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Some students, like Colin McFaul and Nora Friedman, both AB‘05, insist on maintaining the marriage myth: that is, if College sweethearts date for more than three months, they are destined for betrothal. Friedman, the Maroon reported, popped the question during Scav Hunt, prompted by a competition to interpret the title verse in the Meat Loaf song “I Would Do Anything for Love (But I Won’t Do That).” The couple, who met at the Vegan Society’s date auction last spring, hadn’t set a wedding date by June....

Ward Bortz, ’06, has netted a different sort of prize. Bortz garnered All America honors after he split a pair of matches at the May NCAA Division III Men’s Tennis Singles Championship, concluding his season with a 26–10 record. Bortz joins fellow 2004–2005 All Americans Jacqui De Leon, ‘06, (women’s soccer), Susie Gutowski, ‘06, (women’s basketball), Hannah Roberts, ‘06, (softball), and Northe Saunders, AB‘05, (men’s swimming)....

In less physical pursuits, the University lags behind its peer institutions in a key arena: alumni giving. Chicago’s current alumni-giving rate of 29 percent seems sluggish compared to Princeton’s 60 percent rate. In a tactical response, the development office launched a campaign in February pushing recent graduates to give, hoping to raise the University’s rank in that ever-problematic U.S. News and World Report. “If there are things we can do that are intrinsically good for the College,” Dean John Boyer, AM’69, PhD’75, told the Maroon, “and that also happen to improve our score—like increasing alumni-giving rates—we ought to pursue them.”...

President Don M. Randel recognized students who contributed to the University in nonmonetary ways at the 49th Annual College Honors Awards Assembly, held May 25. After handing out the awards, including the T. Kimball Brooker Prize for Undergraduate Book Collecting and the Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst Scholarship, Randel invited the honorees to his home for refreshments and led a rousing rendition of the alma mater.—M.M.