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Defending Boxing

It has come to my attention that the Department of Recreation has eliminated boxing classes because there is the possibility of injury. Based on my experience as a student in the boxing program that existed at MIT and as a keen observer of many other sports during the course of my life, there is no doubt that the possibility of a serious injury within the type of boxing program that is conducted at Penn is extremely small compared to other sports such as football, wresting, gymnastics, hockey and even baseball and basketball.

I believe that the students who wish to participate in the boxing classes are being unjustly deprived of a healthy recreational opportunity.

It is important to have this matter reviewed by a knowledgeable group within the University. I will be pleased to assist in this matter.

--Norman Brown, Professor Emeritus,
Materials Science and Engineering

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Almanac, Vol. 48, No. 25, March 5, 2002


March 5, 2002
Volume 48 Number 25

Rising health care costs and Penn's health care benefits compared to others in Philadelphia and nationally.
The Lee Center for Criminology will create a computerized offender tracking system to help law enforcement.
Penn Police has a procedure for filing complaints against police but the UA recommends the creation of a Community Review Board.
What's in a name? The new prek-8 school wants input.
ISC Networking and Telecommunications service and rate changes go into effect July including the elimination of the Express Modem Pool.