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SAS deans praise Perelman Quad

(02/03/95 10:00am)

College of Arts and Sciences Dean Robert Rescorla could not be happier about the Perelman Quadrangle proposal. "It think it's a terrific proposal," he said. "It's just what is needed to put undergraduate education at the center." According to a document obtained by The Daily Pennsylvanian last week, the Revlon Center concept has been replaced by the Perelman Quad idea. The proposal suggests using College, Logan and Houston Halls and Irvine Auditorium to create a full student center with meeting space and offices for both students and faculty. Rescorla said he is happy about the combination of academic and non-academic services that the Perelman Quad will provide. Dean of the School of Arts and Sciences Rosemary Stevens agreed that the Perelman Quad could be beneficial to the University community. "I think the mix of student services and academic departments will work very well," she said. "It sends a strong message about learning and being part of a community." She added that she is happy with the location that was chosen. "It's nice to see Penn celebrating its old buildings and therefore its history," Stevens said. Rescorla said he was never pleased with the proposed location of the Revlon Center, which was slated to be built on the parking lot at 36th and Walnut streets. "All along I was skeptical about the Revlon plan," he said. "I didn't like the idea of separating off student functions from the rest of the campus." He added that "it didn't make sense to build a new building when we have so many wonderful existing buildings we could exploit." The central location of the Perelman Quad will increase the number of encounters between students and faculty members, Rescorla said. He added that the faculty would probably not have ventured over to the Revlon Center. Rescorla said he is confident that the area will be aesthetically pleasing. "This is going to be done in such a way that we will be proud and pleased by the physical creation," he said. Stevens said she "hopes it will be a very electric type of space." Rescorla also said he is excited by the proposed move of the College Office -- which is temporarily located in the Mellon Bank, back into Logan Hall. "Having the College Office right there on the first floor of Logan Hall will make it easier for students to come see us," he said, adding that having the office in the center of campus is "symbolic." He said he thinks it is likely that Logan Hall renovations will be one of the first phases in the construction of the Perelman Quad. "I expect to move two years from now, but it's hard to know," he said. "It might be sooner." Stevens said she thinks Logan Hall is "a very good choice" for the College Office. Several of the humanity departments will also be moving into Logan Hall, she said. "It will be very nice to get our philosophy department back closer to faculty and students," she added. Stevens said Irvine Auditorium is a "fabulous building" and that she is looking forward to its transformation. "I think anyone in Penn who has ever been in Irvine has a very special feeling for it and it will be wonderful for it to be revived and redressed," she said. She added that she wants Houston Hall to remain a student center, for nostalgic purposes. "Many of our alumni remember Houston Hall with affection as a student center," she said. "It's a wonderful building."

Wharton students can minor in College

(02/02/95 10:00am)

Starting this semester, Wharton School students are allowed to have minors in the College of Arts and Sciences. And officials are currently working to allow College students to hold Wharton minors as well. According to Student Committee on Undergraduate Education member Brian Toll, this idea came from the SCUE White Paper on University Minors and Minor Programs -- which was released last spring. The paper states that "increased academic options promote a well-rounded in-depth education." Toll said SCUE decided that College minors provide Wharton students with the opportunity to get a more well-rounded education. "SCUE feels that Wharton students desire the improved written communication and analytical thinking skills associated with a liberal arts education," he said. He added that access to College minors is "in line with Wharton's commitment to internationalization by encouraging Wharton students to pursue language minors through study abroad." The SCUE proposal was presented to the Wharton Undergraduate Curriculum Committee -- which decided that Wharton students will be allowed to have minors in the College. Toll stressed that this new option is "a very good indication that Wharton takes the One University concept seriously and is moving in the right direction." According to a statement released by Wharton, students wishing to pursue a minor should consult with a Wharton advisor. The Undergraduate Chair of the College department must approve the minor. College Dean Robert Rescorla said whatever rules the College has for its students would apply to the Wharton students. "As far as we would be concerned, they would be treated just like College students," he said. The University's financial system is structured so that whenever a student takes a course in another undergraduate division, the division that gives the course gets the money, Rescorla said. But he added that it is not a financial issue. "The issue is educational," he said. "We have always felt that students of any school who complete the requirement for a College minor should get that acknowledgement." Rescorla said he does not believe this new system will increase the number of Wharton students taking College courses. "It is my understanding that [the Wharton administration] was simply allowing Wharton students who satisfied the requirements for minors to have it show on their transcripts," he said. But according to a SCUE survey of Wharton students, an overwhelming number would be very interested in pursuing College minors, Toll said. Now that this new policy is in effect, the next question is whether College students will be able to obtain a minor through Wharton. Vice Dean and Director of the Wharton Undergraduate Division Bruce Allen said that while this could happen, it is not a clear-cut option. "At this point the problem is that we don't have a major," he said. "What we really have is a Wharton major and we would have to create something that is analogous to a history minor." Toll said SCUE supports the idea of having such a minor for College students. "Generally, SCUE is a strong proponent of the One University concept that there should be a minor created for every corresponding major, and that does include the Wharton School," he said. He added that although it was part of their White Paper, he does not know where the administration stands on the issue at this point. Rescorla said he is very positive about the SCUE proposals, adding that the possibility of creating a special minor for College students is something he has been discussing with Wharton for a long time. "So far that has not come to fruition, but it is certainly something the College would love to see," he said. Allen said he and Rescorla are "still in the feeling out stages of all of this." "We have to look at where this all fits in to the concept of the president and the provost in the concept of their undergraduate initiatives," he said. "Anything we would do would have to fit into a grand scheme."

