the ivy & other notes from campus life
the crew from Cupid, a new ABC-TV series filming in Chicago, descended
on campus in late summer, it came in search of background scenery
for an episode whose "high-concept" plot could best be summed up
in six words: My Fair Lady meets Educating Rita. In
other words, the series' title character-who may be Cupid, who may
be misguided-tries to make sparks fly between a U of C linguistics
professor and his working-class student. True to the producers'
expectations, the Henry Ives Cobb buildings were appropriately ivory-towered.
But in terms of being ivy-covered, the Social Sciences building,
like the professor and the student, was in need of a little help-in
this instance, some faux greenery.
after the shooting stopped, I picked up the sprig at right. Yes,
it was fake. In fact, that's what-for a moment at least-I liked
about it: Crisp and verdant, it seemed to have the staying power
of O. Henry's tenacious last leaf. It wouldn't wither, nor would
it, kudzu style, grow and grow and grow, obscuring windows and burrowing
through tuck-pointing. Instead, it would stay where I put it, until
I took it down. Control freaks, rejoice!
On the other
hand, because the sprig was inorganic, it wouldn't biodegrade. Rather,
it would slowly gather dust and fade-there'd be no final exit in
a blaze of autumnal glory, no triumphant reemergence in spring.
Thrill seekers, beware! I made a scan, then tossed the sorry plastic
scrap away. To see it in its celluloid glory, catch Cupid. And to
see more of the quads on the small screen, keep an eye out for a
mid-year series called Turks (See "Chicago Journal," p. 15).
Power: In the June/98 "Editor's Notes," we bade what we thought
was farewell to our three College workers. Now one of them is back
on our masthead for good: Qiana Johnson, AB'98, is our new editorial
assistant. Qiana comes superbly qualified for the position: First,
she changed concentrations 21 times in the course of her College
career, showing a breadth of interest that's de rigueur for
an editor. But while she changed majors with astounding regularity,
she worked for us throughout her undergraduate years, which means
she brings to her "new" post a wealth of experience. Besides editing
the "Class News" sections, Qiana will be writing for almost every
department and helping us keep our records straight. We're glad
Lingo: As a service to first-years, the Maroon published "The Unofficial
U of C Glossary," from "Admin" (the bureaucracy and the building)
to "Zombie" ("See also Tiki") in its O-Week issue. As a service
to possibly out-of-touch readers, the Magazine reprints a
Deconstruction isn't. It doesn't exist. But its presence will make
all of your papers more interesting, and you might get a stodgy
prof to spit cigar-stained invective at you.…
French author, famously of Les Misérables and The Hunchback of Notre
Dame.… Northwestern Northwestern University. Where half your relatives
think you go to college.…
Any of the surprisingly high number of Hyde Parkers who never made
it out. Lifers of note include Dean of Student Services Ed Turkington,
classics professor James Redfield [AB'54, PhD'61], and director
of the Reynolds Club Bill Michel [AB'92].…
University of Illinois at Chicago. Where the other half of your
relatives think you go to college.…"
on the College: Three times a year, College alums and parents of
College students receive the College Report. To celebrate
fall, and to remind other alumni and friends that the College is
neither Northwestern nor UIC, we're sending this year's October
edition to all alumni.-M.R.Y.