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Newsletter for February 20

Newsletter for Feb. 20: Alum stole $2 million in cryptocurrency; Zimmer tells WSJ he’s probably too busy to see Bannon; Fac. senate meets today

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Good morning. It’s eighth week.
Bannon debacle gets Zimmer another WSJ feature: Zimmer said in an interview for a Wall Street Journal profile that most professors support free speech and are discussing counterprogramming and non-disruptive protests. Zimmer also said he will not attend the Bannon event: “We have many, many talks…. I'm really pretty busy.”

— Zimmer: “It’s been quite interesting to watch this because, as you can imagine, there are many people who are opposed to Steve Bannon and wish that he hadn't been invited… [but] the students have been remarkable.” (He cited a town hall they organized with Luigi Zingales, the professor who extended the invitation.)

**David Brooks, at an IOP event Monday, said he highly recommends the Bannon visit, explaining that he recently spent an afternoon with the former WH advisor: “He’s got a tremendous coherence to his worldview and it was kind of inspiring. I didn’t agree with it at all, but at least there’s a coherence and a conviction.”

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Student Government Assembly, the full undergrad and grad student SG body, convened Monday evening, addressing the upcoming Steve Bannon event and changes to University disciplinary policies on disruptive conduct. SG will accept student questions to be read at the Bannon event, selected by the debate moderators, who have yet to be announced.

— SG voted unanimously to approve a funding bylaws for the Emergency Fund, which will prioritize students applying for the first time and requesting less than $200. 

Clinton Foundation on campus: The University will be hosting the 11th annual Clinton Global Initiative University meeting on October 19–21. More than 1000 college students from across the world will gather for the event to work with influential people to develop plans to address pressing challenges facing the world.
The Council of the University Senate, the U of C’s faculty governing body, meets this afternoon for one of its six annual closed-door meetings.
Cryptocurrency theft: A 24-year-old alum accused of stealing $2 million in cryptocurrency from his employer has been charged in federal court in Chicago’s first crypto wire-fraud case.
Bannon teach-in: Activist organizations hosted a teach-in last Friday at the First Unitarian Church, titled “No Bannon: More Than Freedom of Speech,” where activists discussed how the Bannon invitation was representative of the University administration’s decisions that benefit itself at the expense of the surrounding communities. Philosophy professor Anton Ford accused Zingales of “creating a media spectacle at the center of which is him.”
The Obama Foundation will host a public meeting next Tuesday, the Hyde Park Herald reports, to discuss plans and zoning applications for the Obama Presidential Center.

In multimedia

Editor Grace Hauck writes in:
This week: First-year David Weisskopf talks free speech and classical liberalism on campus, Teddy Knox and David Whyman explain why Cook County’s soda tax failed, news recaps, upcoming events, and more.

Video: University of Chicago students participated in Sunday’s March for Gun Reform, three days after a mass shooting in Parkland, FL. 


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Special Collections at the Regenstein Library is displaying an exhibit until April 23 showcasing the University’s ties to the development of the atomic bomb. Included in the exhibit are declassified government files and letters, manuscripts, and artifacts from the scientists who worked in the University lab that investigated nuclear reactions during World War II.
Uber’s Pay Gap: A recent study by Uber, Stanford, and UChicago economists found that on average, male Uber drivers earn 7 percent more than female drivers. According to the researchers, the largest factor for this difference was driving speeds.

In Arts
Editor Alexia Bacigalupi writes in:
The band’s recent hit “Feel It Still” may have won a Grammy, but Portugal. The Man performs live with all the earnestness of an under-the-radar indie group.
This week around campus: UT’s Eurydice, the annual MODA Winter Fashion Show, cabaret at Logan Center and more.
The latest Renaissance Society Exhibit examines the often-elusive phenomena of our daily lives.
Artist Young Joon Kwak reimagines the body through a variety of mediums including sculpture, video, and performance.

Governor Bruce Rauner introduced a controversial budget proposal on February 14 which calls for changes in the pension system and state-worker health insurance in order to cut taxes. For more local politics news, check outthis week’s Citizen Bulletin.

In Sports:
Editor Audrey Mason writes in: 
Men’s and women’s tennis keep their undefeated records. Swimming and diving takes fourth place in the UAA championship. Men’s basketball captured two wins, and women’s basketball remains unstoppable with their sixth-straight UAA title.

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