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Grad students to put out monthly newspaper

(09/26/91 9:00am)

Graduate student leaders will have their voices heard in a new forum when The Graduate Perspective newspaper appears in each graduate student's mailbox sometime in the next week. Printed in tabloid form, the first issue of Perspective will include articles on such topics as Clarence Thomas's nomination to the Supreme Court, health insurance, and Escort Service, as well as calendar and notices sections and student government pages. The monthly publication will be funded for the school year with $9000 from the Graduate and Professional Student Assembly, but GAPSA leaders and the members of the editorial board insist that the newspaper will be editorially independent. "They should be able to do and say what they want," said GAPSA Chairperson Michael Goldstein at last week's GAPSA meeting. "It's going to be as open and uncensored as we can make it," said GAPSA's Vice Chairperson for Communication Bernadette Barker-Plummer, the paper's editorial board coordinator -- the newspaper's version of an editor-in-chief. In the past, GAPSA and other groups such as the Graduate Student Associations Council produced monthly newsletters containing issues important to their organizations. The GAPSA newsletter, though, has been incorporated into Perspective, while GSAC will continue to print a newsletter. The newspaper aims to provide a "forum to reach a broad number of graduate students and get them involved," said GSAC President Anne Cubilie, another member of the editorial board. "We don't think of it as . . . competition to the DP," Barker-Plummer said. "We think of it as complementary." "[It focuses] on issues that are interesting and critical to graduate students that aren't as important to undergraduates," she added. "It's obviously different from the DP," added Cubilie. "It is not a newspaper on that level." The acting editorial board is made up of those who worked on this issue of the paper, but the group said that there are openings for any students who are interested in donating their time.

U. prof, AHA pres. sets his agenda

(09/25/91 9:00am)

Medical School Professor Edward Cooper, the new president-elect of American Heart Association, is looking to lower the high incidence of heart disease and stroke in blacks. According to Cooper, blacks are three to five times more likely to suffer heart failure than whites. In addition, stroke deaths are almost twice as common in blacks. "We want to narrow these gaps," he said. "This will require much better access to care and education." Last year, the AHA spent $71 million supporting nationwide research. The organization also sponsors school-site programs like "Tobacco-free 2000," work-site programs like "Heart at Work," and programs for physicians like "Heart Rx." Cooper added that it is important that more minorities become doctors, noting that minority doctors are more likely to practice in minority areas. It wasn't until 1964 that Cooper became the first black attending physician at HUP. "We have only one quarter of the doctors we need in minority areas," he said. The AHA, along with the American Cancer Association, is one of the two largest voluntary health organizations in the nation. The AHA has 3.2 million volunteers who are members of 2200 divisions. Cooper will serve for a year as president-elect before assuming the position of president in June 1992. Cooper is no stranger to the the AHA, having been involved for over 25 years in such capacities as Chairman of the Stroke Council and as a member of the groups' National Board of Elections. Cooper is recognized as an expert in the field of stroke prevention, having been called on to testify before Congress as recently as this past spring. Cooper spoke to the Appropriations Committee about the need for more money to be allocated for cardiology research. Heart disease is the number one cause of death in the U.S. "Heart disease and stroke kill almost as many people as all other things combined, yet we don't get nearly that proportion of money for research," Cooper said. Cooper said that the reason for this lack of appropriate funding is due to "a lack of understanding." He cited a recent Minnesota study which found that only five percent of people surveyed could name the three major risk factors for heart attack: cigarettes, high cholesterol, and high blood pressure. Cooper said the main theme of his new administration will be prevention. "We have to prevent children from having high blood pressure in the first place," he said, pointing to causes ranging from improper diet to watching too much television. Cooper praised William Kelley, executive director of the Medical Center, for his emphasis on research in molecular biology. "Here at Penn we're in the right position to find out who is at the highest risk for stroke and heart disease," he said. Although Cooper is kept busy by meetings and interviews such as a recent two hour call-in show on WHAT, he said he also enjoys spending time with medical students. "The part I most enjoy is when a student spends the day with me watching me as I work," he said with a smile.

Campus editors discuss effects of Gulf war

(01/29/91 10:00am)

While the University echoed with shouts of protest the night the U.S. and allied forces began their bombing of Iraq, across town at Temple University, quiet reigned. And according to editors from five Delaware Valley college newspapers who met yesterday at Drexel University, reactions varied throughout the region. After weeks of protest during the nearly month-long faculty strike last fall, few students can muster enthusiasm to rally again, editors from The Temple News said yesterday. "Temple is a really tired campus right about now," Jen Watson, the paper's news editor said. Editors of The Review at the University of Delaware reported wide-raging reaction, rather similar to the atmosphere at the University. Review Editor Darin Powell said that an organization called Citizens Against War formed during the fall and two protests drew about 250 students. Editors from St. Joseph's University said that students have become more active at a campus they described as usually conservative. Prayer vigils and debates on the editorial page of their newspaper, The Hawk, have been the primary activities on campus. Drexel newspaper editors said virtually the only protests visible on their campus were borrowed, as they watched University students heading from campus to Center City on the night the war began. But Triangle editors, who sponsored the meeting, said there was a candlelight vigil and the administration will maintain a burning candle in the campus's main building. Editors from all of the newspapers said that agreeing on a editorial stance for or against the war was difficult, if not impossible. Most said that they have not taken a stand for or against the war. The editor of The Temple News, Erin Friar, said she and her staff hesitate to take a firm editorial stand because of the historic value of the period. "It's kind of intimidating. We're dealing with history," Friar said. "Years from now, people may look back at the issues and say 'they were wrong, or boy, they were right.' "

Forum looks at extracurriculars

(11/14/90 10:00am)

As part of the University's continuing 250th anniversary Future Forum series, a five-speaker panel addressed the extracurricular college experience to a five-person audience at the Annenberg School yesterday afternoon. During the 90-minute discussion, panelists discussed the growing need for more extracurricular activities saying that the University must continue to provide a structure for new programs. Panelist Gillian Johnson said that extracurricular activities "create energy." The College senior added that the University must encourage enthusiasm among its undergraduates through its extracurricular activities and maintain a variety of activities. Answering criticisms about how activities may divert a student's attention from academics, Johnson, who works on the Social Planning and Events Committee, said "No one can tell me that all those things got in the way of my academics." Another panelist, graduate student Eric Borguet, echoed the need for extracurricular activities, adding that there must be a greater emphasis made at the graduate level. "People's extracurricular needs do not disappear once they go to grad school," he said. "They are just put on the back burner. I hope these people will come out and show their concern about things other than their studies." Citing the low number of activities at the graduate level, he said he hopes that the University will lead graduate schools to develop "people as people rather than super-specialized technicians in some field." While the students on the panel told of a need for more extracurricular activities, Assistant Education Professor John Puckett urged that more academically-based public service programs be developed. He attributed it to "enlightened self-interest if not moral responsibility" on the part of the University. Puckett said students are "woefully lacking" in a sense of moral commitment and community. He said there are many advantages and reciprocal benefits of community-based public help including what he called "learning by serving." Dana Carver, the project coordinator of the 250th office, said she was disappointed with the turnout at the discussion. "The first two [forums] were better attended," Carver said. "What bothers me is that unless it's a party, the students don't come out. They are so willing to scream, but not to support."