Winter at UChicago is: hot chocolate, roaring wood fires, running between Harper and Reynold’s, surprise snowball fights, ice skating on the Midway, that it’s-freezing-so-I-don’t-care-what-I-look-like-coat, waking up to snow.
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 :)
Okay, so where’s the snow? Why is it so sunny and warm today? Why doesn’t campus look like these photos? WHAT’S HAPPENING WINTER? Also, check out this super cool video.
18 Places to Buy a Great Winter Coat in Chicago
For newcomers to Chicago: Chicago fashion blog Racked Chicago provides an awesome map of 18 places to buy a winter coat at any price point. Because WINTER IS COMING.
I just love that everyone has the Core in common. I met my now best friend in SOSC class. I’m about to have a reunion with two friends from HUM. I really like that Core classes allow you to share all this common ground and yet make these Big Books your own. I wrote an essay on Benjamin, Adorno, and Britney Spears.
Molly F., Class of 2012, Interdisciplinary Studies in the Humanities
Winter at UChicago promises a hot chocolate sisterhood at the Alumni house :)
You notice it in the classroom, where your classmate sheds new light on Dante by translating the original Italian. You hear it on the Quads, taking in a drum concert as you practice with the Judo Club. You see it in Rockefeller Chapel, viewing an exhibit on the relationship between humans and nature after your meditation class. or you taste it in the dining hall, sampling kosher, Halal, and vegan entrees with your roommates. However you experience it, you feel it the moment you get here: this is where you belong.
Photo by arummel25
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)
BJ in the snow.
Photo by arummel25.
The Chicago tradition of using random objects to “hold” shoveled-out parking spaces after it snows. Hilarious.
Because this is Christmas Eve Eve, and because UChicago looks beautiful in the snow, here are some wintery photos to put you in the festive mood. If you’re anywhere near campus, make sure to take a wander over to Rockefeller Chapel tomorrow at 4pm for (non-denominational) carols by candlelight!