Res. Living will not increase average rent

(02/02/95 10:00am)

Dept. target upperclassmen Many students choosing to live on campus next year will not have to endure higher room rates. According to Director of Residential Living Gigi Simeone, the average undergraduate rent will not increase this year. Simeone added that "in the past [the rate increase] has been generally in the neighborhood of five to six percent." Associate Vice Provost for University Life Larry Moneta, this is all "directly tied to a long and consistent and concerted effort to make the residence halls more marketable." "We are making a more aggressive push to make the residence halls the place to be," he said. Moneta explained that while the average room rent will not increase, some room prices will change. "Anytime we raised a rate, we lowered another to counter balance it," he said. However, neither Moneta nor Simeone would comment as to which of the residences would have an increased rate next year. But they did say that with this plan, all rates for rooms in the High Rises will either remain the same or decrease. Moneta said the only net increase will be a small upward cost adjustment for the installation of ResNet. He said this is because it is built into the budget that the price has to go up when they install the system into more rooms. This plan was the initiative of the provost's office, the budget office, the VPUL office and the residence staff, he added. "It was a giant effort of the four offices," Moneta said. The offices are undertaking an extensive marketing campaign -- which includes filming television commercials for on-campus living to air on the ResNet channel, he said. VPUL administrators are also putting up balloons in the residence halls and all over campus to remind students of target days in the application process, he added. Moneta said this does not mean they are masking the problems that exist in the residences. "There is certainly a lot more work that has to be done," he said. "My goal is to address all of the serious issues like mice and insects and quality of our repair services." He added that his office wants to change the current trend by attracting more students to stay on campus. "Right now we seem to be in a pattern of losing students to the off-campus market, and I would like to turn that around," Moneta said. He said his office plans to aggressively address service delivery in residences -- from repairs to furnishings -- to make on-campus living a more attractive option. "We are going to keep offering more services, better services and more aggressive service," he said. Moneta said this is a prelude to a long-range plan on undergraduate education. "I really want the residence halls in a position to support the institutional initiatives of undergraduate education," he said. Moneta said the proposal is subject to approval by higher authorities. "We proposed rates, but all rates are ultimately related to president, provost and trustee approval," he said. Simeone said the full rent schedule will be available in the assignments office in High Rise North starting February 8, when the retention process begins.

First of Woodfield cases may be tried in April

(01/31/95 10:00am)

If everything goes according to schedule, former University student Lisa Topol will be in federal court in April. Topol, who has accused former Assistant English Professor Malcolm Woodfield of sexual harassment, filed suit against the University, claiming that the University violated her rights by failing to resolve her complaint over an extended period of time. Woodfield has admitted that he engaged in sexual relations with Topol and that this was unethical under the University's policies. He resigned last April amidst hearings investigating the matter. Topol's suit charges that "administrators failed to investigate her complaints, or otherwise take any action to determine whether or not there existed grounds to suspend or terminate Woodfield." It asks that Topol be compensated "for wages and fringe benefits" that she has lost due to her relationship with Woodfield and for wages that she is likely to lose." It also demands that the University pay Topol for "anguish and humiliation, physical and mental pain and suffering, and loss of life's pleasures." According to University attorneys, this case is currently "in discovery" -- which is a process before a trial when the parties exchange information. Alice Ballard, Topol's lawyer, said the case is still in discovery because the University has not finished Topol's deposition, and she is still waiting for the University to produce some of the witnesses she has asked to examine. Ballard added, though, that the discovery period should be concluded within the next few weeks. She said the parties are filing pre-trial statements on February 6 -- at which point each side will lay out their witnesses and all of the evidence that will be used. She added that she expects a trial in April. But Green was less confident about the trial date, projecting that it will occur later than Ballard said. "It will be in the trial pool sometime in April, but that doesn't necessarily mean it will be tried then," she said. "It can be tried anytime after [April]." Topol also filed a suit against Bates College in Maine -- where Woodfield taught for two years before arriving at the University -- for allegedly withholding information of other sexual harassment accusations against Woodfield. Bates College failed to inform the University of the complaints and the subsequent proceedings and also failed to update the positive references it had previously offered, the suit charges. Ballard said the case is in litigation, but that there are a number of outstanding motions holding it up. She added that the judge has to make some crucial decisions in this case before it can proceed. "These motions go directly to the heart of whether we can even sue Bates in Philadelphia," she said. Ballard said the timing on this trial is much harder to predict, because there are more uncertain points to clear up. "It could go to trial on roughly the same schedule [as the case against the University], but given its status it is quite indeterminant when anything will happen," she said. Topol is also suing Woodfield in Philadelphia Common Pleas Court. But according to Ballard, "nothing is going on" with this case. "That is sitting because we are concentrating our efforts on Penn and Bates," she said. She added that the case against Woodfield "will go off-hold when these other two cases are done."

Raid may be last call for Murph's

(01/31/95 10:00am)

The future of Murphy's Tavern may be in question after Liquor Control Board officers raided the bar Friday. As a result of the raid, 63 citations were issued to underage drinkers, according to Bettina Bunting, an enforcement officer in the Bureau of Liquor Control Enforcement of the Pennsylvania State Police. A team of undercover enforcement officers from the Pennsylvania State Police Bureau of Liquor Control entered Murph's at approximately 12:45 a.m. Saturday, Bunting said. At approximately 1:05 a.m., the rest of the team entered and held an open inspection. Twenty-six minors and one juvenile were apprehended and issued non-traffic citations for underage drinking, Bunting said. She added that they were assisted by uniformed officers of the Philadelphia Police Department. Bunting said it is not typical for her department to discover so many underage drinkers in one establishment during a raid. "This is not a common occurrence and has not been since the liquor code was amended in 1987," she said. The new law sets a minimum penalty of $1,000 on an organization if they are found guilty of selling alcohol to minors. According to Liquor Control Board spokesperson Donna Pinkham, Murph's has been operating without a license since October 31 of last year -- when it was issued a notice of objection to renewal of its license, alleging that "they have abused their licensing privileges." Pinkham said all licenses for establishments in the Philadelphia area are eligible for renewal every October 31. Murph's received a warning on October 31, 1993 -- based on its prior record. According to Pinkham, this means that its history was "bad, but not bad enough to warrant non-renewal." Bunting said the tavern has received nine citations since its license was issued in 1960, each one charging it with sale of alcohol to minors. But although the bar's license was suspended for short periods of time, it was never revoked, she added. Pinkham added that as of November 4, the bar has been operating under temporary authority from the board until the LCB reaches a final decision. Murph's is permitted to operate under these conditions until the board reaches its decision or until October 31, whichever comes first, Bunting said. This hearing is scheduled for March 24, she said. Bunting said this incident will be cited on the tavern's license, adding that the corporate officers, Joseph and James Murphy, have the option of requesting a hearing before an administrative law judge who will decide whether the LCB bureau has met the burden of proving their case. Although neither LCB official knew what the next step in the proceedings would be, Joe Murphy said last night that he has two hearings coming up. He refused any further comment. Bunting said her department is not finished with their review of the establishment.

