Seeing college life through Charlie Sheen’s eyes
Politicians’ use of social media tends to be boring and artificial
Chicago’s response to the blizzard raises
questions about fair treatment of the South Side
Mayoral candidates have moved beyond the superficial and started focusing on the issues
Carol Moseley Braun’s mayoral
campaign focuses on race at the
expense of policy
Renaming CTA lines and stops could help the city’s budget crisis
Women exit NCAA after winningest season in team history.
Toni Preckwinkle combines the
life of the mind with public service
After winning 30 matches for first time since 1992, Maroons head to D-III tournament
Fourth-seeded Chicago looks toward open of UAA tournament.
Negative campaign ads are more annoying than informative
Women go 3-1 in weekend tournament
Shaky Maroons go 2-2 in final UAA Round Robin before Championships.
Volleyball won its last home game against Concordia on Tuesday.
Overcoming the realities of
Chicago politics requires a
concerted effort from voters
Women begin season with big wins
Lengthy win streak has helped Maroons crack NCAA top-25 poll
Get in shape. Swimsuit season might return someday.
A pair of seniors and a returning sophomore will look to end their season in style at the NCAA individual tournament.
After their disappointment at the NCAAs several individual Maroons will hope to repeat last year’s success.
The Maroons fell to Williams in the semifinals and lost to Amherst in the third place match.
Maroons head to national championship with their eyes set on the top prize.
After winning regionals, the Maroons are advancing to next week’s NCAA quarterfinals.
Women’s tennis looks forward to home NCAA tournament that kicks off Tuesday afternoon.
The University yielded a record 39 percent of students admitted the class of 2014.
The Maroons lost in the first round to Brandeis, although several individuals still hope to gain national bids.
End of the Bench: Men’s tennis is under-ranked heading into UAAs.
The Maroons finally toppled Emory this weekend at UAAs, ending the Eagles’ 22-year reign at the top of the conference.
The women look forward to the UAA championships this weekend. Their primary competition is Emory, a team they’ve struggled with recently.
UofCers work round the clock
for frantic follies
A personal essay about the rise of JaQman Entertainment from the memory of Fro2000.
In what is quickly becoming a hard-fought rivalry the Eagles defeated the Maroons in their first appearance at the ITA Indoor Championships, but Chicago will look to build on this defeat for future matches.
The Maroons host the Bears Saturday in the latest installment in what has become a championship rivalry.
With the women’s basketball UAA championship on the line this weekend, Jake and Jordan argue the merits of a tournament to decide the conference champion.
The tennis program is on the cusp of joining D-III tennis’s elite ranks, but a second head coach would make the path to the top a whole lot easier.
If the Maroons had any concerns they wouldn’t be able to capture last season’s magic again, those worries were swept aside with two 8–1 victories over UAA rivals this weekend.
After losing at Emory and Rochester last weekend, a pair of stunning first halves helped the Maroons to some revenge in this weekend’s UAA wins.
If the Maroons can find greater consistency, head coach Mike McGrath likes his team’s chances for the second half of UAA play.
The Maroons will try to make it two straight Saturday as Case and NYU come to town for the conference championship tournament.
In a perfect world, everything would fit into the newspaper. Until the world becomes perfect, Maroon City will be filling you in on what should have gone in the paper, but didn’t. Today: track and field.
Two road victories this weekend could make the Maroons darkhorse favorites in a second half that features five of seven games at home.
One of many Maroons making their 2010 indoor season debuts, second-year Moe Bahrani says this weekend will be a mile for the ages.
Chicago had D-I foe Dayton on the ropes late, but an injury at the first singles spot erased the Maroons’ shot at an upset, handing the Flyers a 4–2 win Saturday.
With the win over Brandeis on Sunday, head coach Aaron Roussell became the second coach in Chicago women’s basketball history to reach 100 victories, but his sights are still set on win number 11 for the season.
The women’s basketball team lost its 23rd consecutive game in St. Louis, where the Bears topped Chicago 63–34 Saturday.
