April 25 Council: Summary
At the last University Council meeting of the academic year, President Judith Rodin said that the Penn Relays, which were about to begin, were expecting 22,000 contestants--more contestants than at the Olympics. The track and field athletes that participate range from middle school students to college athletes and Olympic athletes as well.
Steering Chair Larry Gross thanked Dr. Phoebe Leboy for serving as past chair this year, stepping in to fill a void created. Dr. Gross said that the experimental distribution of status reports in advance of the Council meetings was successful and would continue.
GAPSA's new chair Christopher Leahy thanked outgoing chair Kyle Farley for his dedication and perseverance.
Without the quorum necessary for a vote on the Task Force on Privacy of Personal Information's recommendations, there was still discussion. Provost Robert Barchi said he had met with Dr. Gerald Porter, chair of the Task Force, and members of the Task Force. Dr. Barchi said that the use of Social Security numbers as ID numbers is not an acceptable practice and Penn will move forward with its efforts to change that. At New Student Orientation, information will be provided to students letting them know how to protect themselves from identity theft. Dr. Porter urged raising community awareness. President Rodin said she would welcome suggestions about ways to spread the word to the full spectrum of faculty, staff and students.
Dr. Ellis Golub presented the Committee on Libraries year-end report. Dr. Stephen Dunning gave a report for the Pluralism Committee. Dr. Anthony Rostain gave the Quality of Student Life Committee's report. Dr. Linda Chance presented a report for the Community Relations Committee.
Almanac, Vol. 47, No. 33, May 8, 2001