On the Quads

By Brooke E. O’Neill, AM’04

Three Chicago students will head to Stockholm for the World Finals of the International Collegiate Programming Contest in April. Organized by the Association for Computing Machinery, the annual competition pits students against each other to solve computer-programming problems. The Chicago team, named “Works in Theory,” placed third in the Mid-Central USA regional contest, one of only 100 teams advancing to the worldwide competition. Included on the team are Ian Andrews, ’11; Lauren Ellsworth, ’10; and Louis Wasserman, ’12….

Fourth-year Donald Bungum has been named one of 40 students nationwide to win a Marshall scholarship, an annual award that provides recipients two to three years of education in the United Kingdom. The double major in chemistry and biochemistry will use his scholarship at the University of Oxford to pursue a master’s in science and religion and a master’s in philosophical theology. Bungum, who plans to earn a PhD in chemistry after Oxford, is the University’s 19th Marshall scholar….

Early applications to the College fell this autumn, with admissions receiving 15 percent fewer than last year. Officials cite the economic crisis and the school’s increased selectivity as potential causes of the decline. The drop comes against expectations, as this is the first time Chicago has accepted the Common Application, a change predicted to bring more applicants. The 2008 turnout of 3,795 early applicants is still the College’s second-highest, following 2007’s record-setting 4,424 early applicants. Meanwhile regular-decision candidates already outpace last year’s numbers….

Campus Dining Services received an A rating in food and recycling from the College Sustainability Report Card. An audit of 300 U.S. and Canadian universities, the report card rates schools on environmental conservation. Among Chicago’s sustainability practices: a composting program that processes 72 tons of wet waste annually.

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