Newsletter for April 28

8% ADMIT RATE; A much-needed grocery store coming to Woodlawn; 53rd Street incident: Hazmat investigation and a man dead

By Sophie Downes and Pete Grieve

Good morning. It’s fifth week.

The dean of admissions told prospective students who were on campus for April overnight visits that the admit rate for the Class of 2021 is 8 percent. This is according to admitted students—the University has declined The Maroon’s requests for admissions numbers, saying it won’t release data until the fall.

A new Jewel-Osco grocery store is set to open at 61st Street and Cottage Grove Avenue by the end of next year.

A hazmat team was called to a 53rd and Woodlawn apartment Wednesday morning where a man was found dead.

  • From DNAInfo: “[Zachary] Padove, according to his personal website and homebrewers forums, was interested in brewing beer in his home, as well as in fermented foods like Korean kimchi and kombucha. ‘There were other things going on in there,’ [a police spokesperson] said.”

Third-year Calvin Cottrell, one of the members of the slate running unopposed for the Student Government president and vice president positions, took a shot during the SG debate this week: “The reason we decided to run was we thought that Student Government wasn’t doing enough on campus,” he said. “We saw that there had been no major accomplishments this year …”

The Dartmouth did an interesting survey of the political landscape on its campus:

  • 85 percent of surveyed students disapprove of how Donald Trump is handling his job as president.

  • Only 39 percent of Democrats said they’d be comfortable having a roommate with opposing political views; 45 percent said they’d be uncomfortable. For Republicans: 69 percent comfortable, 12 percent uncomfortable.

  • Should Milo Yiannopoulos Yiannopoulos be allowed to speak at Dartmouth? 54 percent said yes, 38 percent no. Should Donald Trump be allowed to speak at Dartmouth? 75 percent yes, 22 percent no.

A new jeans store is opening in Hyde Park.

Third-year rapper Ben Glover / “Chief Wicked” released a music video with some crazy visuals for his song “Ghostride.”

Heather Booth (A.B. ’67, A.M. ’70), who referred women to underground abortion providers when she was a student, was featured in a New York Times opinion piece suggesting that underground networks would pop up again if the government were to reduce access to abortion services.

The Harris School’s Pearson Institute for the Study and Resolution of Global Conflicts has a fancy new website.

An artist who painted a mural of Michelle Obama on the South Side copied the image without crediting its creator, who originally posted it on Instagram. An op-ed in The New York Times calls this exploitation.


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Sarah Zimmerman writes in:

Marine Le Pen will not be the next president of France, according to columnist Ashton Hashemipour. “[T]hough many will seek to compare Macron’s polling numbers to those of Clinton and the anti-Brexit camp, Le Pen’s deficit to Macron will be much more difficult to make up,” he writes.



Alexia Bacigalupi writes in:

The African Caribbean Students Association (ACSA)’s cultural show “ACSA Aesthetics” brought comedy, fashion, and food to I-House in an evening focused on promoting diversity.

Like a true UChicago student, fourth-year Thomas Meerschwam set out to supply an unmet demand in Hyde Park—art—with his pop-up gallery in Harper Court.

Gritty synth and “face-melting lyrics” came to Thalia Hall in U.K. rapper Skepta’s first concert in Chicago.



Cavell Means writes in:

Track and Field: The Maroons head to Valparaiso, IN, looking to capitalize on their solid meet last weekend.

Baseball: After getting rained out this week, the team seeks revenge against Grinnell.



In the South Side Weekly: the importance of youth baseball leagues in underserved Chicago communities, and the history of the nonprofit South East Chicago Commission, which is cutting ties with the University this year.

In The Gate: With Trump’s proposed budget cuts, renewable energy faces an uncertain future. Also: an interview with Chris Lu, a former Deputy Secretary of Labor and senior adviser to President Obama.





“What is an Artistic Practice of Human Rights?” is a multi-day summit hosted by the University of Chicago and composed of a group of distinguished international artists who will propose, examine, and challenge the ways in which creative cultural resistance can broaden our collective understanding of human rights. Logan Center for the Arts, Saturday, April 29, 9:30 a.m.–5 p.m. (artist presentations) and Monday, May 1, 6–9 p.m. (panels and public forum), free.