Thirty underage drinkers caught at Murph's by LCB

(01/30/95 10:00am)

Gomrd yp nst ,su ypys; $30,000 or more Tammy Polonsky What started out as a night of weekend partying at Murphy's Tavern ended in citations for 30 underage drinkers and a $30,000 fine for the owners of the bar early Saturday morning. Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board officers raided Murph's, a bar at 43rd and Spruce Streets, known on campus as a haven for underage drinkers. Approximately 10 officers, wearing jackets with LCB badges on the sleeves, stormed into the bar at about 1 a.m., according to several students who were at the bar during the raid. The officers turned the lights on and the music off, and announced that undercover officers had been in the bar for an hour, watching people drink. Anyone who was at least 21 years old was told to show proof of age and leave the bar immediately. Approximately five students had proper identification. All remaining patrons were ordered to stay where they were and wait for further instructions. After collecting IDs from the remaining students, the officers let anyone who was 20 years old leave without being charged, according to a student who requested anonymity. Another student, who also asked not to be named, said he showed a bouncer his PENNcard to get into the bar the night of the raid. After giving an LCB officer his driver's license -- which states he is 19 years old -- he told the officer that he had not consumed any alcohol. The officer let the student leave without giving him a breathalizer test. Another student said one officer urged her to sign a citation. "He asked me what I was drinking and I told him I wasn't," she said. "He threatened to give me a breathalizer test. I admitted to drinking to avoid taking a test." The student signed a citation, stating that she is underage and that the officers saw her "transporting, consuming, possessing or purchasing alcohol." Anyone who signed a citation can go to court and plead innocent or guilty, according to the student who signed. If found guilty, the student would have to pay a fine. Students also have the option of taking an alcohol awareness class -- which costs $82.50. If students opt to take the course, then the incident will not appear on their records. Several students requesting anonymity told the Daily Pennsylvanian that 30 people received citations. Some students noted that there were more than 30 underage drinkers in the bar, although they could not give an exact number. Since Murph's received its liquor license in 1960, the LCB has issued the bar nine citations, all for serving alcohol to minors. Murph's license was suspended for a week on August 22 last year, but it was never revoked. Murph's license will be up for renewal at the end of the year. According to Bettina Bunting, an enforcement officer in the Bureau of Liquor Control Enforcement of the Pennsylvania State Police, Murph's can keep its license until the BLCE board makes its decision, which it will issue by Oct. 31 this year. Neither Murphy's Tavern owner Joe Murphy nor the LCB officers were available for comment last night.

Beat poet Allen Ginsberg reads from 'Kaddish'

(01/27/95 10:00am)

Renowned radical poet Allen Ginsberg sat down in a small chair and poured himself a drink from a pitcher on the table next to him. "I am not in very good shape because I have partial laryngitis and heart failure," he announced before he began the reading yesterday in the Harrison Auditorium of the University Museum. "So I don't know if I can get through this." Despite his poor health, Ginsberg treated a packed audience of over 600 students, faculty and community members to a reading of his epic poem Kaddish. This is the first time he has publicly read the hour-long poem in over 15 years. Talking hoarsely, the poet explained that Kaddish is a ritual prayer, and that he wrote this poem in one sitting after he did not have a minyan at his mother's funeral. "This was a way of making up for that," he said. But once he started reading, all traces of illness vanished. As he tightly grasped his copy of the poem with both hands, he spoke in a clear, sing-song voice, cocking his head up towards the audience every few lines. Ginsberg even sang some of the lines in his distinct deep voice. He read straight through the poem, stumbling over words at times, and pausing occasionally to sip his drink, cough or wipe his face. At one point, he stopped, pulled an oversized blue and white handkerchief from his pocket, blew his nose and returned it to his pants. He concluded the piece with a voice rich in emotion and accent. Ginsberg became increasing louder, ending on an extremely climactic note. When he finished, the audience exploded in applause. Ginsberg rose, walked to the end of the stage, and surprised the group with a reading of an epilogue to the poem. Students said they were extremely impressed with Ginsberg's performance. "He was great," College senior Mike Levy said. "He almost had me in tears, I hate to admit. I never realized what a great poem it was." Wharton sophomore Nick Lemen agreed, adding that Ginsberg was able to rise above his illness. "It was very impressive," he said. "When he was reading his poetry he was full of life." Ginsberg, who is one of America's most famous living poets, is currently Distinguished Professor at Brooklyn College. Yesterday's event was sponsored by The Steinberg Symposium and the University's School of Arts and Sciences. This was the famous beatnik poet's second appearance at the University in the past few months. Ginsberg participated in a three-day Steinberg Symposium alongside colleague Robert Creely in October.

College creates new Internet web

(01/25/95 10:00am)

Students in the College of Arts and Sciences now have a more efficient way to answer their questions about everything from studying abroad to choosing and completing a major. A new College Web became available over the Internet last Thursday. A web provides an easily accessible directory of linked information to the user. According to Susan Quant, College management information specialist, the College Web has information "that students need to get through the undergraduate program at Penn." This includes information about programs, dual degrees, submatriculation and links to other department webs, she said. In addition, it contains an interactive option through which students can get specific questions answered through e-mail by the appropriate College official, Quant said. There is also a page where students can enter comments and suggestions. A School of Arts and Sciences Web was also released at the same time -- which Quant described as "one level up from the College Web". Using the SAS Web, students can link to the College Web, the College of General Studies Web and information about the graduate schools, she said. College Dean Robert Rescorla said the purpose of the Web is to make important information easily accessible to students. "We are anxious to do everything we can to make information available to undergraduates," he said. Rescorla added that the advantage of having information such as that contained in the Freshman Handbook available "on-line" is that it is easy to adjust it when things change. He also discussed the possibility of putting brief faculty biographies on either the College or the SAS Web. "I think this is going to turn out to be something that is going to pervade the University," Rescorla said. SAS Dean Rosemary Stevens said she sees a lot of potential for the Web. "I see this as extending the helpfulness of professors and administrators throughout the College and providing a better map for students," she said. But Quant said the Web's effectiveness depends on student's familiarity with the Internet system. "A lot of this is presuming that students are actively getting and using their electronic mail accounts and using the systems available to them," she said. Quant added that since the Web is relatively new, there are still some files and documents under construction. "We will be continuing to work on it throughout the semester?and coming up with new ways that we can use the technology," she said. A lot of faculty have already looked at it and given their feedback about what they want to see done with it, she added. One way to link into the Web is by typing "lynx" at the main menu prompt. Another way to access the Web is through Mosaic or Netscape -- two graphics-oriented programs that show pictures on the screen. "In the long run people will have this equipment, [but for now] people can still get the text information -- which is really what it is all about," Rescorla said. Quant encouraged students to "get out there and see what's available." "A few students have already discovered [the Web], and we have been receiving comments and questions and we welcome more," Quant said.

