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The University of Chicago’s Independent Student Newspaper since 1892

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The University of Chicago’s Independent Student Newspaper since 1892

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Grey City is The Maroon’s features and investigative journalism section. We cover campus culture and local news in an in-depth, often long-form style, and we’re dedicated to all things serious and curious at the University of Chicago.

University Faculty Aren’t Neutral When It Comes to Political Donations

University Faculty Aren’t Neutral When It Comes to Political Donations

By Austin Steinhart / February 12, 2024
Despite being an imperfect measurement of both political donations and individual beliefs, analyzing which candidates and PACs UChicago faculty donated to over the past five election cycles serves as a meaningful indicator of the collective political leaning of the faculty and their engagement in elections.
President John F. Kennedy met with delegates from the American Indian Chicago Conference at the White House on August 15, 1962. The groundbreaking conference was held on the UChicago campus the year prior and resulted in the “Declaration of Indian Purpose.” (The John F. Kennedy Library).

“We’re real, we’re happening, now is the time”: UChicago’s Complicated Indigenous Past and Present

By Agathe Demarolle / February 8, 2024
Breaking away from classroom matters, Indigenous students are strengthening communal ties on campus

One Night at the 24/7 Hospital Panera Bread

By Aaryan Kumar / February 7, 2024
The best-kept secret for hungry UChicago night owls
A screen capture of the last 30 days of UCPD reported incidents taken on Feb 2, 2024.

The Maroon Launches UChicago Police Department Incident Reporter

By Michael Plunkett / February 5, 2024
The project strives to paint a more nuanced picture of incidents reported to UCPD and any patterns that may exist within the incident data.
The Midway Plaisance, where the long, straight roads share more in common with airport runways than neighborhood streets.

From Mudway Nuisance to Midway Plaisance

By Feifei Mei / January 25, 2024

Don’t get hit by a car flying down the road. Don’t jump into a puddle. Don’t stand still for too long lest a bird attacks. This is what goes on inside the mind of a Crossy Road chicken, and also...

The Museum Building at the Obama Presidential Center (Photo courtesy of the Obama Foundation)

The Obama Center: A Welcome Neighbor?

By Celeste Alcalay, Grey City Reporter / January 21, 2024

Barack Obama’s own words will be etched into the Obama Presidential Center’s 235-foot flagship museum’s facade. A portion of the chosen text, taken from his speech marking the 50th anniversary of...

The donation of a basket of oranges for SJP protesters on a table covered by the Palestinian flag. (Photos courtesy of Hui)

Dispatches from the First Week of SJP’s Occupation of the Quad

By Kelly Hui / November 28, 2023

Editor’s note: Kelly X. Hui attended the quad protests and documented them as a protester with Students for Justice in Palestine UChicago and as an organizer with #CareNotCops and UChicago United for...

The Great Displacement by Jake Bittle (Photo courtesy of Simon & Schuster)

“One Evening… It Disappeared”

By Sofia Castro / November 7, 2023

“The town had been there for a century and a half. Then one evening, in the summer of 2021, it disappeared.”In his first book, The Great Displacement, Jake Bittle, A.B. ’17, tells stories of disappearing...

Jay Berwanger’s 1935 Heisman Trophy.

Brains Over Brawn: How Football Found Its Place at UChicago

By Leo Vernor / September 19, 2023
Utter dominance, abolition, and the largest kazoo in the world: The story of the Chicago Maroons is a struggle between academic excellence and athletic prowess.
“The Masque of Youth” mural by Jessie Arms Botke. Courtesy of the University of Chicago.

The Masque of Youth

By Elena Eisenstadt / September 19, 2023

“The Masque of Youth” is a 1918 mural by Chicago artist Jessie Arms Botke, located in the third-floor theater of Ida Noyes Hall. It depicts a ritual performance—a “masque”—common in 17th-century...

A student hotspot, Ex Libris provides a large study space as well as some of the most inventive drinks on campus.

An Incidental Goodness: In Search of a Third Place at UChicago

By Josie Barboriak / September 19, 2023
UChicago’s coffee shops are vital centers of social life. How can the social theory of the third place illuminate the roles various coffee shops play in our communities?
Illustration of Dean Boyer in academic regalia

John W. Boyer, Dean of the College for 30 Years, in His Own and His Colleagues’ Words

By Zachary Leiter, Grey City Reporter / May 18, 2023

In January 2022, Dean of the College John W. Boyer announced his plans to transition to a new role at the end of the 2022–23 academic year. In his new role as senior advisor to University president Paul...

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