The University's BoBarbara Stion, the character of a Penn education and the organizational context within a Penn education takes place," she said. She added that this discussion is going to be based on the Provost's Committee on Undergraduate Education report which was issued earlier this spring. Following this meeting, there will be a luncheon for faculty and students with the trustees, she said. At lunch there will be a presentation by William Kissick, the Chair of this year's faculty senate, on "Medicine's Dilemmas: Infinite Needs versus Finite Resources." Stevens added that the Budget and Finance Committee is going to acting on the University and the Health System Budget for the upcoming fiscal year, as well as their capital budgets. And the External Affairs Committee will deal with "the ENIAC celebration and the opportunity this provides Penn to be recognized as a leader in technology going into the 21st Century." The Facilities and Campus Planning Committee are going to be discussing the Perelman Quadrangle. Stevens added that there will be a briefing on the Biological Research Building, the Institute for Advanced Science and Cevens, the trustees will meet with Provost Stanley Chodorow and the undergraduate deans to "talk about the 21st Century Undergraduate Experience." "They will really focus on the goals a Penard of Trustees are on campus for their stated meeting. According to University Secretary n educatharles Addams Hall. The Internationalization Committee is going to hear a report on the first annual Provost Conference on Information Education and Research, followed by the priorities and goals for international education at the University, she said. And tonight there will be a dinner and reception held in honor of University alumnus Walter Annenberg and his wife and the inauguration of the Annenberg Center for Public Policy at the University.
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Annenberg School for Communication Dean Kathleen Hall Jamieson will be serving on a national panel evaluating undergraduate education at research universities. Jamieson said the panel is going to examine alternative ways to educate undergraduates in higher education. She added that it was selected to represent both public and private institutions. "It's an attempt to step back from the entire process and take a look at where we have been and where we are going," she added. The panel also contains professors from the University of California at Berkeley, University of Chicago, State University of New York at Stony Brook, University of Virginia and Yale University. The senior vice president from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting is also on the panel. The idea for this panel originated from Stony Brook President Shirley Kenny. It is also being supported by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. The panel is slated to issue a report next spring. Jamieson said it expects to set up at least three meetings, the first of which is expected to take place this summer. Provost Stanley Chodorow said he thinks it is great that Jamieson has been chosen to serve on this committee. And University Spokesperson Barbara Beck said that Jamieson is "an excellent choice" for the panel. "She is a committed academic who year after year after year inspires undergraduates through her teaching and research," she said. "Dean Jamieson is yet another example of Penn's academic excellence." Beck added that many universities doing similar analysis of undergraduate education, including the University. "Judith Rodin is one of a few doing something about it. She has made it one of her goals as the President of the University of Pennsylvania," she said. "Today Penn offers a first rate undergraduate education," she added. "It is more competitive and more highly regarded as an undergraduate school than ever before. "However as good as penn is, it can be better," Beck added. "And we'll lead the way for undergraduate education for the 21st century."
Looking for something new and exciting to do today? Take a walk down to Houston Hall Plaza -- the area between Houston and College Halls -- and take part in Summerfest 1995 between noon and two p.m. There will be vendors selling food and a radio station playing music. And, of course, there will be free ice cream for everyone. The Office of University Life and the College of General Studies are co-sponsoring the event. Acting Vice Provost for University Life Valarie Swain-Cade McCoullum said the departments decided there was a need for this type of event because there are not many structured activities over the summer. "It's really important for us to come together as a nurturing community all year long," she said. "And I think new traditions to that end in the summer are terrific." She added that she believes this is the first time an event like this is being held in the summer. "It should be fun, and I hope a lot of folks come," McCoullum said. And Associate CGS Director Marion Bell said this event is something the two departments have been thinking about for a long time. "We thought we would like to do something to liven things up on campus for students over the summer," she said. If the weather is not good, the event will be held in Houston Hall's Bodek Lounge, Bell added. Both Bell and McCoullum stressed that they hope this event attracts not only students, but also faculty, administrators and community members. Bell said this is the first of four events the two departments are running. The next one is tentatively set for June 22, and there are two dates set aside during the second summer session. The future events will not be exactly like today's, she added. "There may be live music next time," Bell said. And McCoullum said the departments are planning a free summer film series at the Annenberg School. One film will be shown every Thursday evening at 6:30 p.m. starting on July 6 and running until August 10. The series, which is being called "The City on Screen: Free Films at Penn," is currently scheduled to include the films Blade Runner, Manhattan, The Blues Brothers, Chinatown, Brazil and Philadelphia. All of movies will deal with "the intricacies and intrigues of urban life," according to CGS Publicity and External Affairs Coordinator Luise Moskowitz. And refreshments will be available at all screenings.
Director of Fraternity and Sorority Affairs Tricia Phaup announced Tuesday that she is leaving the University. Phaup said she is leaving in order to pursue another job offer. She will be working in a private hospital, primarily with geriatric patients. "I am totally switching fields so it will bring about a lot of new opportunities for me and push me in directions I have not been pushed in before," she said. Acting Vice Provost for University Life Valarie Swain-Cade McCoullum said this new position will allow Phaup to use more of her talents. "She is trained in a lot of different areas, but one of her areas of expertise is in clinical psychotherapy," she said. "This gives her a wonderful opportunity to do work that is so important to her." Phaup said it is going to be difficult for her to leave the University. "I have been here for seven years now, and I have made a lot of great friends," she said. She added that she has enjoyed watching the Greek System grow and prosper. She estimated that the Greek community has grown by at least 15 percent during her tenure at the University. Phaup has had to deal with many controversial issues during her time here, including the University's alcohol policy. She reported that during her time here, student accountability in the system has grown. And McCoullum said Phaup has done a "fantastic job" dealing with the problems that came up. "During my term as acting VPUL, we have had a number of issues that students and alumni and Tricia have moved through very gracefully," she said. Phaup said the thing she will miss the most about her job at the University is working with the students. But she added that she is confident she is leaving the community in able hands. "[IFC President David Treat and Panhel President Lissette Calderon] have a lot of goals and directions and I know they will do a wonderful job moving the system forward," she said. Phaup served as the principal advisor to the BiCultural InterGreek Council, the InterFraternity Council and the Panhellenic Council. She also worked actively with the members of the Greek Alumni Council, as well as with many national chapters. "Her responsibilities range from helping to sponsor different on-campus events to working through any of the issues and concerns that come up as part of the work with the different student groups," McCoullum said. She added that Phaup always informed the University about the important community service work that the fraternities and sororities take part in. "She is one of the biggest cheerleaders in the world for the work the fraternities and sororities do in the community," McCoullum said. While Phaup's official last day of work is June 30, her last day at the University will be June 16. She said she is taking some vacation time until the end of the month. A replacement has not been chosen yet, but McCoullum said she will be working with Phaup, as well as students from the Big C, the IFC and Panhel to "make sure that we continue to provide exemplary support to the units." "But there is no one on earth like Tricia," she said. "She is absolutely fabulous. I am very very happy for her, but I am personally desolate that she is leaving." McCoullum added that she has been "trying everything" to talk Phaup out of leaving the University. "I have offered her ice cream, a constant supply of Philadelphia pretzels and chocolate chip cookies, but to no avail," she said. McCoullum added that Phaup will not be easy to replace. "She works 24 hours a day, seven days a week," she said. "I don't think there is anyone better at that job in the country than Tricia." McCoullum promised there would definitely be a new person in place by the fall.
