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Group faults U. on rides

(12/10/90 10:00am)

Last fall, Morrisson created the Committee to Restructure Penn Extension to investigate the needs of the University's community service programs. In March, the committee issued a report recommending that an office be established to coordinate different programs and that training, transportation and evaluation of the programs be improved. Morrisson endorsed the report. But since the report was issued, student leaders said, the transportation problem has become so acute that some programs have had to shut down. PVN sent a letter to Morrisson last week telling her that members were concerned that "little action has been taken." They said the only tangible result of the report so far has been the hiring of a professional administrator for the office of Penn Extension, now called the Program for Student-Community Involvement. Student volunteer leaders said they need transportation to help with the delivery of food to needy people and to ensure the safety of their volunteers, many of who travel into dangerous neighborhoods for tutoring and other activities. The Prison Tutoring Program is one outreach service that stopped this semester because it lacked reliable transportation. According to coordinator Amy Dmochowski, a College junior, the program depended on students who owned cars, a method which was not only unreliable, but limiting. Dmochowski said last year she had to turn away volunteers who could not fit into the single car available. Gordon Rucksdeschel, director of PENNpals, said students in the program walk home with the elementary students whom they tutor, often after dark, and that a van would eliminate the long, dangerous walk for both University students and the children. Former PVN Facilitator Colleen McCauley, whose term ended last week, said she assumed that since Morrisson endorsed the committee's report, the Office of University Life was working on the problem. "The issue is just feeling very discouraged at the lack of attention to the problem of transportation," said the Nursing senior. "We had hoped, or assumed, that we wouldn't have to light fires to get things going. I think we were a little naive." McCauley said transportation problems could be solved by providing a van, which would be accessible to the 30 groups that belong to the Penn Volunteer Network and to students involved in other programs in the city. But Barbara Cassel, an assistant to Morrisson, said problems of liability need to be resolved before the University can provide a van. Both Cassel and McCauley said that execution of Morrisson's proposal depends on the creation of a new position in President Sheldon Hackney's office. The new administrator, a director of community partnerships, would be in charge of projects designed to link the University to the surrounding community. But Assistant to the President William Epstein said last week that that position is part of a long-term plan for community outreach, and will not necessarily be filled immediately. Epstein said the PVN can not rely on that future administrator to solve its problems. "There are certainly enough people around to work on that kind of problem," he said.


National papers probe Penn News money, service

(12/06/90 10:00am)

Both Philadelphia Inquirer and New York Times officials are investigating problems with subscription newspaper delivery on campus after reports of glitches in circulation and payment, circulation managers at both papers said last night. "Lately, the Inquirer has had a problem receiving payment and we have to suspend delivery until we get paid," Kopke said. The financially troubled Penn News service stopped most doorstep paper delivery in October. And Penn News is currently being barraged with complaints from students still scheduled to receive deliveries. Penn News Manager Mike Monk did not return several phone calls to his home and to the Penn News offices and was not at his dormitory late last night. Several student subscribers in the Quadrangle -- the only dorm still to have door-to-door delivey -- are complaining that they have not received their daily paper for the past week and that the weekend editions have not arrived for most of the term. Students in other dorms have complained of inconveniences in the new drop-box delivery system. Many students said last night they want their money back. A year-long subscription for the Inquirer or the Times costs around $80. Philadelphia's New York Times circulation department is researching problems with Penn News' distribution of their paper on the University campus, a department official said last night. Dave Dowerty, a Times circulation officer for Pennsylvania, said he was looking into reports of problems, but has not completed his investigation. He declined to give details of the probe. "We're still trying to get to the bottom of this," he said. Inquirer representative Kopke said he intends to resolve the problem with Penn News peacably, but that he is concerned that this week's delivery stoppage and earlier distribution problems might harm the Inquirer's reputation on campus. Monk's answering machine was so full that it could not hold any more messages late yesterday evening. The answering machine at the Penn News office also was full of messages last night. Several subscribers seeking refunds said yesterday that no one has been in the Penn News office -- located at the Christian Association -- for the past three weeks. College Junior Jeff Jacobson said that Penn News promised him a full refund November 28, but he had not received it as of last night. Last night, Monk called two subscribers -- Daily Pennsylvanian staff writer Stephen Glass and College freshman Joon Chong -- and offered them full refunds, the two said. They said Monk told them that he did not return their money sooner because of internal battling with former Penn News Manager Mark Stanley. During this semester, Penn News has been plagued by financial problems, which Inquirer Sales Manager Kopke attributed to an October decision by Penn Student Agencies -- the group formerly in charge of distribution -- to hike the rates it charged Penn News for renting its vans. No PSA officials were available for comment last night. Due to financial crisis, Penn News in September fired 10 of 15 staffers and stopped all door-to-door delivery. In the place of door-to-door delivery, the organization installed drop-boxes with combination locks on them. When the organization switched over to drop-box delivery, it offered students an offer of canceling their subscription with no penalty. Some students who tried to take advantage of the offer said yesterday they still have not received their money back.