Applications for admission reach all-time high

(01/19/95 10:00am)

Over 15,000 apply to U. The number of applications for admission to the University hit an all-time high of 15,050 this year, surpassing last year's record-setting amount by 10 percent. Admissions Dean Lee Stetson said yesterday that this number is especially impressive considering that five years ago the University received only about 9,800 applications. Stetson added that this year's pool is not only high in quantity, but also in quality. "The early implication is that it is comparable to last year, if not a little better," he said. He attributed this rise to increased publicity -- including coverage of University President Judith Rodin and the campus' appearance on Good Morning America. The University has also gained national exposure from the consistent success of its sports teams, Stetson said. "The raised visibility through successful athletic programs has helped raise national awareness," he said. Equally influential was a joint travel effort with Harvard, Duke and Georgetown Universities as part of a new admission recruiting program. Stetson added that this effort helped the University reach 20,000 more students and parents. With 36 percent of the Class of 1999 already accepted through Early Decision, the Committee meeting in February can afford to have competitive standards. In fact, Stetson said it will be "perhaps the most selective ever." University President Judith Rodin said she is "delighted" about the record number of applications. "I think that the applications are recognizing what we already know," she said. "That Penn is the place to be." The average Scholastic Achievement Test score of the applicants this year was 1252 -- up 10 points from last year. The number of applications from relatives of alumni was 770, a 10 percent increase over last year. Overall, the number of women applying to the University also increased by 11 percent this year to 6,683 women. There were 637 women applicants to the School of Engineering and Applied Science -- the highest number ever. This is up from last year's figure of 527. The Wharton School received the second highest number of women applicants, with a projected 750, up from 668 last year. While there was a 10 percent increase in the number of Hispanic applicants and a one percent increase in the number of Asian applicants, there was a four percent decrease in the number of black applicants. Stetson stressed that this decrease came despite an aggressive recruitment program to attract black students. There was a 10 percent increase in the number of applicants to the College, a seven percent increase to Wharton and a five percent increase to the Engineering School. But the pool for the Nursing School experienced a 25 percent decrease, dropping for the first time in years. Stetson said this has been a cross-country problem, due to health care issues. The number of Philadelphia high school students applying to the University is close to last year's figure at 389 applicants. Sixteen states reached an all time high this year -- Arkansas, California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Illinois, Indiana, Minnesota, Nebraska, New Jersey, New Mexico, Nevada, Oregon, Virginia and Washington. The state with the lowest number of applicants was Wyoming, contributing only one application. Fifty-seven percent of this year's pool came from the Atlantic Coast, with 35 percent from the five traditional "feeder states" of Connecticut, Maryland, Massachusetts, New York and New Jersey. International applications, which are the highest to date this year, comprise 17 percent of the applications. All 50 states are represented in the applicant pool, including North and South Dakota, which were not represented in this year's entering class. Stetson said his department is working to represent every state this year. "We would like to have at least one student from each state if we can, but obviously the size and quality of the applicant pool dictates the chances that that would occur," he said.

1994: The Year in Review: october

(12/15/94 10:00am)

Despite President Judith Rodin's spirit-boosting inauguration, October was a month filled with sorrow. Tragedy struck the University when University graduates Mary McGuire and Andrew Sawyer died in unrelated incidents. McGuire was killed when her car was struck by a drunk driver in San Antonio, Tex. Sawyer, one of McGuire's closest friends, was found unconscious on the bathroom floor of the Delta Delta Delta sorority house on Locust Walk. He was pronounced dead on arrival at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. Sawyer had come to campus to mourn McGuire's death. Memorial services were held for friends and family later in the month. October was also the month that many students, with hearts set on seeing a Revlon Center before graduation, had their hopes and dreams shattered. University President Judith Rodin and Provost Stanley Chodorow announced that all capital projects would be reviewed. Two weeks after that announcement, Chodorow upset students by making statements minimizing the importance of student contributions to undergraduate education committees. Former Wharton student and convicted cocaine trafficker Alex Moskovits was found guilty on all counts in his retrial in federal court. Moskovits had acted as his own lawyer for the retrial. Alvin Shoemaker stepped down from his position as chairperson of the University Board of Trustees during this month. Shoemaker's resignation came several months before his term was scheduled to end. Merck Chief Executive Officer Roy Vagelos, a fellow Trustee, was voted in as his replacement. Less than one week later, Graduate School of Fine Arts Dean Patricia Conway announced her resignation, citing divisiveness within the school's faculty. Professor of Art History Malcolm Campbell was named interim dean. Several residents of Graduate Tower A discovered swastikas carved into doors in their stairwells on separate occasions this month. The persons involved in this ethnic intimidation have still not been caught. On a lighter note, Rodin was officially inaugurated on October 21 after two days of festivities. There were several public symposiums, as well as an inaugural reception the night before. The new president lead a procession down Locust Walk to Irvine Auditorium, where the official ceremony was held. The inauguration cost the University $180,000.

