Newsletter for April 14

Meet the SG candidates running unopposed; EDITORIAL: Frat safety policy is toothless; Shkreli appears in a UChicago meme page

By Sophie Downes and Pete Grieve


Good morning. It’s third week.

Disciplining disruption: The University will soon implement a disciplinary system for disruptive conduct (speaker silencing, sit-ins, etc.). But what that system will look like is still up in the air. The faculty senate, which has jurisdiction over discipline for disruptive behavior, will vote on a measure to create a new system in May. The administration is adding pressure by indicating that if the senate fails to pass a measure, it will instead bring back a disciplinary system that hasn’t been used since 1974. And some faculty members say they’d prefer this outcome because the proposed new system is too punitive. Grey City goes inside the high stakes faculty debate.

Rise. That’s the name of the only slate that’s filed to run for Student Government’s highest leadership positions. The slate’s candidates for President and Vice President for Student Affairs wrote in to the newsletter. Read on for the exclusive…

Congratulations: Third-year Soreti Teshome was awarded the prestigious Truman Scholarship, and five faculty were elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences: Young-Kee Kim, Jonathan Lear, Lenore Grenoble, Tara Zahra, and W. J. T. Mitchell. 

‘Fraternities committed to… something’: The Maroon Editorial Board argues that Fraternities Committed to Safety has been revealed as a toothless document in need of a major overhaul.

Ringing in spring quarter: The Guild of Student Carillonneurs went on a tour of the Midwest, stopping to try out bell towers and to meet with professional carillonneurs.

Martin Shkreli joins meme page, talks business and dating: The page’s membership spiked after Shkreli began answering student questions. “It's been in my master plan to make Midwest Memes the premier page of UChicago,” page creator Lorenzo Bartolini said.
Newsletter exclusiveThe candidates for Student Government leadership write-in


Bio: Third-year in the College, political science, from Wausau, WI.
On campus: Programming Intern at the Center for Identity + Inclusion, member of the University's LGBTQ Advisory Council, active with the IOP, Rogers House associate. Interested in India, tweetstorms, and the University of Chicago.
Policy priority: Addressing the Campus Climate Survey results and trying to get certain SG priorities endowed.


Bio: Third-year in the College, transfer student, Latin American studies, from Short Hills, NJ.
On campus: Class of 2018 Rep, member of Student Government Finance Committee and Committee on Academics in the College, former member of Dean's Advisory Committee, Committee on Student Services, and Transportation and Security Advisory Board. Hillel intern, Sigma Chi social chair; involved in Off-Off Campus, the Shady Dealer, the IOP, Chicago Strategies; lover of Zumba and hot yoga.
Policy priority: Clarifying and streamlining SG funding pools.


Bio: Second-year in the College, public policy major and history minor, from Ashburn, VA.
On campus: Executive for MUNUC and ChoMUN, member of the traveling MUN team, UCIB, Graham House associate, Alpha Omicron Pi. Interested in foreign policy, memes, and cooking.
Policy priority: Rebuilding the relationship between Student Government and University faculty and students in order to create a more transparent system.


Sarah Zimmerman writes in:
D.C. Statehood: Columnist Fred Kardos says that now is not the right time for Washington D.C. to become the 51st state.
UofC Divest’s Request: In a letter to the editor, UofC Divest writes why UChicago’s administration needs to divest from companies in support of the Israeli occupation of Palestine.

MJ Chen writes in: "Manual of Style is fashionably late this week. Check it out in print and online later today."

Siddharth Kapoor writes in:
Baseball: After a great comeback against Dominican University, the Maroons will take on North Central and Beloit this weekend.
Softball: The South Siders take on North Central and Hope College over the course of three days in doubleheader matchups.
Track and Field: The UChicago track team travels to Lisle this weekend to take part in the Benedictine Relays.

In the South Side Weekly: An update on the Chicago Housing Authority’s public housing redevelopment plans, the history of a legendary DJ group…and popcorn.

The Experiment that Changed the World: On the 75th anniversary of the first self-sustaining controlled nuclear reaction, University faculty will discuss the importance of nuclear power throughout history. University Bookstore, third floor, 5 p.m. Food will be served.
UT/TAPS presents New Work Week: This weekend, see brand-new pieces of theater written, directed, and performed by students. Logan Center Room 501, 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday. $5 per show or $12 for a festival pass.
See more upcoming events here.


Update: Two newsletters ago we noted that the mayor said he planned to present Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos with a study showing strides in graduation rates and college attendance levels for Chicago students after President Trump said “the numbers in Chicago are very rough.” The two met Wednesday, and she said in statement afterward, “I applaud the mayor for Chicago’s rising high school graduation rates.”