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After 8 days, UChicago pro-Palestine encampment removed on morning of May 7

In the early hours of May 7, the University of Chicago police and operations employees shut down and cleared the pro-Palestinian encampment that had been established April 29 in the Main Quadrangle. 

UChicago police arrived at the encampment at 4:25 a.m. and began dismantling tents at 4:40 a.m., according to reports from the UChicago Maroon and UChicago Dean of Students Michele Rasmussen. At 6:08 a.m. final notices were thrown to the encampment protesters, warning that the UCPD is officially ending the encampment and they had the option to end it before police intervention. The notice also gave warnings on disciplinary action, including emergency interim leave of absence. 

By 6:32 a.m., trucks containing broken-down tents, art and barricades left the Main Quad. Remains from the encampment were left in dumpsters around campus.

At 7:28 a.m., an email from Dr. Rasmussen and Eric Heath, associate vice president for safety and security, to the university community announced the end of the encampment and explained the events of the morning. 

“While we anticipate further protests, we will not allow such activity to indefinitely disrupt the functioning or safety of the University,” the email stated. “UCPD officers have acted with purposeful restraint throughout the period of the encampment.”

By 8:10 a.m., the encampment had been removed from the Main Quad. No one was arrested during the police interactions.

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Jaya Alenghat
Jaya Alenghat, City Life Editor
Jaya Alenghat is a member of the Class of 2025 and serves as an assistant editor. She began journalism in the 2022-23 school year as a sophomore. Her favorite story she has written is “In finding community, English teacher provides comfort for Latinx students.” Outside of journalism, she enjoys playing tennis, reading and spending time with friends and family. Awards: 2024 Scholastic Press Association of Chicago, sports news story: excellent 2024 Columbia Scholastic Press Association Gold Circle Award: Certificate of merit, sports features, “Muslim student athletes navigate fasting during Ramadan while maintaining physical endurance” 2023 Journalism Education Association National Student Media Contests, Boston convention: Excellent, news writing
Chloe Alexander
Chloe Alexander, Arts Editor
Chloë Alexander is a member of the Class of 2025 and serves as the arts editor. She joined the journalism family in the 2021-22 school year as a ninth grader and previously served as an assistant editor. Chloë enjoys journalism because it allows her to create a space for Lab students to be represented through writing. Her favorite story that she has written is “‘SOS’ showcases a wide range of styles and themes.” Outside of working on the Midway, she is a Maroon Key, plays the piano and enjoys reading. Awards: 2023 Journalism Education Association National Student Media Contests, Boston convention: Honorable mention, feature writing 2023 Journalism Education Association National Student Media Contests, San Francisco convention: Honorable mention, news editing, headline and current events 2023 Scholastic Press Association of Chicago, special coverage: (with Clare O’Connor, Amy Ren and William Tan), superior 2022 Columbia Scholastic Press Association Gold Circle Award: Briefs writing, first place (with Louis Auxenfans, Joaquin Figueroa, Chloe Ma, Amy Ren, Katie Sasamoto-Kurisu), Vol. 98, Issue 8 (March 10, 2022), Page 3
Mia Lipson
Mia Lipson, News Editor
Mia Lipson is a member of the Class of 2025 and serves as news editor. She began journalism in the 2021-22 school year as a ninth grader and previously served as an assistant editor. Her favorite story she has written is a profile on retiring P.E. teacher Terri Greene. Outside of journalism, she enjoys running, writing and reading any history book she can find. Awards: 2024 Scholastic Press Association of Chicago, staff editorial: superior 2023 Journalism Education Association National Student Media Contests, San Francisco convention: Superior, editorial writing
Olin Nafziger
Olin Nafziger, Photographer
Olin Nafziger is a beginning photojournalist and a member of the Class of 2025. His favorite part of photojournalism is taking pictures of school activities and sports, and his favorite sport to photograph is golf. Outside of class, Olin enjoys biking, watching TV and participating in various school clubs. Awards: 2023 Association of Texas Photography Instructors Fall Contest, sports reaction, third place 2023 Association of Texas Photography Instructors Fall Contest, still life, honorable mention

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