Learning Leadership

By Anne Hartman Raether

John Rudnik’s passion for the food and beverage industry was sparked during Sunday dinners with his grandma, whose traditional Italian fare demonstrated how food and drink can bring people together. As a UChicago student, Rudnik couldn’t swing a demanding restaurant job downtown, so he opted instead to pursue his interests while working at eX Libris Café, a student-run coffee shop in the Regenstein Library. After two years on the job, Rudnik, a fourth-year, has risen the ranks to become the café’s general manager.

A Home for the Holidays

By Anne Hartman Raether

Thanksgiving celebrations in the United States are bursting with traditions—from classic meals of turkey, mashed potatoes, and stuffing to parades, family gatherings, and Black Friday shopping. International House’s Thanksgiving Homestay Program gives international students the chance to take part in the festivities.

Tunes from the Tower

By Anne Hartman Raether

When Simone Browne told her friends and family she had decided to give the carillon a try, they were puzzled. The second-year had stumbled across a Facebook post offering carillon lessons taught by members of the University of Chicago Guild of Carillonneurs at Rockefeller Chapel, and opted to give it a shot, intrigued by the fact that few knew what a carillon was, let alone how to play the instrument.

Homecoming 2016

The UChicago community gathered to celebrate Homecoming October 14–16, giving students, alumni, and families the chance to reconnect with old friends and cheer on the Maroons. College Houses marked the weekend by competing against one another in the annual banner painting and tug-of-war competitions. The Homecoming Block Party at 56th and Ellis featured food and games, and fans gathered at Stagg Field following the Block Party to watch the Maroons post a 33–26 victory over Rhodes College.

See more photos from Homecoming weekend in the slideshow.

Bringing New Flavor to Campus

By Anne Hartman Raether

When food is in season, the UChicago campus will see a lot of it.

For the summer months, this meant a variety of dishes with asparagus—chefs served it roasted for the salad bar, drizzled with a sweet chili sauce, and in soy sauce with beef and noodles. Fall also promises a bevy of fresh fruits and vegetables from the region, like pumpkin, squash, and sweet potatoes.

From High School Heisman to UChicago

By Anne Hartman Raether

When Taylor Campos started track as a sixth-grader, she often was among the last to cross the finish line. These days, she counts the Wendy’s High School Heisman—an award given annually to two of the country’s most esteemed scholar-athletes—as one of her many honors. The Lemont, Illinois, native is now a first year at UChicago and has taken her talents to the women’s cross country and track and field teams.

Allies in Training

By Anne Hartman

As director of the LGBTQ Student Life Office at University of Chicago, Tobias Spears is striving to make the campus a more inclusive place. For Spears, that means having the in-depth conversations, broaching complex issues, and answering the tough questions to help boost the campus community’s appreciation and support for our differences.

Ida Noyes Hall Foyer Named for Marion Talbot

By Anne Hartman

As Ida Noyes Hall marked its one hundredth anniversary in June 2016, its foyer was dedicated to honor Marion Talbot, a trailblazer for the education of women at the University who played a role in designing the building.

Talbot’s lasting impact on the University was lauded by Dean of the College John W. Boyer and Dr. Hanna Holborn Gray, former president of the University of Chicago and Harry Pratt Judson Distinguished Service Professor Emeritus of History, during a dedication ceremony over UChicago Alumni Weekend.


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