Social planning committee elects new leaders

(12/03/90 10:00am)

Social Planning and Events Committee Treasurer Lisa Nass will lead the organization next semester after being elected president last night on a platform of improved communication within the organization. Nass, a College sophomore, defeated Spring Fling chairperson Todd Fruchterman for SPEC's top post. In their campaigns, both candidates promised to restore unity to the organization, saying conflicts between the executive board and the steering committee often caused division within the organization. Nass said the merger of several previously autonomous organizations in creating SPEC this year also led to conflicts. But the new president said she does not expect the problems to be repeated next semester because members of the organization have learned to work together. And with the election of the current board, Nass said, many conflicts should be resolved, adding that communication will be improved by opening executive board meetings to all SPEC members. Nass also said she wants to include more minorities in the group. "There's no reason why a University-wide activity shouldn't draw students from across the University," Nass said. To help get input from the University community, Nass said she will lead an open forum, focusing on how SPEC can better serve students. Nass also said that "in the best interests of the students," SPEC should become independent of the Undergraduate Assembly so that the group will not become embroiled in politics. Rao said the next executive board will not need to concern itself as much with establishing SPEC's legitimacy. Also elected to the executive board last night were: Jason Schlanger, executive vice president; Lincoln Singleton, vice president for public relations; Stacey Wruble, vice president for membership; and Ruth Center, treasurer. There were no candidates for secretary and the position was left unfilled.


THE SECOND DEGREE: Nursing group lets students cooperate

(11/27/90 10:00am)

The school often perceived by its students as "user-friendly" may recently have become even friendlier. Several students in the Nursing School have organized an umbrella group, aimed at increasing interaction between graduate, master's program and undergraduate students. The group will provide everything from mentoring programs and career counseling to a structure for student activities. One of the main goals of the Joint Council, formed last spring, is to combat the "disjointedness" in the organization of the activities within the school, according to Nursing doctoral student Peter Preziosi, who founded the Council. And Nursing senior Christi Smith, president of the Nursing Student Forum, said the group provides an invaluable channel for communication among students in the the undergraduate, master's and doctoral programs, and also promotes contact with the administration. Also, in one of the Council's main programs, Nursing undergraduates are paired with master's and doctoral students who advise them on research and career options. The Joint Council is composed of the leaders of the four main student groups in the Nursing School: the Student Forum, Student Nurses at Penn, the Master's Student Organization, and the Doctoral Student Organization. Several students who sit on the Council said they are better able to approach the administration because the groups work together to pinpoint problems. "If all three schools are together we can go to the administration and say 'These are our concerns,' " Smith said. "We're much stronger combined than individually." Preziosi, president of the Doctoral Student Organization, said the group also broadens students' awareness about post-graduation opportunities. "It exposes the undergraduates to the work that we do at the doctoral and the master's level," he said. "It shows that we are not just hospital nurses but involved in health care policy and clinical research." The forum also provides benefits for the school's master's degree candidates, Preziosi said. "The doctoral students help to ground them and assist them with the system," he said, since the master's program one-year duration allows little time for students to get to know the school and their professors." Preziosi said he expects the bonds students make in the group to pay off later. "When these people are in high-powered nursing positions around the country, we'll call them up and say 'remember working with me on Joint Council?' " he said. "It's that networking ability that we really need more of in the nursing profession," he added. Preziosi said students appreciate the interaction the Council provides and relate more easily with the upper-level students than they might with their professors. "They're not threatened by us because we're not grading them," Preziosi said. "We're still coming from a student perspective." The Council is currently planning a variety of events, ranging from brown-bag lunches with professors to a forum on health-care ethics with the Archbishop of Philadelphia. Preziosi said he expects this type of interaction between students in different degree programs to catch on in other professional schools at the University. "This could be a model for other schools in the University that have doctoral and master's programs," he said. One of the Council's first projects this year was to provide a calendar to coordinate and publicize Nursing student events. "The first thing we examined was how to organize all the information that students are bombarded with," Preziosi said.


