Friday, January 13, 2006
Friday Random Ten: Kuvia! 
by Lenka Reznicek [permalink] 
The University of Chicago Kuviasungnerk Festival Polar Bear RunKuviasungnerk/Kangeiko (Kuvia for short), the annual weeklong winter festival designed to get students’ adrenaline running and boost their morale during these long cold months, derives its name from the Inuit word for happiness. If you’re version of happiness is to wake up at 5 a.m., walk through the cold winter air to get to Henry Crown Field House and participate in Kangeiko, a daily exercise event, then this event is for you. If you’re happy sleeping in and laughing at those people participating, this event is also for you. Those who make it to all five Kangeiko mornings, including, the “salute to the sun” at the Point on Friday, get a free cool t-shirt. The Council on University Programming (COUP) has other Kuvia activities, including ice skating and the infamous Polar Bear Run, where students dash through the Quads wearing the bare essentials, or less—sorry parents, but at college, we take advantage of any chance for public nudity.
Yep. A gaggle of coed winter-pale University of Chicago übergeeks future Nobel Laureates streaking through the quads while onlookers (many with cameras, natch) whoop and holler at their shortcomings. It is January, after all. Note: this is a shot from last year's Kuvia; it's 40 degrees outside right now and muddy as heck.
  1. The Early November - "The Course of Human Life"
  2. Carlos Montera de Souza - "Estamos Ai"
  3. U2 - "When I Look At The World"
  4. The Dave Brubeck Quartet - "Koto Song"
  5. XTC - "Making Plans for Nigel"
  6. Paul Desmond - "To Say Goodbye"
  7. Hawkwind - "Sonic Attack"
  8. Magnetic Fields - "For We Are The King of the Boudoir"
  9. The Killers - "Mr. Brightside"
  10. The Smiths - "Work Is A Four-Letter Word"