How Much is Inside The University of Chicago Scavenger Hunt?

Three teams participating in the University of Chicago Scavenger Hunt have asked to host their Scavenger-hunt-related guest episodes of How Much is Inside.

Team Snell-Hitchcock - Boyer's Foyer

As most University of Chicago students should know, John W. Boyer is the Dean of the College. He is known best for his quality as a history professor and his soporific manner of speaking. For our next "How Much is Inside?" assignment, we go to Boyer's Foyer - his office in Harper 241.

This is what greeted our eyes as we stepped into his vestibule.

Andrew stepped back, muttering to himself: "Indeed, what is inside??"

According to the College website, the Office of the Dean of the College "handles academic and administrative matters for the College, including Curriculum and Academic Programs, Finance and budgeting, Study abroad and second language acquisition initiatives" etc. We noticed that the office also handles copious amounts of a) printer paper and b) coffee.

We decided to find out just how much coffee and printer paper were in Boyer's Foyer. First we investigated the joe. There were 8 boxes of Singlecup coffee and 2 boxes of Gloria Jean's coffee. At 5 pounds each, this adds up (thanks an advanced mathematical algorithm) to an astonishing total of 50 pounds of coffee.

Next, we counted the paper. There were 20 reams. At 500 sheets per ream, Boyer had 10,000 sheets of spare paper sitting around.

We knew it would take quite a bit of resources to handle all those academic and administrative matters, but we had no idea that this engine of bureaucracy needed so much fuel.