A perfect 10: Your Buzz correspondent’s broad-brimmed Quaker hat’s off to the Penn football class of 2004, which completed one of the most successful collegiate careers in Penn football history with its 59-7 burial of traditional year-end rival Cornell Nov. 22. The win put an exclamation point on a perfect 10-0 season and a second straight Ivy League championship. This year’s Quakers are the second team in league history to post two straight 7-0 records against Ivy opponents. The last Ivy team to win back-to-back titles was the 1993-94 Quaker squad, which was also the last Penn team to have an undefeated season (1994) and the last to rack up 10 victories in a season (1993).
This year’s graduating seniors also went their entire four years without losing a home game, a feat never before accomplished by a Penn squad. Their overall record in Ivy League play (26-2) is the best ever posted by a Penn football cohort. Their overall record of 34-5 makes them the fifth-winningest Penn team ever and the best of current Head Coach Al Bagnoli’s squads. We’re sure some of these young men will join Jeff Hatch C’02 (see “Quoted recently”) and the 12 other Ivy alumni now playing in the NFL.
Salute to Penn’s heroes: We all know Penn’s cops are tops. The 33 officers honored at the University Police Department’s awards and induction ceremony Nov. 17, however, are the best of the best—their quick thinking saved lives and led to numerous arrests. Two officers—Michael Sylvester and Nicole Wilson—received Commendations for Heroism for their work; another 25 received Commendations for Merit, and six officers and six civilians got commendatory letters. The UPPD also gave a special appreciation award to Kris Kealy, urban park manager in Facilities Services, for her work with the police to ensure that campus events are both enjoyable and safe.
Ayón and on: If you haven’t yet gone over to check out the Arthur Ross Gallery’s current exhibition, “Resurrection: Belkis Ayón (1967-1999),” there’s even more time. The exhibit’s run has been extended two weeks, through Jan. 18, 2004, at the gallery, 220 S. 34th St. For more information, visit www.upenn.edu/ARG or call 215-898-2083.
Déjà vu all over again: Jacqueline Wade SW’72,Gr’83, the former head of Penn’s Afro-American Studies Program who is now a Tennessee-based consultant and adjunct professor at Austin Peay State University, dropped by her old stomping grounds Nov. 10 for what turned out to be a reunion of sorts. Billed as a talk on promoting cross-cultural relations, Wade’s remarks focused more on black cultural affirmation and attacking white supremacy, themes familiar to many of the roughly 25 attendees of her Logan Hall event. Many of those present had worked with Wade to establish the African-American Resource Center and the Greenfield Intercultural Center, both of which co-sponsored the talk.
Originally published on December 11, 2003