Three University students have died this week in unrelated incidents. College sophomore Emily Sachs died as a result of a heart attack triggered by an asthma attack early last Wednesday morning. Joseph Walters, a 40-year-old part-time student in the Computer Information Science masters program in the School of Engineering, also died after experiencing a cardiac arrest on Monday. And John Marshall, a PhD candidate in Bioengineering in the School of Engineering, died on Friday of natural causes. Sachs was visiting some friends on campus last Tuesday when she experienced an asthma attack, according to Assistant Vice Provost for University Life Barbara Cassel. Sachs had asked her friends to take her to the emergency room, where she was admitted and put on a respirator. During the course of the night, she suffered a cardiac arrest and could not be resuscitated. Her mother, Jo-Ann Sachs, said she is still trying to figure out why this happened. "I sent her off at a quarter to four last Tuesday perfectly healthy," she said. "And then she died the next day. There was nothing wrong with her except asthma." Walters was found dead in his hotel room in Cambridge, Massachusetts last Monday, where he was attending a class for his job. He was a senior systems programmer. Marshall had taken a medical leave from the University last fall. Cassel said she did not know what his illness was. Sachs was diagnosed with asthma at the age of two. But friends said she never let it get in her way. College sophomore Marla Snyder, who described her as "by far the most genuine human being I think I have ever met," said she never let her condition affect her life. "She accomplished more in 19 years than any of us could expect to accomplish in a lifetime," Snyder said. She said Sachs was always referred to as 'little Em' because she was only five feet tall. "But she was definitely not small in spirit," she added. Snyder said she had never been as close with anyone as she was with Sachs, adding that they often referred to each other as sisters. The two were planning to live together next year. "We couldn't wait to decorate and hold dinner parties," Snyder said. "Our house was going to be constantly open for permanent socialization." She said she will always remember Sachs's laugh, adding that "she made every situation light up with her laugh. "She was always giggling no matter what," Snyder added. "She had the cutest laugh. She had a very playful soul to her." Class of 1995 graduate Tracy Layland also remembered Sachs's joviality. "She was so happy," she said. "She made everyone else happy she was around. Layland described the first time she met Sachs. "I have this memory of talking to her before the beginning of her freshman year and she was so excited and loved Penn so much," Layland said. Sachs, who was a member of the Chi Omega sorority, was an accomplished dancer and singer. She won both the Miss Dance Pennsylvania title and the Miss Teen Dance New York City title. "To her, that was her greatest accomplishment, winning Miss Dance New York City," Snyder said. "She was determined to be on Broadway. And she would have been." Layland, who was in the Arts House Dance Company with Sachs, agreed that she was tremendously talented. "As a dancer she was just amazing," she said. "Probably one of the best dancers if not the best dancer we ever had." Sachs was scheduled to direct the dance program at a camp this summer. Services were held for Sachs on Friday at the Har Zion Temple in Trenton, New Jersey. So many people attended that it was standing room only. Sachs's family set up a memorial fund at the temple, where contributions in her memory can be sent. The address is 491 Bellvue Avenue, Trenton New Jersey 08618. Sachs is survived by her parents Jo-Ann and James and her 15-year-old brother Andrew. Services for Walters were held Saturday at the Wilde Funeral Home in Parksberg, Pennsylvania. He is survived by his wife Nicki and his three children. A memorial service for Marshall was held at his home in Haddon Heights, New Jersey on Tuesday.
After over four years of planning and discussion, the Institute for Advanced Science and Technology may actually become a reality. On Tuesday, Air Force Spokesperson Jane Knowlton confirmed that the Air Force had signed a Record of Decision that day, giving the University the last piece of government information it needs to demolish Smith Hall and begin the construction of the high-tech building. According to Vice President for Facilities Management Arthur Gravina, this means that the Air Force has evaluated all of the alternatives, and agreed that our siting for the IAST is ideal. As a result, they will release the funds necessary to build the first phase, which is the construction of the new building. While Gravina could not give an exact figure, as of March the Air Force had already allocated $23.75 million in grant money for the entire project, according to Associate Director for Federal Relations Carl Maugeri. It's total contribution could reach $35 million. Vice Provost for Research Barry Cooperman estimated in March that the construction phase of the project will cost between $44 and $50 million. Now that the University has financial commitments lined up, it has to obtain a demolition permit from the city to tear down Smith Hall. Gravina said if all goes well, Smith Hall will be demolished sometime this summer. The project began in 1991, when the federal government selected the University as the site for the IAST. The project was then turned over to the Department of Defense and subsequently to the Air Force. The building was slated to house space for the Chemistry Department, additional Chemical Engineering laboratories and research space for the Bioengineering Department. Three years ago, the Air Force began an Environmental Impact Study, analyzing the plan's historical and environmental significance, focusing specifically on Smith Hall. In March, the Air Force finally completed the EIS, deeming the site appropriate. And with the release of the Record of Decision, it is official. Phase two of the project consists of remodeling the Morgan Building and the Music Building and constructing a new wing that will connect the two buildings from the rear. For the third phase, the University will construct an engineering-science library in Hayden Hall. This will be expensive, and may take a long time to construct. The fourth and final phase of the project is the retro-renovating of space in both the engineering and chemical complexes. Because this phase is routine renovation work, its budget can be cut if the project gets too expensive. Gravina estimates that the entire project will take two years to complete.
