Chicago sculptor Lorado Taft was appointed by the governor of
Illinois to the new State Art Commission, reported the December
issue of the Magazine. Taft had just given a series of
lectures at the University on the ideals and techniques of his
own art, and was "engaged on proposed plans for the beautifying
of the Midway Plaisance." A decade later, Taft completed his most
famous sculpture, The Fountain of Time, at the west end
of the Midway.
The entering College class numbered 850 students and contained
only one 13--year--old and only 24 14--year--olds, despite rumors
that the College was now filled with young quiz kids who were
pushed to work too hard and given too much freedom. The
December Magazine, noting that first-- and second--year students
had a median age of 15, emphasized that "these students are intelligent,
but not uniquely brilliant." The average student devoted 40 hours
each week to studies, including 20 hours in classrooms, laboratories,
The Winter issue of the Magazine contained a foot(ball)
note to history, noting that Don Kirkman of Scripps--Howard Newspapers
had reported that a scar beneath President Gerald Ford's left
eye had been acquired in the early 1930s while making a flying
tackle on the U of C's Jay Berwanger in a Michigan--Maroons game.
In 1935, Berwanger was named the first Heisman Trophy winner.
Berwanger, AB'36, told the Magazine that he didn't remember
the tackle, but recalled that Mr. Ford, "who obviously saw the
play from a different angle," had attributed the scar to him when
they met at a dinner in the 1960s.
The December Magazine carried an account of the first living--donor
liver transplant operation in the U.S. On November 27, Alyssa
Smith, a 21--month--old girl born with biliary atresia, received
a section of her mother's liver at the University of Chicago Medical
Center. The surgical team, led by Christoph Broelsch, then chief
of the U of C's liver transplant service, spent eight hours in
adjoining operating rooms to perform the surgery. While promising
to "save many lives," the procedure also raised some ethical questions,
including whether it's "ethical to jeopardize the well--being of
a healthy adult to try to save a gravely ill infant." --E.C.