issue's Profiles | Sept/Oct Contents |
On This Farm, Corpses Are Cultivated
William Bass III Gr61 strode
into his bosss office one day and informed him, I need a place to
put dead bodies. Continued...
Taking a Stand On Screen
Dr. Wayne Goldner M78
has delivered many babies. He also
devotes a tiny fraction of his Bedford, New Hampshire, practice to performing
abortions. As a result, he says, a few precautions are necessary. Continued...
Craving Catfish in the Land of Cassoulet
When Monique Wells C81 V85
was a biology major living in the
W.E.B. DuBois College House, she invited over three classmates from
her native Houston for a traditional soul-food dinner. We had such
a wonderful time preparing that meal and sharing memories of home,
she recalls. I decided then that I wanted to do more cooking and entertaining.
This years presidential
contest may be a strictly
Harvard (Gore)-Yale (Bush) affair, but a Penn alumnus was in
the running for vice president. Sort of. Continued...
OF 59 AND 65
major league baseball teams, there was no middle ground: either you
rooted for the Phillies or the Athletics. Continued...
Spreading the Message of Ubuntu
In the Xhosa language of
South Africa, the word ubuntu
refers to the belief in a universal bond of brotherhood and sharing.
Jacob Lief C99 first experienced this concept during a visit to the
Zwide township in Port Elizabeth, South Africa, the summer before his
senior year at Penn. So it is fitting that when he created a non-profit
organization to improve education conditions in the black townships
of that country, he named it the Ubuntu Education Fund.
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October 14, African-American alumni will gather simultaneously
in seven cities for The Penn Blackout. The nationwide party is
designed to reacquaint black alumni with each other and Penn,
as well as to spur contributions to the Universitys undergraduate
financial-aid program. It will serve as the inaugural event for
250 In 5, a fundraising initiative that began with the goal of
raising $250,000 within five years for the DuBois Endowed Scholars
Program and already promises to exceed those expectations.
all started in 1999, when a number of black graduates from the
Class of 1989 decided to host an event for their classmates in
honor of their 10th reunion. Black to School 99, as it was called,
drew 150 alumni back to campus, not only from the Class of 89,
but from surrounding classes. We really created a buzz, says
Lolita Jackson EAS89, one of the party organizers and a National
Committee member of 250 In 5. More importantly, $5,000 was raised
and donated to the DuBois College House Endowed Scholarship.
much thought, Jackson says, we decided, based on the results
of Black to School, that we could raise the bar. We felt that
other classes would be just as inclined to donate. So Jackson
and David P. France C89, another National Committee member, approached
Ayana Green C97 and Rachel Lawson W97, both of whom are officers
in the New York chapter of the Black Alumni Society. They put
together a proposal and presented it to Penn last fall. What
began as a small idea eventually became a movement that encompassed
graduates of many classes, geographic areas, extracurricular involvement
and schools within Penn.
announcing 250 In 5 this past spring, the 35-person fundraising
team decided to raise $50,000 in seed money. Instead, it received
more than $150,000 in pledges. With a matching pledge by an anonymous
donor, the total raised so far is about $225,000. Jackson says
the group plans to raise much more in the future.
lot of black alums have given to this endeavor as one of their
first significant donations to Penn. Before this initiative,
Jackson says, I think there was a little bit of [reluctance]
for black alumni to give to a large pool of money, because there
were few [campaigns] targeted to the black alumni population.
We provided a forum which made it a bit easier.
gather more donations, The Penn Blackout will be hosted in New
York, Los Angeles, Philadelphia, San Francisco/Oakland, Chicago,
Atlanta, and Washington, D.C./Baltimore, with parties held simultaneously
by time zone. The Blackout will be really city-oriented, with
details planned by each locales hosts, Jackson says.
more information, see (www.250in5.com),
or e-mail <Penn250in5@hotmail.com>.