The play Arcadia by Tom Stoppard has been selected for this year's Penn Reading Project. According to Academic Programs in Residence Director Christopher Dennis, the text was chosen because of the wide range of topics it addresses. Dennis described Arcadia as "a play about the intersection of two groups of people separated in time by almost two centuries, but connected by blood, culture, science, mathematics, literature and even landscape into a common human situation." "It is a very fresh, very compelling text and one that I think our new students will find lively and interesting," he said. He added that the play is similar to some of the works chosen for the project in previous years. "Like Einstein's Dreams, it combines sort of a good vibrant narrative with some interesting approaches of science and issues of the time," he said. The book was chosen from a pool of approximately 200 works. William Shakespeare's The Tempest, Albert Camus' The Stranger and Charles Dickens' Hard Times were among the works that made the final cut. The Residential Faculty Council formed the core of the project's planning group, according to Dennis. There were also two student representatives from the Student Committee on Undergraduate Education involved in the decision. "The group met and narrowed selections," Dennis said. "And finally we got a book that we thought offered a lot of different attractions ? to people of many different disciplines." Arcadia was published two years ago, and was first produced in London. Dennis said the play "is widely identified as the most important work of one of the world's most distinguished living dramatic artists." The Penn Reading Project was introduced four years ago as an intellectual gateway for incoming students to the University. It is intended to introduce students to faculty members and each other. Previous years have featured such texts as Bacchae and Frankenstein. A copy of Arcadia has been sent to every incoming freshman. These students will be involved in discussion sessions with faculty members on September 3.
Provost Stanley Chodorow read the minds of many students sitting in Irvine Auditorium Saturday afternoon. "You may be asking yourself why would we invite the Secretary of Agriculture to speak at one of the nation's urban universities," he said in his introduction of Ivy Day speaker Dan Glickman. And, to the amusement of many audience members, he promptly answered this seemingly pertinent question. "Traditionally, a large part of our student body has been drawn from the vast potato fields -- of Long Island," he began. "Moreover, many of you are graduating from the Wharton School, which has a long promoted interest in soybean and wheat futures," he added. "It's no coincidence that Dan Glickman has served six years as chairman of a subcommittee on general farm commodities and as its predecessor a subcommittee on wheat, soybean and peach trees." After a more serious introduction, Glickman took over the podium and showed that he too could laugh at himself . "I think it was about 33 years ago that I either tried to get into Penn and applied, but was rejected, or I was told that my SAT scores were so bad that I shouldn't even try to get in," he began. "So I am honored that you either thought enough of me, or regretted not letting me in 33 years ago, to invite me here today." Glickman then added to the growing list of reasons why he is an appropriate speaker. "Some of you may not know that ivy is one of the leading agricultural commodities in this country," he explained. After entertaining the audience with his favorite chicken joke, Glickman proceeded to give the seniors some "gratuitous advice." But first, he assured the students that this speech would not be like his typical speeches. "Today, for the first time since I took the office of Secretary of Agriculture two months ago, I don't want to talk about the 1995 Farm Bill," Glickman said. "That will be something of a relief to me, and I know that will be a relief to you." In its place, he offered his top five list of adages by Ben Franklin, with his apologies to David Letterman, interspersing the Franklin quotes with humorous vignettes from his life. Glickman left his audience with a piece of sage advice. "Let me close by saying one final thing," he said. "Even he who sits on the highest throne, still sits on his own ass." Next on the Ivy Day agenda was an awards ceremony to recognize some of the outstanding members of the Class of 1995. This was followed by an Ivy Ceremony, led by acting Vice Provost of University Life Valarie Swain-Cade McCoullum, senior class president Loren Mendell and co-captain of the Football team Michael Turner. The three led students to the area between Logan Hall and Van Pelt Library -- the site chosen by the Class of 1995. "We unveiled the stone, and then Pup and Loren planted the ivy in the tree right next to the button," McCoullum said. The spot is significant because "it is at the crossroads of Penn," she explained, calling it "an essential and important locus of student life on the campus." McCoullum added that the class had originally considered putting their stone in Houston Hall. "But my understanding was that they wanted to give that honor to a subsequent class, particularly with next year's 100th anniversary," she said.
It is the end of an era for the University's Baccalaureate Ceremony. University Chaplain Stanley Johnson has been a part of every Baccalaureate ceremony since 1961. But this year marked his last opportunity to address the senior class in this manner, since he is retiring at the end of June. Over 2,000 students and their families packed into Irvine Auditorium to take part in this hour long spiritual ceremony. But before the man who Provost Stanley Chodorow introduced as "as much apart of Penn as this space we are in" made his final speech, the audience was treated to multiple religious readings by their peers-- including one by graduating Wharton senior and Quaker Guard Jerome Allen. Then University President Judith Rodin spoke to the students about the meaning of the ceremony. "What we do here today can be as important as any other aspect of your four years at Penn," she said. Rodin added that "coming together to think honestly and creatively is really what a University is all about." And since the purpose of a Baccalaureate is for its participants to stop and think, Rodin concluded by sharing her thoughts with the audience. "I want you to know that you know that you will all be in my thoughts, as I hope Penn will be in yours," she said. Before giving the microphone over to Johnson, Chodorow expressed his disappointment that the Chaplain would no longer be easily reached for service. "But I know that although he won't be in his office, I will be able to find him at a Penn football or basketball game," Chodorow said. "And maybe even at a Baccalaureate or Commencement or two." Johnson spent most of his speech discussing the three major changes that he has seen during his tenure that "have made Penn a much different community than I once knew." These included a change in demographics, a new attitude among students and an increased level of diversity. "These changes are mirrored in the world," he said. Afterwards there was a mixed reaction from students who attended the ceremony. College senior Dan Hurwitz said he thought "it was pretty nifty." "I was surprised how choked up I got at the end of the Chaplain's address," he added. But other students felt the event left something to be desired. "I thought the Chaplain's speech was honestly way too long," College senior Adam Morgenthaw said. "But I thought Judith's speech was excellent."
