ON THE QUADS
In the first weeks of autumn quarter students
learned to watch out for Chicago’s latest
urban hazard: cute insects. The air was filled with Asian
Lady Beetles: ecologically destructive, biting bugs that look deceptively
similar to the harmless and friendly ladybug. Searching for crevices
in which to hunker down for Chicago’s long winter, the beetles
flowed into classrooms and dorm rooms, frequently munching human
flesh for sustenance....
The quads, recently scarred by pipeline construction,
also found themselves invaded by objects of peculiar beauty. Plastic
bottle sculptures, painted Altoids tins, and artificial flowers
and insects turned up on campus, with a surreptitious student organization
called the Cult of Beauty claiming responsibility. Its Web site,
cultofbeauty.uchicago.edu, declares: “Beauty
is dead. And you have killed her. By being indifferent to
the beautiful in the everyday. Beauty is dead and her ghost will
haunt this campus until her power and value are again acknowledged.”...
As fantasies of an epic World Series involving
the Chicago Cubs were ingloriously deflated, Maroon fans found solace
in the University’s women’s soccer
team, which was headed to the NCAA Division III championship
tournament’s final four in late November. In the quarterfinals
the team beat the University of Puget Sound 2–1 in double
overtime. The women had won an at-large bid to compete in the tournament
despite a heartbreaking loss to Washington University for the University
Athletic Association championship. Its conference record going into
the NCAA tournament was 4-1-2, while overall the team was 16-1-4....
On November 8 the Major Activities Board (MAB)
brought alt-rock pianist Ben Folds to Mandel Hall for its fall concert.
The student body mostly approved of the selection, although, as
always, the MAB had to explain the financial
impossibility of booking students’ first choice, which
this year was Radiohead. Avishai Weiss, head of marketing for MAB,
told the Maroon, “These bands cost a lot of money.
Most people have no idea how expensive they are.”—J.N.L.