On the quads
For the first time ever the College is offering
minor degrees. So far minors are offered only in language
concentrations, but the mathematics and computer-science departments
have proposed similar programs....
Chicago students have taken the school’s
argumentative spirit to new heights: this fall eight members of
the Chicago Debate Society debated in Oxford
University’s Union. Society president Nathan Rehn,
‘04, placed ninth in the international tournament’s
speaker rankings and won “best international speaker.”...
A team of roving Maroon
reporters took advantage of January’s Democratic caucuses
in Iowa, visiting the state, interviewing the presidential candidates,
and reporting from the Washington Post’s newsroom....
Renee Neuner, second-year, was named the 2003
NCAA Division III Women’s Soccer Player
of the Year January 17 by the National Soccer Coaches Association
of America. Neuner, a forward, scored a school record of 21 goals
last season. She was named a first team All-American in 2003 and
was the University Athletic Association’s Most Valuable Player
in 2002 and 2003....
A blond cheerleader on the University’s
Home Page startled some visitors to the site earlier this winter.
Television tabloid Inside Edition picked Chicago as the
campus setting for, as participant Sarah Silk, ’05, put it,
a “sexy co-ed calender”
featuring 13 undergraduates—from a history concentrator who
fences to a cowboy-boots–sporting biology concentrator—deemed
worthy of pin-up status. The calendars, available at the University
bookstore and via mail-order, cost $9.95....
Perhaps the calendar will alter popular perception
of the typical Chicago student’s allure. The New York
Times’s January 18 “Education Life” section,
in its coverage of student-produced college guides, noted what one
contributor told “The Insider’s Guide To the Colleges”
about Chicago’s student body: “Smart
to the point of geeky is what I heard and what I expected
and what I see.” Surely the successes of Chicago’s parliamentary
debate team will do much to change that impression....—P.M.