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Sixteen students, a program assistant, and a faculty member in a winter-quarter Middle Eastern Civilizations program were evacuated from Cairo the weekend of January 29 as protests flared in the city. They happened to be in two groups at the time—nine on a visit to Mt. Sinai and the town of Dahab, and nine in Cairo. Each group navigated its own logistical complications, including passport issues and large crowds making roads almost impassable, but everyone made it safely to the University’s Center in Paris, where they continued their studies.

Fourth-years Greg Nance and Ann Robbins have been named 2011 Gates Cambridge Scholars. A political-science major with a focus on international relations, Nance will pursue an MPhil in management at the University of Cambridge. The founder of Moneythink, which provides financial-literacy programs to inner-city schools, he aspires to a career in educational leadership. Robbins, who studies chemistry and biochemistry, will focus on medical science for her Cambridge MPhil. Currently researching the microenvironment of breast cancer, she also volunteers with the campus organization Mission for Vision and at LaRabida Children’s Hospital.

Applications to the College increased 12 percent to 21,699 for the class entering in fall 2011. It is the largest group of applicants ever to the College, exceeding last year’s 19,374, which was a 43 percent increase from the previous year. Applicants to the Class of 2015 include more from every geographical region of the country, along with increases in international students, minorities, and those interested in the arts.

With a school-record 17th consecutive victory on February 20, the University of Chicago women’s basketball team clinched its second University Athletic Association championship in the past four years and earned an automatic bid to the NCAA Division III tournament. The Maroons, who were 21–3 overall after the February 20 win over New York University, completed conference play at 13–0 and won all 11 games this season at the Ratner Center. “I’ve honestly never been on a team like this before,” third-year Bryanne Halfhill told the Maroon. “We really have something special.”



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