1914 As is
the case 90 years later, the November and December issues described
rapid construction taking place on the expanding university campus.
Four buildings were being built: Ricketts, Julius Rosenwald, Classics,
and Ida Noyes halls. The expected cost of the construction was “somewhere
between $600,000 and $800,000” for the four buildings, of
which three still stand today. The fourth, Ricketts, was built to
temporarily house the departments of hygiene and bacteriology &
pathology on Ellis Avenue in a facility that was designed “of
the simplest, as the building is intended as a working scientific
laboratory rather than architectural adornment.” All four
of the projects were met with construction delays.—S.I.A.
Courtesy the Renaissance Society
1954 The March Magazine
outlined the official purpose of the College’s general-education
program, now commonly known as the Core Curriculum. The goals were
both to develop each student’s “special knowledge and
competence in a chosen field of study” and to teach “a
general education to all undergraduates, whatever their individual
plans and interests may be.” The Magazine, which
credited presidents William Rainey Harper, Robert M. Hutchins, and
Lawrence A. Kimpton with championing such a philosophy, detailed
three approaches—each heavy in liberal-arts instruction—to
acquiring a bachelor’s degree.—S.I.A.
1979 In a section
entitled “Letters We Wish Had Been Printed,” the Spring
Magazine included an indignant letter sent from Paul Glatzer,
AB’56, AM’58, to the New York Times. He accused
the Times of employing a “policy of omitting Chicago
credentials” when it wrote about University of Chicago alumni.
“I am constantly amazed at this ‘eastern-Ivy League’
mentality regar-ding the Midwest,” fumed Glatzer. Although
the Magazine printed his letter, the Times, unfortunately,
1994 The December
issue discussed the range of contemporary visual arts exhibited
at the Renaissance Society: paintings, sculptures, photography—and
candy. Felix Gonzalez-Torres’ piece Untitled (Revenge)
consisted of 2,000 pounds of plastic-wrapped candies covering the
floor and a sign instructing, “Please take one.” Many
patrons followed orders, but even so, when the exhibition ended
the Renaissance Society had about 1,100 pounds left over.—L.S.S.