1914 In response
to declining academic performance among fraternity pledges, the
adopted new frat policies limiting rushing hours to 12:45 to 8:00
p.m. and prohibiting members from recruiting University High School
students. The Magazine attempted to set prospective brothers aright,
warning that the first year of college is not free for loafing:
“No man who runs on the track can loaf in his first furlong
and expect to finish near the leaders.”
1954 The Oriental
Institute, in partnership with the University of Pennsylvania, mounted
an archaeological expedition to Nippur, Iraq, and built a railroad
to transport artifacts from the site. When the Pennsylvania contingent
left, the OI crew, with a gift from George McKibbin,
JD’13, purchased the railroad for themselves and in the February
Magazine advertised free rides on the “UC & McK Railroad”
to all Chicago students and alumni visiting Iraq.
Photo courtesy of the Oriental Institute
|Chicago students ride the rails in Nippur,
Iraq (see 1954).
1979 The winter
issue went on the road with two traveling admissions officers marketing
the College to high schools across the country.
Talking to wary seniors in Wisconsin, the officers found that much
of their work involved puncturing the University’s wall of
rumors and myths (Hyde Park isn’t a dangerous neighborhood,
you don’t have to be rich to afford the U of C, etc.). One
part of the University’s aura
they did not try to gloss over: “If you can survive four years
of this, you’re not an average person.”
1994 In January
the city of Chicago endured a record number of subzero days, shattering
water pipes and disrupting heat and electricity in University buildings.
The cancellation of classes was left to the discretion of professors,
inciting a group of underwear-clad students to run around the quads
in protest. The Magazine was unable to determine whether the “protests”
were against classes or cancellations.—J.N.L.