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'Anonymous' on Banality
"It's wonderful to be back here at the last place where I was truly anonymous," Joe Klein, C'68, was telling a modest-sized crowd at Penn earlier this semester. But since that anonymity took place during the sixties, he added, "I guess you could say I was oblivious as much as I was anonymous." Klein, the Washington columnist for The New Yorker, former columnist for Newsweek, and once-anonymous author of the best-selling political novel Primary Colors, spoke about his evolution from oblivion to anonymity and beyond as part of the School of Arts and Sciences' Alumni Lecture Series. Continued...


Addams to Ashes
On March 9, a four-alarm fire gutted the former Asbury Methodist Episcopal Church at 33rd and Chestnut Streets, just five months before it was scheduled to reopen as the Charles Addams Fine Arts Hall. The fire was caused by temporary wiring in the 113-year-old building. The University intends to build a new facility on the site, though it may preserve part of the facade. Continued...


Tuition and Fees to Increase 5.3 Percent Next Year
A week after the cover story in Time magazine -- written by Erik Larson, C'76 -- excoriated the University and other elite schools for their high tuition rates, the board of trustees approved a 4.5 percent increase in total charges. Continued...


The Wisdom of Perl:
Balancing the Emotional Research Budget

Scientists seldom talk about the emotional upheavals associated with their work, but according to Dr. Martin Perl, the 1995 Nobel Laureate in physics, such human concerns "pervade much of experimental physics." In a recent talk sponsored by Penn's Department of Physics and Astronomy, Perl, a professor at the Stanford Linear Accelerator Center, drew from his forty years of research experience in offering encouragement and advice to physics students. Continued...


Pictures at an Exhibition
Maurice Burrison, W'32, says than when he first got the idea of mounting an art exhibition on the ground floor of the Faculty Club back in 1978, he got some advice from Fred Shabel, then Penn's vice president for operational services. "He said, 'Don't do it just once,'" recalls Burrison. "'If you start it, keep it up.'" Continued...


Point, Click and Listen to the Magic of Marian Anderson
"A voice like that is heard only once in a hundred years," Arturo Toscanini is reported to have said, and even through a desktop-computer speaker, that voice can make the hairs on the back of the neck stand up and salute. It belongs to the late Marian Anderson, Hon'58, and through the sorcery of the Internet, one simply has to point and click a few times to hear and see her singing. Continued...




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