News in Brief

Penn Women's Center at 25

To commemorate the 25th anniversary of its founding, the Penn Women's Center will hold a three-day celebration that starts with a rally on College Hall Green.

A historic theme of Activism, Achievement and Advocacy make up the celebration's theme and lead into a fourth "A" for Advancing into the millennium, said the Center's Director Elli DiLapi.

Some highlights of the week:

April 1, noon-2 p.m. A Rally for Women's Achievements on College Green marks the anniversary of a sit-in April 1973, when women students, faculty and staff occupied College Hall's Room 200 demanding safety measures against rape and calling for the establishment of several University facilities and programs to deal with several women's issues. At the end of four days the administration and student leaders announced agreements to

  • create the function of victim support specialist that was the genesis of today's Special Services unit of the Penn Police;
  • establish the Penn Women's Center; and
  • develop the Women's Studies Program on the basis of experimental coursework that had begun in a "College of Thematic Studies" through which Penn then channeled many new interdisciplinary ventures.

By semester's end the University has also begun a major upgrade in campus lighting and started the PennBus to West Philadelphia. (Escort and other services were added in later years.)

April 2, 4-6 p.m. Honoring Women Faculty Writers at Penn, in the Bowl Room at Houston Hall, celebrates Penn women faculty and their recently published works, with some opportunities for book signings.

April 3, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., International Women for Peace, noon-2 p.m. at the Penn Women's Center, is a reception and open house where members of the University are invited to join alumnae, faculty, students and staff (3643 Locust Walk).

Death of Barry Brown, Van Pelt

Barry Wayne Brown, a 24-year veteran of the University who was evening superintendent at Van Pelt-Dietrich Library, died on March 14 at the age of 48.

Mr. Brown began at Van Pelt in 1974 as a stack attendant and was promoted in 1983 to clerk in the serials department. After three years he won further promotion to the evening superintendent's post, where he had full responsibility for safety, security and maintenance of the Library on a nightly basis.

Mr. Brown became "an ambassador of sorts for the Library when he went to the home of noted singer Marian Anderson to receive her memorabilia on behalf of the Library," recalls Charles Jenkins, Manager of Operational Services at Van Pelt. "Ms. Anderson, impressed with Barry, sent him a letter of thanks and, in turn, the Library's Director of Special Collections commended him for his outstanding work."

He is survived by his mother, Judith Brown; and his two brothers, Ivan Brown and Ellis Brown, Jr.

In lieu of flowers, his family suggest donations in his memory to DECANT, 907 Chester Pike, Sharon Hill, PA 19079.

Almanac, Vol. 44, No. 27, March 31, 1998