On the Quads


College applications for the class entering in fall 2010 increased 42 percent, forming the largest and most diverse pool of prospective undergraduates in the University’s history. A total of 19,306 applications were submitted, up from 13,564 last year.

Admissions dean James G. Nondorf sent an essay from a student admitted through early-action to thousands of potential applicants before the January 2 deadline. In his e-mail, Nondorf said he hoped the essay “lightens your mood…and inspires your creative juices.” The idea “might have backfired a bit,” an admissions-office representative acknowledged on the Web site College Confidential, where more than 100 comments about the essay, which compared the U of C to an elusive lover, appeared within ten days. Many of the commenters complained that reading the singled-out essay caused them to consider rewriting their own.

Crown House swept past Alper House, 1–0, in the inaugural broomball Chairman’s Cup.  Featuring the houses named for current Board of Trustees chair Andrew Alper, AB’80, MBA’81, and his immediate predecessor, James Crown, the game attracted a large crowd, including Alper and Crown. To the winners went the spoils: one trophy headed to Crown House and another to Crown’s house.

Eschewing contenders such as Life of the Grind, In Caffeino Veritas, and The Allegory of the Crave, students voted in January to name the South Campus dorm café and convenience store Midway Market. The Campus Dining Advisory Board solicited submissions to increase awareness about the café, which opened this fall, after sales fell 30 percent short of expectations.

Among schools with enrollments above 5,000, the U of C ranks eighth in Peace Corps participation, with 30 College alumni currently volunteering. It is the tenth straight year University alumni have been among the nation’s highest in Peace Corps volunteers per cap and gown.

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