The Uncomon Blog

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!

This week we're highlighting the Renee Granville-Grossman Residential Commons, known to most students as “South.” We interviewed a student from Halperin House to get his perspective on the best parts of living there.

This week we spotlight on the Renee Granville Grossville Residential Commons, known to most students as “South.” Even though South is one of our largest dorms on campus, each House has its own unique culture, as you’ll see from the students interviewed.

The 38 College Houses, spread out over 11 dorms, are the building blocks of social life on campus.  Each week for the next month, we'll be asking students about what makes their House community tick.  This week: Maclean House, Palmer House, and May House!

The UChicago Model United Nations Team, organized under the RSO Recognized Student Organization (RSO) ChoMUN, has had incredible success in recent years, winning scads of Best Large Delegation awards at competitions held at the University of Pennsylvania, Columbia, and Harvard. On top of that, the RSO hosts the largest purely crisis-based committee in the competitive circuit, where committees represent everything from an organized crime ring in Las Vegas to the Court of the Boy-King Yadegard III of the Sassanian Empire in 632 CE.

In honor of Presidents’ Day, the Office of Undergraduate Admissions and the Special Collections Research Center invite you to explore which UChicago president you’re most like.

Take the quiz to find out!


For fans of Café Spotlight: Part One and anyone else who might have stumbled across this page, I cannot stress enough that cafés are an integral part of campus culture (I’ve now counted 20 cafés on campus alone, not counting the ones nearby in the rest of Hyde Park). I plan my day around cafés: meet a friend for brunch in the morning, class, afternoon coffee, class, and then I sit and work in Hallowed Grounds (featured below). Most cafés on campus take Maroon Dollars, which come with the required meal plan for all first years.