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Mark A. Aronchick
Formula for a balanced law career:
Activism, Justice -- and Yoga
As a Penn student protesting the ground- breaking for the University City Science Center, Mark A. Aronchick, C'71, would have laughed had anyone predicted he would one day represent the city of Philadelphia in litigation to clear even more land for its expansion. "It was probably the single worst judgment in my life that the building of the science center would be bad," reflects Aronchick, the new chancellor of the 14,000-member Philadelphia Bar Association. (And it was probably one of his best decisions to take his future wife, Dr. Judith Ashbes Aronchick, CW'71, M/INT'78, as a date to that protest.) But even if Aronchick -- who once served as the youngest solicitor in the city's history -- has become more practical, he still retains much of the 1960s idealism that defined his years at Penn.
Dramatist Puts Spotlight
on the African-American South
For playwright Sheri Bailey, C'79, art and activism are often intertwined. Take her Summers in Suffolk, which focuses on the lives of six generations of African-American families in the southeastern Virginia town after slavery was abolished. The play will be performed at the Juneteenth Festival at Hampton Roads, Virginia, this year. The celebration marks June 19, 1865, when Union soldiers arrived in Galveston, Texas, announcing the end of the Civil War and slavery. Bailey's mission is to get the date declared a holiday in her home state of Virginia.
A Most Successful Voyage
That was the headline that haunted the imagination of Blaise Noto, ASC'85, before the release of the movie Titanic. Noto, executive vice president for worldwide publicity with Paramount Pictures, which handled the film's marketing, was on campus in March to speak to a class at Annenberg in the school's ongoing alumni career-day series. Continued...
Humor for Every Specialty
Comedians often try to tailor jokes to their audience.
But the seven members of Mixed Nuts go even further in their popular medical revue, You're Testing My Patients, customizing their skits according to medical specialty. They know a crowd full of dermatologists will break out in laughter over skin jokes. Pharmaceutical market-researchers will enjoy a jingle about the FDA. And a gathering of urologists would not be complete without debasing the Beatles standard "Let It Be" into "Let Me Pee." Continued...
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