HONORS &... Other Things

Women as Champions

Commemoration of 25 Years of Women's Athletics at Penn, the current exhibition at the Faculty Club's Burrison Gallery through November 21, honors a landmark in women's athletics at Penn: the Silver Anniversary of Ivy League Women's Championship competition as showcase for a stream of winning teams and individual sportswomen here.

The first Ivy League women's championship was held in May of 1974 when the women's rowing programs of the Ivyschools competed for the EAWRC championships in Middletown, Conn.

As President Judith Rodin's message at the entrance to the gallery notes, "Nineteen ninety-eight marks an important milestone for Penn women: This year we commemorate 25 years of Penn Women's Athletics participation in the Ivy League. As a graduate and the current president of Penn, I have seen many positive changes in our campus over the years. But few have been more impressive than the growth of women's athletics in the last quarter century...."

In the past 25 years, there have been many Ivy League Women's Championship teams at Penn including:

Cross Country-1990

Fencing-1983, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1992, 1994, 1995

Field Hockey-1981, 1985, 1986, 1988, 1992, 1993

Indoor Track- 1987, 1988, 1996

Lacrosse-1980, 1982

Outdoor Track-1985, 1986, 1988

Rowing- 1980

Softball- 1981

Volleyball-1977, 1983, 1986, 1989, 1990

Although Gymnastics is not on this list, Penn's team has won the Ivy Classic five times, and in 1998 it was the first Ivy League school to win the ECAC title. But Ivy Championships are held only in sports where five or more teams compete-and only four Ivies (Brown, Cornell and Yale are the other three) compete in gymnastics.

November 21: While the show exhibits the past 25 years of Penn women's athletics, Penn will also celebrate the 80-year women's athletic history with A Celebration of Generations on Saturday, November 21, at the Palestra. The celebration will include a reception, a video and program commemmorating the tradition and legacy of women's athletics. To make reservations or for more information, please call 898-9625.

Ivy Football Championship: A Tie or Better for Penn in 1998

With a 41-10 win over Harvard Saturday at Franklin Field, Penn's Quakers secured at least a tie for the 1998 Ivy League championship --and could take the trophy outright by defeating Cornell on November 28 at Ithaca. This is the third Ivy Football title for Coach Al Bagnoli at Penn; his Quakers also won in 1993 and 1994.

Celebrating Paul Robeson: November 20

The Kelly Writer's House and Du Bois College House will jointly present "Songs and Poems of Protest, Power & Praise" from 8-10 p.m. Friday at the Kelly Writer's House as part of a year-long Paul Robeson Centennial Series now in progress at Penn. Students and faculty will perform songs and recite poetry (their own and others') honoring the legacy of Paul Robeson as artist, activist, and humanitarian.

This is the second event in the series, which runs through April 1999 as a collaboration of the African American Resource Center, the Afro-American Studies Program, the Arthur Ross Gallery, the W.E.B. Du Bois College House, the Greefield Intercultural Center, the Kelly Writers House, the Robeson House, and the West Philadelphia Cultural Alliance. It began October 30 with a public lecture by UC/Riverside History Professor Sterling Stuckey.

Next on the schedule is the Arthur Ross Gallery's "Robeson Remembered," opening on December 17 with live music and refreshments.

For more on the November 20 reading, call the Kelly Writer's House at 573-WRIT.

Almanac, Vol. 45, No. 12, November 17, 1998