Donors’ Children Allegedly Favored for Internship Funding; New Committee Explores Possible Semester System | Newsletter for March 18

More: Where Fifth Ward aldermanic candidates stand on the issues; Washington Park national bank will likely soon be knocked down

By Deepti Sailappan and Elaine Chen

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Good morning. It’s finals week.

Leaked emails show that a UChicago administrator in 2016 asked an employee to alert the children of donors and prominent employers that more internship funding had been found. At the time, other funding requests from students in need were allegedly being denied.

  • The administrator wrote in an email, “It’s important that these students have a good Career Advancement experience, so we can continue to build our relationship with the employers and donors associated with them.”
  • The source who leaked the emails said she decided to come forward in light of the national discussion on advantages for wealthy students in higher education.

A committee created by Dean Boyer is currently exploring the possibility of switching to a semester system. The switch would mark a drastic change for the University, which has been on the quarter system since 1892.

  • Boyer first mentioned a possible switch to a semester system to students last fall when asked how the University would deal with rapid growth.
  • The committee, composed of faculty, staff, and undergraduate and graduate students, will spend spring quarter reaching out to the deans of all divisions, as well as more students.

In the Fifth Ward, the runoff race between incumbent alderman Leslie Hairston and activist William Calloway is heating up. The Maroon talked to each candidate about where they stand on pressing issues in the ward.

  • Calloway recently faced his first major controversy: Dug-up Facebook posts from 2015 show him condemning the Supreme Court’s decision that legalized gay marriage. He’s now saying that “his thinking has evolved” since then.

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The historic Washington Park National Bank on East 63rd Street and South Cottage Grove Avenue could soon face demolition, Curbed Chicago reports.

  • The Cook County Land Bank Authority, governed by directors appointed by Cook County President and mayoral candidate Toni Preckwinkle, voted on Friday for a proposal that would require replacing the historic bank.
  • The new building might house a UChicago program, a source at the meeting on Friday said.

Mayoral candidates Toni Preckwinkle and Lori Lightfoot stopped by campus last week for a public safety forum hosted by the IOP, the Harris School, and the UChicago Crime Lab.

  • Both candidates stressed the need for more police training and rapid implementation of the Chicago Police Consent Decree, approved by a federal judge in January.

In Grey City

Editor Caroline Kubzansky writes in:

As students refine their final papers, Grey City looked back at the early history of the humanities and social science curricula to see how they've changed since their inception in 1931.

In Arts

Editor Perri Wilson writes in:

Despite wearing one of the original wigs, Mitchell made it clear to the audience that we were not just seeing another performance of Hedwig and the Angry Inch.

If it means saving millions of lives and keeping damage under control, secrecy is a necessary evil.

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