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The University is considering plans to expand the PennCard system to include most campus transactions. College sophomore Jeff Lichtman, vice-chairperson of the UA Penn Card Committee, said this week that the University would be interested in adopting four advantages that the Duke system offers. He said Duke's dining facilities each offer different fare and operating hours. Adoption of this system could enable students on Dining Services to use the PennCard at off-campus establishments. Lichtman said he was unsure whether such a system would require Dining Services to end its pay-per-meal format, and move to a pay-per-entree one. He said that Duke students also can charge purchases at the school's bookstore, another feature which the UA would like to see implemented. Lichtman added that the UA became interested in looking at the Duke system when University administrators began exploring ways of expanding the PennCard to include more security functions, such as controlling access to dormitories. -- Drew Zoller

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