Admin. receives thearter proposal

(12/12/94 10:00am)

The Performing Arts Council submitted its evaluation of Eric 3 Campus Theater to President Judith Rodin, Provost Stanley Chodorow, and the Vice Provost of University Life's office last week. The proposal outlines both the cost and construction necessary for transforming the former Eric 3 Theater, located at 40th and Walnut streets, to performing arts space. College junior and UA member Eric Tienou said PAC hired Artec, a consulting group, early last month. At the same time, the Theater Committee --Ecomprised of representatives from PAC, the Undergraduate Assembly, the Social Planning and Events Committee, the Student Activities Council and the office of student life -- submitted a preliminary proposal to Rodin, Chodorow, and the VPUL. But the administration did not respond to the committee because they needed more specifics from other groups involved in the process, Tienou said. According to Coordinator of Student Performing Arts Kathryn Helene, the purpose of the consulting group was to "find out if the space is usable and?how much money it will take." The result of their efforts was this proposal, which she said is "a good jumping off point" for the committee. The proposal recommends that the theater be converted into a flexible space theater, a recital hall and performance support spaces. The proposal projects that the cost will range between $2.2 million and $3.3 million. But, Helene said, the proposed the theater in the Revlon Center would have cost $22 million. "So this is about 15 percent of that," she said. "And we would be getting two performing spaces and a rehearsal space, which is more than Revlon would have provided." Several committee members agreed that the biggest goal of the project is to get more space on campus. "It is important that a maximum amount of groups get access to this space because the original idea in coming up with this plan was to give latitude to everybody," said College senior Lissette Monge, president of SPEC. PAC Chairperson and College senior Rosalie Will said she wants the area to "turn into a sort of Houston Hall on the other side of campus." "Every single night of the week there could be students rehearsing there," she said. "It is a really good way to get the area populated." Will said she hopes to hear from Chodorow by the end of the week, adding that she is very hopeful. "I am optimistic, but I am also prepared to fight a lot if this doesn't happen," she said. "This is good for all students all around, and I think he would be blind not to jump at this."

Simeone enjoys a challenge

(12/09/94 10:00am)

The petite woman sits down at one side of a circular table which, like the rest of the small room, is spotless. Dozens of blue binders filled with files sit on a big bookshelf adjacent to the table. Three walls are covered with Residential Living posters. The fourth has one big window that looks out onto Superblock. This is where Gigi Simeone spends most of her day -- in her office in the upper lobby of High Rise North. Simeone has been the director of Residential Living since 1987. Before that she served as director of the Quadrangle. This week marks her 15th year at the University. Reflecting on her past, Simeone said she knew during her undergraduate experiences at Wellesley and Dartmouth Colleges that she wanted to work with universities. "I just knew that I loved the college and university world," she said. "So after I got my masters degree I got a job working in Residential Life at the University of New Hampshire. "This job is so terrific because everyday is different, everyday is interesting, everyday is exciting, everyday has challenges," Simeone added. "It is a wonderful place to work. I love this job." This semester, Simeone has dealt with everything from stenches in Community House to loose snakes in High Rise South. And in the past, she has faced major problems with slow mail and sleeping security guards. Despite it all, Simeone says she loves her job. The thing she enjoys the most about her job is the challenge. "I mean, it is just wonderful when there are problems to be solved and we all pull together and solve it and it works out for the students," she said. But Simeone said the job is far from perfect, citing mail problems as one of her biggest sources of frustration. Although she said she has done everything possible to alleviate the problem, students continue to find fault with the postal service. "I have been so frustrated that I have written to President Clinton and Vice President Gore and said we have done everything internally that we can possibly think of to do," Simeone said. She added that she is "tremendously frustrated" because she believes the problem is with the U.S. Postal System. Simeone said she is most excited by what she considers to be the highlight of her accomplishments this year -- the 21st Century program in Kings Court, a Living and Learning experience incorporating separate Science and Technology, Humanities and International Studies programs. She said she is not disturbed by the fact that Residential Living will no longer be in charge of residential security, which will be under the jurisdiction of University Police beginning in January. Instead, she has been focused on the importance of selecting rooms and Residential Advisors this spring. Simeone said she is also very proud of the 3,000 programs her department runs every year, saying "people are generally surprised at the scope of what [the Department of Residential Living] deals with. "We run the movie channel on the Resnet network, we run the bulletin board on resnet?we have our service center that is dealing with all sorts of different student issues," she said. "I am not sure most people really understand the scope of what this department is about." Although University President Judith Rodin and Provost Stanley Chodorow have not included her on the committee to determine the new vision of the undergraduate experience, Simeone said she is "very excited" about its future.

Sheriff sale held at defunct store

(12/07/94 10:00am)

Today, $20 will buy 20 Big Macs at McDonald's, a ChiaPet or 13.5 trips on a SEPTA bus. Or, if you are lucky, you can purchase a fax machine -- slightly used. Wharton sophomore Faquiry Diaz did just that yesterday afternoon. He took advantage of a massive sheriff sale at Quantum Books, held from 11:30 a.m. to noon yesterday at 140 34th Street. At a sheriff sale, the police sell confiscated items. According to Caroline Schultz, lawyer for the landlord of Quantum Books, the sale followed the tenant's eviction. The stock consisted mostly of empty wooden bookcases and, of course, a fax machine. "It is a sheriff sale to satisfy a judgement," she said, refusing to elaborate. Diaz said this was not what he and his friends had anticipated. "We just came in because we thought they would be selling technical books," he said. He added that he doubts the fax machine works. But he said he is hopeful that he will be able to restore it. "I live in the Science and Technology wing of Kings Court," he said. "We will just play around with it and see what we can do." Diaz and his friends also purchased a large bookcase for the Science and Technology wing for a mere $20. Shultz said the new management staff may be having its own sale in the future of whatever was not sold yesterday. "If they do, they'll advertise," she said. The sale was held next door to the former location of Quantum Books, because it has since been replaced by The Camera Shop Inc. Camera Shop Manager Scott Telford said he moved into the location the day after Thanksgiving. He added that he does not know the circumstances surrounding the space's availability. "All I know is that my company became aware that this location was becoming available," he said. "We were able to come to an agreement and relocate to a larger space." Telford said he does not know what will be moving into the space his store formerly occupied.

