Fall Winter 08

The Core


The Ambassadors

They've Got Game

Meteoric Metcalfs


Editor's Note

Vox Populi

Secret History

It's A Small World

Remembering One of the Greats

Full Circle

Photo Finish

Ugandan Diaries

Go Ask Alumni

Location, Location, Location

For this special illustrated edition, we asked alumni to share reminiscences of their favorite or most memorable places at the University.

Photography by Dan Dry

“Every passing year, my memories of Chicago center more and more around UT. The first-floor theater in the Reynolds Club will forever bring back nervously passing the board to see who had been cast in upcoming shows; studying in those (then) uncomfortable chairs waiting for my scenes; and running past startled people waiting at Mandel Hall intermissions during a scene change. From La Mandragola in brutal medieval Italian my first year to the great director of The Glass Menagerie in my fourth, I’ll never forget the first-floor theater.”
GianCarlo Nardini, AB’91

“The place I most associate with my University of Chicago days, 1963 to 1968, is the Oriental Institute Library. I loved to study there because the ceiling, beams, and carvings were so gorgeous. I understand it houses archives now. That library was a sacred place.”
Mary Eastman, AB’68

“The Midway in the fall playing intramural football. For the only time in my life, I was a sports hero, catching the winning touchdown pass on the ground after I tripped crossing the goal line.”
Rob Kleps, SB’65

“The front porch of Alpha Delta Phi on a warm spring day, with friends coming and going between classes, the sun shining on your face as you flipped on your shades, lit a cigarette, and gazed out over the quads, laughing with your friends until it was time for you to go, knowing that there would always be someone there to talk to when you returned. The porch was truly ‘where everybody knows your name, and they’re always glad you came.’ It was what college was all about.”
Joseph E. Strauss, AB’91

“While I was an undergraduate I had part-time jobs at the Oriental Institute, which became my favorite place on campus. One day, while working in the basement with Linda Braidwood [AM’46], sorting hundreds of small clay objects excavated in Iraq (we didn’t know what they were then, but they later turned out to be the precursors of written numbers), I saw a perfectly preserved thumbprint on the flank of a 1.5-inch object shaped like a four-legged animal. The objects were about 6,000 years old. It was a powerful moment of connection with the anonymous ancient maker that I will never forget.”
Margaret Hart Edwards, Esq., AB’72

“Dr. Rachel Fulton’s office, up in the tower of Harper, defined my fourth year. It’s an amazing space, looking down on the Midway, filled with books and full of personality—a great place to discuss anything and everything. The conversations I had there with Dr. Fulton and my fellow Class of ’05 medievalists were some of the best of my college career, and it is thanks to our Friday afternoons that the process of writing my BA was as much fun as it was.” Emily Hanson, AB’05

“The strongest association for me was the Regenstein Library—first of all, it was completed as I was an undergraduate, and I helped move the books! But then it became a home away from home, as there were lots of very comfortable seats to study or even sleep in; one could go into the stacks and study isolated from humanity while surrounded by dusty volumes of books with tantalizing titles; one could avoid studying by reading the magazines such as Punch, or go into the stacks for back issues; one could read and have a handy dictionary; one could go down and stuff one’s face with vending-machine food—not healthy, but it kept one alive—one could meet friends there and have short discussions—the library was roomy enough to find a spot which wouldn’t bother anyone—and, when I became a graduate student, I got my own locker, and it became even more a home away from home. Not only inside the library, but also surrounding it: in good weather, a nice lawn to sprawl out on to study, discuss, or sleep. A few steps away was the gym, where one could swim at noon to stop one’s physical constitution from dissolving into putty across the street from the gym was a relaxed student cafe with healthy food when one got sick of machine food, and the library was a short walk from classes… and oh yes, it also functioned as a great library, with a huge collection.”
David Reid, AB’71, MAT’73