Alumni swarmed the University last weekend, visiting the place where they left their college days behind. And many left something different behind when they returned home-- a piece of their checkbook. According to Penn Fund Director Jerry Condon, the fund should end the fiscal year with $6.7 million in donations from classes. He said this is more than what his department raised last year, adding that this is encouraging considering that they were raising money in competition with the Campaign for Penn project. "In asking alumni to give to both campaigns, it is very good to know that they will continue to support their individual programs here," Condon said. He said the amount of Penn Fund donations have been growing over the last few years. He added that he attributes this increase to a number of factors, including University President Judith Rodin's ability to generate enthusiasm. Other factors Condon mentioned are the University's success in Ivy League athletics and the increased rating of the school. "I think people are very impressed with how Penn is doing," he said. Fourteen different classes convened on campus over the weekend to celebrate there quintenial reunions, Condon said. Although these classes will continue to raise money through the end of the fiscal year, they try to reach their predesignated goals by Alumni Weekend, he said, adding that most have "just about met their goals." "Some are short, but I expect they will do well by the end of their fiscal year," he said. The specific goal varies by the class. Condon said that alumni celebrating their 25th reunion, usually set the highest goal. This year, the Class of 1970 raised more than one million dollars, becoming the 11th straight 25th reunion class to do so, he added. The class slated $500,000 of its gift to go towards a commons area in the Perelman Quadrangle and $200,000 to endow a term chair to "support a faculty member who is either a woman or a minority." Condon added that the rest of the funds were donated by individuals to scholarships or other restricted purposes. But the Class of 1965 beat all other classes this year by raising over $2.2 million, which they donated towards an auditorium in the Perelman Quad.
The InterFraternity Council withdrew its recognition of the Psi Upsilon fraternity last week, according to Greek Alumni Council Chairperson Andrea Dobin. She said the IFC received information that led them to "change their mind," adding that they were "well within their rights to do that." Dobin would not specify exactly what motivated the IFC to revoke their recognition of the fraternity, but added that in response to this decision, GAC also revoked its recommendation that Psi Upsilon be recognized. The IFC granted conditional recognition to the Psi Upsilon in March, reversing a previous decision made last year that denied reinstatement of the fraternity. GAC approved the provisional recognition bid of the fraternity one night later. At that point, Psi Upsilon only had to get the administration's approval in order to return to campus. The fraternity was kicked off campus in 1990 after fraternity brothers kidnapped William O'Flanagan -- a member of Delta Psi, a rival fraternity. The Psi Upsilon brothers abducted the College student from his apartment, handcuffed him to a pole and yelled racial slurs at him. At the time, the Judicial Inquiry Office released a report which stated that throughout the two-and-a-half hour episode, O'Flanagan was "in fear of imminent serious bodily injury, and at one point, death." As a result, Psi Upsilon's national organization agreed to pay $145,000 in compensation to the Delta Psi brother. All Psi Upsilon brothers were kicked out of the Castle, the fraternity's Locust Walk home. The space is currently being used for the Community Service Living Learning Program. Upon losing recognition, some members of Psi Upsilon formed an underground fraternity known as the "Owl Society" or "Castle." In the fall of 1993, the fraternity applied for re-recognition, expressing its desire to start another chapter on campus. In order for Psi Upsilon to be allowed back on campus, the IFC, GAC and the Fraternity and Sorority Advisory Board would all have had to approve the decision. The IFC and the GAC decided against the fraternity's appeal. At the time, the GAC expressed concern over the group's connections to the "Owl Society." The council emphasized that no member of the "Owl Society" would be allowed to become a Psi Upsilon brother when they supported the fraternity in March. But now that the IFC and the GAC have withdrawn their recommendations, Psi Upsilon will have to wait until next year to bring up their case again, Dobin said.
There may still be hope for English Professor Gregg Camfield. In March, Camfield was denied tenure by the School of Arts and Sciences Personnel Committee. While this decision means he has to leave the University by the end of next year, his department may be able to give him another chance. According to English Professor Robert Lucid, the tenured departmental faculty will vote early next fall on the question of Camfield's renomination for tenure. "The group has already authorized a committee to prepare the case for such a renomination," he said. "And over the summer a number of scholars from other institutions will be preparing analyses of Gregg's work." This action comes after the overwhelming support Camfield received from students and faculty as a result of the committee's decision to deny him tenure. The English Undergraduate Advisory Board took immediate action by drafting a petition and talking with SAS Dean Rosemary Stevens about problems with the University's tenure process. Many students who had taken courses with Camfield felt his teaching should have carried more weight in the decision. Camfield's evaluations in the Penn Course Review consistently averaged a 4.0. Lucid added that both student support and outside consultations will be reviewed by the faculty in the fall. It is not uncommon for professors to be renominated by their departments in their seventh year. But renominations are also not always successful. According to statistics provided by SAS Associate Dean Frank Warner, of the 101 assistant professors appointed in the years 1980 to 1987 who were not granted tenure in their sixth year, 46 percent were promoted in their seventh year. Undergraduate English Chairperson Al Filreis said he supports the proposal in this case. "The resubmission process is a difficult and often unsuccessful one," he said. "In this case I think it would be warranted." Filreis added that he thinks it is important to reevaluate Camfield's case. "Gregg Camfield's work as a scholar and teacher merit our closest and most intense evaluation and indeed reexamination," he said. "I'm for it."
