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Penn's VP of Communications looks back on Hollywood past

During the years MacCarthy actively wrote in Hollywood between 1978-81, he says he had a “modicum of success.” After his win in the contest, MacCarthy was partnered with Paul Taylor, another writer, and they were signed to 20th Century Fox. Together, they sold multiple pilots, wrote a story for M*A*S*H and had frequent meetings with networks.

Leases start earlier due to new academic calendar

Last year, Provost Vince Price approved a change in the academic year after his office discovered that Penn’s calendar didn’t align with Middle States Commission on Higher Education regulations. As a result, students will have to come back to campus early to start classes in August for the first time since 1974.

Penn graduate instrumental in political campaigns

Since he left Penn Ahearn has quickly made a name for himself on the campaign trail, serving most recently as the regional finance director of 1987 College graduate Jon Huntsman’s unsuccessful presidential bid.

Penn's endowment return comes out ahead of national average

The National Association of College and University Business Officers and the Commonfund Institute released a series of preliminary findings that showed an average investment loss of 0.3 percent for 463 colleges and universities nationwide in FY 2012.

Penn to establish center in China

The University Board of Trustees has authorized an initial investment of up to $5 million in a subsidiary fund called UPenn International, which will facilitate operations abroad, including the new Penn-Wharton Center in Beijing.

Penn endowment return falls in the middle of other Ivies

On the heels of Penn reporting a 1.6-percent investment return in FY 2012, Harvard University announced an investment loss of 0.05 percent. In contrast, Yale University posted a 4.7-percent return, ending FY 2012 with an endowment of $19.3 billion.

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