Rockefeller Chapel Tour

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One thing that we forgot to add on “All the Places You’ll Go” blogpost was the Rockefeller Chapel Tour. If you haven’t gotten a chance to take a full look around campus, the Rockefeller Chapel is on the corner of Woodlawn and 59th with it’s sweeping stained glass and high ceilings. It’s literally impossible to miss it because the steeples are so high. The Chapel was completed in 1928 by John D Rockefeller as a non-denominational church, so any religions can practice there and it’s one of the largest musical instruments ever built. It also has the second largest carillon bell in the country; the largest carillon in the country is in New York. In my book, that puts the Rockefeller Chapel as a kind of historical/cultural/super cool monument on campus!

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Oh, The Places You’ll Go

Hello again MAPHers!

As you trickle into Chicago this month and next month, you should take the time to explore the city a bit. Life will get busy quickly once school starts, and if you don’t take the time to see the city now, while the weather’s fine and you have free time, it is distinctly possible that you will leave Chicago without ever having seen Chicago.

So check out a few of the things below so that you have some evidence of having lived here.
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Hello, My Name Is…..

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Welcome to MAPHtastic, a (hopefully) amazing and (probably) informative blog about all things (definitely) MAPH! We are your three program mentors, T, Brent and Annie, and we will be updating this blog throughout the year with information on upcoming events, advice on making the most of/surviving your MAPH year, fun things to do around Chicago and cool pictures of ourselves. We will also be posting on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, so follow us there too!

All three of us graduated from the program this past June, and we are excited to be working in the MAPH office this year as a resource for all of you. We are here to help you with questions about choosing courses, interacting with professors and finding the best spots to grab lunch in Hyde Park (spoiler alert-it’s Rajun Cajun). We’ll also be planning fun social events to help you all get to know each other. Having just completed the program, we have endless advice on how to navigate this intense but exciting year (seriously, you will have to work to shut us up). Please come by and say hello when you get to Chicago, we love it when new MAPHers stop by! We look forward to meeting you. We will be here through the summer in Classics 117, and you can email us at lacyt@uchicago.edu (T), brentfg@uchicago.edu (Brent) and aewilliams@uchicago.edu (Annie).

Here’s a bit about us!

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Convocation!

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Yes, graduation is several weeks and a thesis away, questions about Convocation weekend are starting to trickle in. So, here’s all the relevant information for that all-important weekend collected for your convenience.

June 3: Note that grades are due to the Registrar’s Office by Friday, June 3. This means that you need to have submitted your final papers in time for your professor to grade them by this date, or else arranged with your professor to take a Convocation grade. The latter is a stand-in grade (usually a B or B-) given to you so that you meet the required number of class grades for graduation. Your professor will change this grade in the summer after they’ve reviewed and assessed your final paper, and the updated grade will be the one that appears on your transcript.

Early June: This is a good time to pop over to the UChicago Bookstore and buy your cap and gown, which are required if you want to walk in the graduation ceremony. The cap/gown combination costs around $52. Keep your eyes peeled for an exciting MAPH competition in Spring Quarter with a first prize of one lovely second-hand cap and gown set.

June 10: The MAPH Friends and Family Reception will take place in Classics 110 from 3-5pm on Friday June 10th. This is a great chance to introduce your friends and family to your MAPH friends, the directors, the MAPH staff and, most importantly, your mentors.  Of course, all MAPHers are welcome to attend this especially-fancy final social hour-esque event without bringing any guests. Come and eat delicious food, drink champagne and meet adults that look vaguely familiar. We hope you can all attend!

June 11: Convocation(s). The University of Chicago holds multiple convocations on graduation day (which apparently many universities do, but was news to me last year).

The University-wide convocation starts at 9:15 am and is held on the main quad. This ceremony is for the whole university: tickets are not required. There will probably be a guest speaker and the opportunity to walk in a big crowd of people dressed identically to you.

MAPH will host a lunch for you and your friends and family in Bartlett Commons at 11:30 am (No tickets or RSVP needed). From the lunch, MAPH graduands will go directly to the Reynolds Club (the Humanities division graduation takes place in Mandel Hall) and wait in line while everyone gets thoroughly alphabetized. The Maph staff will shortly thereafter direct your guests over to Mandel Hall to take their seats.

Convocation will begin at 1:45 in Mandel Hall, and the ceremony usually lasts about an hour. Once again, no tickets are needed for guests to attend the ceremony. Afterwards, we hope you’ll join us for the post-ceremony toast (with champagne!) on Bartlett Quadrangle starting at around 3pm.

After that, we hope you’ll all celebrate your fantastic achievements!

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Always feel free to email us with questions. We’ll also be putting out more posts about transportation, things to do, recommended places to take your family to dinner, etc., but here at least are the date and an outline of what the weekend looks like. For questions about graduation requirements and deadlines (for instance, questions about restrictions or incompletes), consult Maren and/or your preceptor.

The university’s official website for Convocation can be found here and, for the Humanities Division in particular, here.

 

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Campus Days 2016: What to Do if You Get Here Early!

Here at MAPHCentral, we are gearing up for Campus Days 2016 and are excited to meet everyone this weekend! You can find an outline of the schedule for Campus Days here and a more detailed schedule here.  

If you get to Chicago before Campus Days or have some time here afterwards, or if you are a current student hosting someone and want to point out things to do and see, below are some suggested spots and activities!

Within Hyde Park

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Promontory Point

Although this weekend your focus will likely be on the University, Hyde Park as a whole has a lot to offer. To enjoy some time outside, we strongly recommend Promontory Point, the east end of 55th Street. Promontory Point provides one of the most beautiful views of the Chicago skyline and of Lake Michigan. If the weather is warm, we also recommend taking a stroll on the Lakeshore Path.

Hyde Park also has several bookstores worth browsing. We have the Seminary Co-op (which is also next to one of our favorite coffee shops, Plein Air Cafe), and its sister store, 57th Street Books. On 55th is an excellent selection of used books at Powell’s. (Also, there are often a couple of boxes of free books, of mixed quality, on the sidewalk outside Powell’s. Who doesn’t love free books?)

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Campus Days 2016: Transportation!

Hello, Prospective Students!
We’re excited to meet you all for Campus Days. But first, here is some advice for getting to Hyde Park and even exploring other parts of Chicago, if you have time. Below are our recommendations for transportation. Feel free to email us (ma-humanities@uchicago.edu) if you have any questions!

From the Airport:
O’Hare: The Blue Line runs straight from Chicago O’Hare to the Loop, where you can hop on ctathe 6 or 2 bus down to Hyde Park.

Midway: The 55 bus goes straight from Midway Airport to Hyde Park. The 55th & Ellis stop is essentially on campus, but if you’re staying a little farther east, ask your host (or Google) which stop you should disembark at. You can also jump on the Orange Line from Midway, which will take you to the Loop, where you can grab a train to another neighborhood if you are staying or exploring outside of Hyde Park.

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