The Maroons topped host Knox and Augustana this weekend but lost close contests with Wabash and Loras.
After making the jump from St. Xavier High School to the University of Chicago, Steve Stefanou and Tom Williams have combined to form Chicago’s strong frontcourt thus far this season.
Only Wash U bests Maroons in second UAA round robin
This year, even die-hard fans know the Cubs didn’t deserve to win
“Raising the bar to raise expectations” is Chicago’s theme for 2009, as the Maroons seek their first winning season since 2005.
After finishing sixth at the UAA tournament last season, Chicago made it a focus to finish in the top four of the conference, which is among the nation’s most competitive.
With most of the team’s top runners from 2008 returning, the Maroons are looking to book group tickets for this fall’s Nationals in Ohio.
Third-year Arthur Baptist arrived on campus two seasons ago bearing more pressure than a first-year should, filling the role as men’s cross country’s second-best runner that year. Now, Baptist finds himself leading the way for a team that may finally be coming of age.
When first-year Kendra Higgins stepped up to the baseline for her final serve of the season in Sunday’s NCAA Doubles Championship Finals, she couldn’t help but feel nervous.
First-year Kendra Higgins and second-year Chrissy Hu were unseeded when they entered this year’s NCAA D-III Women’s Tennis Doubles Championships, but after Sunday afternoon’s final, the pair has emerged as National Champions.
The math of the Final Four can be unforgiving.
It’s a single elimination round of four, featuring the best teams in the nation, and, at the end of the week, one team must go home on a two-game losing streak. This week, that team was Chicago.
The magic ran out in the NCAA semifinals Wednesday afternoon, as Chicago was simply unable to finish off a talented top-ranked Amherst squad that came back from an early deficit to top the Maroons 5–4.
After sweeping DePauw out of the third round last weekend, women’s tennis knew a couple things for sure.
First, the season would continue at least another week and a half, until today’s quarterfinal round.
Second, they had a lot more work to do.
Patience is the only thing that gives any longevity to a person’s fandom, and having even a little is the only way to survive the continual disappointment that goes with cheering for any team. The problem, though, is that even as a sports fan, I just don’t have any.
The plot didn’t go exactly as most baseball players predicted, but after closing the season by winning 14 of 19 games—including two of four in this weekend’s doubleheaders at IIT and North Central—the conclusion is almost the same.
The women’s tennis team’s pre-match script would probably be getting old if it weren’t so effective.
Every match, it seems, the Maroons tell themselves the same things: play hard, stay focused, concentrate on the match at hand, and everything will turn out alright. After months of playing hard, staying focused, and concentrating on the match at hand, the squad hopes its hard work will pay off when the opening rounds of the NCAA Championships begin with Regionals this weekend at DePauw.
There comes a time in every season when sports fans have a very serious choice to make on Facebook: Continue with the emo updates and Birdman lyrics, or convert your status into a miniature sports blog. I went with the latter.
As the dust settles on a classic battle of women’s tennis powerhouses at this weekend’s UAA Championships, one result overshadows all the rest: Emory has now won 22 straight conference titles.
Emory has an okay women’s tennis team.
They were pretty okay back in 1988, when they won the inaugural UAA Championship. Then they won again the next year and the next year and the next year. 21 times, the collection of schools in the UAA have gathered to fight for women’s tennis crown, and 21 times, Emory has emerged victorious.
“They’ve never lost; history tells that story,” Chicago head coach Marty Perry said.
Second-year pitcher Marshall Oium knows firsthand how baseball got more than another tally in the win column out of last Wednesday’s walk-off victory over Rose Hulman.
In a 38-day season, there isn’t such a thing as rest. With 18 games—more than half of the softball team’s calendar—in the books through the first three weeks of the season, softball got the closest thing to rest that it could this week: five days off. Five days gave the Maroons time to reflect on a solid first half, time to go work out the kinks that have fed their season-high four-game losing streak, and time to get ready for the toughest part of the schedule: a 12-day, 14-game stretch to close the season.
