From the Editor



Notes From the Undergrad: In search of school spirit

Alumni Voices: “Dependence, sacrifice, servitude”

Elsewhere: A year in the Amazon

Expert Opinion: Fatal flaws in an education law

GAZETTEER : News & Sports

Penn secures campus-safety award

High-rise facelift

Expanding Univers(ity)

Penn #5 in U.S. News;
ranks Wharton #1 MBA program

Presidential search committee seeks advice

Short stay for EVP Stanley

Middle East-class essays archived

Fulbright full-house

Find the gnomes to know Penn

Petite portions keep French more fit

Nursing School's Sarah Kagan wins MacArthur grant

Pining for a postseason



Books: In the Shadows of War.
A pilot’s odyssey reconstructed

Excerpt: Collector Robert Lehrman
on Joseph Cornell’s art

Books: The Empty Ocean. Watery grave

Film: Postmodern pastiche of Chekhov’s plays

Briefly Noted

Arts Calendar

ALUMNI : Profiles : Events : Notes : Obituaries

Pennfest NYC showcases alumni talent

AYUDA fights diabetes abroad

Message smuggler Ivan Juzang

LEAP leader Sara Shenkan

Lawyer and matchmaker Samantha Daniels

So Smart! creators Scott and Alexandra Martinez Tornek

“Nora Prize” aids student networking

Conflict resolver Matthew Hodes

"Kung Fu Football" actor Anthony Jun Hung Ng

The House that Joe Built
The idea of a National Constitution Center was “self-evident,” says alumnus Joe Torsella, but it wasn’t making much progress toward reality until he took charge. BY KATHRYN LEVY FELDMAN

The University as
Discourse Community

In this essay from Public Discourse in America, which she co-edited with Stephen P. Steinberg, Penn’s president explores the question, “What is a university for?” BY JUDITH RODIN

A Passion for Putting
Things Together

In their design for the new Levine Hall, their teaching and research, and a just-published book, design alumni Stephen Kieran and James Timberlake are pushing for an architecture that goes beyond appearances. BY JOHN PRENDERGAST

The Kindness of Strangers
“I got my affairs in order, I redid my will, I told my husband where everything was,” says alumna Ruth Spector of her battle with an aggressive form of leukemia. “But I never really considered the possibility that I would die.” BY KRISTINE CONNER


Volume 102, No.2
Cover: Photo by Candace diCarlo

2003 The Pennsylvania Gazette
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