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Campus Crime Statistics:
Mixed Results

There was some good news and some bad news in the U.S. Department of Education's extensive review of the University's crime-reporting procedures. The good news was that Penn's system of reporting crimes on campus, based on a definition of "on campus" that had been criticized as overly narrow, was deemed valid by the DOE under the Crime Awareness and Campus Security Act of 1990 -- and that there was thus no evidence of a systematic coverup of campus crime.
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Not Disorderly, Not Resisting, Not Excessive
A College freshman charged with disorderly conduct and resisting arrest in October has been acquitted of those charges, and an internal investigation by the University Police concluded that the officers who arrested him had acted properly and did not use unnecessary force.
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Illustration by Anja Kroencke
Programmed to Starve?
While the cultural standards of some Western societies may encourage women to starve themselves in order to conform to ideals of feminine beauty, some women also appear to have a genetic predisposition to do so.
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Upon These Rocks,
They Will Build Their Planters

When the old Asbury Methodist Church in the 3300 block of Chestnut Street burned down last spring, a few months before it was to reopen as Penn's Charles Addams Fine Arts Hall, it looked as though its old brownstone facade would end up as landfill. But through the efforts of a University City group called Baltimore Avenue in Bloom and some help from Penn, some of that stonework may end up being used as planters in certain triangular intersections along Baltimore Avenue.
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A Row Over "Reverse-Discrimination"
An assistant rowing coach has filed a complaint of reverse-discrimination against the University, charging that he was passed over for the job of head women's coach because he is a man.
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Fins and Fingers in One Fishy Fossil
It was six feet long, and swam in the swampy waters of what is now north-central Pennsylvania, some 370 million years ago. Like fish today, it had fins. But unlike fish today, those fins contained something very much like fingers -- eight of them in each fin -- even though the creature was not amphibious and could not have spent time on land. It was an evolutionary dead-end, but one with considerable evolutionary implications.
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Who Catered the Last Sit-In?
Twenty years ago this month -- on the morning of March 2, 1978, to be precise -- a crowd of some 1,200 students gathered in front of College Hall to protest proposed budget cuts, a $375 tuition-hike (from $4,450), and an overall lack of input into University affairs. An unplanned, three-and-a-half day sit-in ensued, ending only after administrators and student negotiators reached a 31-point agreement that salvaged some programs and gave students more of a voice in decision-making.
   At the heart of the controversy was the fact that a number of sports -- including ice hockey, gymnastics, badminton, and golf -- faced elimination, as did the professional theatre programs at the Annenberg Center.
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Live, From the Virtual Rotunda ...
The University Museum's Web site was selected as one of the best museum Web sites in the country by USA Today Weekend, which sifted through nearly 8,000 and settled on just six.
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