Thursday, March 31, 2011

Weekly Schedule - April 1 - 7

Friday, April 1

CCIA: Atlas Entertainment Internship Overview
Presented by: Career Advising and Planning Services
1:00 – 2:00 PM
Library of the Ida Noyes Hall,
1212 East 59th Street

Jazz Night
6:00 – 9:00 PM
Lounge Quadrangle Club,
1155 E. 57th Street

Native Touch II: Afro Flair
Presented by: African and Caribbean Student Association (ACSA)
Dinner at 6:30 PM
Show at 7:30 PM
Cloister Club of the Ida Noyes Hall, 1212 East 59th Street
$10.00 tickets

Saturday, April 2

American Indian Urban Families and Communities
Presented by the School of Social Service Administration
9:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Lobby of School of Social Service Administration, 969 E. 60th Street

The Newberry Seminar in Borderlands and Latino Studies
Presented by: Northwestern University's Program in Latina and Latino Studies, the Institute for Latino Studies at the University of Notre Dame, the Center for Latino Research at DePaul University, and the Katz Center for Mexican Studies at the University of Chicago
9:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Newberry Library, 60 West Walton Street,

5:00 AM – 11:00 PM
Mandel Hall,
1131 East 57th Street

Monday, April 4

OMSA Graduate Scholar of Color Network
Presented by: Office of Multicultural Student Affairs (OMSA))
2:00 – 3:00 PM
5710 South Woodlawn Avenue

Mandatory Annual Allocations Information Sessions
Presented by: Office of the Reynolds Club & Student Activities (ORCSA)
6:00 – 7:00 PM
Room 14  of Harper Memorial Library,
1116 E. 59th Street

Living Juarez
Presented by: Human Rights Program
6:30 – 8:00 PM
Room 130  of Harper Memorial Library,
1116 E. 59th Street

US Intervention in Libya an African Perspective: Teach-In
Presented by: Center for the Study of Race Politics and Cultures
6:30 PM – 8:30 PM
5733 S. University Avenue

Black Youth Project Guest Post

The Black Youth Project was a national research project launched in 2003 that examined the attitudes, resources, and culture of African American youth ages 15 to 25, exploring how these factors and others influence their decision-making, norms, and behavior in critical domains such as sex, health, and politics. Understanding the need to make this data available to a wider constituency beyond the academy Professor Cathy Cohen, the Black Youth Project’s principle investigator, decided to create an online hub for Black youth where scholars, educators, community activist, youth allies, and youth could access the study’s research summaries as well as have access to a plethora of resources concerning the empowerment and development of black youth.

The Black Youth Project’s Blog: These blogs represent the voices and attitudes of young African Americans who are in their late teens and twenties. The content of these blogs consist of conversations about popular culture, current news about politics, testimonials and narratives about growing up being black, gay, straight, man, woman, transgendered, working class, middle class, and differently abled in the US.

Click here for a blog entry by Jonathan Lykes, one of the 5710 Student Intern who studied abroad in Cape Town, South Africa in Winter 2010.

Wednesday, March 16, 2011


Emerging Minds Project
February 2011
The purpose of the Emerging Minds Project (EMP) is to create an intellectually open and dynamic environment for students to learn about and discuss social justice issues of today. Each month, a group of 11 students come together at 5710 to dialogue with an experienced facilitator who works in the field.

This blog is an outlet for each of our members' voices. While this is a collection of their personal thoughts, we hope to display a glimpse of the multifaceted ways that each topic impacts the individual members of the EMP cohort.

*The views and opinions expressed in these blog entries are that of each individual author and do not necessarily reflect a collective opinion of the EMP cohort or that of the Office of Multicultural Student Affairs.

By: Grace Evans

Education is a popular word these days, pronounced so often I think we’ve nearly forgotten what it means. At the very least, we have ignored the fact that some parts of this word might need defining. Allow me to attempt this task.

Some will argue that for decades, the purpose of the American educational system served to produce effective workers, cogs in the wheel of capitalism. An element of this is still true: we educate children so that they will one day become the engineers, politicians, architects and business owners we need to keep our economy growing. Aside from building workers capable of generating economic surplus, education also reduces social expenditures as children grow: educated people are less likely to go to prison, draw welfare or unemployment payments, or qualify for food stamps. Educating our children, then, saves us money and maintains our economic stability.

Note: I do not think that framing children as economic inputs captures the full scope of the issue. We also educate people to maintain our democracy, whose equity and effectiveness rely on an educated, informed, politically engaged populous. But the economic frame is a pragmatic one, which appeals to powerful people, so I’m trying to get accustomed to using it.

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Interfaith Vigil and Act of Remembrance for Japan - Today, March 15

Our hearts and thoughts go out to the people of Japan this week. Please join us at the Interfaith Vigil and Act of Remembrance for Japan on Tuesday, March 15, 2011 at 5 PM at Rockefeller Chapel, 1156 East 59th Street.

