Campus Buzz

And the winners are…: This is the moment you’ve all been waiting for—well, at least the 319 of you who responded to our fall readership survey. Here are the winners of our survey prize drawing:

$25 gift certificate from the Penn Bookstore: Maureen Kelly in the Division of Public Safety

Coca-Cola grab bag: Nikola Sizgorich in the School of Medicine Office of Information Technology

tickets to an upcoming Penn Presents performance: Tiffani Scott in Urology

We’d also like to thank everyone who took the time to fill out our survey on-line, in print, and at the Employee Resource Fair. Your responses will help us as we make changes designed to make the paper more interesting and useful for faculty and staff. Watch our next two issues for information about some of the changes in store.

Don’t get snowed in: Winter is coming, and with it those days when the University is open but the schools aren’t. If you need to look after your kids on such days, Quality of Worklife Programs has you covered with its Snow Day Child Care program, offered through the Penn Children’s Center. If you think you might want to use the service this winter, you should act fast—slots are offered on a first-come, first-served basis. For more information about the program, call Quality of Worklife Programs at 215-898-0380; to request an enrollment form, call the Penn Children’s Center at 215-898-5268.

Another way to give thanks: If you, like the staffers we interviewed for this issue’s “Readers’ Best,” are thankful for life, health, friends and family this Thanksgiving season, you might want to share your blessings with those less fortunate through Penn VIPS’ annual Thanksgiving Food Drive, which runs through Nov. 19. Canned and dry food donations are being accepted at drop-off points across campus; the food will be donated to area shelters and community service agencies. For more information, or to find the drop-off point nearest you, call Volunteer Service Coordinator Isabel Sampson-Mapp at 215-898-2020.

From the staff bookshelf: Penn Dining cashier Elaine Jones has been dabbling in poetry for the past three years, with the encouragement of some of her Kings Court-English College House co-workers. On Oct. 25, she celebrated the publication of her first chapbook of verse, “It’s My Time: Words of Inspiration and Inspiring Poems of Love” (Odyssey Books), at a book-signing party attended by more than 30 guests. May the muse be with you, Elaine, as you continue down the literary path.

Penn in ink: As President Bush has said, the ongoing war on terrorism is a war like no other. The enemy is not a state, but a diffuse organization bound by religious fervor. And, as Donald T. Regan Professor Emeritus of English and World War II veteran Paul Fussell noted in an Oct. 22 Riverside, Calif., Press-Enterprise article exploring parallels and differences between this war and wars past, “You don’t know when the war is over because it’s not about land, it’s about ideas. And ideas have a bad way of not going away.”

Originally published on November 8, 2001