October 26, 2001

News in Brief

Humanities Open House will be Sat.

The University will be holding its 22nd Annual Humanities Open House tomorrow, Saturday October 27 from 9:30 in the morning until 4:00 in the afternoon. The event is designed to display the humanities professors and their various fields of expertise in addition to educating people on a variety of social, literary and aesthetic subjects. It is open and free to University students, faculty, staff and the general public

The open house will focus on a wide array of topics including Shakespeare, women in literature and history, and the ancients in action. It will consist of three sessions, the first at 9:30 a.m., followed by one at 1:30 p.m. and the last at 3:00 p.m..

The event will also feature a keynote address by University president Don Michael Randel entitled "Music and Poetry" at 11:00 a.m., with a lunch break from noon until the second session begins. Afterwards, there will be a roundtable discussion reflecting on the recent terrorist attacks that will include professors from various humanities and foreign studies departments.

For the first time, the program will be conducting much of its registration online. Participants can register either by going to or by registering at the door. In total, between 1,000 and 1,500 people are expected to attend.

The open house is sponsored by the John Nuveen Company, the College of the University of Chicago with grants from the Illinois Humanities Council, the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Illinois General Assembly. It will also be making use of multiple campus locations including the Smart Museum and the Oriental Institute.

—Josh Vizer

Parents Weekend begins today

University parents will have the chance to attend model classes, lectures, performances, and facilities tours as part of Parents' Weekend on October 27 and 28. Registration is being held today from 12 to 5 p.m. in Ida Noyes Hall.

"We have a little over 1,000 adults and 200 or so people under 18," said Sara Wolfson, who is working at registration.

Financial aid open appointments and a Career and Placement Services (CAPS) open house will be offered this weekend, and Rockefeller Chapel, the Smart Museum of Art, and general campus tours are open to parents as well.

On Saturday, the College is sponsoring a series of model classes, lectures, and performances. There will be a keynote address in Mandel Hall by President Randel and Resident Master receptions.

Dean of the College John W. Boyer will host a brunch for parents at 9 a.m. Sunday. Some of Saturday's events will then be repeated, including the Rockefeller Chapel and Smart Museum tours and CAPS open house. Additionally, there will be a tour of the Oriental Institute and film screening offered at 1:30 p.m. More information can be found online at http://parentsweekend.

—Persis Elavia

SG to hand out cookies Monday on quad to solicite student opinions

Student Government (SG) will be handing out cookies Monday from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. on the main quadrangle in "Cookies on the Quads," their latest effort to gather student opinion.

"The reason we're doing it is so we can really reach out to the broad student population so students can come talk to us about concerns," said SG President Ben Aderson. "It's really about making this group a lot less cliquey." The rain date for the event is Tuesday.

—Jennifer Bussell