Communications Residential College (CRC)
|Size: 107 residents
Location: 1855 Sheridan Road
Master: Roger Boye
associate professor emeritus of Journalism, Medill School of Journalism, Media, and Intergrated Marketing Communications
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CRC is a home away from home for students who have a special interest in media--from radio, television, and print journalism to digital and film production.Amenities include radio-production equipment, a darkroom, two screening rooms, a Blu-ray projector, computer workstations, video games, exercise equipment, and two large lounges with cable television.
CRC firesides often feature well-known journalists, filmmakers, and Northwestern faculty. Recent guests were comic book writers Josh Elder and Russell Lissau; Northwestern professors Craig LaMay, Max Dawson, and David Zarefsky; and, via Skype, puppeteers Stephanie D'Abruzzo and Craig Shemin.
Residents may earn academic credit by taking tutorials taught by CRC fellows - the dozen or so faculty members with ties to the college who often join students for lunch. Tutorials during 2012-2013 focused on "Tracking the Presidential Election," "Eye on the Cinematic Sky, and "Power and Privilege: Writing the wrongs of Social Injustices."
During the fall-quarter 50-hour Radiothon, CRC's premier event, residents raise funds for the American Heart Association. CRC also maintains contact with it's alumni, some of whom visit to share stories about life and careers.
In addition to enjoying "munchies" and other CRC social activities - CRC's Chicago deep-dish pizza taste-test competition is a favorite - students take excursions to Chicago. They have visited the Adler Planetarium and The Second City comedy club and seen The Book of Mormon, among other attractions. They also participate in Chicago's annual "Bike the Drive" on Memorial Day weekend.
CRC is located at the south end of campus, near buildings that house the journalism, radio/television/film, communications studies, English, political science, sociology, and history departments.
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