Workers search for cause of odor in High Rise South

(12/05/94 10:00am)

Something stinks in High Rise South, and neither residents nor administrators know what it is. According to students, there has been a rancid smell in the lobby of the dorm since Thanksgiving break. College sophomore Louis Juliano described the odor. "As soon as you walk into the lobby in HRS it smells like you walked into a trash can," he said. And College senior Cliff Levy said the stench affects his quality of life. "I feel as if I am living in a sewer," he said. Associate Director of Residential Maintenance Al Zuino said his department was first alerted to the problem last Thursday. He said physical plant has been addressing "every possible concern." Zuino said workers have checked the elevator shaft and the mechanical equipment below the lobby. On Friday, workers were arranging to have the trash compactor area deodorized and washed out. "We have checked every feasible area," he said. He added that his department has brought in representatives from the department of Environmental Health and Safety three times to look at the situation. As of yet, though, workers have not been able to determine the root of the problem. "It's very difficult to address a problem you can't see," he said. Zuino said, however, he does not think workers will have to resort to such drastic measures. "At this point, I am confident that by purging the area with deodorant, the problem will clear up," he said. He warned that even if the source of the odor is discovered, the problem will take some time to clear up. Students said they noticed a slight improvement since Friday. "There has not been a major improvement," said Juliano. "It is not as bad, but it still stinks."

Students admit respionsibility for BB shooting

(12/05/94 10:00am)

U. officials kick pair off campus Two students admitted to firing a BB gun at the window of a 16th floor High Rise East apartment last Thursday night, according to Associate Vice Provost for University Life Larry Moneta. Moneta could not by law disclose the identities of the two students, but he did say that one is a senior and the other a sophomore. A total of 14 shots hit the bedroom windows of the suite on Wednesday and Thursday. At the time, Latin American Living Program Director Gons Nachman said he thought the shootings were racially motivated. But Moneta said last night that the students were allegedly acquainted with the occupants of the room and were "attempting to get their attention, not to scare or harm them." College senior Oreste Ramos, a resident of the targeted room, confirmed this. "We know the guy," he said. "He is our friend and no way did he intend any harm." The students said they were unaware that they were causing damage and frightening the residents until they say the article in last Friday's Daily Pennsylvanian, Moneta said. He said although there was not "deliberate or racial motivation," the University has taken "very deliberate and very harsh steps" in response to the shooting. He added that the University's policy on weapon use is firm -- it will not be tolerated. Moneta said the students were notified Friday that they had to find somewhere else to stay for the weekend. They were prohibited from entering any University residence halls until today, he added. "[Today] they will be expelled from University residences," he said. "And they will need to find permanent housing off campus." Moneta added that, in accordance with University policy, he personally placed the students on "temporary leave from the University." While on temporary leave, the students may not attend classes or be on University property, he said. In addition, the students were notified that the University would bring a complaint to the Department of Public Safety and request that they "pursue any criminal charges appropriate to the behavior," Moneta said. The timeline for resolution will depend on the speed that the Student Dispute Resolution Center can initiate the judicial processes, he added. "It is our intent to request that they expedite judicial proceedings so that [the students] can know their future at the University as soon as possible," he said. Ramos said he and his roommates commend the students for "having the guts for telling the truth." "At least [they] had the courage to accept the fact that [they] did make a mistake," he said. "[They] told the truth," Ramos added. "We all make mistakes. [They] had no desire to inflict any harm to anyone or any property. By telling the truth, I see it as being very commendable." University Police officials could not be reached for comment last night. Daily Pennsylvanian Staff Writer Joshua Fineman contributed to this article.

Parking lot opening delayed

(12/02/94 10:00am)

In keeping with the tradition of most University capital projects, construction on the parking garage at 38th and Walnut streets is taking longer than originally projected. The garage was slated to open yesterday, but officials said it will not open until next month. Business Services Vice President Steve Murray said the original date was postponed in order to take care of last minute details. "There are still some construction details that have to be finalized, so it was delayed for a month," he said. Murray added that there are some mechanical problems that need to be addressed before the garage can be opened. Transportation and Mail Services Director Bob Furniss said the garage opening was delayed because the fire alarm system did not pass the proper tests. He added that the garage will feature six tiers of parking, which will hold approximately 650 spaces. There will be an annual permit fee of $990 for faculty, staff and commuters, and hourly and daily rates for visitors, Furniss said. The garage was originally designated as a transient facility to fulfill the need for visitor parking once construction begins on the surface lot at 36th Street. This area was originally set aside for the construction of the Revlon Center, he added. "There needs to be core parking for that area," Furniss said. "And this garage was designed to fit this need." But until that time it will serve a double purpose, he added. "It will remain with faculty and staff permits for this facility temporarily, with the understanding that we will have to move some of them out when we lose the other lot," Furniss said. The garage will also house several stores, including Campus Copy Center, an expansion of Joseph Anthony Hairstyling, Thrift Drug and Mail Boxes Etc. According to University Treasurer Chris Mason, these stores should open in the spring. Furniss said he is looking forward to the opening of the garage. "We are excited about having it open," he said. "It is just a matter of getting everything taken care of before we can open."

Superblock structure causes confusion

(12/02/94 10:00am)

What has nine legs and has been sitting on the lawn of High Rise North since Thanksgiving break? For days, many students and university officials did not know what the three structures were. Residential Living Director Gigi Simeone said on Tuesday that she did not know why they were there. "I have no idea what they are there for or what they are," she said. She added that, although she is not an expert, "it looks like it is something related to electrical stuff." Simeone said it was probably related to a Physical Plant or Residential Maintenance project. But Physical Plant Executive Director Jim Wargo said he "had no idea" what the structures were. And Vice President for Facilities Management Arthur Gravina said he too did not know what they were. "It sounds weird, though," he said, suggesting that it might be a piece of art. He added that he thought Residential Maintenance would probably know more. And he was right. Associate Director of Residential Maintenance Al Zuino was able to solve this mystery. He explained yesterday that the wiring that feeds the light poles by High Rise North "shorted out." "We became aware of it and put up temporary wiring and ordered material to do permanent repair," he said. Zuino added that Physical Plant workers attached wire to two-by-four pieces of lumber in order to energize the poles. The wire had to be elevated because it poses a tripping hazard otherwise, Zuino said. He said the permanent repairs were done by Physical Plant workers yesterday. But there is yet another anomaly on Superblock. It seems that several of the lamp posts are bent at sharp angles. Wargo said this is the result of "people pulling and swinging on them." But Zuino disagreed about the cause of the disfigured lamp posts. "Typically what causes that is personal vehicles that back into the poles," he said. Wargo said, though, that repairing the lamp posts is not his department's responsibility. "I would love to do something about them," he said. "But unfortunately, once you cross the 38th Street Bridge that is under the prescient of Residential Maintenance." However, Zuino said he did not even think repairs are necessary, since there is nothing operationally wrong with the poles. "It would be pretty expensive to replace a pole," he added.

