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Imagined Conversations from Bygone Times
"Hark! Tis King Hamlet’s ghost walking upon the Ramparts."
"This might delay tonight’s screening of Goodburger!”

Imagined Conversations from Bygone Times

"Hark! Tis King Hamlet’s ghost walking upon the Ramparts."

"This might delay tonight’s screening of Goodburger!”

uchicagomag:

In 1953, student-run radio station WUCB calls for new members to man its carrier-current station in the basement of Burton-Judson Courts.
According to Richard Karlin, AB’55, SB’57, who was station manager at the time, WUCB was “virtually all classical,” but very diverse in its programming.

"Certainly there wasn’t the sort of Top 40 syndrome you see today. For one thing, the classical repertoire was immense." He also noted of his experience: "There were a number of problems. One of them was that the station itself was in poor repair. We did a lot of work to repair it, some of which got us in trouble because we weren’t supposed to be doing electrical. Buildings and grounds got a little upset."

In 1968 WUCB switched over to FM and changed its name to WHPK.

uchicagomag:

In 1953, student-run radio station WUCB calls for new members to man its carrier-current station in the basement of Burton-Judson Courts.

According to Richard Karlin, AB’55, SB’57, who was station manager at the time, WUCB was “virtually all classical,” but very diverse in its programming.

"Certainly there wasn’t the sort of Top 40 syndrome you see today. For one thing, the classical repertoire was immense." He also noted of his experience: "There were a number of problems. One of them was that the station itself was in poor repair. We did a lot of work to repair it, some of which got us in trouble because we weren’t supposed to be doing electrical. Buildings and grounds got a little upset."

In 1968 WUCB switched over to FM and changed its name to WHPK.

We’re proud to be on Campus Pride’s list of the Top 50 LGBT-friendly colleges again this year! You can learn more about the resources offered through our Office of LGBTQ Student Life online here

Since My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy has been declared the album of the decade so far, it’s time for your periodic reminder that UChicago’s student radio station WHPK hosted a rap battle between Kanye and Common in 1996.

Since My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy has been declared the album of the decade so far, it’s time for your periodic reminder that UChicago’s student radio station WHPK hosted a rap battle between Kanye and Common in 1996.

The latest post on our Uncommon Blog is about one of UChicago’s most enduring, vibrant traditions: our Scavenger Hunt. Give it a read if you want to learn more about Scav, or if you just want to see a picture of the best pop-up pirate ship you’ve ever seen in your life.
(Pictured above: one of two warring pillow forts from the Friday night Scav party)

The latest post on our Uncommon Blog is about one of UChicago’s most enduring, vibrant traditions: our Scavenger Hunt. Give it a read if you want to learn more about Scav, or if you just want to see a picture of the best pop-up pirate ship you’ve ever seen in your life.

(Pictured above: one of two warring pillow forts from the Friday night Scav party)

Hey peeps! My name is Sarah and I am absolutely in love with UChicago and everything about it. Y'all already know why your school is so great so I won't get into the sappy details, but the bottom line is that I yearn to be a UChicago student with every fiber of my being. I know that there is no "average" student at your school, however, what qualities do you look for in applicants and what makes an application stand out? I appreciate your advice; keep doin' what you're doin' :)

Hi internet friend! Glad to hear you think UChicago is so special and rockin’. (It is, so, good call there). But, warning: more information than you probably wanted coming on up!

When I’m reading an application for UChicago, here are some things that help it go in to the “yes” pile (it’s not really a pile so much as a cloud-based theoretical yes resting spot). Note that this isn’t a formula for getting in to UChicago— I’ve read applications for several years and even I couldn’t create an applicant who I could guarantee would get in— but just some things that do help an excited applicant stand out as a student we’d like to admit.

Taking the most challenging options available in your environment, and doing well in that work. This doesn’t mean we care if you took one less AP class because Band and Spanish conflicted or that your GPA is .0001 lower than someone else in your class. (We don’t). This does mean we care to see that, whatever the challenging options are at your high school, you’re taking advantage of them across many areas, and that you’re doing well in that work. UChicago is a rigorous environment, and students who are successful applicants (and are successful once they get on campus, which we care about a lot!) are students who have challenged themselves both in subjects they consider strengths and in other areas. (And note: “available at your school” is key here. We know that many schools have different offerings, and so are never going to expect you to take advantage of options that simply don’t exist in your school or environment). 

