A miniature wheel of fortune lent some color to a gray Thursday afternoon in Hutchinson Courtyard. The Student Steering Committee of The Chicago Initiative, the University’s $2 billion capital campaign, tempted passersby with free ice cream and a chance to spin the wheel for prizes, including Chicago Initiative–emblazoned mugs, pencils, and mouse pads. To educate students about the campaign, which recently hit its $1 billion halfway point—the official announcement was today—staffers also handed out novelty $1 billion bills containing background information about the campaign.

While most participants played along, some skeptics noted that they would graduate long before the University would see the billions' benefits. Steering Committee members were quick to remind the pessimists that though they wouldn’t be here to enjoy the fruits of the campaign directly, the value of their Chicago degree depends upon the University’s future reputation, which is what the Initiative hopes to ensure.

Joseph Liss, ’04

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Photos by Dan Dry

April 23, 2004