Construction on security kiosks located around campus should be completed by 5 p.m. tomorrow, according to University Police Commissioner John Kuprevich. The kiosks will serve as the primary base of operation for security officers patrolling along recently designated Community Walks, he said. Walks are major arteries of campus that will receive special monitoring by Allied Security guards. In addition to manning the kiosks, officers will also be responsible for walking around their designated areas, Kuprevich said. He added that the Department of Public Safety will set up timetables for the officers, who will be required to spend between 15 and 20 minutes of every hour "in or around" the kiosk itself. "For those other 40 minutes or so, they will be walking their patrols along the Community Walk area," he said, adding that guards will normally be within sight of their kiosks. Emergency telephones are also being installed outside of the kiosks to ensure safety at times when the officers are not stationed inside them. "If someone comes to the kiosk and it happens to be at a time when a security officer is on a patrol round, they can hit a button and the security officer should return to that site within a matter of minutes," Kuprevich said. The Community Walks program is part of the University's new master security plan, which was unveiled by University President Judith Rodin in February. According to this plan, Community Walks will run through the center of campus and along other heavily travelled off-campus routes. The five kiosks and new blue-light phones are placed at strategic points along these Walks. Kuprevich said the program is a safety initiative incorporating different security elements that allow community members to improve their own personal safety. "Our model for years has been that safety is everyone's right and everyone's responsibility," he said. While it is the University's responsibility to supply safety initiatives, it is up to individuals to utilize them, Kuprevich added. "We wanted to have places north to south, east to west, where people could feel a consistent security presence where prevention is potentially higher if they chose to use those areas," he said. The first Community Walk starts at 33rd Street at Smith Walk, continues between Meyerson Hall and the Fisher Fine Arts Library and extends into College Green. A second walk begins at the corner of 34th and Locust streets, cuts west at 36th Street and continues west along Locust Walk until 40th Street. Another walk extends from 36th and Chestnut streets down to 36th Street Locust Walk, and a fourth leads towards 37th Street. The last walk route encompasses Hamilton Walk from 38th Street, and stretches east towards 36th Street from behind the Quadrangle. Kuprevich said these areas were designated for the Community Walk program because they attract the heaviest volume of traffic on campus. He added that the Department of Public Safety will maintain its current level of patrolling in the other areas of campus. Also part of the safety plan, the University has ordered 15 more blue-light phones to be placed around campus areas "close by or near walkways so that their accessibility is increased," he added. The phones should be installed within the next several weeks. "The idea is that if something happens and someone needs to get help they should be able to look around and somewhere within 360 degrees they should see a blue-light phone," Kuprevich said. In addition, he said this new system should allow for more consistent and efficient use of the University Police officers -- both on and off campus. And while the program will not further the jurisdiction of the University Police, it will increase officers' effectiveness, Kuprevich added. As soon as the kiosks are ready, there will be signs placed along the designated areas, identifying them as "Community Walks." The signs will also bear the national symbol for town watch operations -- a blue eye.
The School of Arts and Science's tenure system has been the subject of a lot of recent debate. Students and faculty members were stunned when English Professor Gregg Camfield was denied tenure last month. Several weeks before that, Geology Professor George Boyajian was also refused a permanent position at the University by the School of Arts and Sciences Personnel Committee, despite his immense popularity among students. And in February, the SAS committee denied full professor status to Associate English Professor Vicki Mahaffey, who is also the Graduate Chair of the English department. In protest of this decision, more than 40 members of the University community joined together in a demonstration in front of Van Pelt Library. According to statistics provided by SAS Associate Dean Frank Warner, between the years 1980 and 1987, only 9 percent of 174 junior faculty members were turned down by the SAS Personnel Committee. Boyajian was voted down by the SAS committee despite unanimous support from his department, puzzling many observers of the tenure system. But College of Arts and Sciences Dean Robert Rescorla -- who has served on the Personnel Committee in the past -- said the rejection was not necessarily a mistake. "Unanimous support of the department is just one piece of information," he said. "And that's a very, very important piece of information. But you are there on the Personnel Committee to make your own judgement too. [Their input is] extremely important because they are the pros." There is a certain science to the seemingly mysterious tenure system. Assistant faculty are appointed on a seven-year track. They are reviewed in their third year for renewal, and again in their sixth year for tenure and promotion to associate professor. The tenured members of the professor's department constitute the first voting group that decides on the fate of these assistant professors. If this vote is positive, the candidate's dossier moves on the appropriate school's Personnel Committee, which is comprised of distinguished members of the faculty. Professors serve on this committee in three- or four-year shifts, in overlapping two-year terms. Rescorla said this is done in attempt to preserve continuity. If they approve the candidate, the case is transmitted to the dean, who reviews the dossier and takes it to the final step -- the Provost's Staff Conference -- which includes the provost, members of the provost's office and appropriate deans. While the dean has the right to challenge a negative vote by the Personnel Committee, SAS Dean Rosemary Stevens said she believes deans should have a "hands-off role in the stage of personnel determination." "My philosophy is not to override decisions of this committee," she said. "I think that they do a very good job and this is where the responsibility rests in the faculty for making judgements." If an assistant professor is denied tenure in his sixth year, his department has the opportunity to renominate him as a candidate for tenure in his seventh year. Otherwise, the seventh year is considered his last, after which the professor must leave the University. Of the 101 assistant professors appointed in the years 1980 to 1987 who were not granted tenure in their sixth year, 46 percent were promoted in their seventh year. According to Warner's statistics, 101 of the 174 assistant professors made it to their sixth or seventh year. Of these, 46 percent were promoted to a tenured position. Warner said there is "a lot of fuzz in the 'resigned' data." "It is impossible to know if someone left because of a more attractive offer elsewhere or because of anticipation of being turned down by the department," he said. Three criteria are considered in the evaluation of a candidate's dossier-- research, scholarship and service. Stevens said the University has made teaching "more important in tenure decisions at all levels." "An individual granted tenure has to have excellence in research and a base of a fine teaching record," she said. And Provost Stanley Chodorow said teaching "counts a good deal in the decisions." "We send back files that do not contain enough information or do not access the teaching performance of faculty," he said. Chodorow added that the quality of acceptable teaching can vary. "There is a range of acceptable performance in teaching, just as there is in passing grades in courses," he said. "We do not give tenure to bad teachers, but we also do not only give tenure to barnburner teachers." But while more attention is currently being paid to scholarship than in the past, Rescorla said he does not feel this should reduce the importance of research. "We are not going to a system -- nor do I think we should -- where teaching is the main criteria for tenure," he said. "I think institutions that have done this have gone downhill." Stevens said she views teaching and research as inseparable. "I see teaching and research as a whole," she said. "One is not a substitute for the other. I don't buy an argument that either you are a