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.”

Scav 2013 takes over campus

Images by Keri Wiginton and Jason Smith

The much-beloved University of Chicago tradition and Guinness World Record-holding Scavenger Hunt (Scav) returned May 8-12, with a list of 318 items as well as a 10-event Scav Olympics competition.

This four-day tradition, created and judged by the RSO Scav Hunt, encourages teams of students to create and find more than 300 unique items on campus and in the city of Chicago. This was the 27th year for the event.

Some of this year's more intriguing items:

Spirit Week 2013

Photo by Joel Wintermantle

For 10 days this quarter, the Spiritual Life Office at Rockefeller Chapel holds a series of events dedicated to celebrating the diversity of faith traditions on our campus. Organizations open their doors to all students, faculty, and staff who are interested in exploring communities different from their own, or who desire to delve deeper in to their own tradition.

University responses to events in Boston

Along with the nation, the University of Chicago mourns the injury and loss of life in Boston this week, at the Boston Marathon bombings and in the violence that followed. We share in the gratitude for the work of first responders and police, and our hearts go out to all connected to these troubling events. Below we have collected some of the ways in which the University has showed its solidarity and sympathy for those affected, and extended resources to our own community.

Winter Festival Explores Arts

On a frigid Friday, when wind chills dipped into the negative double digits, several hundred students enjoyed ice cream, student performances and ice sculpting as part of a winter arts event at Hutchinson Courtyard. The Winter Festival, which took place on February 1, showcased a live ice scultping demo of a Pegasus, horse-drawn carriage rides around the quads, and an ice sculpting activity, the remnants of which still dot the courtyard today. 

Recent campus dialogue on activism and dissent

A demonstration on January 27 and resulting arrests at the University of Chicago Medicine's Center for Care and Discovery sparked conversations across campus about issues related to student protests, policing, health care, and the University’s relationship to its neighbors. This page aggregates messages from University leadership and highlights upcoming and recent related dialogues and events.

Message on report of external investigators — May 20, 2013

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