answer, my friend, is buying up the wind, as
the University has agreed to make the nations largest retail
purchase of wind-produced electric energy. Penn will purchase
20 million kilowatt-hours a year from Community Energy, Inc.,
which represents the output of five wind turbines at Exelon-Community
Energy Wind Farms in western Pennsylvania. That amounts to 30
percent of the farms total energy output, and will satisfy five
percent of the Universitys annual energy needs.
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we have a lot to celebrate? You bet we do, declared Penn President Judith
Rodin CW66, to the enthusiastic applause and cheers of the audience gathered
under a gigantic tent that spanned Wynn Commons. Continued...
by Michael Miller
Center to Emphasize Research
believe in research like almost
nobody believes in research, Jerry Lee was saying this past October,
as he stood at the podium of the Annenberg Centers Zellerbach Theatre.
Its hard to overestimate the role of research in making a better world.
ON CAMPUS Camille
Paglia Gets in Tony Sopranos Face
Early in November,
the Kelly Writers House and the National Italian-American Foundation joined
with Penns Center for Italian Studies to present the annual Gay Talese
Lecture Series. The topic was Tony Soprano, the Media and Popular Culture.
Moderated by Dr. A. Kenneth Ciongoli C64 GrM74, whose books include
Beyond the Godfather, the lecture panelists were Dr. Camille Paglia,
professor of humanities at the University of the Arts and author of Sexual
Personae: Art and Decadence from Nefertiti to Emily Dickinson, and
USA Today columnist Richard Benedetto.
by Josef Gast
is really the single most
important indication of a childs health, says Dr. Terri Lipman, associate
professor of family and community health and a nurse practitioner in pediatric
endocrinology. But while measuring that growth is non-invasive and easily
understood by children and parents, its not always accurate. In fact,
fewer than a third of U.S. children may be getting measured accurately,
according to a three-year study conducted by Lipman and a team of researchers.
Penn Medicine, and Hold Off on the 501(c)(3)
the financial picture has stabilized
for the University of Pennsylvania Health System (UPHS), Penn has decided
to create a new, unified governing board for it instead of spinning it
off into a separate 501(c)(3) not-for-profit entity, as announced last
February [Gazetteer, March/ April 2001; From College Hall, May/June
2001]. That new board, to be comprised of 30-40 people, will be called
Penn Medicine. Continued...
Time the Door is Held for Ramos
a Penn student,
C87 once plottedsuccessfullyto take over College Hall in a protest.
This month, as he began a new job as the Universitys vice president and
chief of staff to President Judith Rodin, the once-besieged building became
his workplace. Continued...
smallpox and other forms of bio-terrorism came only in the aftermath of
September 11. Researchers at Penn and other universities, not to mention
the Centers for Disease Control, have been thinking about ways to combat
it for a good deal longer than that.
Peace of Trees
hundred years ago, John and Lydia Morris planted this splendid katsura
tree (Cercidiphyllum japonicum) as part of the Japanese garden in
their Compton estate in Chestnut Hill. Today the estate is better
known as the Morris Arboretum, and it became a favorite source of
solace in the wake of the September terrorist attacks.
started receiving messages from people saying that this was the
place they came to after September 11, says Marsha Ray, the arboretums
associate director of development. I checked our visitation statistics,
and I found that in 2000, the week after September 11, there were
just over 1,300 visitors. This year, we had 2,800 the numbers had
more than doubled. I have to believe that a lot of that was people
searching for someplace to go that was quiet, where they could reflect,
where they could find peace, tranquility, and safety for their kids.
Many gardens throughout the country experienced the same thing.
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Guilty of Gender Bias
federal jury found the University guilty of sexual discrimination
when it passed over a qualified male applicant for the head
coaching position of the womens crew team in 1997. It ordered
Penn to pay $71,996 in lost wages, $18,130 in compensatory damages,
and $25,120 in punitive damages to Andrew Medcalf, whose 15
years of coaching experience included seven years at Penn as
assistant coach of the mens crew team [Gazetteer, September/October
1999]. Medcalf is also entitled to petition the court for an
award of attorneys fees.
The Universitys lawyer, Neil Hamburg of Hamburg & Golden
in Philadelphia, said he was extremely distressed by the verdict
in U.S. District Court because he believed the evidence showed
that Penn had clearly hired the most qualified candidate for
the position. The woman hired was Barb Kirch CGS84, who had
been head womens rowing coach at Dartmouth College for nine
years as well as a two-time Olympian while a student at Penn.
But Medcalf claimed he was not even given an interview since
the Department of Athletics was set on hiring a woman.
jury understood that Mr. Medcalf was plainly the most qualified
candidate for the position, said Lawrence Woehrle, Medcalfs
attorney. By awarding punitive damages, they concurred that
it was outrageous for Penn to engineer the hiring process so
that only women were interviewed.
In his closing argument, Hamburg told the jury that Medcalfs
case turned civil-rights laws on their head because Medcalf
was insisting that a less qualified, white, male candidate be
chosen over a woman.
made a motion to have the judge reverse the jury verdict on
the grounds that its completely inappropriate and an aberration
and contrary to law, said Hamburg. That motion was still pending
before Judge Herbert J. Hutton as the Gazette went to
press last month.
are disappointed with the verdict, added Penn spokeswoman Phyllis
Holtzman. We believe we hired the most qualified person for
the positionthat being Barb Kirchand we stand by that decision.
We will appeal.