Having spent years at the University of Chicago, I can confirm this University of Rochester student’s observation. Chicago’s lack of serious sports teams means a lack of school spirit, which means, well, dudsville.

Pretty much the only thing Ada Yonath, Subrahmanyan Chandrasekhar, Gary Becker, Saul Bellow, and eighty or so other Chicago faculty and alumni have been able to rouse themselves to do over the last few decades is win Nobel prizes.

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4 Responses to ““Two hundred and fifty miles to the west [of the University of Michigan] lies the University of Chicago. It is well known for its lethargic spirit…””

  1. Brian Ogilvie Says:

    Well, to be fair, we also rouse ourselves to win national and international fellowships, publish interesting and important books, teach our subjects in universities across the world….

    Then there’s the Scavenger Hunt.

  2. Margaret Soltan Says:

    Brian: And the Latke-Hamantash Debate.

  3. tony grafton Says:

    And the late, lamented Lascivious Costume Ball.

  4. Margaret Soltan Says:

    tony: I was going to mention that. I feel privileged to have been able to attend.

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