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New USG President; University Reports Record COVID Cases | Newsletter for January 12

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Allen Abbott became the president of the Undergraduate Student Government (USG) for the remainder of the 2021–22 term on Tuesday, replacing Parul Kumar, who vacated the post on December 18. 

  • Abbott, a fourth-year majoring in East Asian languages and civilizations and Law, Letters, and Society alongside a joint master’s degree in international relations, was previously the USG executive vice president of internal affairs.
  • Executive Vice President of External Affairs Natalie Wang, who was first in line to replace Kumar according to USG’s new succession procedure, declined the offer. Wang is the only remaining member of the original Thrive slate.

The University of Chicago is among 16 major universities being sued for antitrust violations regarding the way they determine financial aid amounts, allegedly resulting in a higher net cost of attendance for students across the country.

  • According to a lawsuit filed in Illinois federal court on Sunday, January 9, the defendants—all private, national institutions—participated in a price-fixing cartel in which they used a shared formula to calculate a student’s ability to pay.
  • The lawsuit alleges that the schools have overcharged more than 170,000 financial aid recipients by hundreds of millions of dollars, violating Section 1 of the Sherman Act. UChicago allegedly participated in the cartel from 2003 to 2014.

Before the start of winter quarter, the University reported 481 new cases of COVID-19 from December 31, 2021 to January 6, 2022. This number is the highest since the University began sending weekly COVID-19 updates in October 2020.

  • The positivity rate among surveillance tests, which includes on-campus symptomatic testing, is 9.45 percent this week, up from the 0.52 percent reported for the period between December 2 and December 8, just before the end of fall quarter.
  • All students living in University residence halls are required to participate in a mandatory surveillance testing program following their return to campus until further notice.
  • Eligible students are required to provide proof of receiving a booster shot by January 24, while eligible employees should do so by January 31.


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