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Overturning Taboos to Address
Most schools in India don't teach about sex, let alone
AIDS, because they're considered taboo subjects. But that hasn't stopped
the development of more than seven million cases of HIV in the country.
Troubled by the statistics, Shilpa Rao, C'98, spent the past summer
volunteering as an AIDS educator in Bombay for VISIONS Worldwide, a non-profit
group run by college students from the United States. The organization
sends delegations of volunteers to conduct AIDS-awareness workshops at
schools, colleges, and community centers throughout the country while
also training Indian citizens to work as peer counselors. Continued...
The Patron Saint of Ping-Pong
The retired Bill Meiklejohn, W'42, used to turn
on the TV and see seniors golf and tennis tournaments. One day, he says,
"I thought to myself, 'Why not seniors table tennis?'" Continued...
Reviving the Original Human Gathering Place
David O'Neil is digging into a take-out container full
of chicken and grains, and, over the din of a Monday lunchtime crowd,
talking passionately about his favorite topic -- public markets. From
stall to stall in Philadelphia's 106-year-old Reading Terminal Market,
vendors are doing a brisk business with local professionals, families,
and T-shirt-clad tourists. Continued...
Where Does Beauty Lie -- In the Eyes of the Employer?
The secret to professional advancement may lie not in
your resume, but the reflection you cast in the mirror. So argues Steven
Jeffes, G'87, the author of a new book on appearance discrimination.
In fact, Jeffes, who has debated the topic on radio programs, makes an
argument for the Civil Rights Act of 1964 to be amended to include appearance
discrimination. He admits it's "a stretch," but hopes to at
least raise awareness that such inequities exist and offer advice to those
whose looks have been used against them. Continued...
Saving Private Murphy
Like many students who enrolled at the University in the
fall of 1939, Frederick C. Murphy, W'43, had a rendezvous with
a destiny that would take him many miles from College Hall and Franklin
Field. Though only at Penn for a short time, he would become the University's
only alumnus to earn the Congressional Medal of Honor, for acts of almost
unbelievable valor that would cost him his life. Continued...
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