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Penn and Food Trucks Collide in a Vendor-Bender
You know an issue has really touched a nerve when ... 1) A groundbreaking ceremony for a major construction project is heckled by chanting protesters; 2) a neighborhood newspaper runs a front-page story titled "Penn -- butt out!"; 3) Penn puts together a Web site and a color brochure explaining its position, and invites two members of City Council to explain its position at a public meeting.
   All this over ... food trucks? Continued...


Water Buffalo Suit Settled
More than four years after Eden Jacobowitz, C'96, shouted the words, "Shut up, you water buffalo! If you want to party, there's a zoo a mile from here," he has settled a lawsuit that he had filed against the University. According to Shelley Green, Penn's general counsel, Penn admitted no wrongdoing and paid Jacobowitz nothing, though it paid his lawyer "under $10,000" to cover part of his fees and expenses. Continued...


Social Progress by the Numbers
On the scale of social progress, the United States ranks 27th among the world's nations -- right between Bulgaria and Estonia, and well behind Denmark, Ireland, and Poland. That, at least, is the conclusion of Dr. Richard Estes, chairman of the Program in Social and Economic Development in the School of Social Work.Continued...


Cracking the Top Ten
The University has finally made the dean's list in U.S. News & World Report's annual ranking of national universities, tying with Dartmouth College for seventh place in a field of 228.
   Last year, when the University had slipped from 11th place to 13th, Dr. Judith Rodin, CW'66, president of the University, said the rankings were like "comparing apples to oranges in many respects." This year, she again cautioned that the rankings "should not be taken too seriously," but added that "this affirmation that Penn is among the finest institutions in America should be quite helpful as we continue to seek to attract the best and brightest students this year and in the future." Continued...


Untangling the Mystery of Alzheimer's Disease
Researchers at the University Medical Center have identified a major new pathological feature of Alzheimer's disease: a plaque-like lesion involving a previously unidentified protein. It is as abundant and widespread in the brains of patients -- and as specific to the disease -- as the neurofibrillary tangles and amyloid plaques first described by Alois Alzheimer in 1907.Continued...


Fanfare for the Common Plan
Over the summer, the University broke ground on its $120 million Sansom Common project on the site of the parking lot in the 3600 blocks of Walnut and Sansom Streets. Continued...


Goff Bows Out at Annenberg Center
After 22 years as managing director of the Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts, Stephen Goff, Ar'62, has resigned. He will remain at the helm until a new managing director can be found.Continued...


E Pluribus '01
"You are the most academically accomplished class ever to attend Penn," Dr. Judith Rodin, CW'66, president of the University, told a noisy incoming Class of 2001 at the annual Convocation ceremony.Continued...


Sounding off on Irvine Auditorium
It has history, and it has tradition. Dwight Eisenhower, Desmond Tutu, and Mikhail Gorbachev spoke at its podium; Diana Ross fronted her Supremes on its stage; Dr. Judith Rodin and Dr. Sheldon Hackney were inaugurated there in pageantries worthy of medieval monarchs.
   Irvine Auditorium also has the 11,000-pipe Curtis organ, one of the world's largest musical instruments, and one that has filled the great hall with sonorous blasts on hundreds of occasions.Continued...


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