On the quads
Vice President and Dean of Students Steve Klass
has recommended to President Don M. Randel the decommissioning
of Shoreland residence hall. The 650 lost beds, Klass said,
would be incorporated into “the next phase of residence hall
construction,” which administrators plan to build closer to
the campus center. (See “End
of an era?” December/03)....
Meanwhile, student life goes on. A new undergrad
magazine, Vita Excolatur, adds erotica to U of C rag bins.
Including literature, poetry, and drawings, the publication aims
to “remind” Chicago students “that we
are, in fact, sexual and attractive people,” editor
and third-year “Stephen T.” told the Maroon,
“and that sex and sexuality are not bad things and should
in no way be taboo.” But in an April letter to the Maroon,
first-year Liz Egan noted that the editors’ “unwillingness
to associate their names with this magazine detracts from the legitimacy
of their words.”...
A new online publication, the Chicago Quill
explores politics, culture, and the arts—and is edited by
Magazine intern Phoebe Maltz, ‘05, who in the April 4 edition
slammed the low-carb craze in favor of the “nerdkins
diet,” including “the classic pairing of Twix
and Diet Coke.”...
Diving directly into politics, two U of C College
Republicans won Hyde Park offices in March. Grace Lin, ’06,
and Christopher Coordes, ‘05, both economics and mathematics
concentrators, were elected 20th Ward and 5th Ward GOP committeemen,
respectively. Lin told the Hyde Park Herald that she and
Coordes were approached by city Republicans
to run, and that newly elected Chicago GOP chair Clark Pellet funded
Political science and law, letters, &
society concentrator Indivar Dutta-Gupta, ‘05, won a $26,000
Harry S. Truman scholarship, given each year to no more than 80
U.S. students poised to aid humanity
through public-service careers. Dutta-Gupta,
who cofounded the University’s American Civil Liberties Union
and Men in Service chapters, plans to do human-rights work in D.C.
and abroad, study international affairs in graduate school, and
eventually enter the government’s executive branch.—A.M.B.