Kuvia, by Jamie Manley. See more Shotosnap photos here.
It’s that time of year again, guys. Kuviasungnerk/Kangeiko is UChicago’s annual week-long winter festival of morning exercise, knitting, ice skating, hot chocolate, ice sculpting and as always…the Polar Bear Run. On Friday, students trek out to Lake Michigan for a pre-dawn salute to the sun. The name Kuviasungnerk comes from the Inuit word for “pursuit of happiness” and Kangeiko comes from the Japanese samurai tradition of winter training.
Here are some beautiful photos from the Kuvias of yesteryear (from froboy) to keep you motivated :)
Kuvisungnerk comes from the Inuit for ‘pursuit of happiness’ and Kangeiko has its origins in Samurai winter training. Together they form a hallowed UChicago tradition of waking up right early in the morning for five days and engaging in physical exercise. Known as ‘Kuvia’ for short, this tradition has been around since 1983 and isn’t for the faint-hearted. Those who make it to every single day’s training are awarded with a t-shirt. And when people see that t-shirt, they know what you had to do for it.
Photos by Katherine M.
A weekend was spent fast asleep, recovering from the early mornings of Kuvia. But do we regret it?
Not when we got to salute the sunrise at Promotionary Point, we don’t.
(Photos by Jason Smith)
The snow is falling. Let’s hope these Kuvia-ites finally got a little rest!
“Kuvia attrition was high come Thursday, and homework advanced upon the western front.”—Magazine intern Mitchell Kohles, ‘12
Kuviasungnerk! Kangeiko! Kuvia, as we know it. Don’t worry— you don’t need to be able to spell the title to participate.Kuvia is our winter festival to the sun held during the second week of winter quarter. Students who participate in Kuvia head to Henry Crown Gymnasium each day during second week to do calisthenics with various university figures (for example: Dean Jean Treese, who according to an issue of the Maroon, selected the name Kuvia due to its relation to the Inuit for “pursuit of happiness”). At the end of the week, students walk to the point and perform sun salutes as the sun is rising. If a student attends each day of Kuvia, that student gets a commemorative Kuvia shirt—a coveted piece of UChicago apparel featuring a new theme every year. The only catch? Kuvia starts every morning at 6am.