2016 Uncommon Fund Projects

Congratulations to the 14 projects we've funded this year!

StoryArts Summer Camp

What: StoryArts Summer Camp will continue to connect the undergraduate experience with the surrounding community and foster civic collaboration, by providing the connection for UChicago students to design and lead the curricula for their summer camp.
Allocation: $3,000.00

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Gargoyle Consulting Workshop Series

What: A 7-week comprehensive workshop dedicated to helping graduate and PhD students pursuing careers in management and discipline specific consulting by inviting speakers and disseminating the relevant skills and methods necessary for success in the recruitment process.
Allocation: $2,000.00

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Uncommon Hacks

What: The University of Chicago’s first annual Hackathon (4/17 @CIE) with an uncommon, UChicago take on the traditional Hackathon experience of working collaboratively and vigorously to develop interesting, creative, and valuable software products.
Allocation: $3,602.40

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Clubsueto: Silent Disco in Mansueto

What: An after hours Silent Disco in the Manseueto Library, complete with DJ, dancing, and lights.
Allocation: $1,600.00

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Stop Telling Our Campus to Smile

What: A 2-3 day artist residency with Tatyana Fazlalizadeh, a famous street artist on public sexual harassment and creator of "Stop Telling Women to Smile" – a world renowned and highly covered art series. Complete with lectures, small workshops, and portrait series inspired by UChicago!
Allocation: $3,279.00

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Simultaneous Rocket Launch

What: During Spring Quarter, the project leaders of the Simultaneous Rocket Launch want to organize and host a number of open workshops where university and non-university members can come and build and launch their own little model rockets in a group rocket launch!
Allocation: $548.95

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Short Story Vending Machine

What: A compact vending machine that prints student written and inspired short stories, poems, and creative writing for free. Get your literary fix on the go!
Allocation: $623.60

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Monumental Women

What: Monumental Women is a project designed to honor the work, impact, and significant contributions of Dr. Georgiana Simpson and Marion Talbot, two influential women of the University of Chicago. When implemented, these busts will be the first monuments of women in the entire city of Chicago!
Allocation: $9,500.00

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Make Chicago Smile

What: Make Chicago Smile aims to encourage positivity and to create avenues for students to express joy and care for others through an array of random acts of kindness. They plan on uniting students who seek not only intellectual dialogue but also the ability to create something that has an impact on others on campus.
Allocation: $276.00

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Green Careers Panel

What: The Green Careers Panel will be an on-campus, panel event early in Spring Quarter with speakers from a diverse array of environmentally related jobs and backgrounds, including large NGOs, governmental organizations, small nonprofits, and green businesses.

Allocation: $572.00

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Third Annual Sexy Men of UChicago Calendar

What: The third year of the annual, infamous, "Sexy Men of UChicago" calendar! This year's calendar will portray sexy men in various locations and activities -- ranging from making art, playing sports, and studying-- in order to emphasize a different version of sexy: UChicago sexy.
Allocation: $2,000.00

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Your Biggest Regret

What: This project was inspired by a video of New Yorkers responding to a public chalkboard with the question, "What's your biggest regret?". As college students, we commonly find ourselves missing the very moment we're in - this project is an opportunity to consider that idea.
Allocation: $400.00

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The Doomsday Clock

What: How close are we to destroying our world with dangerous technologies of our own making? The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists (a Harris School Publication!) knows, and publishes a biannual announcement of this “time” on the Doomsday Clock. Despite the visual metaphor, there exists no physical manifestation of the clock. The goal is to work with the Bulletin to create a large public art piece on campus that will be the actual Doomsday Clock!
Allocation: $7,500.00

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What: Popbuy provides businesses connections to target student customers and students access to niche goods that would be inconvenient to obtain otherwise. This organization seeks to make a social impact, as well as a mutually beneficial relationship, between university members and the local community.
Allocation: $440.00

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Past Projects

Here are some projects we've funded in the past:

BridgeM at UChicago

When: Funded in 2013.

What: BridgeMe is a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the experience of international students and to facilitating cultural exchange across college campuses. Through building networks of universities and organizations, BridgeMe hopes to connect leaders driven behind similar goals to collaborate in their activities and programs.

BridgeMe currently utilizes a peer-mentor network that spans 18 universities to connect international and domestic students. We are proud to report that the U.S. Federation of UNESCO Clubs presented BridgeMe with the April 2014 Club of the Month award for outstanding work in advancing UNESCO's mission to promote international collaboration in order to advance human rights and universal respect for justice.

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Sexy Men of UChicago

When: Funded most recently in 2015.

What: A favorite of the UChicago student body, the Sexy Men of UChicago calendar is somewhat of a tradition now. The calendar is a humorous take on the sexy calendar business (traditionally featuring young, scantily-clad women) as it instead offers the UChicago student body an opportunity to come together to vote for the twelve “sexiest” men on campus. It’s just another chance to spread some UChicago love.

Where can you check it out? Look around campus- you’ll probably see one of the calendar boys in one of your classes, at the dining hall, or on the quad.

Maroon TV

When: Funded in 2015.

What: Maroon TV provides a news channel devoted specifically to the University of Chicago— for students, by students. With channels on cTV and online stream, Maroon TV gives UChicago students the outlet to produce their own shows and gain practical media skills, giving their creativity a campus-wide outlet. Its programming station is also an avenue to provide exposure for existing talent around campus, including special lectures, cultural shows, theater productions, sporting events, and Greek life.


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Through My Asian American Eyes

When: Funded in 2015.
What: Through My Asian American Eyes is a student-led initiative that creates a space where Asian-Americans at the University of Chicago can explore their identities as minorities, participate in conversations around race and diversity, and stand in solidarity with other minorities who also encounter structural oppression. This initiative aims to use photo-narratives to illustrate the diversity of Asian-American experiences and defy the monolith perpetuated by the misconception of the "model" minority.

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Kitchen Sink

When: Funded in 2015.
What: Kitchen Sink is a student organization that seeks to foster creativity and visual arts at the University of Chicago, through providing students with materials, space, and a community for drawing and painting . Every Wednesday on the second floor of the Logan Center, Kitchen Sink allows students to engage in painting sessions, group critiques, and other art enrichment activities.

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