It will be an opportunity to gather as a campus community to remember those who have died and to share our concern for those who are suffering in the aftermath of the earthquake and tsunami in Japan.

If you have a reading, poem, or reflection you would like to share at the event, please contact Laura Hollinger at during the day today (Tuesday).

For additional news please see the Office of Campus and Student Life's Japan Earthquake Response update (PDF).

Monday, March 14, 2011

Spring Break Hours

OMSA wishes you good luck with your Winter Quarter finals and a wonderful Spring Break! For those of you who will be sticking around Hyde Park, enjoying Chicago without all the work, here's some information on the Spring Break hours at campus dining halls, student centers, libraries and gyms!

Looking for dining hours? Look here!

5710 S. Woodlawn Ave

M-F: 9am - 5pm

Reynold's Club, 5706 S. University Ave
M-F: 7am - 5pm


Ratner Athletics Center, 5530 S. Ellis Ave

M-F: 6am-9am // 11:30am-2pm // 6pm-9pm
Sat&Sun: 8am -noon // 3pm -6pm

Henry Crown Field House, 5550 S. University Ave
M-F: 7am - 7pm
Sat & Sun: 10am - 6pm

Happy Spring Break!

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Weekly Schedule - March 10 - 17

Friday, March 11

PAECE Performance
Presented by: Performing Arts for Effective Civic Education
7:00 – 9:00 PM
5710 South Woodlawn Avenue

"Expect the Great" feat. MaJ'N
Presented by: Soul Umoja
7:00 PM
3rd Floor Theater of Ida Noyes Hall, 1212 E 59th Street

Cocktails and Clay
Presented by Hyde Park Art Center
8:00 PM – 12:00 AM
5020 S. Cornell Avenue

Sunday, March 13

Career Peer Advisor (CPA) Walk-In Hours
Presented by: Career Advising & Planning Services
8:00 – 10:00 PM
Ex Libris Café in the Regenstein Library,
1100 East 57th Street

Study at the OI - UC Student Event
Presented by: Oriental Institute
6:30 PM – 12:00 AM
Oriental Institute,
1155 E. 58th Street

Midnight Breakfast
Presented by: Office of the Reynolds Club & Student Activities (ORCSA)
11:55 PM – 12:55 AM
Hutchinson Commons in Reynolds Club,
1131 East 57th Street

Monday, March 14

Nosh at Night - Student Study Break Sponsored by the IT Services Solution Center
Presented by: IT Services Solution Center
9:30 PM
Commons, Harper Memorial Library,
1116 E. 59th Street

Wednesday, March 16

Spring into the Solution Center to See What's Blooming
Presented by: IT Services Solution Center
1:30 – 3:30 PM
Third Floor of the Bookstore, 970
East 58th Street

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Happy International Women's Day!

OMSA and the University of Chicago community is observing International Women's Day today, March 8th. International Women's Day has been observed since the early 1900s and was started in the midst of a growing women's suffrage movement and growing global inequality. The United Nations adopts a theme for the day every year and this year the theme is Equal access to education, training and science and technology: Pathway to decent work for women. United Nations Secretary-General, Ban Ki-Moon released a statement praising the accomplishments of women all over the world and noting the progress made towards gender equality. However he noted that much work is still left to be done by stating the following:

Although the gender gap in education is closing, there are wide differences within and across countries, and far too many girls are still denied schooling, leave prematurely or complete school with few skills and fewer opportunities. Women and girls also continue to endure unacceptable discrimination and violence, often at the hand of intimate partners or relatives. In the home and at school, in the workplace and in the community, being female too often means being vulnerable. And in many conflict zones, sexual violence is deliberately and systematically used to intimidate women and whole communities.

There is clearly much progress needed in pursuit of gender equality throughout the world and International Women's Day is meant to raise awareness for the many issues that impact women around the world.

OMSA is celebrating Women's Heritage Month throughout March. Come to 5710 and take a look at our bulletin board honoring various authors including: Simone de Beauvoir, Maxine Hong Kingston, bell hooks, Nawal El Saadawi, Louise Erdrich, Rita Mae Brown, Julia Serano, and Alisa Valdes-Rodriguez.

Monday, March 7, 2011

5710 SAY Cheese Study Break, Top Cheesiest Things at Uchicago

Wednesay, March 9, 2011, 5710 will be hosting an all cheese study break, featuring some of the most delectable dairy treats you can get your hands on all in one place. In preparation for the event, it's probably best to get you in a "cheesy" mood. Fortunately, as a student at Uchicago you're in the midst of the most laudable "cheesy-ness" for miles around. We bring you the Top Chessiest things at Uchicago. (In no particular order of significance.)

