October 5, 2021


8:21 p.m.

College Council Chair Resigns Over Summer; Research Group Develops Facial Recognition Avoidance Software | Newsletter for October 5

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College Council Chair Murphy DePompei resigned from the undergraduate student government (USG)’s executive slate in late July, just two months after taking office.

  • DePompei will be replaced by fourth-year Marla Anderson, who has not been involved with USG previously.
  • In a statement, DePompei wrote that she resigned “for personal mental health reasons stemming from different and irreconcilable visions of leadership to continue effectively as a Slate.” 

A UChicago research group developed an open-source software program called “Fawkes” to avoid facial recognition technology.

  • By changing some of your features to resemble another person’s, the Fawkes “mask” prevents facial recognition software from training their models.
  • Skeptics of the project said that the algorithm does not account for unaltered images people have already posted on the internet and that softwares developed later can be trained to target such algorithms.


In Arts

Editor Gabi Garcia writes in:

The music of the ’80s serves as a “starting point” for Sob Rock, John Mayer’s latest album.


In Sports

Editor Finn Hartnett writes in:

The Chicago Maroons continued their blistering start to the football season on Saturday, beating Knox College 45–10 to remain undefeated.

The men’s and women’s cross country teams have excelled in recent years, and each has enjoyed a strong first half of the new season.


In Viewpoints

Editor Kelly Hui writes in:

Social work students implore the Crown Family School of Social Work, Policy, and Practice to implement remote and hybrid learning options in line with its social work values