good teacher or a researcher. We have numerous professors at Penn who are wonderful at both." But Undergraduate Mathematics Chairperson Dennis DeTurck said research is the primary consideration at the University. "I don't think it's ever going to change and I think it's right," he said. DeTurck added that he knows teaching is considered too because he has been asked to give input on specific cases. He suggested that there be an explicit presence on behalf of teaching on the voting committees. "There is empirical evidence that we have people who care, but it might be a good idea to have a specific person looking out for it." Rescorla said he thinks the current system is good because it provides a good level of checks and balances. "You are going to make mistakes in any system," he said. "Our system is set up to avoid taking people who are not excellent. This sometimes means giving up someone who is." Rescorla added that he does not think a mistake was made in the decision to deny Camfield tenure. "It makes all of us sad when you have a superb teacher like Camfield and he doesn't make it," he said. "But you have to make sure he is an excellent scholar too." But many students have criticized the tenure system for not taking their opinions seriously in the decision. They feel their evaluations of a professor's teaching ability should carry more weight. And Camfield said he understands where they are coming from. "The student reaction to the SAS Personnel Committee's decisions on Mahaffey, Boyajian and me shows that students do not believe that student interests were really taken into account in the process," he said. "Student interests may very well have been taken into account, but since the result seems to suggest otherwise, the students are naturally skeptical; I don't blame them." Camfield added that the solution to this problem is to eliminate the secrecy of the process. "Call someone a witch in private [and] you don't have any responsibility for that denunciation," he said. "If you have to take responsibility in public for what you say, it's more likely to be substantive and based on good ideas. "If the system were open, if the medieval system of secrecy were surrendered to the democratic principle that any decision worth making can be made in the light of public scrutiny, then tenure decisions -- however painful -- would be accepted," he added. Camfield added that another flaw with the current system is that it is biased towards the negative, which he says discourages risk taking. "The way the system works, any negative component of your case can be enough to sink you," he said. He said this will lead to candidates going out of their way not to offend. "And if you are going to do intellectual work of any value, you have to be willing to challenge people," Camfield said. "If you are going to say something new it's going to step on the toes of some people who don't want to hear it." He added, though, that he is optimistic that University Judith Rodin and Chodorow will address these concerns and encourage change in the system. "The actions of the new president and provost show that they understand the value of open dialogue, that they recognize the need of the informed consent of those they govern here," he said. "They show remarkable openness as they formulate their plans for the university, so I am optimistic that they will seriously consider making democratic reforms in the tenure system." But Boyajian said he does not support the traditional tenure system, referring to it as an "imperfect system." "I think it's wrong that you perform for six years and you have a job for life," he said. "That's flawed. I think you should perform everyday." His suggestion for an alternative is to have 10-year tenure appointments for professors. "In that way you have no chance of being fired for a decade and a decade is a reasonable amount of time to pursue research that might not have immediate," Boyajian said. He added that the current process causes professors to burn out too easily. "The time you have to put in is ludicrous," he said. "Essentially, the amount of production they require warrants giving up a significant portion of your life. "I've heard more bitter junior faculty members or recently appointed associate professors than anyone else," Boyajian added. "Ultimately, dissatisfied employees is not something you want as employees." He also agreed with Camfield that secrecy is one of the downfalls of the current system. "Not knowing is a very difficult thing that also contributes to low morale among junior faculty," he said. Chodorow said the committees have to make certain predictions when they make their decision. "In the long run, good teachers are invariably engaged scholars or scientists, and therefore one of the ways we can judge the long-term promise of good teachers is by an educated guess based on the principle that the best predictor of future behavior is past behavior," he said. "The tenure decision is about the future, not the past. The faculty to whom we give tenure will be here long enough to teach your children. It's a serious decision."
Help is thereHelp is therewhen friends andHelp is therewhen friends andfamily dealHelp is therewhen friends andfamily dealwith the deathHelp is therewhen friends andfamily dealwith the deathof student When an unexpected tragedy strikes a University student, Barbara Cassel and Maureen Rush spring into action. The Assistant Vice Provost for University Life and Victim Support Special Services Director work together to address the needs of the students' friends and family. And Cassel said the vast extent of support services the University provides is "somewhat unique." "Some other schools provide some of the services, but I don't think they provide the whole range of services," she said. Cassel said she first saw the need for someone to handle these logistic and support services early in her tenure at the University, recalling an incident 18 years ago when she was working for a campus police detective and a student died from natural causes. The student's parents wanted to donate her organs, but had problems making the arrangements because they did not have a good command of the English language and no University officials were responsible for assisting the parents. "I always thought that if I was in the position I would make sure families would not have to go through this red tape," Cassel said. "When I was appointed to the position of Staff Assistant in the Provost's Office and was given the opportunity to help students in the community, I was grateful to be able to fulfill one of my goals." And many students are grateful that the University provides these services. College junior and Sigma Alpha Epsilon brother Joe Ayoob received support from Cassel after Justin Koppel, a College junior and SAE brother, died in a Florida car crash during Spring Break. "I was really impressed," he said. "It made things a lot easier. It was nice to know that there was someone higher up who really cared." In an emergency situation, Cassel and Rush are usually notified by campus police or hospital staff if a student has been killed or is in critical condition. "Depending on what the circumstances are, there is a whole range of people who provide support," she said. Cassel said there is a handbook that outlines 10-15 procedures for the "point person" to follow. The point person is the one who coordinates the follow-up and notification and pulls together a response team. Cassel or the University chaplain usually serve as the point person, according to Rush. Cassel said the University provides a complete range of support services. "Over the course of the last nine years that I have been doing this, the range of activities has spanned a continuum to actually having to notify families myself to just intervening in ways to make alternative living arrangements for roommates," she said. She added that she has developed a checklist because there is so much that needs to be done, including meeting with the family, arranging for their travelling and accommodations, informing students and close friends, following up with the school and registrar, arranging for the settlement of financial matters and shipping belongings. The first course of action is to determine whether the family has been contacted. Rush said this is generally taken care of by the hospital or Philadelphia Police. But she added that Cassel has had to break the news to parents in the past. The next step is to determine what the circumstances of the incident were and who requires support, Cassel said. "You have to do some investigating and probing," she added. If the tragedy affects a large community -- such as a fraternity or sorority, or a student in residence -- Cassel said she and Rush convene a meeting and ask the University Counseling Service employees to work with students to discuss their feelings. Resources are also available to students through the Women's Center, various University