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Jan. 17, 2005 Press Contact: Julia Morse
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University of Chicago Winter Fest begins

The University of Chicago is in the midst of its inimitable celebration of the Chicago Winter. Snow or shine, frost-bite frigid or unseasonably mild, Kuviasungnerk, the University’s annual winter celebration, is on campus from Monday, Jan. 17, through Friday, Jan. 21.

This year’s Kuvia also features many of the celebration’s traditional activities, such as kangeiko. Each weekday morning this week, more than 100 students, staff and faculty will rise before dawn to take part in kangeiko (calisthenics) in the Henry Crown Field House. Following the kangeiko activities — which start at 6:00 a.m. and take about 15 minutes — participants have engaged in wide-range of exercises and arts, aimed at curing the winter blues. As is traditional, the morning exercises have been followed by afternoons and evenings of celebration — including a Dance Marathon study break on Monday night and Ice Sculpting in the University’s Hutchinson courtyard on Wednesday afternoon.

Kuvia afternoon activities will conclude with the grand events on Friday.

The Walk to the Point. Hundreds of students will march from the University’s Henry Crown fieldhouse to the South Side’s Promontory Point at 55th Street and Lakeshore on Friday, January 21. There, they will perform kangeiko, and, in an Eskimo tradition, will attempt to “coax” the sun out.

The Polar Bear Run. At 5:00 p.m on Friday, more than one hundred scantily-clad — and unclad — students will dash across the University’s main quad in the Polar Bear Run.

For more information about the University of Chicago winter activities, please contact Josh Schonwald at 773-702-8359.
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