Newsletter for May 2

The history of sexual assault on campus; statements from SG candidates; new dorm bathroom policy

By Sophie Downes and Pete Grieve

Good morning. It’s sixth week.

Must-read in Grey City: The University of Chicago long propagated a narrative that sexual assault perpetrators were coming from outside the campus community: “This was not a campus problem, but a South Side problem.” A story in The Maroon’s long-form supplement examines the history of sexual misconduct on campus and concludes that it’s “time to turn the lens inward” on assaults perpetrated within the campus community.

The Maroon spoke to Student Government candidates about their policy goals and positions on campus issues. Voting will open Wednesday at 10 a.m.

Newly instated New York Times columnist Bret Stephens (A.B. ’95) cautioned against making overly confident statements about climate change: “Claiming total certainty about the science traduces the spirit of science and creates openings for doubt whenever a climate claim proves wrong.”

  • There’s been a massive outcry online, but the NYT’s editorial page editor maintained in a statement to the Erik Wemple Blog that Stephens’ argument isn’t “outside the bounds of reasonable discussion.”

Good news for the University: Trump’s proposed major cuts to science didn’t materialize in the federal budget deal reached by Congress.

More information about the Obama library… might be coming on Wednesday. The former president will host a “roundtable discussion to update the community on the progress of the Obama Presidential Center” at the South Shore Cultural Center (just a few miles from campus at 71st Street and the lake). The Tribune reports through a source that a three-dimensional conceptual model of the Center will be shown at the event.

** Over the weekend, The Sun-Times reported that it has obtained a copy of an invitation to a speech by Obama Wednesday night at the Chicago Club, where he’ll also talk about the library.

President of College Republicans Matthew Foldi is hoping to start an across-campus movement to “reclaim” free speech at colleges.

  • From an Inside HigherEd story: “Over the weekend, 25 students from about 20 colleges around the country gathered at the University of Chicago to try to start a movement in which students would become leading defenders of free speech on campus—including speech that they find offensive. The students issued a statement Sunday that they plan to urge other students to sign and to abide by.”

Major Activities Board is set to release the names of the Summer Breeze performers this Wednesday at 8 p.m.

Christopher Blattman, a professor at the Harris School and the Pearson Institute, ran a study on Ethiopian sweatshops that yielded some surprising results, which he discussed in The New York Times.

Two professors tweeted that they were stopped upon entering the Law School library because of their race.

Cole Martin writes in:

In response to the President of College Republicans informally inviting Ann Coulter to campus, columnist Jake Eberts argues that an openly racist speaker like Ann Coulter would contribute nothing to any relevant campus debate.

Columnist Soulet Ali contends that College Housing's recently revealed plans to offer one gender-neutral bathroom in 37 of the 38 houses on campus are well-intentioned but needlessly heavy-handed.

Columnist Dylan Stafford argues that we all must be more aware of the unintentionally discriminatory phrases we utter every day. "If we desire to change our culture, perhaps we should start with its most basic building block: words," he writes.

Alexia Bacigalupi writes in:

There was hardly a tutu in sight at the Joffrey Ballet’s premiere of Global Visionaries, which showcased the breadth of modern choreography.

Even the talented Maestro Muti couldn’t save a lackluster performance from soloist Radu Lupu at the CSO last Thursday.

Second-year Jennifer Wang and fourth-year MeeSoh Bossard discuss their book of illustrated poems on the romantic experiences of mixed-race women.

Cavell Means writes in:

Men’s Basketball: The Maroon bids farewell to fourth-year Blaine Crawford in the first installment of Senior Spotlights.