Reynolds Club, now open to the entire student body, was once an
exclusive men’s club with "active" and "associate"
student members. In December 1913 the club raised $1,000 to furnish
a library, with titles determined by a members’ survey. The
December Magazine noted other recent improvements that
reveal a very different Reynolds Club from the one today’s
students inhabit: "the installation of eight oak wardrobes
in the billiard room…a new cigar stand and humidor at a cost
of $300, a new pin-setting machine for the bowling alleys, and 60
new ivory-tipped cues."
Whether absorbing knowledge or nutrients, campus
consumers cogitate and masticate with equal gusto. Taking the hungry
scholar as food for thought, photographer Lloyd DeGrane snapped
up a feast of students with their noses in the feedbag—and
to the grindstone.—A.L.M.
Jazz singer and six-time Grammy nominee
Kurt Elling, X’92, originally planned a career in academia,
including a stay at the Divinity School. But Chicago’s jazz
scene called him to a faster-paced life, developing his unique scat
style in clubs across the city, and later across the country. Self-produced
and released by Blue Note, Man In the Air, his seventh
CD, includes compositions by jazz icons John Coltrane (“Resolution”),
Bob Mintzer (“All Is Quiet”), and Herbie Hancock (“A
Secret I”)—reworked with lyrics by Elling. Other tracks
include the sorrowful ballad “Hidden Jewel” and an electronically
distorted work of jazz mysticism, “Higher Vibe.” —J.N.L.