religious services and Student Health Services. Cassel added that while the Chaplin is the official University religious leader, if the student is involved with Hillel or the Newman Center, she will notify those offices as well. Cassel added that, depending on what the family wants, the University will provide services ranging from packing up the students belongings to arranging for a funeral director. "[We do this] so that the family does not have to deal with the added details when they are grieving for their son or daughter," she explained. Cassel said she sometimes has to provide the family with a place to stay in Philadelphia. In cases when an international student is involved whose family cannot come to Philadelphia, Cassel has served as the executor of the victim's estate. The executor is responsible for closing bank accounts and canceling utilities and other financial situations. She added that becoming the Executor of Estate involves a difficult process including arranging for a death certificate. If the student is from another country, it is rare that he or she will be buried in the United States, Cassel said. In this case, they work with the Office of International Programs to make proper arrangements. "Often we make plans for a funeral director to cremate the body here and ship the remains," she said. "Sometimes families don't have the means to ship the remains. Then I have to make [insurance] arrangements to handle details." Cassel said she also notifies the individual school that the student has passed away so bursar bills are cancelled. "It can be very devastating to a family to receive a bill several weeks after their son or daughter has passed away," she said. And she said her office must sometimes contact the school if close friends of the student need special consideration with their studies because they cannot concentrate or sleep. She added that she sometimes finds it helpful to plan a memorial service to celebrate the student's life. "That seems to be something that helps in the healing process," Cassel said. If a student died as a result of criminal activity, Cassel said they work with a special division of the District Attorney's office to provide up-to-date information for friends and family. She added that in these cases the University will provide transportation to the courts to people who want to participate in or observe the proceeding. With the murder of fifth-year Mathematics graduate student Al-Moez Alimohamed last September, she contacted the Mathematics Department and set up a meeting with people from his school, faculty and other students, Cassel said. The group also included officials from University Counseling, Victim Support and representatives from University Police. Cassel added that her department maintains contact with the students for as long as they need support, adding that she often develops relationships as a result of her intervention. She said she still keeps in touch with a student who, in her freshman year, was the driver of the car in which two students were killed. "I stayed with her until she graduated," Cassel said. "And I still hear from her." She added that she is still handling a situation involving the sister of an international student who died last year. "It takes as long as it takes," Rush said. "We continue to follow the students and give whatever support we can until they are on their feet. And then hopefully they come back to visit and say 'hi.' "
English Professor Al Filreis and Psychology Professor Paul Rozin will be awarded the Ira Abrams Award for Distinguished Teaching, the most prestigious teaching prize the School of Arts and Sciences offers. The award is presented annually to SAS professors to highlight their excellence in teaching. According to an SAS statement, the award seeks "to recognize teaching that is intellectually challenging and exceptionally coherent, and that leads to an informed understanding of a discipline. "Recipients of the Ira Abrams Memorial Award are expected to embody high standards of integrity and fairness, to have a strong commitment to learning, and to be open to new ideas," the statement added. Both Filreis and Rozin will receive a $6,000 research grant and their departments will be awarded $4,000. "All that can go towards bettering their teaching, we hope," said Janine Sternlieb, executive assistant to the dean. In the past, this award has been given to faculty members such as Music Professor Lawrence Bernstein, Geology Professor Bob Giegengack and History Professor Alan Kors. The professors were chosen by a committee made up of Religious Studies Professor Stephen Dunning, Giegengack and Kors, as well as three students. The committee solicited nominations from faculty and students last fall, Sternlieb said. The individual departments were then asked to compile dossiers for all of the nominated professors. The dossiers contained letters commenting on teaching quality from students and faculty, as well as teaching evaluation forms, she added. Rozin said yesterday that he is very pleased to be chosen for the award, adding that he has not yet decided how he will use the grant. The three faculty members on the committee also decided upon the 10 recipients of the Dean's Award for Distinguished Teaching by Graduate Students, said Sternlieb. This award seeks "to recognize teaching that is intellectually rigorous, exceptionally coherent, and that has considerable impact upon students," according to a letter from SAS Dean Rosemary Stevens. The prize carries with it a $500 award for the graduate student. "It's a token of our appreciation for good teaching," Sternlieb said. "It's really to show that we value good teaching and that we want to reward that." There will be a reception next Wednesday afternoon to honor Filreis, Rozin and the 10 graduate students in the University Museum.
Admissions Dean Lee Stetson and University President Judith Rodin are trying to give local students a reason to stay close to home next year. More than 300 accepted students and their families packed into the University Museum's Harrison Auditorium yesterday afternoon for the President's Reception-- a special outreach program designated to convince high school seniors from the Philadelphia area to choose the University over their other choices. After Stetson welcomed the students, and informed them that they were all admitted in the most selective year in the University's history, he introduced Regional Director Bruce Chamberlin to address the audience. Chamberlin praised the group on all of their accomplishments, adding that it was heart-warming to read all of their essays. "I only read one essay this year where the writer wanted to take Willis J. Stetson out to dinner," he said. "That's down from three last year." Chamberlin revealed that there were several famous applicants who were accepted, including a "Jeopardy" finalist, an actor from the television show "Saved By The Bell" and a renowned ice skater from Portland, Oregon. He then gave the students some advice. "You are venturing into a very neat part of your lives," he said. "Hopefully Penn will be a part of that." Stetson then introduced Rodin, who shared her personal experiences as a University student hailing from Philadelphia. "I grew up in Philadelphia and I thought I knew all about Penn," she said. "What I found out after I arrived on Penn's campus was that I didn't really know at all." Rodin added that there are advantages to going to school in the area, confessing that she used her closeness to home to get laundry done during her freshman year. She said she learned a lot during in her years at the University. "At my time here at Penn I learned to think analytically," she said. "I also learned to have a lot of fun. And I did." She concluded her speech by urging the students to join the University family. "We are very happy to see you here today," she said. "And we will be even happier to see you here in September." Finally, Stetson introduced College senior and Daily Pennsylvanian staff writer Lisa Neuberger to speak about her own experiences at the University. Neuberger said she has most enjoyed the people and the programs at the University. "Penn is not the type of school where you get locked up in the library for four years," Neuberger said. "Everyone is very involved in what interests them the most." After the speakers finished, Chamberlin introduced Counterparts, a student a cappella group, to entertain the audience. Students and their families were then invited upstairs to a reception where they could speak with the various deans and financial aid and admissions officers. Stetson said he was very pleased with the reception. "I think for a glimpse of Penn it was excellent," he said "And obviously a major highlight was hearing the president. Her very personal approach was warm and friendly and makes students feel comfortable about Penn." Stetson added that he feels the program provided prospective students with a good feel for the campus.
