The Uncomon Blog

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.

Winter has descended upon Hyde Park and you know what? That’s okay.

Winter in Chicago is often bemoaned as a grim, terrible experience, consisting of bone-crunching cold, mountains of snow, and bleak and dreary days.

Well I’m here to tell you that it’s not as bad as it seems.

Yes Chicago is cold, yes there is snow, and yes, sometimes the sun goes away for awhile, but no, “grim” and “terrible” are not apt and never have been.

You see, a Chicago winter is as much a portrait of some crazy weather as it is an exercise in adaptation.

         For those of you who were recently admitted or planning to visit campus this winter (hint: you’re going to want to spend some time indoors), here are some of the many cafés on campus you might be interested in seeing. Cafés are a great place to study or meet friends, and as prospective students, they’re a great place to people watch and discover why UChicago is the school for you.

We are currently in Finals Week at UChicago so we wanted to give our current student bloggers a break this week to focus on their exams. Instead of puttingup a student post, we asked some of our admissions counselors who are recent graduates of the College to share their favorite Finals Week memories.

Colleen Belak

Territory: Southeast Asia, Australia, New Zealand, and parts of China
AB’12 / Majors: Political Science with a Minor in Human Rights / May House—Max Palevsky

November creeps around the corner, shortening the days and freezing the air. Midterms and papers pile up in the increasingly longer nights spent in the libraries, and before you know it, the last leaf on the last tree has fallen. But this gloom doesn’t last because the further the temperature drops, the closer we get to the holiday season! Thanksgiving stands out like a beacon of light at the end of November, and as it fast approaches, it gives out warmth and comfort to the entire campus.

University Theater (“UT”) is the largest theater group on campus, as well as the largest RSO on campus. They put on about 12 main stage productions each year and sponsor two shows directed by professionals from the Chicago theater scene.  Students can get involved in anything from directing to costume design. I interviewed Eloise Hyman, a second-year Jewish Studies major who is involved with UT as an actor on campus.

What makes University Theater different from theater you’ve done in high school?

Everyone at UChicago will find their own favorite way to get around campus, navigate Hyde Park, and explore the larger city. Walking, free shuttles and buses, and biking are the most popular. However, others drive, take scooters and skateboards, and one guy even uses a unicycle. As a fourth year, I have lived in Max, South, and my own apartment, so I’ve had different routes to take to get to class using different types of transportation. After all of this experience getting around, I’ve determined that the best mode of transit in Hyde Park from March-November is the bicycle.

Writing about the wonderful and captivating world of Model UN at UChicago is a difficult task—I hardly know where to start!