hails from Georgia, one from the suburbs of Chicago, and one from
New Jersey. One is a University Theater stalwart, another was a
reporter for the Maroon, and one is active in the Model United Nations.
One made English language & literature her 21st and final choice
of concentration (“My mother counted”), another started and ended
her collegiate career as an English lang. & lit. concentrator, and
one will graduate with a concentration in political science. All
three—Qiana Johnson from Atlanta; Suzannah Gonzales from Glendale
Heights, Illinois; and Elaine Chang from Morris Plains, New Jersey—have
spent their final year at Chicago working for the Magazine.
seniority. She started as our student assistant soon after O-Week,
and during her College years, she has switched job responsibilities
as often as she’s switched majors, writing and fact-checking class
notes, obituaries, books by alumni, campus events, and news briefs,
as well as indexing past issues, keeping up with the Magazine’s
paperwork, and doing lots of photo research.
Sue is next
on the seniority scale. She started working for us last summer,
as the Magazine’s first College-sponsored intern. Like Qiana, Sue
has done it all, including reporting and writing alumni profiles
and campus news reports for “Chicago Journal” and our College Report
insert. She also spent a part of last summer counting up the U of
C alumni who live in five mid-sized American cities—but that’s another
story, for another issue.
last summer working as an intern at a New York City publishing firm,
then joined us as an intern in October. Besides compiling and fact-checking
class notes, obituaries, and books-by-alumni entries, she has written
for the College Report and “Investigations.”
As they leave,
we’re left hoping their time at the Magazine has been as much fun
for them as it has been for us. When the three don their academic
garb and receive their diplomas in June, the Magazine will be there,
feeling quite proud to have had even a small role in their Chicago
And now for
the answer to that omnipresent and pressing parental question: What
will the new grads be doing after June 13th? Sue will be taking
on a yearlong internship with Washington Post columnist Bob Levey,
AB’66, while Elaine will be starting work as a business analyst
with Ernst & Young in Manhattan. Meanwhile, Qiana—who describes
herself as “the only person I know who doesn’t have a job,” adding,
“my cat and I are going to starve”—plans to find a job in Chicago
and then apply to medical school. None will be writing for magazines,
but we like to think they’ll be reading whatever magazines come
their way with much more practiced eyes.
Happy in Lafayette,
Calif.,” the couple who wrote to Ann Landers this February about
meeting at the U of C, has yet to come forward (April/98), but this
issue’s “Letters” section has other “meeting cute” at Chicago tales.—M.R.Y.
Pierre Boulez was incorrectly identified in the April/98 “Citations”
(page 11). The principal guest conductor with the Chicago Symphony
Orchestra, he had been director of the Institut de Recherche et
Coordination Acoustique Musique, a government-sponsored research
center in Paris.