School of Thought
A central feature of Winning Words is its focus on public speaking and the confidence that comes from honing oratorical skills. Shayan Karbassi, ’14, a double major in international studies and political science, points out that Winning Words provides “the chance to be heard.” One of his favorite exercises is to ask his students, in the spirit of education reformer John Dewey, to design their ideal school. Debate on the subject is spirited: Should there be recess? Does a school uniform serve a greater good or infringe on individual liberty? These questions have never been posed to them. In the Chicago Public Schools, Karbassi says, “students don’t normally get a chance to discuss and have their participation be their assessment. I usually have students who are quiet, and it’s really fulfilling to note that by the end, they are comfortable speaking in front of a classroom and saying what they have to say.”
Read more about Winning Words, the after-school philosophy program.
The bi-annual wellness fair in the main quad is in full swing - dogs, scooters and trail-mix galore. Go go go.
I remember walking through the quads and feeling like everything was familiar - the effervescent conversations, the blooming community, how smart everyone was (and proud to be that way). It was like coming home.
Guide to Hyde Park
Chicago Mag’s version of how to be a UChicago student for a day. Our favorite parts? The Point, Ribs & Bibs and the Seminary Co-Op.
Smart Museum of Art, by Christ Strong.
#uchicago by Charlotte S.
Despite the deliciousness of Leona’s, the Med and Salonica’s, here are three reasons why Valois is the best place to get breakfast in Hyde Park:
- It’s speedy: cafeteria-style serving means you order, and eat, fast.
- It’s cheap: seriously cheap. And they have student discounts.
- Obama: it’s his favorite place too.
- Cash-only… but they don’t really mind if you pay in handfuls of change you meant to save for laundry.
All photos by Jamie Manley.
A Hyde Park Weekend
Coming to visit? Make sure to check out these cool neighborhood spots while you’re here:
Z&H - Zaleski & Horvath MarketCafe aka the best sandwiches in Hyde Park aka the best deli for local produce and hanging out. Grab a seat on their secret back patio in the summer.
MSI - the Museum of Science and Industry is right on the lake, and has a tornado machine. Also, the building dates from the World’s Columbian Exposition in 1893.
57th St Books - a beautiful bookstore, run by the Seminary Coop, where you can find just about anything.
Harper Theater - you can go and see a movie on 53rd St! Or just get popcorn.
The Point - the best place in Hyde Park to swim in Lake Michigan, and watch the downtown skyline glimmer at night.
Hyde Park Records - cool vibes, great staff. Rumor has it that they have dollar-records in the cartons under the racks…
Valois - President Obama’s favorite breakfast place.
Madeleine Albright at I-House
“There is nothing about the word ‘indispensible’ [that means] ‘alone,’” said Albright, who was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Barack Obama in 2012. “It just means to be engaged. I believe that it is important to have partners. Americans don’t like the word ‘multilateralism’—it has too many syllables and ends in an ‘ism.’ But the bottom line is it is a matter of burden sharing, partnership and working with others.” Read more about the event here.
Campus Snow, by Elizabeth Zale.
“Chloe Atchue-Mamlet, a 19-year-old computer science major, said she doesn’t have to keep track of the food trucks on Twitter because of how consistently they are on campus. All she has to do to see what food trucks are out is to look out her bedroom window.”
From Red Eye’s article on food trucks that come to Hyde Park, and their deliciousness.