As trial nears, Clemente leads quiet, academic life

(11/20/90 10:00am)

Sitting on the bed in his second-floor Van Pelt College House room, Wharton junior Christopher Clemente looks very different from the man who emerged from the Mannhattan Detention House seven months ago. Clemente's smile has lost its weariness since March 26, and his wire-rimmed glasses and blue and green striped crewneck are a far cry from the worn blue jacket and dirty white shirt he wore the day he was released from jail. The campus atmosphere, galvanized by Clemente's arrest in a Harlem apartment on felony drug and weapons charges, has also become less strained. Last semester such notables as civil rights activist Kwame Toure -- formerly Stokely Carmichael -- and renowned defense attorney William Kunstler led protests on Clemente's behalf at President Sheldon Hackney's house, on College Green and in Provost Michael Aiken's office. Reporters from local newpapers and television stations to ABC News' Primetime Live descended on campus to cover the controversy. And hundreds of students rallied around Clemente, collecting over $15,000 to help bail him out of jail. They charged that administrators -- who suspended Clemente from campus for four weeks, saying he threatened campus order -- mistreated the Wharton sophomore. But When Clemente came back to the University this fall, the case had slipped from the forefront of people's minds. The Wharton junior said Saturday that he felt "awkward" returning to campus in September, and had prepared for the worst. But there were no more protests and no more controversy. Clemente said he did not even get one sidelong glance while walking down Locust Walk. Within two weeks, he was feeling at home again. "Everyone at the University has been very supportive," he said, adding that campus officials helped him register for classes and secure his financial aid when he arrived. American Civilization graduate student Andrew Miller, Clemente's Van Pelt graduate fellow, said yesterday that at the beginning of the semester, he heard stories of students turning and staring at the Wharton junior when his name was read off roll sheets in class. But Clemente said he paid little attention to stares and has tried to focus on his studies. He said he has found it easier to put his case out of his mind than he originally thought it would be. "I do think about it sometimes, but I try not to dwell on it," he said. "I have other things to worry about. I worry about tests. I worry about sleeping." And although he may have changed since the day he was released from jail, Clemente said he is the same person who left the University in December for what started as winter break but what turned into a five-month leave of absence, 11 weeks of which were spent in New York jails. Clemente seems almost to forget that he faces trial on nine felony drugs and weapons charges in January. Miller said that he was "shocked" at the way Clemente has made a transition back to school, adding that he rarely hears the Wharton junior talk of his case. In March, Clemente criticized the University's handling of his situation, but he said this weekend that he holds no grudges against the administration. Ronald Kuby, one of Clemente's lawyers who spoke out against the administration last semester, said Friday that the the campus community has treated his client well. "The sense I get from Chris is that people on campus are respecting his right to privacy," Kuby said. "They're showing their support by treating him like a decent human being." Clemente said he has fully recovered from the multiple stab wounds he suffered while he was being held at Riker's Island prison complex and has started lifting weights again. "I'm trying to get my body back in shape," he said. The Wharton junior said it has become easier to push his case out of his mind as time has passed. He added that he often does not pay attention to the legal wranglings surrounding the case in New York, saying that he learns about most developments from The Daily Pennsylvanian. As his January trial approaches, Clemente said he tries not think about the possibility he will not be back at the University in the spring. Right now, he said, he has more immediate concerns. "I'm a fin major, but I don't like fin," he said.


BSL plans a shift back to activist stance

(11/16/90 10:00am)

Black Student League President Buzz Thomas said last night that the group will radically alter its current passive approach toward the administration and resume an aggressive role in fighting for black students' concerns. The shift could mark a resurgence for the campus' largest black student organization, which has in the past mobilized hundreds of black students behind it. "For the past two years we have done things the way [President Sheldon] Hackney wanted," Thomas said. "The time has come for no longer taking a passive stance and to make the University take a supportive place committed to the minority community and its diversity." Thomas said Hackney and other administrators have been unresponsive to black student demands. "I've been hearing the word 'commitment,' but I'm seeing no actions that demonstrate it exists," Thomas said. "[The administration] uses a quick fix in dealing with students." Thomas said that over the past year the group has tried to work with administrators behind closed doors, responding to administration criticism of previous leaders' combative tactics. Assistant to the President William Epstein declined to comment last night on Thomas' announcement of a new BSL stance. But he said he does not think the administration was critical of former BSL leaders. "I don't see it's the place of the administration to place its judgment on how the BSL is run and I don't think we do frankly," Epstein said. Thomas' statement recalls the bitterness the BSL displayed in earlier years. Previous leaders, including former BSL President Melissa Moody and United Minorities Council Chairperson Travis Richardson, have led black students by taking radical anti-administration stances during their concurrent terms. In the past several years, the BSL denounced the Zeta Beta Tau fraternity for having black strippers at a rush event, brought controversial speakers from the Nation of Islam to campus, and, by strong pressure on the administration, helped to institute the diversity education program. Because the administration refused to make the program mandatory, Moody and Richardson quit the diversity education committee. For the past year, the BSL has taken a far less vocal approach to expressing the concerns of black students. But Thomas has said throughout the semester that he is willing to take a more radical approach if the need arises. And last night he said the time for a new approach has come. The BSL last night issued a statement criticizing President Sheldon Hackney for forbidding the removal of fraternities in the diversification of Locust Walk. "Due to the constraints placed upon the committee, the good faith of President Hackney must be questioned on this issue," the statement reads. "We urge the exploration of all options without giving special consideration to the fraternity system." Thomas said the organization plans to concentrate on a few specific issues this semester, but said BSL members have not yet chosen the issues. As a first step, he said, the BSL will draft letters to the administration and pass around petitions during the first week of December to further the group's cause. Thomas said some issues that concern black students are diversity education, minority attrition and retention, campus atmosphere and minority funding. Thomas received support last night from other minority leaders, who said the administration often overlooks minority concerns. UMC Chairperson Nalini Samuel said she will support the BSL's movements towards actively fighting for minority students' needs. "President Hackney is basically a puppet on a string," Samuel said. "If he is responding to pressure, then maybe we ought to apply some of our own." "People tend to ignore you when you just ask but they listen when you scream," the UMC head added. Black InterGreek Council Chairperson Kathryn Williams, who served on the BSL steering committee under Moody, said the organization has undergone some changes in the past year, centering around "trying to heal ourselves." Williams said the BSL's focus has been on strengthening structures within the organization and within the black community at the University. But Williams also said that the past year's lack of support from the administration, has forged the way for a new method of action. "We've been working affirmatively and it hasn't gotten our needs met," Williams said. "Now we have to make the University take responsibility for taking care of members of our community."


