Lap of luxury
College kids nationwide—including
Chicago students—are richer than they used to be.
If laptops, iPods, cell phones, and luxury
cars seem more prevalent on campus lately, there may be a reason:
college students nationwide, from public schools to elite private
institutions, come from wealthier families than they did six years
Art of Spiegelman
In the Quad Club lobby five students
wait for Art Spiegelman, the creative-writing program’s 2004
Kestnbaum writer in residence. Fifteen minutes into the scheduled
start of their small workshop with the graphic novelist, third-year
Iana Dikidjieva passes around her surreal sketches and writing snippets.
First-year Sophie Hunter scans them and asks, “Have you ever
seen that book Insanely Twisted Rabbits? This reminds me
of it.” Dikidjieva claps her hands, smiles, and blows Hunter
kisses for the compliment.
Paris Center opens
As they traveled up the escalators
in a cinema multiplex near Paris’s National Library, more
than 200 people saw the purpose of their visit flashing on the electronic
message board directing them to the appropriate theater: l’Université
de Chicago. The group—University trustees, visiting committee
members, and other friends—was there to mark the launch of
the new University Center in Paris.
New Age music plays on a boom box.
A chalkboard lists coffee and snacks under categories such as Dark
Night of Soul, Last Temptations, and Diet of Vorms. Regulars’
mugs hang on wooden pegs. An espresso machine prepares shots for
In May Provost Richard Saller, along with
his counterparts at eight other schools, cosigned letters to the
Ford and Rockefeller foundations protesting antiterrorism language
added to their grant guidelines. The universities—Chicago,
Harvard, Yale, Princeton, Cornell, Columbia, Stanford, Penn, and
MIT—argued that the language, meant to prevent foundation
money from aiding terrorist groups, could stifle protected speech.
The letters, the Wall Street Journal reported, “implicitly
raise the prospect that the universities might cease applying for
Ford and Rockefeller grants if the language isn’t altered.”
Both Chicago and Columbia “have refrained from signing off
on any Ford Foundation grants they were negotiating.”
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