In memory yet green: The UC Green program is erecting a living memorial to the victims of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks in the form of 150 trees along Chestnut Street from 31st to 40th streets. The tree planting, which starts at 9 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 10, offers a chance for the community to come together and show its unity in these troubled times.
Originally published on October 25, 2001
Solar flair: A new documentary film, “Raycing the Sun,” chronicles the latest efforts of the Penn Solar Racing Team to beat the best at the 2001 American Solar Challenge this past July. (How’d they do? You’ll have to watch the film.) The film, produced by local production company GreenWorks, received its premiere at the Engineering School Nov. 7. Several members of the team, including electrical crew leader Gary Lam (EAS’02), who was featured in the film, were on hand to answer questions from the audience.
Originally published on November 29, 2001
Be someone’s Santa: In addition to the Penn VIPS toy drive (see page 3), there are two other holiday gift drives currently under way that deserve your support. One is the annual “Operation Santa Claus” party for local senior citizens and neglected children. The organizers are looking for toys, games, clothing and other items to be distributed by Santa at a holiday party Dec. 19 at the Sheraton University City.
Originally published on December 13, 2001
Justice talks on campus: “Justice Talking,” the NPR program focusing on legal and constitutional controversies produced by the Annenberg Public Policy Center, has moved its tapings to the Penn campus. The first two tapings took place on January 14 in the Wistar Institute’s Grossman Auditorium, the show’s new home. You’re invited to join the audience for future tapings; the next one’s scheduled for Feb. 2.
Originally published on January 24, 2002
Cancer-killer smile: Katie Harmon, Miss America 2002, brought her campaign against breast cancer to the Penn campus Jan. 18. In a morning news conference, Harmon acknowledged that being Miss America helped get her message across—“This is my megaphone,” she said of her tiara as she showed it to the assembled reporters and doctors.
Originally published on February 7, 2002
Why did Ira Winston cross the street Feb. 4? First, he wanted to get the lunch he was on his way to order when a car struck him at 34th and Walnut Jan. 22. Second, he wanted to call attention to the issue of pedestrian safety on area streets, and more than 200 people helped him do that by crossing Walnut with him at lunchtime.
Originally published on February 21, 2002
A night in “Olde Penn”: To celebrate its 100th anniversary, The Pennsylvania Gazette went back into its archives to pull out some literary gems. An audience of about 200 invited guests for the Gazette’s birthday party at the Inn at Penn Feb.
Originally published on March 7, 2002
A higher calling: Vice Provost for Information Systems and Computing, Professor of Classical Studies, Hill College House Faculty Master Jim O’Donnell will be leaving Penn June 30 to become the provost of Georgetown University. Your Buzz correspondent predicts that his scholarly interest in St. Augustine will mesh nicely with Georgetown’s Jesuit heritage and wishes O’Donnell all the best in his new position.
Originally published on March 28, 2002
The portable U-City: University City now fits in your jacket pocket, thanks to the University City District’s “University City Philadelphia Visitor’s Guide.” The guide, available at the UCD offices, 3940 Chestnut St., and local hotels and merchants, lists the area’s cultural, dining, shopping, lodging and recreational attractions, along with a listing of major events, a map, and information about the universities that give the neighborhood its name.
Originally published on April 11, 2002
Brighten up: If you’re still in the dark about making your University City home brighter and more attractive, there’s help. UC Brite, the University City District program that assists homeowners who purchase exterior lighting for their properties, is now accepting applications for lighting projects this spring. Property owners interested in installing outside lighting have until May 17 to submit participation agreements to the UCD. For more information about UC Brite, call D-L Wormley at the UCD, 215-243-0555, ext. 229.
Originally published on April 25, 2002