As the last grains of the 2009 season fall, the chances for men’s tennis to pick up big wins and climb into the NCAA tournament picture are precious and few.
And the wait to come home goes on.
Weather prevented baseball’s home opener for the second time this year, with snow leading to the cancellation of a double header against Dallas. Now nearly halfway through the season, the Maroons will make their J. Kyle Anderson debut—fingers crossed—this afternoon, but their home away from home in Crestwood would have to suffice for Saturday’s back-to-back against Dallas.
The scene Sunday morning on the Midway probably would have been a strange one for someone not familiar with lacrosse: 24 women racing back and forth across a pit of mud, swinging sticks with nets on the end and chasing a tiny yellow ball as it flew through the air and inevitably buried itself in the ground.
In the first edition of the Maroon Sports Report podcast, Jake talks with the men’s and women’s tennis teams, Jordan speaks to Nicole Murphy about qualifying for indoor nationals, and then a special comment about the wisdom of no-headphone rules.
They had four games in five days, with heavy postseason implications.
Men’s tennis knew spring break would be an intense week, as it is for so many Chicago teams. That was fine, though, for a squad that has built a reputation for intensity on and off the court.
This weekend’s men’s track UAA Championships saw the Maroons miss out by the slimmest of margins, as Emory, Carnegie, and Chicago finished within three points of each other.
Injury kept third-year Troy Carlson out of Nationals a season ago, but the 174-pounder is determined to showcase his talents on the biggest stage in D-III wrestling this weekend.
Women’s tennis delivered another impressive performance Friday, topping Calvin 9–0 in the final home match of the season.
The Maroon is your source for all IM sports championship news.
The postseason might be out of Chicago basketball’s reach, but tomorrow’s games are about more than a ticket to the NCAAs.
Postseason considerations are already coming into play for men’s tennis, which took two much-needed wins over Kalamazoo and Grinnell this weekend.
Men’s basketball was able to handle the conference’s best scorer Friday night, but poor shooting and defensive lapses sent the Maroons back down below .500 with one game left.
It’s a little late, but men’s basketball is hitting its stride under the command of third-year John Kinsella, who leads Chicago into action against Carnegie and Rochester this weekend.
Women’s tennis took two big wins over Denison and Kenyon over the weekend, while the men’s half didn’t enjoy quite the same success on their annual Ohio trip.
The wrestling team headed to Case knowing that the UAA title would go to the winner of the NYU-Chicago matchup. The Maroons didn’t need to wait long to prove themselves as the standard in the UAA.
The track teams head out on a rare road trip this weekend for a meeting with some of the nation’s top teams at the Warhawk Classic.
The wrestling team is trying to think of Saturday’s conference meet as just another meet, but after a long and injury-riddled season, the UAA title means much more.
Men’s tennis overcame a 2–1 deficit in doubles by taking five of six singles matches en route to a 6–3 win over UW–Whitewater.
Win over the nation’s best team? Check. Win their first two road games? Check. It’s all fallen into place so far for women’s basketball, but with the midway point to the conference schedule approaching, clashes with 10th-ranked NYU and 19th-ranked Brandeis could make this the most important weekend thus far.
Looking to stay healthy this weekend, wrestling suffered two harsh losses at UW–Whitewater on Saturday.
The losing streak is over, but the Maroons have work to do on the road to get back into the UAA mix.
Things weren’t looking good for the Maroons four matches into Wednesday night’s meet, but a late comeback gave Chicago a win in the team’s home finale.
After last weekend’s tired performances at Kalamazoo, the recharged men’s and women’s swimming teams are looking for a win at their home invite.
Wrestling returned from break on a winning note, using a late string of wins to capture a 22–19 win over Loras Saturday.
Men’s basketball ran its losing streak to 12, as the still-winless Maroons couldn’t capitalize on a strong first half Saturday against Wash U.
Women’s basketball looks to start strong in a wide-open race for the UAA championship.
