November 2, 2021


10:53 p.m.

President Paul Alivisatos Inaugurated; New Coffee Shop to Open in Campus North | Newsletter for November 3

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The University reported 39 news cases with 194 close contacts for the past week. As of Friday, the campus-wide positivity rate is 0.43 percent.

  • UChicago students and employees now have the option to get COVID-19 booster shots if they are 18 years or older and live or work in health care and school settings. 
  • The Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine has been pending for approval for children aged five to eleven by a United States Food and Drug Administration advisory committee.

New congressional districts proposed by Illinois Democrats would split Hyde Park into two districts. In addition, Democrats will receive a significant advantage over Republicans in Illinois’s congressional delegation as a result.

  • Under the proposed map, Illinois’s first congressional district would continue to cover most of Hyde Park, including the University, while the second congressional district would cover an area east of South Lake Park Avenue and south of East 53rd Street, as well as east of South Dorchester Avenue and north of East 53rd Street.
  • Illinois is one of only eight states where Democrats fully control the redistricting process. The new map could give Democrats control of as many as 14 of the state’s 17 seats.
  • The non-partisan Princeton Gerrymandering Project graded the proposal an ‘F’ overall, with grades of ‘F’ in partisan fairness, geographic features, and competitiveness respectively.

In coffee news, Fairgrounds Craft Coffee and Tea will open a storefront in Campus North in early 2022.

  • A Chicago-based coffee house known for its diverse selection of roasts, Fairgrounds prides itself on sourcing its coffee from a myriad of brands around the country. The Chicago locations also include espresso and matcha bars, craft drinks, all-day breakfast, lunch, and a kids’ food menu.
  • The space was previously occupied by a branch of Dollop Coffee Company, another Chicago-based chain, for four years. 

On October 15, the Black Panther Party Cubs (BPPC) announced the launch of an official application for city historic landmark status for the “Hampton House.” The Maywood property was civil rights activist and former Illinois Black Panther Party (BPP) Chair Fred Hampton’s childhood home.

  • The effort was part of the “Save the Hampton House” campaign, which was started by Fred Hampton Jr., son of Fred Hampton and the current chairman of BPPC. He said that the support from the South Side of Chicago was integral to the success of the BPP in Chicago.
  • Among supporters of the campaign are U.S. Representatives Bobby Rush (IL-1st) and Danny K. Davis (IL-7th), who wrote letters endorsing the efforts of the Save the Hampton House coalition.


In Grey City

Editor Laura Gersony writes in:

Grey City remembers civil rights leader Timuel D. Black, whose 102 years were spent on the front lines of justice in Chicago and beyond.


In Viewpoints

Editor Gage Gramlick writes in:

Columnist Jennifer Rivera argues that the University’s refusal to provide reasonable accommodations for sick students endangers the entire community.


In Arts

Editor Gabi Garcia writes in:

“In a sense, one does not encounter ‘Bad Art Friend’ so much as one is made rudely aware of its existence,” writes Arts reporter Wahid Al Mamun as he explores the various phenomena behind the virality of the controversial *New York Times* piece.


In Sports

Editor Finn Hartnett writes in:

Powered by third-year middle blocker Ellie Alden, women's volleyball is enjoying an impressive start to the 2021 season.

Sports reporter Dheeraj Devarajan examines what went right and what went wrong for the White Sox in the 2021 MLB season.

The University's longest-running debate club provides members a sense of community in and out of the discussion room.


In Podcast

Editor Isaac Krakowka writes in:

The podcast team discussed this past week of news involving events on campus, local politics, Halloween weekend, and the COVID-19 update.