LIFESTYLE: Ticking Away: Performers balance studies with shows

(11/16/90 10:00am)

Call it a recipe for success in the performing arts. Combine 20 hours a week of rehearsal with another 10 for administrative tasks. Add a dash of studying, a tablespoon of friendship, and a large measure of energy. Mix well and heat until opening night. The result: one star performer. Many students live according to this formula. For them, dancing, singing and acting are not only hobbies, but an integral part of their daily lives. And the students involved in the arts find themselves concentrating on problems that go far beyond hitting a high C or developing a perfect pirouette. Although the supposed goal of the performing arts is perfection in front of an audience, the activities' requirements go far beyond a moment in the spotlight, teaching students about social relations, commitment, and above all, time management. College senior Loren Noveck has been a member of Bloomers for the last four years, and now she is on the group's governing board. She said earlier this week that the most important part of her experience in Bloomers centered not on artistic development but on leadership training. "It's the first time I've had to be group leader," she said. "I'm learning all these real-world skills that might come in handy." The student leadership dimension of the arts groups not only teaches skills but adds to the feeling of achievement. College junior Lisa Wachtell, who performs with Counterparts and Arts House Dance and is a member of the Quadramics board, said that because of student involvement, she finds performing much more rewarding at the University than she did in high school. "The groups that I'm in are all formed and organized and directed by students," she said. "It's really important to me to be able to work with my peers on putting together shows. . . It makes the show that much more meaningful." The amount of time required for most performing arts groups -- from eight in a mild week of rehear sal to over 30 in a performance week -- requires that students budget their time carefully. Not only does study time have to be scheduled, but also time for meals, for relaxation, and for keeping up with friends. While some students acknowledged that academics were supposed to get top priority in their lives, many said that they often neglect their schoolwork, either temporarily when their rehearsal load is heaviest, or permanently, accepting the fact that their grades are not as high as they would be without the extracurricular commitment. A student coordinator for the Theatre Arts Program, Goldsmith has directed many campus shows, and she added that she is glad the University combines strong academics with many opportunities for being involved with theater. And College junior Carolyn Caulfield, a coordinator for Arts House Dance, said that she chose a relatively light course load to balance the 15 hours a week she spends dancing and the 10 to 12 she devotes to administrative duties. Other students said that their intense schedules prompt them to make better use of the study time they have, time they say would only be spent watching television. "If I wasn't doing it, I wouldn't be happy and I wouldn't do as well," said Wachtell. "I'd have more free time to procrastinate. This way, when I have time to study, I actually sit down and do it." But not all students have made the arts their top priority. Maggie Demel, a Nursing senior who performs with Penn Dance, said that she has cut down on her dance commitments this semester because of a nursing curriculum that requires 40 hours. These problems are not unique to performing arts, but they are compounded by the physical effort that performance requires. The long hours performers spend as a show approaches leave them open to illness generated by fatigue. To help prevent her cast from getting sore throats, one director forbade performers to yell to attract buyers as they sold tickets on Locust Walk. Performing arts involvement affects students' long-term plans as well. Bloomers' Noveck said that she had been considering going abroad her junior year but that she abandoned the plan when she became an officer in the troupe. Performing Arts Council President Stuart Gibbs said that his involvement in Without a Net and with the University arts community made him reconsider his career plans. "Being in performing arts has definitely shifted my focus away from pre-med, and now I'm looking to go into film and TV as a writer," said the College senior. "Once I was. . . in the performing arts community, I saw how many jobs there were in the world doing creative stuff." Extracurricular activities like performing arts also have a deeper personal impact, helping students choose friends and living arrangements. Even more than other genres, theater is known for creating tight bonds between performers. In or der to relate effectively on stage, actors must share real emotions, a process which enhances their day-to-day relationships, and the many hours they spend together at rehearsal speeds the process. As students bond with others in one show after another, a sense of community develops and they often decide to live together. Four members of Bloomers live in one off-campus house, for example, and in Gibbs' house, six out of eight residents are involved in performing arts. Another house is filled with students who work on the technical facets of University productions, and yet another houses a large group of Glee Club members. In these houses, tensions run high at audition times and in production weeks, when all the residents are wrapped up in similar concerns. Gibbs said that while he enjoyed living with people who shared his love of the arts, the overlapping interests in the house have created some problems. "I beat out another person in the house for having my play chosen [to be produced by Quadramics], I rejected one of them for director and two to be in it," said Gibbs, who wrote a play last semester. "If one person gets into a play and other people don't, you get the idea that you should handle everything gently." While some students choose to live together informally, Arts House Living Learning Program serves as an official resource for students interested in visual and performing arts. By providing discounted tickets to student and professional shows and by sponsoring lectures and & open-mike sessions, Arts House attracts both devoted artists and students who want only a slight connection to the arts. Arts House residents said that while the program's resources are helpful, the three floors of Harnwell House do not have a particularly "artistic" atmosphere. "I really don't think the average person who walks off the elevator says 'Oh! This must be the Arts House,' " said Arts House Graduate Fellow Jonathan Teitelbaum.