Annenberg School for Communication Dean Kathleen Hall Jamieson announced that she will be taking a sabbatical next semester. Jamieson, who is currently promoting her new book Beyond the Double Bind, said she will be using the time off to write another book, the subject of which has not yet been determined. "It depends," Jamieson said. "We have a large grant proposal in. If that comes through I will be doing that." Jamieson said that if the proposal falls through she will be working on a book exploring the debates over contraception and abortion in the Catholic Church. She added that she met with a review team yesterday and that now she is waiting for their response. "Among the many things you can't be sure of in life is when you will hear about grants," she said. Provost Stanley Chodorow said it is not uncommon for deans who have served six or seven years to take a sabbatical, adding that Law School Dean Colin Diver is also taking a break next fall. "The deans are both administrators and academics," he said. "As academics they need sabbatical leaves to complete important scholarly work and to recharge their intellectual batteries. "Being a first-rate academic is crucial to being a first-rate dean," he added. "That is why we support long-serving deans with sabbaticals." And Jamieson has her own interpretation of their purpose. "Sabbaticals are an attempt to make sure people retain their sanity and their scholarly productivity," she said. Chodorow added the University will not have to replace her as dean because this will be a sabbatical-in- residence. "This is an unusual arrangement that will permit her to carry out her [duties as dean] but relieve her from teaching," he said. Jamieson said the University might be hiring someone to teach in her place during her absence. "We have an offer out to someone who, if she accepts, will teach my graduate course in the fall," she said. Jamieson added that she will definitely be teaching her undergraduate Introduction to Political Communications course in the spring. "You have my word on that," she said. Since Jamieson is serving her sixth year, her deanship is currently up for review. She said she knows that the committee has filed its report, but that "there are no clear dates on this kind of process." "I assume the process will be concluded by the end of the academic year, but I don't know," she said.
More rejection letters -- that's the trend in Ivy League admissions this year as several schools hit all-time lows in their applicant acceptance rates. Harvard University, which received a record number of applications -- 17,700 -- accepted only 2,124 -- its lowest acceptance rate ever, barely more than 10 percent. And Brown University's acceptance rate was 20 percent-- four percent lower than last year. It also received an all-time high of applications this year. Princeton University accepted 2,010 students, which amounts to the same 14 percent acceptance rate as last year. Yale University accepted 2,400 of its 12,617 applicants, also consistent with last year's numbers. Dartmouth College reported that it was "more selective" than last year in accepting 2,163 of its applicants. Columbia University accepted 22.7 percent of those who applied -- down from 24.6 percent last year. The process was more competitive and selective than in past years, according to Columbia admissions spokespersons. And Cornell University accepted 33 percent of its 20,578 applicants -- the same rate as last year. The University had one of its most selective years ever with a 33 percent acceptance rate. Admissions Dean Lee Stetson said last night that the University's large class size makes it harder to move the admission rate down. "We made major progress this year both in admit rate and quality of the entering class," he said. "We must reach the point where we don't compare ourselves to the other Ivies." Stetson added that the University has improved its selectivity greatly over the last few years, pointing out that two years ago the acceptance rate was over 40 percent. "We turned away this year the same number of students that we had applications from five years ago," he said. Stetson added that through talking with rejected students, his department has learned that they have turned down a higher caliber student than in the past. "Based on the responses, it is clear that we have turned away students who have very strong alternative opportunities," he said. Stetson said he is confident the University will be able to enroll students who were accepted to other Ivy League schools. "My sense is that we will do well against the other selective schools," she said. "It will be interesting to see how many we enroll." He added that as the University continues to lower its class size, the admission rate will decrease.
Sitting casually in his cluttered office in Bennett Hall, Gregg Camfield divulged his philosophy on what constitutes excellent teaching. "I think that there are three things that make an excellent teacher," said the popular English professor. "A good teacher usually respects their students, challenges them and rewards them." He added that respecting one's students "usually shows that the commonplace belief that scholarship and teaching are at odds isn't true or at least shouldn't be true." It is easy to see that Camfield takes his students very seriously. However, this alone did not guarantee him a permanent position at the University. Last month, Camfield was denied tenure by the School of Arts and Sciences Personnel Committee-- a decision which shocked many members of the University community. He said the problem with the tenure system is that it discourages risk taking. "If you are going to do intellectual work of great value you have to be willing to offend," he said. Camfield's own research has been unusual and controversial. His published book Sentimental Twain: Samuel Clemens in the Maze of Moral Philosophy provides a "revision of the usual understanding about what Twain's work does." And his soon-to-be-published work Humor in a Heartless Haven: Comedies of Domesticity in Nineteenth-Century American Literature addresses the question of what humor is in a revolutionary study that may possibly prove wrong current conceptions of comedy. "And I think that is one of the things that should be expected of a professor at a research university like this-- to open new ground," he said. Camfield also faulted the secrecy surrounding the tenure process, saying that it prevents students from being able to determine whether their input is seriously considered. He said he really values the ideas and opinions of his students. "As far as I'm concerned, my students are as important as anybody I have read," he said. "What my students have to say can change my mind as readily as something I will read in a scholarly contemporary work. "For all I know there's an Albert Einstein or a Gertrude Stein or some other extraordinary person sitting in one of my classes," he added. And while he personally tries to create a form of "creative tension" to challenge his students, he added that there is no set formula to excellent teaching. He attributes his success with students to his undergraduate and graduate experiences, at Brown University and the University of California at Berkeley respectively. "Why am I particularly good? I guess one of the reasons, quite frankly is that I have had some excellent teachers as well," he said. "And I am always aspiring to be as good as they were." Camfield spent the last six years at the University because it is nationally recognized as being one of the best in the country. "I consulted with my advisors when I was on the job market and they all told me that Penn was an extraordinary place," he said, adding that he was also attracted by the University's reputation for treating its assistant professors well. "I found that this is a reputation that may no longer be true," he said. "That is to say that tenure at Penn has become almost as difficult as places like Harvard or Yale or Princeton -- places to which I didn't apply when I was finishing up graduate school because I wanted to sink my root quickly in a place that I felt would appreciate me. "I didn't want to be in a system where I had to prove that I was worthy of it, but instead a place where people would assume that I was worthy and allow me to flourish," he added. "I think in that respect I've been a bit disappointed." There has been a tremendous amount of student protest in reaction to Camfield's denial of tenure, ranging from a petition to a massive letter-writing campaign. Camfield said he has been delighted with the response. "I'm moved really beyond what I could possibly express," he said. "The student support for me endorses what I have been trying to do. It makes me feel that I have made a tremendous difference and there's no way I can express this gratitude." He added that he hopes that students use their concern for his case to address the system and get it changed. And Camfield said that overall, his experiences at the University have been positive. "The only aspect of my Penn experience that has been negative is the tenure process," he said. "I have found my time here to be wonderful. I have been supported in so many ways by so many people." Camfield said he is not sure where he will go after his time at the University runs out next spring. "The job market is extremely tight," he said. "I will probably be required to go where I can." But Camfield added, "I will be looking for a place that has a more open tenure process."