**Lite of the mind (a light-hearted look at all things Chicago)**

# That's s*Θ* Maroon

By Benjamin Recchie, AB’03

Graphics by Allen Carroll; photography by Newscom

To demonstrate how well University of Chicago TV and movie characters mimic the real deal, we've plotted a sample of fakes on (what else?) a polar-coordinate chart.

Still with us? Each point is described by an ordered pair (*r, Θ*), where r is the radius from the center and *Θ* is the angle from the vertical axis. The higher *r*'s value (i.e., closer to the edge), the less believable the Maroon. High *Θ *values denote deadly serious characters. Low *Θ* indicates a character who's intentionally funny; intermediate *Θ* denotes one unintentionally so. Check the polar-coordinate chart, and let us know which Maroons are missing and where they would land.

Find the chart below too small to read? View the hi-res pdf.