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View from the Top: Clinton
on the New Economy
The worldand the
economyhas changed a
lot since Bill Clintons last formal talk at the University [Gazetteer,
May 1992]. Back then, while still slugging it out for the Democratic presidential
nomination, he exhorted the mostly-Wharton audience to help bring an
end to the something-for-nothing ethic of the 80s; fired pot-shots at
the do-nothing president, George Bush; and talked about the positive
role that government could play in stimulating the economy. Continued...
Fitts Takes Reins at Law School
When Michael A. Fitts,
the Robert G. Fuller Jr. Professor
of Law who was recently chosen to become dean of the Law School, was asked
what he brought to the post, he replied: I have a taste for institution-building.
I enjoy identifying promising faculty; I enjoy recruiting promising faculty;
I love the school; and I think I can communicate that enthusiasm to alumni
and supporters of the institution. Continued...
Permanent CEO of Health System
Dr. Peter G. Traber, the
Frank Wister Thomas Professor
of Medicine who became the University of Pennsylvania Health Systems
interim CEO in February when former CEO William N. Kelley was ousted [Gazetteer,
March/April], was given the job on a permanent basis in March. Continued...
In an attempt to
get clinical trials
reinstated at Penns Institute for Human
Gene Therapy (IHGT), Dr. James M. Wilson, the institutes director and
the John Herr Musser Professor and Chair of Cellular and Molecular Engineering,
announced in March several corrective steps it plans to take.
Treaty with the Indians," by Benjamin West. Penna.
Academy of the Fine Arts
Love: How Bittersweet the Sound
It was only fitting
that the world premiere
of Brotherly Love was held on the banks of the Delaware River, at
the place now known as Penns Landing. At the heart of the oratoriowhich
sets excerpts from the epic poem by Dr. Daniel Hoffman, the Felix E. Schelling
Emeritus Professor of English, to the music of composer Ezra Ladermanwas
the treaty between William Penn and the Lenni Lenape Indians, signed just
a few miles up the river in 1682. (It was also fitting that, for the occasion,
the University of Pennsylvania Press reissued the book version of Brotherly
Love, which had been a finalist for both a National Book Award and the
National Book Critics Circle award when published in 1982 by Random House.)
Tannenbaum Leaving ICA
After 14 years at the Institute
Art, Judith Tannenbaum, associate director
and curator, is leaving to become curator of contemporary art at Rhode
Island School of Designs Museum of Art.
Cross-examining the 13th
the legal scholar Jerome
Frank once noted, is the 13th juror. And during a February symposium
titled Race, Crime and the Constitution, sponsored by the Law Schools
Journal of Constitutional Law, a panel of scholars examining the
subject of Race and Juries offered persuasive evidence that the 13th
juror is still a familiar face in American courtrooms. Continued...
Kosovo Research Leads to a
For College senior Andrew March,
the road to a Marshall Scholarship and an invitation to deliver a paper
at a prestigious academic conference began when he was a tourist in the
Balkans. It was the summer of 1996, before his freshman year at Penn,
and though he viewed Kosovo then as little more than a transit stop to
other destinations in Europe, he soon fell in with a group of Albanian
students who took him around the region. Continued...
Grim Details About
A recent study of women
West Philadelphia hospital emergency rooms provides a disturbing window
into the lives of battered women and their partners and acquaintances.
The study of 925 women405 of whom were seeking treatment for attack-related
injuries, while the 520 control subjects were there for other health
concerns was carried out by a research team at Penns Medical Center
led by Dr. Jeane Ann Grisso, associate professor of medicine and epidemiology.
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Up 3.9 Percent;
Overall Costs 3.4 Percent
cost of a Penn education will, as usual, be higher in the
coming academic yearbut only slightly. In March, the University
trustees approved an increase of 3.4 percent for total student
charges (from $31,902 to $32,996), including a 3.9 percent
increase for undergraduate tuition and fees (from $24,230
to $25,170), and a 2 percent increase in the average room
and board (from $7,672 to $7,826). The percentage of increase
is the lowest in three decades.
again, we have done everything possible to limit the rate
of increase for both tuition and fees, and total student charges
for our undergraduates, said Dr. Judith Rodin CW66, president
of the University. We are committed to keep a Penn undergraduate
education as affordable as possible and available to the best
and the brightest students in the nation and around the world
regardless of their economic circumstances.
recent months, readers of The Daily Pennsylvanian may
have noticed some large advertisements in the paper suggesting
that students drink less often than you might think, and consume
less when they do drink. At least Stephanie Ives, Penns alcohol
policy coordinator, hopes theyve noticed themand that, over
time, the messages will change students perceptions and behavior
when it comes to alcohol consumption.
to Ives, those social-marketing messages are based on the
work of researchers Wesley Perkins and Alan Berkowitz of Hobart
and William Smith Colleges.
theory of misperceptions states that college students misperceive
the amount of drinking by their peers, she says, and that
if you can correct this misperception, you can bring down
the drinking to a safer level. She adds that another researcher,
Michael Haines of Northern Illinois University, found college
newspapers to be the most credible source of information
for students, and that after placing ads for the last 10 years,
he saw quite a significant decrease at the level of misperceptionand
the level of drinking.
Penn, like most colleges and universities, has been wrestling
with the issue of alcohol abuse [Gazetteer, May/June and
July/August 1999], it is not surprising that it would try
the social-marketing approach.
of the ads, using information compiled last year by Penns
Drug and Alcohol Research Team, states that 74 percent of
Penn students drink once a week or less. The other, based
on an online survey of 3,504 Penn students conducted this
past February and March, notes that 67 percent of Penn students
have four or fewer drinks when they party. While Ives readily
acknowledges that the latter statistic means that a sobering
33 percent of Penn students have five or more drinks when
they imbibe, she points out that the national average of collegiate
drinking at that level is 44 percent.
addition to the ads in the DP, posters bearing the
messages are now in classrooms, dormitories and other key
locations. Students will also be handing out fliers on Locust
Walk, Ives says, and will, if challenged, be able and willing
to back up the statistics they are citing.
excitement is that using social-marketing campaigns has been
one of the only prevention-type programs shown to have a significant
impact on the student population, she adds. Its such a
great thing for Penn to be really invested in it.