Environmental research inspires new Rhodes Scholar

By Dianna Douglas
Photo by Robert Kozloff

Samuel Greene is not the kind of scientist who’s afraid to get his hands dirty.

In his quest to devise studies on the environment and climate change, the fourth-year chemistry student has tracked methane emissions from lakes in Alaska, sought catalysts for converting biomass to biofuel, and developed statistical methods for analyzing radioactive materials.

Graduate students take on policy challenges in Gary

By Mark Sorkin
Photo by Robert Kozloff

The car inches forward a few feet and stops when the next house comes into view. There’s a padlock on the front door, tufts of grass sprouting from the gutters, paint peeling from the siding, and a large hole in the window frame on the second floor.

“This one looks abandoned to me,” says Robert Vanneste, AB’12, a first-year student in the Harris School of Public Policy.

Rising to the Occasion

By Carmen Marti
Photos by Joel Wintermantle

Though Houston mayor Annise Parker was in the final weeks of a run for her third term in office (an election she won), she made time to visit the University of Chicago to discuss diversity and urban policy.

Creating change in your community

By Rhianna Wisniewski
Photos by Jason Smith

For Soledad O’Brien, change comes from standing up for what you believe in.

The award-winning CNN special correspondent and Kovler Visiting Fellow gave her thoughts on identity, community, and social responsibility this quarter as part of the first keynote of RISE, Campus and Student Life’s new diversity awareness campaign.

South Asian culture takes center stage

By Dianna Douglas
Photo by Robert Kozloff

On the first Saturday night of Spring Quarter, the Mandel Hall curtain opens to a cheering, packed house. More than a hundred students wait in the wings, wearing enough colorful chiffon, silk, jewelry, and black eyeliner to light up a Bollywood soundstage. Music blasts through the auditorium as the cheering crescendos and the dancers rush onstage.

The SASA spring show has begun.

Look within and speak out

By Rhianna Wisniewski
Photos by Jason Smith

When asked how to handle racist and discriminatory speech Monday night, anti-racist speaker and activist Tim Wise told students that silence is not the answer.

“Not responding gives the impressions that viewpoint holds a lot more worth than it holds,” he said. “If I’m an outsider looking in, and no one is responding, than I start to think that this is indicative of the institution’s typical student.”


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