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Picture me, around this time two years ago. I am freshly 18 and naively tender-hearted, facing an unthinkable open road of independence, distance, and expectation. The start of college represents the beginning of my uncertain future, and I, unable to really cope with all that this entails, sit among my unpacked bags and watch Lady Bird. When the main character stands in her new college city and calls her mother, the camera zooms in close on her face, and I start crying. Squashed amid every single piece of clothing I have owned that I now must pour into two suitcases of new life—away from the house I grew up in, away from the only town I have ever truly known—this idea of change, of reaching the final point of childhood, is almost too much to bear. At the core of my anxiety is a vibrant and bitter fear that I will squander this grand opportunity that has been placed in front of me, that the University of Chicago will chew me up and spit me out, and I will have nothing to show for it.
Newspapers—by virtue of the fact that their primary purpose is to report the news—tend to focus on the now, the narrow space of time that occupies the recent past up until the present. Newspapers like The Maroon, student newspapers, forget the past even more readily than other publications. With each graduating class, we lose a cache of information, histories, and wisdom. While this phenomenon presents challenges each time a new group of students has to relearn how to go to print, gain access to bank accounts, and generally keep the paper afloat, our short-term memory carries with it a much more insidious dimension: the.
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We need to apologize to you. Orientation Week, this Orientation Issue, and all the other orientation events you’ll attend in the coming weeks—they all gaslight you, make you believe that a quick speech, a speedy presentation, or a few articles will bring you up to speed, make you feel at home, orient you. The truth is: The first quarter of first year disorients everyone. From navigating a new social environment to acclimating to your absurdly sadistic academic workload to trying to understand why your roommate does whatever weird thing your roommate will inevitably do, first quarter takes you for a ride and leaves you whiplashed, gasping for air.
International Students Returning From Military Service Share Their Thoughts About Adjusting to University Life
As a result of the coronavirus pandemic in 2020, Brian Kim had to return home to South Korea only a year into his college experience. After completing the first quarter of second year on his iPad, Kim knew it was time: He was ready to take his leave of absence from the University in order to fulfill his compulsory military service.
In July, I left Chicago to spend the summer in Colorado doing research for my Ph.D. During my last few weeks in the city, I spent my time floating in the fleeting weirdness, the liminality, of sitting in a place and knowing that you’ll be leaving it soon, reflecting on the past and wondering what my future would bring. For my degree, all that’s left is my dissertation. To that end, it looks like the next however-many years will be split between Chicago and Colorado. Who doesn’t look forward to something new? I knew I’d miss what I have here. This city feels like home. I’ve found people after my own heart: people with the same music taste, friends who’ve encouraged me to do what I love, and a lovely Egyptian and Arab community. My adviser, my group, my cohort—I couldn’t think of a bad thing to say if I tried.
In an interview with *The Maroon* on July 15, UCPD Chief Kyle Bowman discussed his motivations and goals for his tenure. He succeeded Mike Kwiatkowski as the Chief of Police for the University of Chicago Police Department (UCPD) on April 4. As chief, Bowman oversees UCPD law enforcement on the University and UC Medicine campuses, and within the extended patrol area of local communities. Since its formal establishment in the 1960s, UCPD is now staffed by approximately 100 officers according to the University’s Department of Safety and Security.