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Teaming up for Innovation & Design’s Club first-ever innovation challenge

I had no idea what to expect when I signed up as a “free agent” for the Innovation and Design Club’s first ever design competition —the University of Chicago Innovation Challenge. Who was my team going to be? What were we going to be doing? The kickoff included free Chipotle and was hosted at the beautiful (and free, we learned) Chicago Cultural Center, which was to be our client organization. I met my team: an undergrad Econ major, a policy student, and another Boothie. Each of us had varying levels of knowledge about human-centered design ranging from “I have no idea what this is!” to “Design? I went to a design high school.”

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Best Booth Moment: Rajan vs Rajan – The Squash Game that Wasn’t

Our Best Booth Moment Series continues with students sharing their favorite memories of Booth faculty outside of the classroom.

When I arrived at Booth I never expected to pit myself in fierce competition against any professor. Much less Professor Raghuram Rajan, Katherine Dusak Miller Distinguished Service Professor of Finance, 23rd Governor of the Reserve Bank of India, and former Chief Economist and Director of Research at the International Monetary Fund. And, most importantly, amateur squash player.

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The Pets of Booth

Business school can be stressful. It ain’t always easy juggling group projects, recruiting, studying and socializing. Sometimes the best way to relax is to go home, kick up your feet, and spend some quality time with the one friend that will never let you down… your pet.

Here are some of the pets at Booth that keep our whole community smiling!

  • Joey Barrick ('20) and Katie Barrick love spending time in Mila with Auggie aka their fur baby.
  • Auggie the Beagle poses for a regal shot by the Buckingham Fountain taken by pal Marisa Vavruska ('19).
  • Here's Auggie again, this time sneaking into the Harper Center! Shh don't tell Dean Kole.
  • Elise Hogan ('19) has kept busy while at Booth, especially when it comes to caring for her snakes. Here is BB-8, the Kenyan Sand Boa. May the Force be with you.
  • Here is Elise's second snake, Bella the Rosy Boa, about to go for a quick dip.
  • Last but certainly not least, here is Elise's third snake Buster the Okeetee Corn Snake.
  • Bentzi, Roi Kessler's pup ('19), has become arguably more popular than Roi himself.
  • Bentzi wanted to join Roi and the Booth Right crew in Israel for Spring Break 2019. Here is Bentzi chilling on the beach in Tel Aviv.
  • Calvin and Hobbes maintain the apartment while Aziz ('19) and Nikki Munir are out and about during the day.
  • Lily Orlin ('20) always has a full house with her three pets. Here is Bella looking happy? hungry? excited? Probably all the above.
  • Commodore loves exploring Lily's apartment. No corner goes unnoticed.
  • Hank wraps up Lily's trio. Hank loves his treats... well earned given his two feline roommates.
  • Coco keeps his eyes on the prize when walking with Max Tabb ('19).
  • Jax is a retired service dog but still loves keeping busy with Erik Riley ('19) and Angela Cervantes.
  • Meet Jolene McFurmanneny! (fur daughter of Liz Furman ('20) and Alex McAnneny).
  • Lincoln is so happy spending time outdoors and having deep conversations with Candace Tkac ('19).
  • With all that fur, Moose may be the only one who likes Chicago winters more than summers, but he still appeases Sean ('19) and Lindsay Smith with walks through the park.
  • Pippa the Corgi lives the good life with her friend Christina Bachtina ('20).
  • Rizzo is so adorable and loves snuggle time with Zach Ring ('19).
  • Teddy Fox loves hanging out with the Booth community, reading Shakespeare, and going to birthday parties with other Booth pups (as featured on the cover page!) Oh, and Teddy loves his friends Katie ('20) and Sam Fox as well.
  • Texas was just as excited about the move from her home state... Texas... to Chicago as her owner's Chris ('19) and Sura Giuffreda.
  • Although Texas prefers the indoors, she still loves making new friends!
  • Trent loves spending time with Ryan Waldorf's ('19) friends in MPP!
  • Dexter loves stealing the blankets from Allison Kahn ('19) in Mila.
  • Dexter dreaming of warmer days by the lake. Don't worry Dexter, summer is always just around the corner.
  • Here is Button, pet friend of Gal Amran ('19).
  • Last but not least, here is Paul Veiga's ('19) succulent.

Running Of The Bulls: Booth vs. Kellogg

Growing up in the suburbs of Chicago, rooting for the Chicago Bulls was a given. I never thought we’d lose with Michael and Scottie on our side. After the second three-peat, my Bulls fandom subsided during the Tyson Chandler / Eddy Curry and then Ben Gordon / Kirk Heinrich rebuild years, but I re-found my love for basketball when the Bulls took Derrick Rose with the number one pick in 2008. To this day, my favorite games were the 2009 Bulls vs Celtics playoff series. It was after that series that I put my name on the waiting list for season tickets, and I’m still a season ticket holder today.

Throughout all of my Bulls fandom, the thought of playing basketball on the Bulls court in the United Center never occurred to me. But then I joined Booth Basketball club, and learned about Running of the Bulls (or ROTB). ROTB is an annual basketball scrimmage between Chicago Booth and Northwestern Kellogg, played at the United Center before an actual Bulls game. I knew instantly, that this had to be a part of my Booth experience!

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