Res. Living shuts off water in high rises

(11/29/94 10:00am)

It may have been pouring outside, but the faucets in High Rise North ran dry yesterday morning. According to Residential Living Director Gigi Simeone, the water was turned off from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. so workers could "do some general plumbing repairs." Director of Residential Maintenance Lynn Horner said the repairs were not part of a routine shut down. There was a leak in the hot water generator that provides hot water for the entire building, she said. Horner added that the leak was caused by a hole in one of the supply lines. Workers solved the problem by replacing that piece of pipe. Horner said the repairs could not be delayed. "We might have let it go [one more day], but we didn't want to put it off," she said. If the problem was not addressed in time, there eventually would have been a problem supplying enough hot water for the building, she added. Her department knew about the leak last week, she said. In fact, repairs were originally scheduled to take place last Wednesday. "But we decided we shouldn't do it the last day because we figured people would be getting ready to leave and need the water," she said. Horner added that her department decided not to fix it over break because of the lack of available help over the holidays. "We didn't want to schedule repairs over the break because we might have needed backup from a contractor and we didn't know if we could get one then," she said. Although signs were posted throughout the dormitory, many residents were uninformed of this shut-down. Simeone said the lack of student knowledge was probably due to removal of the posters. "It seems that a number [of signs] were ripped down, presumably by students," she said. Several High Rise North residents said they were unhappy about the sudden shut down. College sophomore Helen Cristofalo complained that this was not an isolated occurrence. "They shut the water down once every two weeks here, or the hot water is off," she said. Cristofalo added that it was inconsiderate of Physical Plant to shut the water down for so long. "I don't understand how they expect people to not go to the bathroom from 10 to 3," she said. Wharton and Engineering sophomore Matt Finkelstein said he also suffered from the lack of water. "I smelled all day because I couldn't take a shower this morning," he said.

FOCUS: An in-depth look at issues affecting the University community:

(11/21/94 10:00am)

