Campus Buzz

Sculptor to mark a milestone: Associate Professor of Fine Arts Terry Adkins has been chosen to design a memorial for a historic event at the University of Mississippi. Adkins’ monumental arch will be erected on the spot where, nearly 40 years ago, two people were killed as Federal marshals escorted James Meredith across campus to register as Ole Miss’ first black student. Students, faculty and friends of the university raised more than $100,000 to erect the memorial, which should be completed by the spring of 2003.

Good news, sports fans: Even though Shula’s Steak 2 is no more, there’s still a sports bar on campus. Cherry Hill’s Top Dog Sports Grill has opened a city outpost in the former Shula’s space in the Sheraton University City Hotel. There’s still plenty of meat on the menu, along with seafood, salads, sandwiches, pasta and vegetarian dishes. The new restaurant caps a summer of change at the hotel, which got a top-to-bottom refurbishing. General Manager Ken Kapikian reports customers are thrilled with the makeover.

Ready for prime time: But is prime time ready for Elizabeth Fiend (Moersh to her Lippincott Library colleagues)? A 15-minute version of her “Big Tea Party” series aired Aug. 20 as part of WYBE’s “Philadelphia Stories” series. The episode featured Fiend spreading the vegetarian gospel via game shows at the Italian Market, person-on-the-street questions in front of Pat’s Steaks, and turning Ben Franklin (in the person of impersonator Ralph Archbold) on to mock-bologna hoagies on soft pretzels. The Philadelphia Inquirer reports that Fiend and her crew would like to take their subversive educational show national someday.

An honor that computes: The Penn professors who designed ENIAC in 1946 are now part of America’s pantheon of great inventors. John Presper Eckert Jr. and John Mauchly are among the 16 people in the 2002 class of inductees into the National Inventors Hall of Fame. The pair were officially welcomed into the hall’s ranks at a ceremony held at Hewlett-Packard Co. headquarters in Palo Alto, Calif., on May 16.

Penn in ink: “World class,” it appears, is not just a buzzword. The Financial Times of London asked 21 vice chancellors of British universities to pick the schools they thought had an international reputation for excellence as part of its annual Top Universities Survey. Of the 24 institutions that got more than one vote, Penn was one of eight U.S. schools so honored. (The others were MIT, Harvard, Princeton, Stanford, Yale, UCLA and Chicago.) What distinguishes these schools? Money, for starters, according to one vice chancellor quoted anonymously in the FT's May 11 story on the survey. "The vast endowments available to Harvard, Stanford, University of Pennsylvania [etc.] … simply mean they operate from different resource bases," he said. As might be expected in a survey of British academics, Cambridge University got 14 votes, more than any other school on the list.

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Originally published on September 5, 2002