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:: By Ethan Frenchman ‘08

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On The Quads

In November, crosstown rivals Chicago and Northwestern University met in a rare Division III–Division I men’s basketball matchup. Despite the divisional gap, the U of C went into the game with high hopes after winning a share of the 2006–2007 University Athletic Association title; a year ago, Northwestern went 13–18. However, in their first game of the year, the Maroons could not outpace the Wildcats, falling 84–76. The Maroons have started the fall-winter season 3-5, led by guard Matt Corning,‘09 and forward Nate Hainje,‘08….

Increasing numbers of high-school students have turned first to the University of Chicago, reported the December 4 Chicago Tribune. Early applications rose 45% from last fall, in part because of its use of the “nonbinding” early-action program. The College’s increase was one of the largest in the nation. Other schools have seen only modest gains, while Stanford saw a slight decrease….

Chicagoans are spanning the globe in 2007. A total of 17 students were named Fulbright fellows—the highest number in College history. The 17, plus an additional three students with Fulbright teaching positions, are off to locations such as Russia, Jordan, Norway, and China next year. This autumn, 67 students applied for the fellowship, setting their sights on their own fellowship experiences….

“Although we are in a society with fewer ways to distinguish ourselves, here at Avant Gaudy we appreciate the unlike minded,” is the anthem of Deborah Umunnabuike’s online retail firm, Avant Gaudy. Umunnabuike, ‘09, along with sister Jessica and partner Vincent Choi, AB’06, were named among BusinessWeek’s 2007 best entrepreneurs under 25. The site, with shoppers from over 30 countries, attracts more than 26,000 hits per day. After she graduates, Deborah Umunnabuike is looking to expand her reach into growing markets in Southeast Asia and Europe, she told BusinessWeek.