Council addresses campus life report

(11/15/90 10:00am)

In a mostly collegial and particularly philosophical discussion, University Council examined the recently released Faust Report yesterday, with most members giving the study high grades. At the urging of History Professor Drew Faust, whose committee produced the campus life report, yesterday's discussion centered on the study's examination of the "invisibility" of staff members on campus. Council members also focused on how to achieve the report's vision of a "plural" community. The report details a community in which individuals from different cultural backgrounds "maintain their separate identities, yet come together in a community enriched by both its members' differences and their similarities." The study, commissioned by the president two years ago, also takes a strong stand against fraternities, urging that their relocation be considered in the diversification of Locust Walk. At Faust's urging, Council members largely ignored fraternities in their discussions. In introducing the report, Faust said the study found that the campus population has changed dramatically in recent years but that "the University has not entirely caught up with these changes." Council members spent most of the time discussing the report's focus on A-3 staff members, praising the report for bringing up a rarely discussed issue. Faust set the tone of the discussion stating that the "level of incivility towards staff is beyond many of your imagination." Past Faculty Senate Chairperson Robert Davies agreed with Faust's assessment, saying that the staff's grievance process against faculty and students needs to be simplified and strengthened. Graduate and Professional Student Assembly representative Andrew Miller said staff contributions are generally not solicited or valued, adding that most appointments of staff members to University committees, including Council, have not been made yet. He said the head of A-3 staff government recently lost his job, leading many staff members to be afraid of speaking out on issues or grievances. On the issue of pluralism, all members who spoke praised the report's vision of campus, but some questioned whether it was realistic. Graduate student representative Michael Goldstein pointed to ethnic strife in Eastern Europe and other parts of the globe as well as race tensions in the U.S., arguing that nowhere has a society ever achieved true pluralism. President Sheldon Hackney agreed with Goldstein's point, suggesting that the U.S. has probably achieved pluralism better than any other country, but added that he hopes the University could set an example for others to follow. Although some members of the Council predicted a heated debate over the issue of diversifying Locust Walk -- especially with regard to fraternities -- the issue was only raised at the end of the meeting, primarily by observers who were not Council members. Two members of the Progressive Student Alliance chastized Hackney for his decision to forbid the consideration of removing Locust Walk fraternities, saying the stance is against the values set forth in the Faust Report. Hackney reiterated his stance and the reasons behind it, saying that the process would be too divisive and would ruin campus unity. Some Council members, incuding Finance Professor Emeritus Jean Crockett and Undergraduate Assembly representative Daniel Singer, pressed Hackney to turn the Castle into a multi-cultural living and learning center, but the president said he would wait until the Walk committee makes a recommendation on the building before he makes a decision. Hackney said early this semester that the Castle house would be filled by January, but Morrisson said in October that it is not likely to be occupied next semester. In other business, the president said he will have racial harassment policies of other universities published in the Almanac in order to facilitate further discussion over the University's policy, which is currently under revision. Hackney added that he will sponsor a forum on the policy on December 3 for all members of the University community to discuss the issue.


