University Cuts Funding for Competitive Prize Lectureships by More than Half | Newsletter for May 5

The May 5th, 2022, edition of The Maroon newsletter.

By Yiwen Lu

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Dear reader,

Happy Week 6! It’s May, and here are some highlights on The Maroon’s labor reporting. In this newsletter, we cover the May Day rally held by campus labor unions, funding cuts for graduate students teaching quarter-long classes, and a tentative agreement between unionized University employees and the University.

Read our May 5, 2022, issue here.


In commemoration of International Workers’ Day, the University of Chicago Labor Council rallied in Nichols Park. Organizers from and members of several unions with bargaining units at the University of Chicago—including National Nurses United, Graduate Students United, and Faculty Forward—attended the event alongside community activists.

The University announced changes in funding to competitive prize lectureships, with which graduate students can be paid to teach a class in addition to their graduate stipend. This spring, pay for the lectureship was cut to $2,000 instead of the $5,000 awarded in previous years.

The University of Chicago and representatives from the Teamsters Local 743, a labor union that represents around 3,000 workers across the University and UChicago Medicine, reached a tentative agreement on their new labor contract. Once ratified, the contract will increase the lowest pay grade of union members. Additionally the union secured six weeks of paid parental leave for employees for the first time.

Student-run film society Doc Films and philosophy lecture series Night Owls cohosted a free screening of Iranian director Asghar Farhadi’s award-winning 2021 film A Hero. After the screening and a brief reception, philosophy professors Agnes Callard and James Conant led a joint discussion on the ethics that drive the film’s plot.


Arts reporters Jerry Shi and Sofia Hrycyszyn's review of Dua Lipa's March performance at the United Center is filled with Future Nostalgia.

Arts reporter Sophie Pope McCright writes about the hard work, collaboration, and trust required of a cappella RSOs, such as The Ransom Notes and Voices in Your Head, over the past year as they prepared for and performed in the annual International Championship of Collegiate A Cappella (ICCA).


Contributors Nancy Spiegel, Anne Knafl, and Caine Jordan investigate the quiet removal of the Stephen A. Douglas relics from campus and ponder what it means for community dialogue regarding the University’s ties to slavery.


Midterms season got you feeling like the walking dead? Take a brain break and join sports reporter Rachel Liu as she recaps her time following this year’s Humans vs. Zombies!


Latin alert! Did you know that AGENDA means "things to be done" in Latin, from agere "to do"? You might also know Amanda ("one to be loved", from amāre "to love") or Miranda ("one to be marveled at", from mīrāre "to marvel"). Learn that and more by solving our crossword!

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