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New Ph.D. Program in Political Economy; Fac. Forward Reaches Agreement | Newsletter for October 13 – The Chicago Maroon

Good morning. It’s third week. Pro tip: try to sneak in some play before midterm season. 🍾

Read this week’s edition of The Maroon here.

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College Council elections concluded on Tuesday, with Miriam Sills elected as Class of 2023 representative and five members elected for the Class of 2025.

  • Sills fills the position vacated by Parv Golwelkar before the beginning of the 2021–22 academic year. In her campaign, she cited her membership on the Committee on Marginalized Student Affairs and her identity as a low-income college student as factors driving her candidacy.
  • The other candidates for the position were Simon Jordan (90 votes), who ran on a platform of honoring the life of his late classmate Max Lewis, and Daniel Gendy (25 votes). 
  • Of the 18 candidates on the ballot for the Class of 2025, Devin Johnson was the top vote-getter with 217 votes. Jordyn Flaherty (203 votes), Ariana Ukaonu (172 votes), Chelsea Wu (150 votes), and Kate Wehle (139 votes) will be the other Class of 2025 representatives. A total of 2100 votes were cast, including 17 abstentions and 171 write-ins.

A University update showed that there have been 17 new cases of COVID-19 in the last week, adding to the past two weeks’ total of 75 cases and bringing up the total autumn quarter cases to 92. 

  • Of on-campus students, 98 percent are fully vaccinated. 
  • Fully vaccinated students are no longer required to be tested every week. However, the University did open applications for a Voluntary Surveillance Program for the 2021–22 year, and those accepted into the program will be notified later this week. 
  • Students who experience symptoms of COVID-19 are still required to self-isolate and arrange for prompt testing, either by calling Student Wellness at (773) 834–9355 or the UChicago Medicine triage hotline at (773) 702–2800.

Student advocate groups UChicago Without Borders (UWB) and Phoenix Survivors Alliance (PSA) published a letter supporting the reinstatement of Zain Jamshaid, a former Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Cinema and Media Studies (CMS).

  • Jamshaid filed a Title IX case against a professor in his department in March 2020. CMS placed him on academic probation in May 2020, citing insufficient quality and progress on his dissertation. The department dismissed him in December 2020.
  • In response to being withdrawn from his program, Jamshaid filed a complaint with the Department of Education’s (E.D.) Office of Civil Rights (OCR) in late December 2020.
  • The letter demands the CMS Department reinstates Jamshaid as a Ph.D. candidate and provides him with a new committee chair. It also requests that the University not charge Jamshaid tuition for the quarters that he missed.

A new Ph.D. in Political Economy program will kick off next fall, as the application to the program started this year.

  • Program requirements include comprehensive exams in formal theory, econometrics, and one subfield of American politics; a second-year research paper; and a final research dissertation.
  • The program is facilitated by faculty from both the Department of Political Science and the Harris School of Public Policy while staying distinct from programs in either of the two divisions.
  • With 22 leading scholars in Political Economy, program director Dr. Scott Gehlbach emphasized the scope and concentration of the program, specifically aiming to prepare students for a career in academia at top institutions. 

After a six-month-long negotiation process for a new contract, the non-tenure-track faculty union at the University, Faculty Forward, reached a tentative agreement with the administration last month.

  • The agreement promises non-tenure-track faculty, including part-time and full-time lecturers, a 7.5 percent raise within the next three years. 
  • Previously, adjunct faculty at the Crown Family School of Social Work received 25 percent less each course compared to other University instructors.
  • The union has finished a ratification meeting with its members. After a final vote, the new contract will come into force upon ratification. 

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In Arts

Editor Gabi Garcia writes in:

Arts Reporters Kate Lu and Veronica Chang detail Lollapalooza’s return this past summer.

The Suicide Squad, the 2021 sequel to 2016’s Suicide Squad, sidesteps its predecessor to semi-reboot its franchise.

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In Sports

Editor Finn Hartnett writes in:

The University’s soccer teams packed both heroics and frustrations into their games against the University of Rochester this weekend.

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