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:: By Zak Stambor

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On The Quads

The Chicago Card—that piece of plastic used to pay for photocopies, enter Regenstein Library, and do laundry—is getting a makeover. During spring quarter, Networking Services & Information Technologies began issuing the redesigned card to students, faculty, and staff. The new ID—which is vertical so that it can be attached to a lanyard or key ring for easier access—features only a cardholder’s name, classification, and issuance and expiration dates on the front. The library barcode and identification number are now on the back. The redesign’s raison d’être? A campuswide effort to improve building access via a radio-frequency identifier embedded in the ID and to streamline University systems….

The Maroon women’s basketball team advanced to the Sweet Sixteen in the NCAA Division III basketball tournament before losing to New Jersey’s Kean University 70–56. Despite the loss, the University Athletic Association named Chicago sophomore Molly Hackney UAA Athlete of the Week for women’s basketball after she scored 19 points, grabbed ten rebounds, and blocked four shots against Kean. It was her second UAA citation of the season….

The Maroon took home 17 awards at 2008’s Illinois College Press Association Competition, including first-place honors in five categories: sports-game story, news story, sports front-page design, sports-feature writing, and unsigned editorial….

The Winston Churchill Foundation named fourth-year biological-chemistry student Matthew Biancalana one of 12 recipients of its scholarship, worth between $44,000 and $50,000, this year. He’ll spend the 2008–09 academic year examining basic protein design and drug development while working on an MPhil at Churchill College at the University of Cambridge….

Biancalana will have company at Cambridge: the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation named Elizabeth Sefton, AB’07, one of 45 Gates Cambridge Scholars in March. Sefton will study arthropods segmentation as she works toward an MPhil in zoology.