The Uncomon Blog

 “Are you going through [formal] recruitment?”

This question flew over my head during O-Week of my first year. Why would I join Greek life when I have 100 housemates who have my back? The Housing system at UChicago functions as a central community in many students’ lives, and as a result, many people dismiss Greek life as frivolous and unnecessary.  At the end of my first year, however, I realized that I had shunned something that I really didn’t know too much about.  

In addition to having the classics that everyone knows and loves (Chipotle, Five Guys, Potbelly’s, Jimmy John’s, Dunkin Donuts), Hyde Park also has its own plethora of unique restaurants and eating establishments that can appease every student’s palate. My goal is to eat at every single one of them before I graduate. Here is a (non-exhaustive!) list of some of the gems Hyde Park has to offer, as well as my favorites from the restaurants I’ve already conquered. Happy eating!


Standing in the basement of the Logan Arts Center, I am brought back to the days of summer camp.  I remember fellow campers, activities, games, and popsicles – mostly popsicles. For my friends and me, summer camp was a formative time, learning about arts, sports, and friendship, and more.  Amelia Dmowska (Class of 2016) and Bess Cohen (Class of 2016) felt similarly.  In October of last year, they both wondered about continuing their arts education work into the summertime.  Months of planning and fundraising later, StoryArts launched its camp from June 22 to July 3, 2015. 

Grotesque, stone ornament, hunky-punk. A gargoyle by any other name is still just as quintessential to UChicago architecture. If you were adorning the top of one of our buildings, which gargoyle would you be?

Take the quiz to find out!

I, just like many of my peers in the College, was struck by a familiar panic this year, right around mid-April: the panic of asking yourself “what am I going to do this summer?” And this year, just as I did last year, I turned once again to the University’s Jeff Metcalf internship program.

Since college started, the freedom of summer has been terrifying. 

I think back to the serenity of my kid-summers – flip-turns at the city pool for swim team; cycling down to the creek to skip rocks with my older brother. For the 12-year-old Anthony, summer was nothing more than a lazy set of sunny days. The world expected little of me; frankly, I expected little of me.

There was something new about the University of Chicago Scavenger Hunt this year. Slipping between the classical Scav powerhouse teams like Snell-Hitchcock and Brostomp FM were three women from the University’s Women Athletic Association, none of whom had ever participated in the Scavenger Hunt before. They weren’t really in it to win, they were just out to participate in as many things as they could before graduating.

Hello, dear Uncommon Blog enthusiasts,

At the beginning of last winter quarter, I joined the Board of EnvisionDo, an RSO (= registered student organization) that provides a platform for students to explore creativity and innovation in business. Past EnvisionDo events include a gastro-conference, Reddit co-founder speaker event, and a Groupon site visit.

How’s it going friends and well-wishers? We’re getting back into the swing of spring  (quarter) here at the College, so we thought we’d put together a little blog post about what various members of the student body did over their spring break. Me, personally? I caught at 6 AM flight from O’Hare back to the luxuriously carpeted Portland International Airport during finals week, then proceeded to binge on Criterions movies with Hulu plus: The Thief of Bagdad, Three Colors: Blue, The Rules of the Game, the list goes on.

Today, we visit Woodward House and Rickert House in Max Palevsky. Wendy and Tunisia tell us what colors and defines their respective Houses!