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Report from the Greeks
It was inspired by a fear of being left behind. What resulted is something that could be way out front. "The 21st Century Report on an Ivy League Greek System" -- an ambitious, comprehensive examination of and blueprint for Greek life at the University and beyond -- was released in December by Penn's three Greek umbrella organizations: the Interfraternity Council (IFC), Panhellenic Council, and Bicultural InterGreek Council (BIG-C). Continued...

Change Your Virtual Identity
and Discover Your Real Self

During a library-sponsored symposium about the Internet titled "What's Playing on the Celestial Jukebox: Real Knowledge in a Virtual World," moderator Terry Gross, host of the nationally syndicated radio show Fresh Air, asked panelist Sherry Turkle to talk about some of her experiences in the world of MUDs: Multi-User Domains. Turkle, professor of the sociology of science at MIT and the author of Life on the Screen: Identity in the Age of the Internet, began by describing what the symposium itself, held in November, would be like if it were taking place in a MUD instead of a basement auditorium in Meyerson Hall. Continued...

The Bearable Lightness of Winning
The 56-year championship drought ended appropriately: In the closing minutes of the season-ending finale -- a 46-14 pasting of the Princeton Tigers -- Penn's 1996 lightweight football team celebrated its first Eastern Lightweight Football League (ELFL) title since 1940 by emptying a bucket of ice water on coach Bill Wagner. Continued...

"Financially Illiterate" Boomers
May Go Bust In Retirement

As the debate heats up about reforming Medicare and Social Security -- possibly even privatizing those programs to some degree -- a majority of America's "baby boomers" lack the knowledge and confidence to make financial choices for their retirement, a School of Social Work study has found. And when it comes to the intricacies of financing health care during retirement, the boomers know even less. Continued...

Toward a New Black Paradigm
In the eyes of Dr. Manning Marable, professor of history at Columbia University and director of Columbia's Institute for Research in African-American Studies, the emergence of Louis Farrakhan upon the national scene was largely the result of a "leadership vacuum" in the African-American community. Marable dismissed such diverse figures as General Colin Powell; the Hon. Clarence Thomas, associate justice of the US Supreme Court; and the late Ron Brown, former US Secretary of Commerce, as symbols of the "drift toward conservatism and more accommodation within the actual leadership of the black community." The trend among black politicians to "overemphasize electoralism at the expense of activism," he argued, has undermined a "black, liberal, united front." Continued...

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