Wednesday's University Council meeting there was a presentation
on this year's budget which will be included in next week's issue.
Blaik, vice president for facilities, gave a report on the recent
campus developments in terms of the Campus Development Plan (Almanac
February 27, 2001). He noted that street improvements have
included trees: 350 have been planted with more to come, as well
as new bike and parking lanes along Spruce Street, new lighting
and street repaving. The new banner program provides a visually
consistent identity as it announces Penn events. He said the city
is pleased with the environmental impact of the additional trees
aspect of the plan to be implemented is public open spaces on
campus which include the extension of Woodland Walk through Hill
Field which Mr. Blaik described as "a welcome intervention"
making Penn seem closer to Center City. A new open space for concerts
and other performances is University Square--the former parking
spaces adjacent to the Franklin Building and the Annex--which
is expected to be complete by commencement weekend. The 300-space
parking lot to the east of the Left Bank has been seeded to be
a new green space.
are several buildings currently under construction at various
stages of completion: the new PreK-8 Penn-assisted School is to
be done in July, Wharton's Huntsman Hall is expected to finished
this August, Engineering's Levine Hall is slated for December,
Pottruck Fitness Center is currently ahead of schedule and it
is expected that significant portions of it will be ready for
use by September. The Dental School's Schattner Center is about
80% complete. The cinema at 40th Street received approval from
the Trustees for the additional funding to complete that project.
also noted that the History Department is back in College Hall
although part of the building has not yet been renovated.
Valarie Swain-Cade McCoullum discussed the numerous positive interactions
between diverse groups on campus in response to last year's Pluralism
Committee which made recommendations (Almanac
2, 2001). She said that the collaborative events have "altered
perceptions and experiences" and have increased in quantity
dramatically since last year. She thanked the representatives
of the various student organizations at Council for their efforts.
The UMC Chair then thanked the faculty and staff for their support
of these events.