Gazette marks the death of its first editor, George Nitzsche
L98, and the 15th anniversary of the invention of the ENIAC.
A new dormitory for women, Hill Hall, opens, designed by acclaimed
architect Eero Saarinen. A Gazette headline describes it
as A Starkly-Plain Outside, But a Wow! Inside.
Association of Alumnae celebrates its 5oth anniversary. The Charles
Patterson Van Pelt Library is completed. On a tour of the U.S.,
the Shah of Iran pays a visit to Penn, where authorities are collaborating
on establishing an American-style university in Shiraz, Iran.
John F. Kennedy is assassinated, and an editors note in the
Gazette recalls then-Senator Kennedy speaking in Irvine Auditorium.
An article on foreign students at Penn counts 1,11o from 85 countries.
The College for Women marks its 3oth anniversary. The Institute
of Contemporary Art is founded.
Walk opens to foot-only traffic in October: Gone are the days
of the noisy trolleys, double parking, and general traffic confusion.
Anniversary celebrations include the Medical Schools bicentennial,
the Philomathean Societys 15oth anniversary, and the baseball
University announces a $93 million capital campaign. The mens
squash team is national champion. A group called Save Open Spaces
(SOS) opposes plans for a new fine-arts building (later named Meyerson
Hall), inaugurating the era of student protests at the University.
In December, the Gazette publishes a letter about the first
Penn alumnus killed in Vietnam.
Afro-American Studies Program is established. College for Women
senior Judith Seitz (later Rodin) is among the winners of the student
Award of Merit presented by the General Alumni Society.
Berger CW67 is the first coed to head Penns
student government. A controversy over two federally sponsored biological-warfare
research projects at the
University, known as Spice Rack and Summit, leads to a three day
sit-in at College Hallthe buildings first ever, according
to the Gazette. The trustees subsequently vote to disassociate
the University from the projects.
of homes and businesses for future high-rise construction in the
area between 38th and 4oth streets creates what the Gazette calls
Pennsylvanias biggest hole. New athletic director
Fred Shabel proposes turning Franklin Field into a multi-purpose
indoor sports complex.
students occupy College Hall for six days in protest against classified
military research at the University City Science Center and to demand
community housing for West Philadelphia residents displaced by its
construction. Gaylord Harnwell announces his retirement after 17
years as Penns president. A University Museum expedition uncovers
Sybaris, the ancient city of pleasure. The Daily Pennsylvanian
gets its first woman editor, Judy Teller CW71, and Woodstock
organizer John Roberts C66 is profiled in the Gazette.
Cinderella basketball team earns a 25-1 record. Black
students march through campus to denounce the lack of funding for
black advising programs. Student walkouts and protests interrupt
Commencement ceremonies. With the cry alternate floors for
74s, coed housing comes to the Quad. A study finds the ratio
of men to women at the University is 2-to-1. Martin Meyerson Hon7o
is appointed president, and the University faces a financial crisis
and looming deficits.
A. Lyle C61 is named editor of the Gazette. The campus
hangout known as the Dirty Drug is demolished. Harnwell
House is dedicated, and a new wing of the University Museum is completed.
University approves a black-student residence, later named W.E.
B. DuBois House, after stormy debate and protests. The womens
studies program and department of computer and information science
are formed. Ione A. Strauss CW54 is elected the first woman
president of the General Alumni Society. Professor of Physics J.
Robert Shrieffer wins the Nobel Prize in physics.
over a series of rapes in the University area lead to a three-day
sit-in at College Hall and an agreement to improve security and
establish a womens center on campus. In The new ol
days, a student columnist bemoans the death of 1960s-era radicalism:
The revolution was over when all the leaders went to jail
or got married.
University Museum exhibits the Hasanlu Lovers, a pair
of entwined skeletons who died together in about 8oo B.C. The Faculty
of Arts and Sciences is formed out of the old College, College for
Women, and Wharton School social science departments. Facing impeachment,
Richard M. Nixon resigns the U.S. presidency.
radio station WXPN runs afoul of the Federal Communications Commission
over obscenity complaints, in particular relating to a phone-in
show called Vegetable Report. As part of a special Bicentennial
Beginnings issue, the Gazette publishes the Declaration
of Independencein Esperanto. The massive Covenant
sculpture is installed in Superblock, to decidedly mixed reviews.
The $255 million Program for the 8os is formally instituted.
Alumni Council on Admissions is established. Penn football celebrates
100 years; the 1976 teams record is 3-6. Professor of Medicine
Baruch S. Blumberg wins the Nobel Prize.
the University trustees approve phasing out the School of Allied
Medical Professions (SAMP) with the graduating class of 1981. A
campus controversy erupts over the use by Penns security office
of work-study students, dubbed the Mod Squad, to gather
information on other students.
take over College Hall for four days to protest cuts in sports and
arts programming and a tuition hike. Martin Meyerson announces he
will resign as president.
mens basketball team advances to the Final Four in the NCAA
tournament. Playboy comes to campus for a planned feature
on women of the Ivy League, sparking controversy. College green
is dedicated as Blanche Levy Park in October, and soon after is
the site for a student protest against the seizure of Americans
at the U.S. embassy in Tehran, Iran.
Anderson is the top vote getter in a DP presidential poll
of students, with Ronald Reagan a distant fourth. Tulane University
President Sheldon Hackney Hon93 is selected as Penn president.
The Program for the 8os reaches its fundraising goal of $255 million.
Professor of Economics Lawrence R. Klein wins the Nobel Prize in
Black Alumni Society is formed. Football coach Jerry Berndts
revival of Penns football program begins inauspiciously with
a 1-9 season. Sheldon Hackney is formally inaugurated as Penn president.