three new directors; Major in New Media Arts and Design


Hello. It’s the ninth week. Ready for the final? More importantly, ready for spring break? ??

New York Times columnist David Brooks (AB ’83) has resigned from his paid position as President of the Weave Project at the Aspen Institute, a DC-based, nonprofit think tank, according to The temperatureSaturday’s announcement.

  • Brooks has been receiving a secondary salary from Project Weave, funded by Facebook and other donors, since 2018.
  • The temperature cited as a conflict of interest that Brooks did not disclose this position to its readers in its columns, some of which promoted Project Weave and its donors.
  • Brooks is a longtime friend of the university: he was elected to the board of trustees in 2012 and served on the advisory board of the Institute of Politics (IOP) from 2013 to 2018. Brooks spoke at the meeting from the first day of class through 2017 and at an IOP event in 2018. As an undergraduate, Brooks was a columnist and editor on Brownthe Viewpoints pages of.

A new major, Media Arts and Design (MAAD), offered by members of the College’s Media Arts, Data and Design Center, will launch this fall.

  • MAAD will offer students the opportunity to study new means of communication, such as virtual reality and video games. The major aims to prepare students for careers in the design and entertainment industries.
  • Previously, MAAD was only available as a 600 credit miner. Program administrators said the development of the major was a result of the popularity of the minor.
  • Unlike most other majors, the major will not have a standard introductory course. Up to three courses within the major could be counted against another major to ensure flexibility.

University of Chicago Board of Trustees elected Thomas Dunn (AB ’81, MBA ’86), Brett Hart (JD ’94) and Hilarie Koplow-McAdams (AM ’87) as new members. They began serving their five-year terms last spring.

  • Thomas Dunn, currently a member of the University of Chicago’s Urban Laboratories Advisory Board and the College’s Dean’s Parents and Family Council, is the founding partner and former CEO of institutional fund manager New Holland Capital.
  • Brett Hart, currently a board member of the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity, is the president of United Airlines.
  • Hilarie Koplow-McAdams, currently chair of the advisory board of the Harris School of Public Policy at UChicago and the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network, has been a venture capital partner of venture capital firm New Enterprise Associates (NEA) since 2017.

On Tuesday February 16, the Office of the Provost and the activist group #CareNotCops presented two different visions for the future of campus policing during simultaneous online events.

  • The Marshal’s Office used the event to explain current public safety initiatives and discuss potential service improvements.
  • #CareNotCops organized its forum in direct response to that of the provost, calling it a “real public safety forum” on social media. Speakers criticized UChicago for its concerns about racial bias and inappropriate mental health training within the University of Chicago Police Department (UCPD).

Fitch Ratings, a leading provider of credit ratings, commentary and research to global financial markets, awarded an “AA +” rating for a combined $ 575 million of the 2021 University of Chicago Fixed Income Bonds in a report released Feb. 18.

  • UCicago’s rating outlook remained “negative”, indicating that the school’s credit rating may be downgraded in the future. The rating was downgraded from “stable” in August.
  • Despite this, Fitch Ratings noted that UChicago has skillfully addressed the challenges of COVID-19. Fitch Ratings also praised the University of Chicago’s selectivity and reputation for academic excellence, factors seen as indicators of stable revenue growth.


In Arts

Editor Veronica Chang writes in:

Allison Peters Quinn, Director of Exhibitions and Residency at Hyde Park Art Center, sitting with Brown to discuss the center, artist-run spaces in Chicago, and how best to support artists during the COVID-19 pandemic.


In the gray city

Editor Avi Waldman writes in:

Despite the temporary closure of the physical dormitory, members of Snell-Hitchcock’s tight-knit house communities managed to maintain and revive centuries-old traditions.


In the points of view

Publisher Gage Gramlick writes in:

Columnist Clark Kovacs calls for a more consistent COVID policy from the administration of UCicago.

Columnist Noah Tesfaye argues that in order for UChicago to begin the process of giving power back to the people it stole, the university must first question how its success has come at the expense of black narratives and communities.


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