Service remembers students; group honors STAAR efforts

(11/14/90 10:00am)

Several speakers called for increased sensitivity to all students' needs yesterday as over 50 people gathered to remember three students who were murdered while attending the University. In a memorial service for former students Meera Ananthakrishnan, Cyril Leung and Tyrone Robertson, University administrators and the students' friends and families said the University must work to create a more compassionate environment where the needs of students from diverse backgrounds are recognized and met. But while they called for more action, they also recognized efforts that some groups and individuals have already made. The University Council Safety and Security Committee gave its first annual Meera Ananthakrishnan/Cyril Leung Award to Students Together Against Acquaintance Rape. The award was started this year to recognize a group or individual that has improved safety at the University. Committee Co-chairperson Jeffery Jacobson said STAAR's efforts to promote awareness of and to prevent acquaintance rape and its recent push for security changes made the group a unanimous choice. "Together we have the power," he said. "Together, every member of this community has the power." In accepting the award, STAAR representatives said they were disturbed that it takes a memorial service to bring people together to work on the crime problem but added they are glad students are becoming concerned. Penn Women's Center Director Elena DiLapi praised the choice, saying STAAR has "made an incredible impact" on acquaintance rape. "They've really made the issue one of great public concern," she said. The rest of the 90-minute ceremony in the Houston Hall Bowl Room was dominated by speakers telling of the sadness and sense of loss the murders have created and of the hope they have for the future. Ananthakrishnan was stabbed to death in her Graduate Towers apartment during the 1985 Thanksgiving break. Leung was beaten to death in October 1988 by a group of local youths in nearby Clark Park. Robertson died last December when he was shot in his hometown of Chester. Several speakers, including Foreign Students Advisor Margaret Gilligan and Anu Rao, from the Association of Indians in America said crime-prevention efforts must first start by creating a compassionate community. Anthropology Professor Peggy Sanday summed up the service, saying at an emotional moment that the University should stop concentrating on "money, status and entrenched privilege" and work towards social justice. Rao said she was encouraged by the response of the community to Ananthakrishnan's death five years ago and by continuing efforts to help international students adjust to life at the University. "It's a sad thing we're talking about," she said. "But for me it represents a lot of hope." Ada Robertson, mother of victim Tyrone Robertson, said the service has helped her family heal. She said the response from the University, including the administration and her son's friends, has made a difference. "It's becoming a more glad occasion," she said. "The burden's being lifted slightly each time we come here to see it."


Crafty con man cheats students

(11/13/90 10:00am)

The man needs to get to Boston in a hurry, but he left his wallet and briefcase in the taxi from Center City. Or he's been in town for a job interview and needs a train ticket from New York to Boston. Whatever situation he claims to be in, this man has duped several students out of cash, and once, a check, since last May, according to University Police. "The old story was 'can you lend me a quarter, I'm new in town,' " said University Police detective supervisor Michael Carroll. "Now its not a quarter, it's 70 bucks." But Carroll said that since the man does not commit a crime, he cannot be arrested or charged. The money students give him is legally considered a loan, since he does not offer anything in return but a promise to repay. Victims can seek recourse only in a civil suit, like in small claims court. Both undergraduate and graduate students have fallen prey to the "slick-talking," well-dressed and friendly man, according to Tim Trucksess, the University Police detective who has followed the case. The detectives have distributed to officers a flier describing Ward and what he has done. He is a black male, 29 years old with a thin build. He is 5 feet 10 inches tall and 166 pounds with black hair, brown eyes and discolored front teeth. Most recently, the man convinced a student that he had lost his briefcase, and the student wrote him a check for $89. Since he didn't want to leave a paper trail by endorsing the check, the man duped a second student into accepting the unendorsed check in return for the $89 plus an additional $51. Last spring, at 36th and Chestnut streets, a student who was convinced that the man had lost his luggage in a taxi took the man to a MAC machine and withdrew $70 for him. There have been no reports of violence, Carroll said, but he warned that the man could decide at the MAC that he wants more money. He has records in other states for non-violent crimes, Carroll said. The man convinced some members of the University staff that he was the victim of a robbery and needed money to cover a fee to file a "victim compensation form." Staff members gave the man $40. Trucksess said there is little hope in collecting from a man who likely owns no property and earns no paycheck. Carroll warned that students need to be aware of security risks -- like taking the man to a MAC machine. In addition, people should not reveal personal information such as addresses and phone numbers for which the man often asks.


