U. Chicago offers $500 to students for ‘creative ways’ to fight city’s reputation for violence

U. Chicago offers $500 to students for ‘creative ways’ to fight city’s reputation for violence
Graphic: Chicago PD via TheTrace.

[Ed. – Creative Writing 101]

The University of Chicago’s admissions office is offering an incentive to its student tour guides: Come up with “a creative way to dispel the negative perception’” that the city is unsafe.

The Chicago Maroon obtained a copy of the email Assistant Director of Admissions Colleen Belak had sent out to the guides. The student who provided the message asked to remain anonymous due to a “confidentiality policy.”

In her email, Belak manages to toss in the name of the president-elect:

“If you’ve paid attention to the national news (or Donald Trump’s tweets) over the last few months, you’ll notice that the city of Chicago is often painted with a broad brush as an ‘unsafe’ or ‘scary’ place to reside,” Belak wrote to the campus tour guide listhost.

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“Of course, certain realities should not be ignored, but at the end of the day most of us are proud Chicago residents with a deep love of the city,” [Belak continues].

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