serve as well as any other name.”
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Dig the dug look

As new piping was threaded through the quads, photographer Lloyd DeGrane chronicled the temporary checkerboard of chain-link fencing and ragged trenches that hemmed in even the most sophisticated quads-walker. Through this latest phase of the master plan, campus’s summer activities continued unchecked, though often in the shadow of massive machinery. Despite the extensive excavations, all was more or less back in place for the first-years’ debut.
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C.Vitae
Curing the world, one epidemic at a time
A Chicago-trained physician applies his public-health expertise globally, tackling TB, AIDS, and even youth violence.
Gary Slutkin, MD’75, has made a career of halting epidemics. His crusade began during San Francisco’s early-1980s tuberculosis outbreak, spread to Somalia’s refugee TB problem, then to Central and East Africa’s AIDS crisis. In the mid-1990s Slutkin returned to the U.S. and his native Chicago, where the worst epidemic, he found, wasn’t a disease but urban youth violence.
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In Stereo
The old world can rock out too
The strange musical journey of The Polkaholics, a Chicago polka-punk band, continues with Polka Can’t Die, their self-released third album. Led by Don Hedeker, AB’80, PhD’89, a biostatistics professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago, the three-man band plays a weird but thrilling hybrid of traditional German-Polish polka and Anglo-American punk rock—on electric guitars rather than accordions.

First exposed to old-style polka by his Eastern-European parents, Hedeker spent much of his life in musical rebellion, listening to the Sex Pistols, Iggy Pop, and the Clash, before rediscovering Chicago’s polka legacy in the ‘80s and ‘90s. After years of playing guitar for local pop-punk and art-rock bands, in 1997 he was inspired to form a polka-rock fusion band with drummer Mike Werner and bassist George Kraynak, and the Polkaholics have since found a cult following among Chicago clubgoers.

Recorded with a new drummer and bassist, Jackson Wilson and James Wallace, the twelve tracks of Polka Can’t Die feature straightforward romps like “May Miss a Note (but we never miss a party)” along with curiosities like the yodeled Aerosmith cover “Dude Looks Like a Lady-hoo.”—J.N.L.

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