Voter registration mixup investigated

(11/12/90 10:00am)

CUPID and ROTC officials are tracking down as many students as possible who worked at the ROTC voter registration booth this fall, trying to figure out what happened to at least 60 registration forms that may never have made it to the Voter Registration office. Major Clinton Miner, deputy director of the University's Army Reserve Officer's Training Corps, said Thursday that ROTC officials are talking to workers who staffed the table at CUPID, trying to find out when and if the registration forms were ever mailed. At least 60 students, and probably many more, who filled out registration forms at CUPID discovered that they were not on voter rolls for the November 6 elections. Sanders and CUPID Coordinator Bernie Maccolier said that hundreds of students registered at CUPID this fall. Some who lost their vote managed to get court orders allowing them to cast ballots Tuesday. For others, it was too late. Next fall, CUPID officials will "refine the process," Sanders said -- providing only the forms, which students can fill out and mail themselves. Sanders said he believes the mistake was made not at the University, but by either the postal service or at Voter Registration. "It's my belief that the problem probably existed at the other end of the spectrum and not at this end," he said. According to Bob Lee, an election finance document specialist, state law requires the Voter Registration office to mail confirmation of receipt of a registration application within 48 hours of its arrival at the office. Most of the students who discovered they were not on rolls had not received their confirmation. Sanders also pointed out that CUPID officials were not responsible for the registration forms. CUPID provided the space in Hutchinson Gymnasium for ROTC to run the booth. Students filled out voter applications or change of address forms, which ROTC workers sealed and placed in a box each day. Sanders said that a few ROTC staffers said they remember seeing CUPID workers take the boxes from the area, but do not know for certain that they were ever mailed. Miner said he did not know whether ROTC and CUPID officials had defined who was responsible for mailing the registrations. Students registered during several different days. Miner said he believes some of the registrations were mailed. Both officials said they regretted the mix-up, regardless of who is at fault. Miner called the mix-up a "shame." "I think it may have been designed as a team effort, and it might not have worked," he said. Sanders said that he empathizes with students who were unable to vote, but maintained he would not issue an apology before knowing the facts. Miner said that the investigation is not meant to determine "who shot John" -- who is at fault. He said he told ROTC workers that this is not a "witch hunt," and only an effort to figure out where the process failed so that mistakes will not be repeated next year. CUPID is run through the University Registrar's office.


Pres. stands by refusal to move frats

(11/09/90 10:00am)

President Sheldon Hackney yesterday held fast to his stance not to move Locust Walk fraternities despite growing pressure from influential campus groups. The Faculty Senate Wednesday added its powerful voice to wide-spread sentiment that fraternity removal should be considered in the diversification of Locust Walk. But Hackney reiterated his position that allowing fraternities to be removed from the Walk would tear the campus apart. "I have been saying from the outset that we could change the character of Locust Walk without the process being divisive," the president said yesterday. "I am not out to punish anyone and I don't want to conduct a vendetta." The Faculty Senate and the Graduate and Professional Student Assembly have also called on Hackney to reexamine the membership of the Locust Walk committee. They said graduate students, with only one committee member, are underrepresented. Hackney said yesterday he would not consider changing the make-up of the Walk committee, but said to ensure getting a wide range of views, the group will conduct open forums and interviews. Hackney formed the Walk committee last semester in response to student and faculty concerns that the campus' prime residential space is open only to predominantly white fraternities. In his charge to the committee this fall, Hackney said members should not consider moving the 11 Walk fraternities in examining ways to allow a greater mix of students to live on the campus's main artery. The Faculty Senate unanimously passed a resolution Wednesday stating that the Walk committee "should be free to make any recommendation it wishes on the uses of Locust Walk," according to Senate Chairperson Almarin Phillips. The resolution joins an almost identical GAPSA resolution and echoes criticism from many undergraduate and graduate students. Phillips said Wednesday that he may resign from the committee because he thinks Hackney's charge restricts the group's actions. He said yesterday that he has made no further decisions and declined to comment on Hackney's refusal to consider changes. The Faculty Senate head said the second meeting of the Walk committee last night did not sway his decision either way. Both Phillips and GAPSA Chairperson Susan Garfinkel, the graduate member of the Walk committee, have threatened to resign because they think Hackney has taken away the group's maneuvering room. But Garfinkel said last night she will not resign at this time. The GAPSA chairperson told her constituents at a monthly meeting last night that she thinks it is premature to resign, saying it is better to wait to see how committee deliberations proceed. But the Arts and Sciences graduate student said she has not ruled out leaving the committee, adding that she is more likely to step down because of Hackney's charge than because of the make-up of the advisory body. At last night's meeting, GAPSA members announced plans to form their own committee on Walk diversification which will send recommendations to the president's committee. Many GAPSA members said only Garfinkel can decide whether to remain on the committee. Garfinkel said members feel it is better to have access to the committee's information than to take a stance against the president through her resignation. Other Walk committee members -- some of whom have also considered resigning from the committee -- said last night they think the committee should move beyond current debate over the committee's make-up and charge and begin deliberations on what to do with Locust Walk. "I think it's a shame that [Hackney] is not willing to change the committee's makeup, but we need to start concentrating on the issues," Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual Alliance Co-Chairperson Robin Wood said last night. "I think at this point I'm committed to working it through with this committee." Black InterGreek Council President Kathryn Williams, who said she never thought of leaving the committee, said last night she is not concerned with the president's specific charge to the committee. "Our major function is to bring up the many issues and let him understand where the campus is coming from," Williams said. "The committee can do whatever it wants to do and the president can do whatever he wants to do."


