Rooms with a View -- to Studying
This fall students came back to find two new 24-hour study centers at
the core of campus.
One is the renovated Rosengarten Study Center in Van Pelt-Dietrich Library
Center (below, right), which had its ceremonial opening last Thursday. The
other--already in use around-the-clock, too--is the Silfen Student Study
Center of Perelman Quad. Its ribbon will be cut Tuesday, September 21, at
Named for its donors--Trustee David Silfen and his wife, Lyn--the $2
million Silfen Center is a glass-walled, light-filled space on the north
side of Williams Hall,where it acts as a beacon at night. Designed by Venturi,
Scott Brown and Associates, it has a wired study lounge (left) that seats
50; a café (above) open weekdays 7:30 a.m. to midnight; a meeting
room; and a lobby (right) connecting it to Williams. On a lower level are
the PSA offices and retail store; two meeting rooms; and two activities
suites serving 14 student groups.-- M.F.M.
Lost': A Tale of Two Sculptures
sculpture wheeled away from Locust Walk this summer bore with it a Penn
"urban legend" of sorts. Unveiled in 1966 at an ICA-Wadsworth
Athenaeum show in Hartford, the giant open cube had already been given the
name We Lost by its creator, in oblique homage to a piece that he
and his fabricator had abandoned when they couldn't solve a design problem.
But, by the time Penn bought and installed the Tony Smith sculpture in 1975,
a lot had happened to bring war to the forefront of Penn minds. One campus
protest ended with the agreement to put a peace symbol on College Green.
And the U.S. withdrew from Vietnam. By the end of the 'seventies these stories
had become woven together so that newcomers were routinely told that We
Lost was a memorial to the U.S. withdrawal from Vietnam, erected by alumni
of the protest era. But the protestors' memorial, installed after the 1970
Moratorium, is not the sculpture that moved away this summer. It is David
Linquist's Peace Symbol, the bas relief outside Van Pelt/Dietrich
that serves as a backdrop for speeches still.--K.C.G.
Almanac, Vol. 46, No. 3, September 14, 1999
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