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FORUM
View from the Top: Clinton on the New Economy
The world—and the economy—has changed a lot since Bill Clinton’s 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...

APPOINTMENTS
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...

APPOINTMENTS
Traber Named Permanent CEO of Health System
photo by Addison Geary
Dr. Peter Traber

Dr. Peter G. Traber, the Frank Wister Thomas Professor of Medicine who became the University of Pennsylvania Health System’s 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...

EXPERIMENTAL MEDICINE
IHGT’s Wilson Outlines
Oversight Plans

In an attempt to get clinical trials reinstated at Penn’s Institute for Human Gene Therapy (IHGT), Dr. James M. Wilson, the institute’s director and the John Herr Musser Professor and Chair of Cellular and Molecular Engineering, announced in March several corrective steps it plans to take. Continued...
"Penn's Treaty with the Indians," by Benjamin West. Penna. Academy of the Fine Arts



THE ARTS
Brotherly 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 Penn’s Landing. At the heart of the oratorio—which sets excerpts from the epic poem by Dr. Daniel Hoffman, the Felix E. Schelling Emeritus Professor of English, to the music of composer Ezra Laderman—was 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.) Continued...

DEPARTURES
Tannenbaum Leaving ICA
After 14 years at the Institute of Contemporary Art, Judith Tannenbaum, associate director and curator, is leaving to become curator of contemporary art at Rhode Island School of Design’s Museum of Art. Continued...

Illustration by Chris Sharp

SYMPOSIUM
Cross-examining the “13th Juror”
“Prejudice,” 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 School’s 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...

STUDENT ACHIEVEMENTS
Kosovo Research Leads to a Marshall Scholarship
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...

Illustration by Frances Jetter

RESEARCH
Grim Details About
Battered Women

A recent study of women in three West Philadelphia hospital emergency rooms provides a disturbing window into the lives of battered women and their partners and acquaintances. The study of 925 women—405 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 Penn’s Medical Center led by Dr. Jeane Ann Grisso, associate professor of medicine and epidemiology. Continued...

 

 

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HIGHER EDUCATION

Tuition Up 3.9 Percent;
Overall Costs 3.4 Percent
 
The cost of a Penn education will, as usual, be higher in the coming academic year—but 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.
  “Once 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 CW’66, 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.”

AROUND CAMPUS


Sobering Messages
 
In 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, Penn’s alcohol policy coordinator, hopes they’ve noticed them—and that, over time, the messages will change students’ perceptions and behavior when it comes to alcohol consumption.
  According to Ives, those “social-marketing” messages are based on the work of researchers Wesley Perkins and Alan Berkowitz of Hobart and William Smith Colleges.
  “Their 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 misperception—and the level of drinking.”
  Since 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.
  One of the ads, using information compiled last year by Penn’s 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.
  In 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.
  “The 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. “It’s such a great thing for Penn to be really invested in it.”