Council Meeting Coverage
the April 24 University Council meeting--the last of the semester--GAPSA
presented an overview of its recently completed three-year strategic
plan to support student groups, in an effort to bring graduate
students from across the University together into a more cohesive
Gerald Porter, chair of the Personnel Benefits Committee, gave
highlights from his report (Almanac
April 23) on health care costs and privacy.
Ned Lally, chair of the Recreation and Intercollegiate Athletics
April 23) discussed academic support for student athletes,
the advantages of the Pre-Freshman Program for athletes as well
as non-athletes, and the notion of providing incentives to encourage
student-athletes to improve their GPA, perhaps by providing a
trophy to the team with the best GPA.
Paul DeWeer, a member of the International Programs Committee,
discussed several aspects of their report (Almanac
April 23) including the move of the Office of International
Programs to new and expanded office space at International House.
Judith Rodin responded to a question about releasing international
students' information. She said that the American Association
of University Presidents met in Washington, D.C. with Homeland
Security Director Tom Ridge and the group will be "vigilant
about giving input to administration in D.C."
next three committee reports are scheduled to be published in
the May 21 issue).
Daniel Ruff, chair of the Bookstores Committee, presented his
report which focused on the availability of textbooks; merchandising
of non-text books such as trade and popular books; and the possibility
of discounts with online vendors.
David Smith, chair of the Communications Committee, touched on
some of the areas his committee was charged with: electronic privacy
policy; remote access and library user authentication; evolution
of the Penn homepage and the Undergraduate Admissions website.
Eric Orts, chair of the Community Relations Committee,
said that a new website will be unveiled next month to improve
communications between Penn and the community. A number of other
topics are addressed in their report.
Helen Davies, chair of the Quality of Student Life Committee,
reported that her committee examined the impact of fraternities
and sororities on undergraduate student life. She said that more
oversight of the Greek organizations is needed.
Mitchell Marcus, chair of the Safety and Security Committee, said
that they accepted the revised PENNCard Policy and discussed building
security recommendations that are being reviewed by Penn Police.
They also reviewed pedestrian and traffic safety.
meeting concluded with a discussion of issues to be addressed
in the coming academic year.