1) The House System - Let's face it, for all the community it brings to mostly first and second years, it's pretty cheesy. Upon entering the school you're inundated with a House name whose origins you don't particularly know, tons of puns and (sometimes) witty jokes meant to have you appreciate your experience here at Uchicago. You sit at a table specifically desginated for your house in Hogwarts-esque fashion, and from then on you have to face the assault of study breaks, house competitions, intermural sports, and house chants. Oh, and did I forget the decorations ligning the walls of your house? Yep. Decorations. And for what? All to foster a wonderful sense of comraderie that you leave behind to move into an apartment your 3rd and 4th year. It's definitely fun, but cheesy nonetheless.

2) UChicago Acronyms - Seriously? What is with Uchicago's irrational fear about pronouncing the name of any university affiliation in it's entiretly? ORCSA, CAPS, OMSA, CPO, COUP, RSO, O-everything, SG...From RSOs to adminstrative offices Uchicago is permeated with acronyms. Why? Because they're CUTE, of course, and affectionately cheesy. So much so that when any new University entitiy comes to pass, one must undoubtedly figure out how a sweet and catchy acronym might be used to describe it. But, honestly, we wouldn't have it any other way.

3)The Students - Don't deny it. From the hipsters sporting oversized sweaters and "nerd" glasses, the fashionnistas and nistos who seem to be straight from a Banana Republic catalouge, to the "That Kids," who hold a seemingly impractical level of knowledge from the entire canon of philosophy, and the incomprehensible jocks and frat boys who wear basketball shorts and flip-flops no matter what the temperature--we Uchicago students are cheesy in our own ways. And what's worse, we're aware of it.

As a student at Uchicago, you get your fair share of cheesiness. Might as well enjoy the edible kind.

5710 Say Cheese Study Break
Wednesday March 9, 2011
5710 S. Woodlawn
6:00pm - 8:00pm

Can't wait to see you. Let's join together in good ol' fashioned cheesy harmony. Pun most certainly intended.

-Aaron Talley, Class of 2013
5710 Student Intern

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Weekly Schedule - Friday, March 4 through Thursday, March 10

Friday, March 4

Le Vorris & Vox Circus Winter Show
7:00 – 8:30 AM
Rockefeller Chapel,5850 South Woodlawn Avenue

Rod McCullom, "From the Quads to the Newsroom: Navigating Race, Sexuality and a Career in Multimedia"
Presented by: Center for Gender Studies and Center for the Study of Race, Politics, and Culture
12:00 – 1:30 PM
Lower Level Conference Room, Centers for Gender/Race Studies, 5733 South University Avenue.

The Eighth South Asia Graduate Student Conference
Presented by: Committee on Southern Asian Studies
All day

Saturday, March 5

University Symphony Orchestra featuring Elena Urioste, violin
Presented by the Music Department
8:00 – 9:30 PM
Reynolds Club, 5706 S. University Avenue

Sunday, March 6

Mardi Gras
6:00 – 8:00 PM
Calvert House, 5735 S. University Avenue

Career Peer Advisor (CPA) Walk-In Hours
Presented by: Career Advising & Planning Services
8:00 – 10:00 PM
Ex Libris Cafe in the Regenstein Library, 1100 East 57th Street

Monday, March 7

Finding a Summer Opportunity over Spring Break
Presented by: Career Advising & Planning Services
4:00 – 5:30 PM West Lounge, Ida Noyes Hall,1212 East 59th Street

Wednesday, March 9

Caribbean Studies Workshop: Alex Rocklin
Presented by: Center for Latin American Studies
4:30 – 5:30 PM Room 114, Kelly Hall, 5848 South University Avenue

Chicago Careers in Business (CCIB) Info Session
Presented by: Career Advising & Planning Services
5:00 – 6:00 PM
Third floor theatre, Ida Noyes Hall,1212 East 59th Street

5710 Cheesy Study Break
6:00 – 8:00 PM
5710 South Woodlawn Avenue

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

5710 Student Intern Spotlight - Katherine Quintero

5710 presents student intern and staff spotlights in order to better connect you with the hardworking individuals here at 5710! In these short interviews, we ask them about their background, motivations, and experiences here in Chicago and beyond. In learning about staff here at 5710, we hope to foster deeper connections between the individuals who are a part of the 5710.

Katherine Quintero, a 2nd year in the college, is the newest student intern to be a part of the 5710 community. An international studies major, she was originally from Medellin, Colombia before moving to Miami, Florida at the age of seven. She hopes to ultimately pursue a career that entails a ton of traveling and that forms meaningful connections with people all over the world.


Tell us a little bit about your background. Where are you from? What do you consider some of positives and negatives about those places?

I was born in a small town in Colombia called Agua Chica and was raised in the beautiful city of Medellin. When I was 7 my family decided to move to the United States so that we could find a better life. This was definitely one of the major changing points in my life and it was a bittersweet experience. I had to leave my family, my tongue, and country behind but at the same time I was being exposed to a whole new realm of opportunities. Life as an immigrant can be challenging to the point of being grueling, but it also has the potential to open your eyes to the diversity of our world and to the different struggles that people have to face. It has given me a very unique perspective that I know makes me who I am today.