A revamped financial-aid package will now grant a no-loan financial aid policy to families earning $60,000 or less per year. This policy was announced by Vice President for Budget and Management Analysis Bonnie Gibson at the Board of Trustees Budget and Finance Committee meeting yesterday.
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After almost a year of hard work and often-heated debate, graduate students have at last unveiled the final version of their proposal for student government restructuring. The final proposal includes one General Assembly for the entire graduate-student community and a separate group made up of graduate students from the School of Arts and Sciences.
A message board for law students has recently been gathering attention from a variety of sources for its creators' decision to keep sexist, racist and homophobic messages posted on the Web site. And Penn Law student Anthony Ciolli, one of the directors of that Web site, AutoAdmit.
Former Penn professor Robert Grossman will be the next Dean of the New York University School of Medicine, NYU officials announced last week. Grossman, who graduated from the Penn School of Medicine in 1973, will also serve as the new CEO of the NYU Hospitals Center.
Next year, an increasing number of students will give up Ben Franklin for Big Ben. Penn Abroad received 567 study-abroad applications for next year's full-year and fall-semester programs, a 19-percent increase from 476 last year. Applications for spring 2008 programs are not due until early next fall.
Family and friends will gather on Friday to pay their respects to Chemistry professor Alan MacDiarmid. The service for MacDiarmid, a Nobel Prize laureate who taught and researched chemistry at Penn for 52 years, follows his death three weeks ago at age 79.
"Amy, don't you run away, listen to what we have to say!" This was just one of many chants that could be heard on Locust Walk yesterday as about 55 graduate student protesters, led by a ten-foot tall puppet of Amy Gutmann, converged on College Hall at 12:30 p.m. The protest was organized by Graduate Employees Together - University of Pennsylvania, a graduate-student group that advocates for graduate-student teachers and research assistants at Penn.
After gauging widespread discontent with its 35-year-old tenure program, Yale University is finally bringing its promotion policies in line with those of its peer institutions - including Penn's. The new policy would, among other things, create a tenure-track system through which faculty will be hired under the assumption that they can receive tenure if they have the necessary qualifications.
Attention prospective graduate students: Start replanning your summer vacations. July 31 will be the last day to take the Graduate Record Examination - an admissions test that is required when applying to most graduate schools - before it undergoes the biggest change in its 55-year history.
Issues concerning graduate students with children are finally reaching Penn's radar, but it may be too little, too late. Additional facilities to help improve the University's day care are currently under construction at the Penn Children's Center, but graduate students with children say their needs have been overlooked throughout the entire process.
For the first time in over 30 years, Harvard University has proposed major changes to its Core Curriculum. Eight new subject areas would replace the curriculum's current 11, for which new classes will be created. In addition, a program of "activity-based learning" would try and tie together academic and extracurricular activities.
At 8:30 yesterday morning, Wharton junior Arthur Hayes woke up to the piercing sound of a rolling pin banging on a cooking pan. A booming British accent followed. "Wakey-wakey! Rise and shine - get up!" No, Hayes, a member of Psi Upsilon, wasn't dreaming.
The gifts for Barbaro just keep on coming. The Penn School of Veterinary Medicine announced yesterday that Barbaro's owners, Roy and Gretchen Jackson, donated a $3 million gift to Penn Vet to fund research on laminitis and other equine diseases. The money will supplement gifts from the Fund to Fight Laminitis that have been donated to sponsor this future research.
Two weeks after being euthanized, Barbaro is still leaving hoofprints on the New Bolton Center. Though things have begun to quiet down, gifts and donations continue to flood the Center, where Barbaro received intense medical attention for eight months.
The GSC's mascot, a garden gnome, was well-represented Wednesday night at the opening of the Global Gnome art exhibit, which featured an array of photographs of gnomes from eight University graduate student photographers.
The "Mooninite" plot to take over the world has been thwarted again - this time, by the Boston bomb squad. Last Wednesday morning, Massachusetts state police were summoned to shut down the city temporarily after hearing about alleged bombs planted throughout the city.
As the quest for graduate-student-government reform continues, leaders are turning to their peers for feedback. Four graduate-student government meetings, including one held yesterday afternoon, gave the average grad student a chance to catch up on what's become a heated debate among the graduate community.
After an eight-month fight for his life, Barbaro's race is over. The Kentucky Derby-winning thoroughbred was euthanized yesterday morning after the onset of complications relating to his most recent procedure. Over the weekend, Barbaro's right hind foot was placed in an "external skeletal fixation device in order to provide the foot a chance to heal," Dean Richardson, Chief of Surgery at the Penn School of Veterinary Medicine's New Bolton Center, said in a press release.
Challenges for international graduate students don't stop after they recover from jet lag: Once they adjust to American culture, and even after they secure their visas, there's still a major price to pay. Graduate students at Penn on fellowships - research-intensive Ph.
Muhammad Ali may be out of the boxing ring, but he's got a new challenge to tackle: the snack-food industry.