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Upping the Ante on Student Aid
The challenge of attracting and admitting the best students -- at least the ones who need financial aid -- got tougher for Penn this spring, as several of the University's better-endowed peer institutions announced changes in their financial-aid formulas. The changes are designed to provide more aid from grants and less from loans to students from low- and moderate-income families. Continued...

Tuition Up a Little; Applications Up a Lot
Undergraduates at Penn will be charged $30,490 for tuition, fees, room, and board next year -- an increase of 3.9 percent over the 1997-98 charges.

Throwing the Book at Dangerous Art
"What is there about art that endows it with such provocative properties?" asked Dr. Michael Ryan, director of special collections at Van Pelt Library, during a recent panel discussion on "Dangerous Art." That discussion by a group of scholars and artists kicked off an exhibition of "bookworks" titled "Raised Aloft: The Question of Tolerance." Continued...

No Parasol? Slather on the PARSOL
First the bad news: A recent study by the American Academy for the Advancement of Science found an increase in the rate of melanoma skin cancer in the United States. The culprit -- along with genes -- may be ultraviolet A (UVA) radiation, which most sunscreens have not protected against. As a result, many people are staying out in the sun longer than they should, believing that if their sunscreen is protecting them from burns, it's also protecting them from melanoma.

Deconstructing the Constitution
In Support of the Arts

Most of the arguments for public funding of the arts have been exhausted already, and the concept itself has pretty much fallen out of favor. But historian Garry Wills offered a unique argument last month when he delivered the School of Arts and Sciences' annual Dean's Forum lecture. According to Wills, whose Pulitzer Prize-winning Lincoln at Gettysburg was the text for the 1997-98 Penn Reading Project, the case can be made by looking closely at the Constitution.

Go West (Philly), Young Family
As part of a continuing effort to bolster the West Philadelphia neighborhood in which it resides, Penn has announced that it will give cash incentives and enhanced home mortgages to members of the faculty and staff who commit to residing in the University City area

Alternative Medicine Moves Toward the Mainstream
Illustration by Olaf Hajek
Alternative medicine has long had a sort of Rodney Dangerfield status in American medical circles, one that belies its growing popularity among practitioners and the public. But some recent developments in Penn's Medical Center and Health System, as well as at other universities, suggest that it is beginning to be taken seriously -- in a cautious, scientifically rigorous way -- at the highest levels of medicine.

Homage to a Visionary
A former secretary of state -- General Alexander M. Haig -- sang his praises, after joining in on a chorus of "Happy Birthday." A former student -- Philadelphia Mayor Edward G. Rendell, C'65 -- presented him with a replica of the Liberty Bell. And a couple of hundred members of the Foreign Policy Research Institute came to honor Dr. Robert Strausz-Hupé, Gr'46, the diminutive old man who co-founded their organization more than 40 years ago at Penn, back when he was known as a popular professor of political science and had not yet embarked on his 20-year career as an ambassador.

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