BRICK BY BRICK Since 1987, the University has spent more than $140 million to renovate the campus. And officials say it still has a long way to go. According to Vice President for Facility Management Art Gravina, it all started 10 years ago when the Board of Trustees approached him out of concern about the deteriorating condition of campus buildings, such as Logan Hall. "They recognized the University's obligation to maintain these facilities and asked me how to address the deferred maintenance issue," he said. Since then, renovations have begun on more than five buildings and hundreds of smaller projects have been completed. A project is classified as deferred maintenance when there is not enough funding within the University's normal operating budget to address the deficiencies, according to Gravina. These projects include everything from the roof and sidewalk repairs to the maintenance of facilities, such as College and Logan Halls, the Fisher Fine Arts Library and Franklin Field, he added. Gravina said he launched a comprehensive facility audit in 1985 that looked at the deferred maintenance needs of the campus and put some cost models together. His department performed an internal analysis of the buildings and broke each down by condition. They rated each facility from one to five, with a one meaning immediate repair was necessary and a five meaning the building is in satisfactory condition. "We came up with some cost modeling and recognized the cost as $220 million," he said. This estimate has increased since 1985 because of inflation, worsening conditions and the fact that the original number was just a model, Gravina added. "It didn't pay to spend a million dollars to produce a more accurate figure when we knew that the $220 million was already out of our league," he said. Officials decided to prioritize deferred maintenance, repairing not only the buildings in the worst condition, but also those in moderate need of repair. "We realized we could not take just the worst case," Gravina said. "We wanted to address those buildings needing moderate repair so we could stop the cycle from accelerating." He added that over time, the magnitude of repairs grows exponentially, so what could have cost $50,000 becomes $500,000 if it is not addressed. His department set standards for construction to insure that architects and engineers did not "go cheap," resulting in the need to replace their work, he said. "Most of our backlogging is the result of 'band-aiding'," he said. After extensive analysis, his department developed a five-year plan to attack the problem, he said. The University wanted them to do it on $6.5 million a year. "We felt this was do-able," he said Executive Director of Physical Plant Jim Wargo said out of this budget, $1 million a year is set aside for the mechanical and electrical infrastructure of buildings. The funding for some maintenance projects falls outside of this deferred maintenance budget, he said. Several of these include College and Logan Halls and Franklin Field. Wargo said it was financially necessary for the University to provide additional funding for these projects. "These three jobs cost in the neighborhood of $50 million," he said. "That would make a great impact on our $6.5 million a year." Gravina added that the University recognized a further responsibility to the maintenance of these buildings. "The institution recognizes its obligation to these facilities through deferred maintenance," he said. "They are landmarks of the institution -- we have no alternative but to repair them." Provost Stanley Chodorow said he recognizes the importance of these buildings to the University. "It is certain that we cannot do without these buildings, which are not only in the heart of the campus but are also needed to house many core departments of the School of Arts and Sciences," he said. Gravina added that the money is essentially taken from tuition dollars. "Ultimately it comes back to the school's operating budget," he said. "This is justified in the sense that Franklin Field belongs to the entire institution and College and Logan Halls are landmarks of the institution." Vice President for Finance Stephen Golding assured students that the cost of these renovations does not have an effect on tuition because the costs are built in already. He added that there is no way tuition will increase as a result of these projects. "The Trustees have established a policy whereby the rate of increase for tuition can be no greater than the previous year," he said. Tuition revenue is not the only source of funding for these projects, Golding said, adding that the multiple revenue sources of the University include endowment, sales and services, and student fees. "We look at the overall revenue, growth across the school and center and choose from where [our maintenance budget] will be funded," he said. Chodorow said he is confident that funding for these projects will not have negative affects on the University's finances. "It is true that we need to find the funds to complete those projects, but I am sure that we will and that they will not drag down the finances of the University," he said. Wargo said the administration had to keep the landmark standing of many of the buildings in mind when repairing them. "When you work with landmarks, you have to keep with the historic code," he said. The City Historic Commission advised the department on the appropriate repairs, Gravina said. Wargo said Physical Plant has been working on these three facilities since 1987. The first step was to look at the buildings to decide how to address the project and understand the full scope of the work, he said. He added that with College and Logan Halls, the first priority was to develop a program to work on the envelope of the building. The exterior of Logan Hall should be completed by the end of next summer, while College Hall still has a number of phases to go and probably won't be done until 1999. "Our target was to make the buildings impervious to weather before we continued to the interior," he said. Gravina said the problem with Logan Hall was that the roof and gutter system had failed, resulting in water running down the walls. Workers discovered this when they started to work on the building and the west wall crumbled, he added. "We recognized that the structure was in worse shape than we had realized, so we spent a year trying to understand repair requirements and how we could best restore the building," he said. Gravina said the problem with College and Logan Halls is that they have never really been brought up to the 21st century. The project will include an upgrade of the entire infrastructure, including rewiring of heating, air-conditioning and ventilation for both buildings, he added. Gravina added that a big criteria is to not do something unless it can be done correctly. They have done extensive research to match the brick colors and mortar tones to the originals, he said. "You can't just go out and put Anderson Windows into these historical buildings -- we have them custom built," Gravina said. Franklin Field, the third of the major projects, is also a multi-phase project. When the stadium was built in the 1920s, it had two expansion joints which proved not to be enough to handle expansion, resulting in the end walls on the west side starting to turn and crumble. "So the first phase was to add three more expansion joints and literally cut through the steel to relieve pressure on the ends," he said. Gravina added that over the years, rock salt has deteriorated the concrete and water has gotten under the stadium and rusted it. He said the administration broke these repairs into several phases-- taking the seats out, repairing the concrete, putting in protections against corrosion and putting sealer on the exposed concrete so rain and salt do not hurt it. These phases are almost complete, he said. "We have finished the north upper sections, the south upper and lower sections and we are now working on the east upper and lower sections," he said. "Finally, we will be working on the north lower." Gravina added that they will be putting in all new seating, "renumbered to recognize that people changed in size." The repairs to Franklin Field will not be completed until 1997. Many deferred maintenance projects have been completed. Repairs to the Fisher Fine Arts Library, which begun in 1987, were completed in 1992. The project, which Gravina describes as "restoration and modernization," cost the University $7 million. Golding said that this money was taken from the annual deferred maintenance operating budget. Gravina explained the extent of the repairs that had to be done to the building. "What happened in Furness is that in the 1950s they put an interstitial floor in the Grand room to create more stacks," he said. This was a major fire hazard that could have resulted in the collapse of the entire building, he added. He said the repairs consisted of gutting the floor and putting a new floor system into place, installing a sprinkler and air conditioner system. Gravina added that the reading room area was also restored during that period. Other deferred maintenance projects include the reparation and restoration of the Quadrangle, which cost more than $25 million, and the restoration of the Veterinary Quadrangle, he said. Workers are currently finalizing the Evans Building of the Dental School, addressing the roof and exterior of Bennett Hall, and working on repairs to the Towne Building and the exteriors of Hayden Hall and Meyerson Plaza, he said. In addition, they have replaced acres of roofs throughout campus. "Roofs are a high priority because fixing a leak in the beginning saves the building from future jeopardy," Gravina said. At this point, there are no more projects of the Logan Hall magnitude, he added, but the John Morgan Building and Leidy Laboratories of Biology might be problematic in the future. "Of all our old buildings, those are probably the last two historic buildings," Gravina said. Wargo added that Irvine Auditorium also has to be addressed. "The problem with Irvine Auditorium is that it is very expensive to restore and we want to know what it will be used for," Gravina said. Wargo said they are currently doing a study on Hutchinson Gymnasium and Weightman Hall, and they will be looking at the Palestra in the near future. Gravina explained their planning procedure. "What we are trying to do is forecast for all of the buildings so we can set aside [a little each year] for a major project," he said. "Otherwise one building can wipe out your annual budget." Gravina said the University is well ahead of other institutions when it comes to deferred maintenance programs. "I think that the Trustees and senior administrators started programs long before other institutions got started," he said. "Many other institutions call us to ask how we got started." He added that he is optimistic about the future. "We are a long way from being done, but I think the environment for addressing it has improved dramatically over the last few years," he said.

Capital project review delayed

(11/21/94 10:00am)

Officials have confirmed that plans for capital projects on campus are behind schedule. University President Judith Rodin and Provost Stanley Chodorow announced last month that they were reviewing plans for all capital projects on campus. At the time, acting Vice Provost for University Life Valarie Swain-Cade McCoullum said she "wants to have an interim set of opportunities in place no later than January 15, but if possible I would like to begin some of them as early as November 1." Rodin said last week the progress is not what she anticipated. But she assured students that progress is being made. "[The plans are] more preliminary than I might have liked at this point, but we are moving," she said. Rodin added that a lot more planning is necessary because the first set of plans were not up to her standards. "We are moving with a lot of direction, but it is requiring architectural as well as master planning," she said. "The first set of conceptual plans weren't ambitious enough. We were looking for something more ambitious." Chodorow said they are currently working on all University capital projects. One of the most complex of these capital projects is the Revlon Center, which was delayed along with the rest of the University's capital projects last month. The delay of the Revlon Center last month came after four years of planning. Several years ago, officials said the center would be complete in 1996. Former Interim Provost Marvin Lazerson chose a final plan for the center, which would have cost $40 million and consisted of two buildings with a freestanding bookstore and a black box theater, last year. But Rodin and Chodorow dismissed this plan after reviewing it, because it did not meet their standards for a student center. Rodin said the Revlon Center is the administration's first priority. "The student center is the first phase of the capital planning driving other decisions and central to it," she said. "A lot of the discussions are being driven by the needs of the student center." Daily Pennsylvanian Staff Writer Randi Feigenbaum contributed to this article.