yellow rows of taxis
at the Quad's front door --
They're blocking all the traffic,
Can't drive Spruce Street any more.
The WaWa traffic's bad enough,
But this I can't endure:
The yellow rows of taxis parked outside
the Quad front door!
--Gene N. Haldeman,
As a National Resource Center, the Middle
East Center is compiling information that will be useful for our
future funding. We would thus like updated, brief reports on the
activities of associated faculty, staff, and graduate students
at Penn concerning the terrorist attacks of 9/11, the war in Afghanistan,
and related events.
Many of you sent in a report on your activities
when we first requested one in late September. Please report (email@example.com)
any events/activities that you have engaged in since then, and
use the following categories:
appearances (radio, television)
public lectures or speaking events
advising or consulting
and magazine articles/ interviews
Middle East Center
I'm retired from Penn, and enjoy receiving
copies of Almanac. I read with interest the articles on
"125 Years of Women at Penn." While it may have been
mentioned in the book Franklin's Daughters, which I have
not seen, I felt strongly that it should be mentioned somewhere
that Lillian G. Burns was elected by the Trustees as Associate
Secretary of the Corporation in the late 1950s, possibly 1956
or 57 [Ed. Note, 1960]. This was quite an achievement for a woman
at that time. I believe this title is considered a statutory officer
of the Corporation.
She was extremely active in the University's
efforts to obtain adjacent land for the University of Pennsylvania
through the Philadelphia Redevelopment Authority; active in the
Quadrapartite Commission which was an early effort in community
relations on behalf of the University of Pennsylvania; and was
very involved in the West Philadelphia Corporation which I believe
still exists under a new corporate name.
In addition, she was a great lady, and a
great representative of the University.
I just felt this should be noted somewhere.
Thank you for keeping me informed about Penn's activities.
--Virginia J. Scherfel,
formerly Executive Assistant to
Vice President for Facilities Management
Please see the University Archives web site
under the year 1960 where there is now an entry for Ms. Lillian
Speaking Out welcomes reader contributions.
Short, timely letters on University issues will be accepted by
Thursday at noon for the following Tuesday's issue, subject to
right-of-reply guidelines. Almanac will begin weekly publication
again on January 8, 2002. Contributions to Speaking Out should
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Almanac, Vol. 48, No. 16, December 18, 2001
December 18, 2001
Volume 48 Number 16