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:: By Hana Yoo, ’07

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On the quads

More than 300 students, faculty, and staff members—and several reporters—crowded Hutchinson Commons November 8 for two hours of soul-searching over a May House dorm party with a “straight thuggin” theme. Fewer than 20 students, all white, attended the October 14 party, but online photos showing them in gold chains, sideways baseball caps, sagging pants—even handcuffs and a bottle in a paper bag—prompted complaints about the party’s racial tilt. In an e-mail to the University community, President Don Randel deplored the “distressing episode” and urged a thorough reckoning of the issues it raised. The open meeting was part of that response....

The Maroons football team regained the Founders Trophy for the first time since 2000 at its October 8 game, defeating host Washington University 27–0. The following Saturday at Chicago’s Homecoming, the team beat Carnegie Mellon 35–6, ensuring its third UAA title since 1998. In the November 12 finale at home, the Maroons beat Eureka College 55–7, ending the season at 5–4....

The College prides itself on being unconventional, from its uncommon application to its self-deprecating T-shirts. This year it added an unconventional undergrad to its ranks with Brad Sugarman, a 47-year-old first-year. Sugarman—who lived in lower Manhattan, where he had a job in financial information, before coming to Chicago—has taken on typical first-year activities: he lives in Maclean, attends frat parties, and takes humanities, French, honors calculus, and honors physics....

Other students are unconventional in their talents. Joe Hanson, ’05, and Hassan Ali, ’07, won first place this summer in a short-film competition sponsored by Current TV, an independent cable and satellite network cofounded by Al Gore. The six shorts in their movie, Joe Gets Dope, follow Hanson as he meets a necromancer, a performer who claims to communicate with the dead, and enters a freestyle rap battle competition in Wicker Park, among other adventures.