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:: ­By Zak Stambor

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On The Quads

Student Government held a vigil at the Main Quads’ flagpole in support of the Northern Illinois University community on February 18, four days after Steve Kazmierczak shot to death five students and himself at the DeKalb, Illinois–based university. The gathered Chicago students signed a memory book for the Northern Illinois community....

Applications to the College for the 2008–09 academic year rose 19 percent, from 10,395 in 2006 to 12,389 this year. Hispanic and international-student applications also jumped—nearly 34 and 22 percent, respectively. Other top academic institutions such as Dartmouth College, Harvard University, and Northwestern University have also seen a significant increase in applications….

Alice Sverdlik, AB’06, was awarded a Marshall Scholarship, which provides two fully funded years of study in the United Kingdom to 40 American college graduates each year. In the fall Sverdlik will begin study in urban policy and urbanization and development at the London School of Economics….

Chicago attracts scholarship winners coming and going—it had the sixth-most freshmen National Merit Scholarship winners of all American institutions in 2006–07, according to an analysis by the Chronicle of Higher Education. Harvard University and the University of Texas at Austin had the top two Merit Scholarship winners. Chicago had 196 total scholars, 156 of whom were funded by the College. In all, 8,262 freshmen Merit Scholars began college in the fall of 2007—and 4,945, or nearly 60 percent, enrolled at 226 private colleges….

Keeping the Kuviasungerk flame aglow, about 100 College and graduate students, along with faculty and staff, braved below-zero wind chills at daybreak January 18 to “salute the sun” at Promontory Point. Later the same day, hundreds of scantily clad—and completely unclad—students dashed across the Main Quadrangle in the annual Polar Bear Run.