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Protesters seek presidential rendezvous

(02/27/07 5:00am)

"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.

Yale seeks to change tenure policy

(02/23/07 5:00am)

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.

Perspective Sidebar: At Harvard, a push toward 'activity-based learning'

(02/20/07 5:00am)

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.

Donation made to stop Barbaro's disease

(02/15/07 5:00am)

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.

'America's horse' leaves legacy behind

(01/30/07 5:00am)

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.