Campus Buzz

Another networking project: Your Buzz correspondent recently caught up with Aaron Levy (C’99), who has been devoting most of his waking hours (and he’s not been sleeping much of late) to launching a new space for the visual arts in University City. The new gallery, located at 4017 Walnut Street, gives his Slought Networks contemporary art project its first physical facility. Levy’s partners in exploring the frontiers of art are Professor of English Jean-Michel Rabaté and internationally-known artist Osvaldo Romberg, himself the subject of a book of essays edited by Levy. The gallery’s first exhibit, which officially opens Oct. 18, will feature lesser-known works by well-known modern artists, including Jasper Johns and Alexander Calder, “plus one work that’s missing,” he said; visitors will be asked to offer their guesses as to its identity. A community arts benefit Oct. 5 will christen the space. More info on the Web at

Keep tabs on your “Vital Signs”: The University of Pennsylvania Health System now has a television series that keeps you in tune with the future of medicine. “PENN Vital Signs,” which airs on WPVI-TV (Channel 6), features real people who turn to Penn professionals in their struggles with medical challenges. The next installment—the fourth in the series—focuses on couples battling fertility problems; the scheduled air dates are Oct. 19 and 20. Check your local listings for program times. For more information, visit on the Web.

Stray cats aren’t cool on a Saturday night: Or on any other night, for that matter, but they’re there—along with other pets that have been abandoned by their owners. The campus Abandoned Animal Rescue League’s members work to locate abandoned pets and transport them to local animal shelters. If you would like more information about the group, call Michael Boccacino in the School of Dental Medicine at 215-898-3807 or 215-472-8261.

Bring the family: Now’s the time to get your tickets for Penn Family Day, Saturday, Oct. 5. Check your campus mail for the ticket request form; the deadline for ordering tickets by mail is Sept. 26. Call 215-898-1012 or e-mail for information.

Penn in ink: The Atlanta Journal-Constitution used the anniversary of the World Trade Center and Pentagon attacks to examine how the war on terrorism is going. As might be expected, experts disagree. Count Stephen Gale, associate professor of political science, among the pessimists. His chief worry is that our stepped-up security measures are both ineffective and focused on the wrong objects. “I don’t think we’ve done anything, frankly,” he said in a Sept. 11 feature on the war. “At the airports, we’re taking away scissors and searching little old ladies in wheelchairs. We’re not doing anything to protect the systems our way of life depends on: food, power, water. I’m pessimistic. I’m afraid Americans are going to have to learn this lesson the hard way.”

Originally published on September 19, 2002