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:: By Seth Mayer

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On The Quads

A mix of carbonated water, high-fructose corn syrup, and caramel coloring is liable to get anyone riled up. But the students trying to end University contracts with Coca-Cola were angry about the company’s alleged human-rights and environmental abuses, not overcaffeination. Their anti-Coke stance met with resistance from other students, who also gathered signatures to petition the student board that would determine Coke’s fate. After town-hall meetings and presentations to the board, a 4–2 decision went in Coke’s favor....

With John McGraw’s record of 131 ejections endangered, Tim Murphy, ’09, came to the baseball manager’s defense July 10 in the online magazine Slate. Murphy, a Maroon editorial board member, opined that Braves manager Bobby Cox, who broke the record August 14, can’t compare to McGraw, manager of the Baltimore Orioles and the New York Giants in the early 20th century. Cox’s ejections are too monotonous, according to Murphy, and always end when he “walks into the clubhouse and watches the rest of the game in air-conditioned comfort.” McGraw, meanwhile, is credited with being ejected for inciting riots, fights, and arson. “Is it too much to ask,” Murphy wonders, “that our soon-to-be Ejection King display Hall of Fame–caliber histrionics?”....

In May the Inter-House Council, which acts as a liaison between students and residence-hall administrators, recommended a gender-neutral housing policy. The proposed policy would let housing residents live with roommates of any gender, if they so chose. The council’s recommendation is nonbinding; its implementation will ultimately be up to the housing office....

The wait list is the Limbo of college admissions, and for U of C applicants who ended up there, the gates of heaven were shut. No one from the wait list was admitted into the Class of 2011, which fits the trend at other elite universities. An unexpectedly high yield—those who accept an institution’s offer—led to fewer slots for students who narrowly missed the cut. The class will also be the most diverse in institutional history, with record numbers of African American, Latino, and international students.