Being genuinely interested in a liberal arts-style education. Our Core Curriculum is the intellectual cornerstone of our college. It’s awesome! You get to take courses in a lot of different areas— you’ll explore humanities, social sciences and civilizations, physical/bio sciences, foreign language, the arts, and math. Cool stuff, right! Well, every year we get tons of applications from students— even really great students!— who have not looked in to this side of the College or who really don’t seem like they’d like taking courses outside of their specific interest area. Now, we don’t expect everyone will want to double-major in math and anthropology. We also know that many of you have followed a pretty standard curriculum in high school that didn’t have a lot of room for exploration beyond a few required subjects, so don’t worry if you aren’t able to/ interested in waxing poetic about philosophy to show a genuine interest here. We simply hope that, even if you’re passionate about a particular subject, you think it might be cool and important to take some classes outside of your principal interest area.

Have fun with your essay. We give you those fun prompts for a reason— no, really, you don’t have to write about your summer vacation! We love learning more about how your brain works by seeing what happens when you encounter a question you’ve never been asked before. So yes, you really can write about whatever you want (*within normal bounds of social propriety) and no, it doesn’t have to be a play-by-play recap of all of the clubs of which you’ve been president. (Please. Please don’t make it about that). As we say in our essay instructions: “Take a little risk, and have fun.”

Hope this helps!

57thstreetbooks:

jasmined:

57thstreetbooks it’s been too long

We offer much better vacation deals than Kayak.

57thstreetbooks:

jasmined:

57thstreetbooks it’s been too long

We offer much better vacation deals than Kayak.

Alex L. of Montclair, NJ emailed in this response to one of our postcard mailings. We like that Alex’s sandwich is served on a freshly-baked pun. 
Do you have a UChicago postcard response you’re dying to share? Scan and email it to us at postcards@uchicago.edu! 

Alex L. of Montclair, NJ emailed in this response to one of our postcard mailings. We like that Alex’s sandwich is served on a freshly-baked pun. 

Do you have a UChicago postcard response you’re dying to share? Scan and email it to us at postcards@uchicago.edu! 

scavjudges:

2008.56: A zeusaphone. [300 points]

A performance of the GASH Zeusaphone can be viewed here.

This item is basically “Play music with LIGHTNING!”

uchicagomag:

Remembering Freedom Summer

UChicago alumni recount the transformative events of 1964.

→ Read their stories

57thstreetbooks:

It’s happening, folks. Tell your mothers, your brothers, your Levinasian Other (whatever that means). Saturday, August 16th through ??, we’ll be running a massive sidewalk sale at both locations. Prices will drop week by week, the selection of books will change hour by hour, so come early, come often, and get booky with it.

On one hand, I’m disappointed summer is almost over. On the other hand, cheap books at the Sem Co-Op!

57thstreetbooks:

It’s happening, folks. Tell your mothers, your brothers, your Levinasian Other (whatever that means). Saturday, August 16th through ??, we’ll be running a massive sidewalk sale at both locations. Prices will drop week by week, the selection of books will change hour by hour, so come early, come often, and get booky with it.

On one hand, I’m disappointed summer is almost over. On the other hand, cheap books at the Sem Co-Op!

Speaking in my official capacity as a judge of the Official University of Chicago Scavenger Hunt, Space Jam is the culmination of all cinema, an American masterpiece that will never be topped in our lifetimes. So I was very disappointed that Grantland’s basketball guru Zach Lowe, couldn’t grasp the obvious genius therein.

Speaking in my official capacity as a judge of the Official University of Chicago Scavenger Hunt, Space Jam is the culmination of all cinema, an American masterpiece that will never be topped in our lifetimes. So I was very disappointed that Grantland’s basketball guru Zach Lowe, couldn’t grasp the obvious genius therein.

gapers:

mailorderapocrypha:

stupendous mental power (1956)

Unfortunately, looks like 846 W. Sunnyside was torn down sometime in the ’60s, so we’ll never get those details now.

But of course, you can still find ”STUPENDOUS Mental power” at the University of Chicago, though I don’t think we have any personnel named “Delmar Wisdom.”

gapers:

mailorderapocrypha:

stupendous mental power (1956)

Unfortunately, looks like 846 W. Sunnyside was torn down sometime in the ’60s, so we’ll never get those details now.

But of course, you can still find STUPENDOUS Mental power” at the University of Chicago, though I don’t think we have any personnel named “Delmar Wisdom.”

New on the blog!

A post by admissions officer Grace on how to tackle our uncommon essay questions. Check it out here