On the quads
Law School senior lecturer Barack Obama’s
U.S. Senate campaign has developed a decidedly
U of C feel. Five interns and “countless volunteers”
from the College staff his local offices, says Andrew Hammond, ’07,
headquarters volunteer manager. Perhaps the youthful involvement
is inspired by example: Pamela Bozeman- Evans, associate dean and
director of the University’s Community Service Center, is
Obama’s director of volunteer operations….
College rankings may be controversial, but when
the Princeton Review rated Chicago the No.
1 best overall academic experience for undergraduates, who
could argue? The test-prep company also cited U of C for 5th best
college library, 18th most unpopular intercollegiate sports, and
19th most politically active campus. U.S. News & World Report,
meanwhile, ranked Chicago 14th best national university....
After a paperwork mix-up last winter, the U.S.
Immigration Office denied residency status to Nigerian-born biology
major Deborah Umunnabuike, ’07, revoking her financial-aid,
loan, and scholarship eligibility. To pay
off her $15,000 college debt and return to school this year,
she launched www.savedeborah.com,
where donors can contribute to her tuition fund. By late August
she had raised $400….
To help students leave Hyde Park and explore
the city of Chicago, Student Government initiated a shuttle-bus
service connecting the Reynolds Club with the Red Line El
stop. During its five-week spring trial, the bus was “a mild
success,” says Joe Anzalone, AB’04, cochair of last
year’s transportation committee. Whether Student Government
will keep it in service this year remains under debate…
The New York Times, Chicago Reader,
and some dozen blogs have written up Loren Wilson, AB’04,
an ISHUM major whose BA project was computer software that analyzed
thousands of record reviews from
Pitchfork Media music critics. Based on the analysis, Wilson wrote
guidelines for composing critic-friendly rock tunes, demonstrating,
he says, “alternative ways to spark musical creativity using
computers.” His results are posted at www.pitchformula.com.