Uncommon Blog? Uncommon Blog! Our newest post is about our outreach intern Jack Nuelle’s time abroad in London. Did you know that over 40% of UChicago undergraduates participate in a study abroad program during their four years? It’s the truth, friend.
Hi! I am from Virginia and when I came to UChicago I didn’t have a proper winter coat, let alone any long sleeve shirts. If you come from a warm weather place, I’d recommend buying your winter supplies in Chicago or another cold weather place because warm weather places tend to not have true winter supplies.
For coats - I learned from my first year mistake and got a much better winter coat my third year. I looked for puffy down coats with hoods, zipped to the neck, and were knee length. They retail between $150 and $200, but I bought my winter coat 5 years ago and it’s still holding on strong.
As for boots, I’d do waterproof, above the ankle (so you can tuck in your pants/leggings/stockings/socks), WITH TRACTION. Consider going a half size up, just to account for wearing thick socks or multiple layers. These will probably cost between $70 to $150, but again, they will last your entire time at UChicago and probably longer (should you decide to live in a cold weather climate afterwards.
If you’re in a crunch with cash, I would check all the department stores’ websites for what you’re looking for and then do a google/ebay search by brand. Etsy might have some cool vintage-y picks as well!
Hope this helps! —Nina
Better Know a Major, Part 4: Psychology
Psychology is the study of the mental states and processes that give rise to behavior. It seeks to understand the basic mechanisms and functions of perception, cognition, emotion, and attitudes in guiding behavior. The requirements of UChicago’s psychology program are designed to acquaint students with the research methods psychologists use and to provide a foundation of core knowledge covering the major areas of psychology.
Best class for the crafty consumer: The Psychology of Negotiation. In this class, Prof. Boaz Keysar helps students examine the structure of different negotiations and the psychology that governs the processes and outcomes of a negotiation. To better understand the dynamics of the negotiation process, students learn both through discussing research findings and engaging in a variety of negotiation role-plays. On the first day of class, students are assigned partners from whom you “buy” a fictional car. At the end of the exercise, all partner groups disclose their negotiated price to see who got the best deal (and discuss how they did it).
Notable psycholo-guy: Professor Jean Decety, the Irving B. Harris Professor at the University of Chicago and the College. Prof. Decety studies social neuroscience and its influence on the development of empathy, prosocial behaviors, and moral judgment. He also has an incredibly pleasant French accent.
Photo yoinked from the Social Cognitive Neuroscience Laboratory.
As a condition of letting me use his plot in our post on statistics yesterday, former Hitchcock House resident head and current Ohio State University professor of Political Science Tom Wood demanded a chance to explain the science behind it. In his own words:
It might surprise an outsider that the many political scientists attribute little influence to political campaigns, especially at the presidential level. This plot is a simple test of this proposition. We compare county GOP shares for those counties in battleground states. If it’s the case that an election outcome is determined by the difference in efforts of the respective campaigns (which is the entire media narrative advanced every presidential race) we should see big differences between these county results.
We don’t. Instead, we see just how seized and systematic US national politics have become. Year to year, counties have had only tiny shifts since at least 1988. The year to year rigidity is only growing, as this plot clearly shows.
In short, this graph shows that political campaigns are an essentially meaningless exercise of political theater. Thanks for the lesson, Professor Wood.
As a College fourth-year, Victoria Maya, AB’11, baked up a sweet business idea in her South Campus dorm room.
Photography by Kathryn Vandervalk, ’16, and courtesy Victoria Maya, AB’11
WHPK Radio Station at UChicago
Chicago, IL - 2014
Canon AE-1, 35mm
If you can believe it, almost every single one of these records has a personal review written on it by a WHPK staff member sometime in the last 50 years. And that’s also true for the massive store of cassettes and CDs not pictured here.
The Uncommon Blog rides again! This time we have a post about housing, specifically my two years living in the wonderful and historic Hitchcock House. Give it a read, and as always feel free to ask us questions or suggest post topics through our Tumblr.
🌳🌿🍃 green is back!
Cobb, Harper Quad, Burton-Judson
Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes!
On this day When Harry Met Sally turns 25. The main characters—Harry Burns and Sally Albright—met via the Reynolds Club ride board. How UChicago.
Right around the same time that French postcards were predicting lots of aerial and aquatic activities in the year 2000 as part of the 1900 Paris Worlds Fair, a German chocolate company decided to get in on the future-telling business with a crafty marketing campaign.
How close were they?
Student organizations UChicago doesn’t have:
UChiClogo: Clog dancing troupe
UChiFogo: Low visibility preparedness society
UChiHogo: Barbecue competition
EweChicago: Wool gatherers society
UChicaGoat: Goat cheese making club
UChiNogo: Eggnog addict support group
UChiLogo: Future Lumberjacks of America branch
UChiBogo: Wetlands preservation society
UChiJogo: Weekly runners meetup
UChiCogo: Steampunk costumery sewing circle
For a full list of Student organizations we do have, see UChicago Blueprint.
From the Photographic Archive’s Antinuclear Demonstrations folder, protests from three decades:
Hiroshima remembrance in front of Henry Moore’s “Nuclear Energy” sculpture in 1977.
Anti-nuclear protesters in front of the Reg in 1985.
Greenpeace activists on the tenth anniversary of the Chernobyl disaster in 1996.