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Valuing What We Cannot See,
Seeing Beyond Our Worlds

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"Commencement," says Barbra Streisand's character in the 1973 film The Way We Were. "A funny word for the end."
   And so Penn's 242nd Commencement ceremonies brought the graduates' student days to an end last month. But as the life of this year's speaker makes clear, endings are often just a way of getting started again. For former President Jimmy Carter, the end of his presidency marked the beginning of a highly productive career as head of the Carter Center in Atlanta, free-lance troubleshooter, and humanitarian activist (see next Gazetteer item), one that has taken him to 125 countries since leaving office. Continued...

And the honorands are ...
Of the seven men and women receiving honorary degrees at Commencement this year, two were Penn alumni.

Objections Overruled:
Campus Vendors Will be Regulated

It started out with a bang, and ended with an ordinance. After many months of wrangling between Penn administrators and the University City vendors -- culminating in a public hearing in City Hall -- Philadelphia City Council passed an ordinance on April 22 regulating vending in the area. By July 22, most of the 90-some vendors in University City will have to move from their current locations along the streets surrounding campus.Continued...

Going the Distance for Business
Say you're a mid-level manager from Des Moines who would like to do your job more effectively. You could miss a week from work to fly to some faraway business school. Or you could spend a few evenings in a networked Wharton "classroom" without leaving town. The Wharton School's Aresty Institute of Executive Education will make the latter option possible this fall through an agreement between Penn and Caliber Learning Network, Inc.

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Remembering the Maestro
in Music, Words, and Cyberspace

Last summer, the Curtis Institute of Music transferred the bulk of its Leopold Stokowski Collection to the University libraries. Two months ago, in honor of that acquisition, the Friends of the Library sponsored a concert by the University of Pennsylvania Symphony Orchestra, a symposium -- which featured a talk by Bernard Jacobson, a former program annotator and musicologist for the Philadelphia Orchestra, and a panel discussion titled "Music-making with the Maestro" -- as well as an exhibition in the Kamin Gallery/Klein Lounge of Van Pelt-Dietrich Library that runs through June 26.

Wharton Student Murdered
A 23-year-old Wharton Ph.D. student was found strangled in her Center City apartment last month, and police were still trying to identify her killer at press-time. The victim was Shannon J. Schieber, a first-year student from Maryland who worked as a fellow at Wharton's S.S. Huebner Foundation for Insurance Education. Her body was discovered on the afternoon of May 7 in her second-floor apartment, on 23rd Street near Spruce.

Hall of Fame's Second Class is First-Rate
The candidates -- more than 400 of them -- were culled from almost a century of Penn athletics: from the fleet-footed George Orton, C1894, Gr1896, to gridiron star J. Christopher Flynn, C'88. In the end, 44 were selected for the second class of the University's Athletic Hall of Fame and were formally inducted at a black-tie dinner last month.

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