Creating Community

By Kate Blankinship

There are approximately 5,800 undergraduates at the University of Chicago. Each of these undergraduates has one thing in common—they know someone who’s a Resident Assistant (RA), whether they’re friends with an RA or have only come into contact with their own.

RAs arguably have one of the most important and hardest student jobs on campus. They take on a role that converts them from just being students whose main job is to take classes to being students responsible for other students.

Cooking and Camaraderie

By Anne Hartman

Photos by Camelia Malkami

Saturday of Homecoming Weekend had the makings of a perfect day: Sunny skies with a nearly 80 degree temperature, a campus bustling with students and parents clad in maroon, and a friendly competition that pitted dining commons chefs against each other. The chefs teamed up with members of the UChicago Dining Grill Club for the University’s first Weber Grill Competition, and the delicious results had guests scraping their plates clean.

Mental Health: A Different Approach to First Aid

By Anne Hartman

For fourth-year Madison Olmsted, being a resident assistant can involve serving as an informal counselor—one who’s comfortable with broaching sensitive topics like mental health or substance abuse and can recommend resources for support. To prepare for her role, Olmsted, along with her fellow RAs, participated in Health Promotion and Wellness’ Mental Health First Aid training, an eight-hour course that’s available to everyone in the UChicago community and teaches the skills needed to understand and respond to signs of mental illness.

A Decade of Tea & Pipes

By Kate Blankinship

One of the University’s greatest assets is also one of its most unknown. Rockefeller Chapel houses the largest organ pipe in the Midwest, with 8,565 organ pipes ranging from five-eighths of an inch to 32 feet, which is equivalent to four stories tall.

Peggy Xu

By Kate Blankinship

Peggy Xu, a recent graduate, first came to campus on a cold, rainy prospective weekend. Despite the dreary weather, conversations had in the Crown House lounge convinced her UChicago was the place for her.

“I really fell for that whole life of the mind spirit and learning for the sake of learning,” she said. Xu’s love for the housing system continued past her time as a prospective student, as the Wendt House resident stayed in the dorm for three years, only moving off campus for her final year.

Rosalie Resch: From Student Athlete to Senior Associate Director

By Kate Blankinship

Rosalie Resch has spent 46 years at UChicago. She started in the classroom, on the fields, and on the courts. She was a pitcher in softball, a setter in volleyball, and played singles and doubles in badminton. Now she is the Senior Associate Director of Athletics for Budgeting and Finance, with this year marking her 42nd year working at the University.

Spirit Week Brings Together UChicago Community

By Andrew Bauld

This article originally appeared on UChicago News.

The UChicago community will have a chance to interact and reflect on a variety of religious and spiritual traditions through music, food and more during this year’s Spirit Week, which runs from April 20-30.

The week will feature events ranging from Muslim Friday prayers to a family celebration of Shabbat, and culminating with a public concert of music by University Professor Augusta Read Thomas at Rockefeller Chapel.

Peer Support

By Anne Hartman Raether

The UChicago Body Project’s hallmark workshop asks students a simple question: “What does an ideal body look like?”. In small groups, about 10 student participants discuss with peer leaders their thoughts on this query, and dive into further reflections about ideal standards, the cost of pursuing them, and the media’s influence on body image.

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