We all knew this was going to be a long men’s basketball season. If the team continues as it has for the first five games, it’s going to get a lot longer. Fortunately, I can forgive and forget.
Fourth-year Rachel Venezia and second-year Liz Lawton closed the cross country season by finishing in the middle of the pack at a cold NCAA Championship.
Head to sports.chicagomaroon.com for additional coverage of the latest events.
The Maroons found the energy that they lacked in the Midway Classic, but Augustana snuck out of Chicago with a 58–57 win after a jumper with 2.5 seconds left.
High hopes for the men’s basketball team met low production at the Midway Classic, as the 22nd-ranked Maroons fell in two upset losses this weekend.
The Maroons will have to continue their six-game winning streak against Wittenberg on Friday. If they don’t, they go home.
Featuring seven first-years and a transfer to join three returning starters, men’s basketball looks for a third straight UAA title this season.
A 1–3 weekend gave the volleyball team sixth place at the UAA tournament, as the team closed out the season with the most wins Chicago has had since 2004.
At this weekend’s UAA tournament, the volleyball team has a chance to make this second chance count.
Women’s cross country demonstrated their depth at Saturday’s conference meet, a performance they will look to repeat in two weeks at Regionals.
With two All-UAA Second Team qualifiers, the men’s cross country team climbed two spots from last year’s finish at the conference meet.
While The Decemberists’ performance at Mandel Hall this weekend had some bright spots, a cold crowd ultimately set the tone for the night.
Undefeated Case, featuring a potent passing offense and tough pressure defense, presents a tall task for the Maroons this Saturday in Ohio.
A 29–4 advantage in shots gave women’s soccer a 3–0 win in the season’s final home game.
Early scoring and a second half defensive lock-down earned the Maroons a 2–1 win over Illinois Wesleyan Wednesday night.
The University of Chicago is need of some reform. It needs to be more like the NFL.
Despite going 1–3 on the weekend in conference play, volleyball clinches the fourth seed for next month’s UAA championship
After 10 days of rest, volleyball heads to Boston tonight for the second University Athletic Association (UAA) round-robin of the season, a series of four games that will help decide the Maroons’ conference fate.
Six weeks ago, cross country head coach Chris Hall probably would have been excited with this weekend’s performance at the UW–Parkside Invitational Saturday afternoon.
The volleyball team hit a speed bump on its road to revive a once-struggling program when the Maroons dropped a five-set marathon to IIT Wednesday night.
I went into Saturday night optimistic for a couple of reasons. One, I was going to a party that, based on the looks of things, seemed like it could earn the prefix “killer.” Two, the Cubs had Rich Harden on the hill, a guy I had great confidence would shut down the Dodgers’ bats.
I should have known.
A lonely event three months before the regular season, the ITA Regional this weekend found the men’s tennis team send one player to the semifinals and one the quarterfinals, perhaps a preview of a season that will start with high hopes.
Head coach Dick Maloney and the Maroons are hoping a weekend off will give the football team a chance to rest a quarterback, reorganize some defensive sets, and forget Saturday’s 27–6 loss to undefeated Elmhurst College.
While the cross country teams probably won’t be found bragging about Saturday’s pair of 14th-place finishes, head coach Chris Hall is confident that the young Maroons will have plenty of bragging to do as the season winds down.
Burton-Judson involves ivy, towers, and long walks.
Last year around this time, I was a U of C newcomer playing pick-up basketball at Ratner when I started making some small talk with what looked to be a ninth-year student, a grizzled veteran of the core curriculum, a resident of the deepest, darkest shadows of the Reg.
Fourth-year Bharath Sithian arrived at Chicago to find a team needing a reversal of fortune—and chi.
So much depends upon a white ping-pong ball. Tuesday night’s draft lottery saw the ever-objective ping-pong balls bounce Chicago’s way, and on June 26, the Bulls will welcome the top pick in the NBA Draft to the Windy City.
It was a busy Friday for third-year Vindya Dayananda and second-year Marissa Lin, but not quite busy enough if you ask the pair of women’s tennis stars.