Wednesday, at the first University Council meeting of the
Provost Robert Barchi emphasized how pleased he is to welcome
Dr. Janice Bellace to College Hall and said that she is an "absolutely
phenomenal addition to the team" as the new associate provost.
She has been named to the post that Dr. Walter Wales had
filled for over a year on an interim basis since the death
of Dr. Barbara Lowery who had been associate provost for
her status report, President Judith Rodin noted that "culminating
an efficient four-month search process, the Trustees have
named Dr. Amy Gutmann, provost of Princeton, to be the new
Penn President .... and that she looks forward to "working
with Dr. Gutmann to assure a seamless hand off."
Rodin congratulated senior David Ferreira on his Rhodes
and noted the help provided to students by CURF and its director
report also noted the quality of programming, the level of
engagement, and the involvement of the larger community in
the MLK Commemorative Symposium on Social Change.
reported that as a result of the student interest expressed
at the Open Forum in December, the Office of Facilities and
Real Estate Services has provided the food truck vendors
the option of amending their leases and extending their hours
of operation. Out of the 23 vendors located in the food plazas
around campus, seven vendors have opted to stay open until
8 p.m.; the others may extend their hours beyond 6 p.m. by
amending their lease consistent with the new policy.
Assembly has issued a Midyear Report, which summarizes
the numerous projects that the UA worked on or discussed
in the fall semester.
David Brownlee, who gave the interim report for the Committee
Quality of Student Life, said that the committee had considered
the UA's proposal to ban smoking in student residences and
that a no smoking policy will be implemented. He said the
committee will address undergraduate advising and the
college house system when it meets this semester.
issue of co-ed housing which had been proposed last semester,
being evaluated by the Pluralism Committee, chaired by Dr.
Dennis Culhane who is expected to give an interim report
at next month's Council meeting.
Joyce Randolph, director of International Programs, gave
report on behalf of the Committee on International Programs,
in the absence of the committee's chair. One of the topics
that the committee has addressed in the past is the need
for affordable short-term housing for international scholars
suggested that the problem could be resolved by furnishing
one or two of the affordable units that Penn owns off-campus
since they are not currently at 100% occupancy. She offered
to speak with Omar Blaik to find a way to achieve this goal.
Randolph said that the committee had also discussed issues
to Homeland Security and how they impact the University community.
The integrity of international students' applications from
certain countries such as China has been of concern to many
U.S. universities; Penn is conducting person to person interviews
via Internet 2 with some applicants to better assess their
qualifications. The coordination of services on campus is
another topic that they are addressing.
Donaldson-Evans, chair of Steering, reported that Graduate
Student Unionization, a topic raised at the Open Forum in
December, was referred to the Steering Committee but after
much discussion, a consensus could not be reached.