Transitions at JIO

Steven Blum, Judicial Inquiry Officer at Penn since October 1993, last week announced his resignation effective July 17.

Provost Chodorow said he accepted Steve Blum's resignation with regret, saying that he had "made real strides in improving the efficiency of the student judicial system.

"Steve served with distinction during a time of great transition at the University. Particularly noteworthy were his introduction of mediation into disciplinary matters, his knowledge and skill as a lawyer and negotiator, and his compassion and respect for his students. He was an excellent colleague and it was a pleasure to work with him."

During the past year, a student-faculty committee has been working to restructure the current system, further expanding the mediation process begun by Mr. Blum and calling for greater student involvement in its procedures. A draft system is expected to be ready for discussion by the University community in September.

Acting JIO: Dr. Chodorow will name a search committee in the fall to advise on the selection of a successor. In the meantime he has appointed the Law School's Michele Goldfarb as Acting JIO, effective August 1.

Ms. Goldfarb, who has served as Senior Law Clerk for Judges Phyllis Beck in Philadelphia and Stanley Harris in the District of Columbia Court of Appeals, has been a clinical faculty member of the Law School since 1992.

A graduate of Oberlin College and the Washington College of Law of The American University, she served as Assistant United States Attorney in the District of Columbia from 1976-1979 and as Assistant District Attorney for the City of Philadelphia from 1979-1982.

Transitions at Greek Affairs

With the resignation of Tricia Phaup as director of Fraternity and Sorority Affairs, the Vice Provost for University Life has named an acting director to serve during the search for a successor.

Ms. Phaup, who came from the University of South Carolina in 1989 to head the the Office of Fraternity and Sorority Affairs here, left the University June 30 to take up a post in a private hospital where she will work primarily with geriatic patients, she told The Daily Pennsylvanian.

"She will be hard to replace," Acting VPUL Valarie Swain-Cade McCoullum said. "I don't think there is anyone better at that job in the country."

Acting Director: Scott Reikofski, who has been Assistant Director of Student Life Activities and Facilities, has been named to the acting post, Associate VPUL Larry Moneta said.

"Scott has a strong background in the Greek world and has served as Greek Adviser and coordinator of fraternity and sorority affairs at several other institutions," Dr. Moneta added. "He brings as well as his strong background in student programming, student group advising and multicultural advocacy to OFSA.

"We've been so fortunate to have had as strong a leader as Tricia, and as a result Scott will be working with a fine team of staff who have each demonstrated their own talents and skills in many ways. I'm confident that OFSA and our services to the Greek communities will thrive."


Tuesday, July 18, 1995
Volume 42 Number 1

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