It’s ninth week. Finals are coming, the weather’s getting worse, and you have to start looking for a summer internship or a job. Life kind of sucks, but Thanksgiving is just around the corner. So in the spirit of the holiday, here are a few things to be thankful for:
Rockefeller Chapel Carillon: The definition of holiday spirit.
Kimbark Liquors: The definition of holiday spirits.
The East Shuttle: The one time a week when it decides to show up on time really makes it all worthwhile.
Grounds of Being: By far the best and cheapest coffee on campus, now open late on Wednesdays.
MAC Apartments: Because we love when our front door, laundry room, and fire escape are all broken—it makes us appreciate the little things.
Hyde Park Records: We all need a place to feel like John Cusack from time to time.
The Seminary Co-op: For when you can’t turn to any other friend.
UCPD: Well, at least it’s not the UC Davis PD.
The Reg’s music collection: You haven’t listened to Giant Steps? Or Tchaikovsky’s 5th? Run to the 3rd floor of the Reg and get educated.
Tuesdays at Doc: Le Samourai. Breathless. The Red Circle. Enough said.
The Pub: Great service and an excellent selection of beers. Way ahead of that other popular Hyde Park bar.
Student supporters of socially responsible investment: All we can say is, keep fighting the good fight. We’re behind you.
Eckhart Library: It has every math book in existence, which, depending on your perspective, either makes it the coolest library on campus or the one most in need of burning.
The Shady Dealer: Though we’re not sure the admiration is mutual, we have to take our hats off to an excellent, hilarious campus publication.
Fourth Meal: Skipping breakfast doesn’t seem as bad when you can just have it at midnight.
CTA Bus Tracker: For its noble goal of assisting each and every student too lazy to walk the three short blocks to class.
The Occupy movement: It’s been five decades since any major movement united this nation’s youth. Give it time to grow, to organize: With support, these things work 99% of the time.
Harold’s Chicken Shack: Half a chicken, soggy bread, enough fries to feed every squirrel on campus, and a shot of coleslaw. For four dollars. Your wallet’s still full, and your stomach will be for days.
Study abroad: For getting us the hell out of here.
Flannel and plaid: Dear fabric of choice on campus: We love your cozy warmth, your hipster and mainstream appeal, and the way you make everyone look vaguely alike.
The swing bench in Snitchcock courtyard: The third best place to sit in Hyde Park, period.
Gates-Blake Quad: When a breeze blows through, the leaves descend in swirls and your heart just goes all American Beauty on you.
CCI: Because we’d be lost little lambs (read: Unemployed) otherwise.
Omeletes in the dining hall: The only thing to get excited about in the dining hall.
The lightsabers on the Midway: Don’t mug us, bro.
Using Maroon Dollars in the student cafes: Great for supporting our growing coffee dependency.
The Point: Pulled an all-nighter? Might as well bike to the Point to watch the sunrise.
Five Guys: Because we all need to feel like we’re in American Graffiti sometimes. And the crazy futuristic drink machines.
The plumbing in Pierce: Who needs Yellowstone when Old Faithful is one stall over?
Free samples at Treasure Island: Good for weekday snacking, Saturday night dinner, dates…
Being done with the Core (Bio): See “Useless to the core.”
Harper 24-hour study space: We may be the only college without 24-hour restaurants, but we sure can do our all-nighters in style.
Law School reflecting pool: Best skinny dipping opportunity this side of the Mississippi.
The fifth floor of the Reg: The only thing that can make a bag of Sun Chips taste better is the risk of being silently beaten to death by a rabid mob of Ph.D. candidates.
Midnight Soccer: Because not only do we prefer playing sports to watching them, we also prefer playing sports while being unable to watch them.
The weather so far this year: On an unrelated note, we are terrified for the weather later this year.
Everyone and everything we forgot: We’re sorry. Happy Thanksgiving.
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