Students, professor learn cheating lessons the hard way

(11/09/90 10:00am)

The take-home exam in last spring's History 451 course that was supposed to take only a week became a five-month case study in cheating, detective work and human nature for History Professor Bruce Kuklick. One of the teaching assistants in Kuklick's War and Diplomacy class brought an exam to the professor last May, because he thought it was strange the student had used two typefaces in a single paper. Suspicious, Kuklick and the TA sifted through the other tests and found an identical paper turned in by someone else. Convinced that some students had cheated, Kuklick and all four course TAs systematically examined the 240 other submissions and found five pairs of matching or similar exams, which he turned over to the Judicial Inquiry Officer. As a result, 10 students were charged with cheating late last spring. Nine received Fs in the course. Five have been suspended. One student's diploma has been withheld. One was cleared. That initial suspicion by a history graduate student led to the University's largest prosecution of students in a single class, a case completed only last week. As part of their punishment, four students had to write anonymous confessions that Kuklick and the JIO are using in an increased campaign against cheating. Kuklick said the fact that students cheated in his upper-level class made him "embarrassed and even humiliated," but hopes the students' punishment and pain deter further academic dishonesty. · Kuklick's office in College Hall is filled with the books and papers collected in 20 years in academia. Sitting behind a seminar table, the American political history specialist said the cheating investigation had no winners. Nine students were punished. An innocent student was investigated for four months. And the professor has become suspicious of his students and somewhat disillusioned overall. Kuklick, a 1963 graduate of the College, said he never considered cheating during his undergraduate years at the University. He had never caught any student cheating in what he called a "premeditated way" in the past. But this semester he is requiring students to provide phone numbers for the people they interview for an oral history project. And he stood in front of a 400-person lecture last month and said, "I beg and urge you not to do anything that even looks shady. The chance of you getting caught, at least in my course, has escalated from last semester." "It really will ruin your lives," he told the class. He said he doesn't like these measures, but feels they are impossible to avoid. "[These are] all sorts of things that make it more like a prison," Kuklick said. "I hate thinking that a university, especially my University, is at all like that. But [cheating] shouldn't be the main thing on your mind when you assign a paper." "It is like picking up a big rock," he said. "I've learned that cheating in various form is more pervasive than I had imagined." For the History 451 final, the students had a week to complete two essay questions. According to Kuklick, the students who were punished each shared information or entire essays with other students. Two pairs of students traded essays with each other. Two pairs traded information and one person copied an entire essay from the other. In these cases, all students received Fs for the class, and five of the six students who copied were suspended for a semester. The other student's diploma has been withheld. One student stole an exam that had already been turned in and retyped it for himself. Kuklick called the last case "the nastiest." The thief never confessed and was found guilty last week only because he had changed the footnote references to incorrect numbers. After it was discovered that the footnotes were fake, the student accepted a settlement under which he received an F and was suspended retroactively for this semester. Kuklick said that the students' excuse that they were under pressure was "weak." "I think it is very weak," he said. "A lot of students, I am told, spend the weekends getting drunk. I think they would have less pressure if they found more helpful ways to spend their weekends." · In their confessions, which Goodman released to be printed without names, most students show pain and regret and some try to justify themselves. All say they were under academic and personal pressure, and all say they would never do it again. "I was looking for the easy way out," wrote one student who turned himself in. "I got overwhelmed by all the work I had to do and couldn't see past it." "My future is much more complicated," wrote another. "I should have thought about that before, but I didn't. Now it's too late . . . My chances at going to law school are gone. No place will accept a cheater." "I didn't think my grade in the course would affect anyone," wrote a then-senior whose diploma has been held because of the incident. "I truly convinced myself that my TA would not seriously look over my essays since I was pass/fail . . . He would just pass me." Kuklick said he blames the Greek system, intercollegiate athletics, and the Wharton School for perpetuating an atmosphere where cheating is accepted. All nine guilty students were involved with one of the three systems. "If I could get rid of fraternities I would," Kuklick said, adding that brothers' old exam files are one example of the system's unregulated problems. "Their culture breeds this sort of thing." Kuklick said that during the judicial proceedings a football coach who served as a judicial advisor for one of the students told him stories about team members' cheating. According to Kuklick, the coach said one current player has bragged to him that he has never taken an exam or turned in a paper that was completely his own work. He said this was only one example in "a whole series of revelations." "I was so astounded by this that I didn't say what I should have said, like 'why didn't you turn him in,'" Kuklick said. "Penn ought to stop making these overtures to athletes. It is lunatic to make this such a priority." Kuklick said the Wharton School and the business world in general teach students to value the end result, while liberal arts professors stress the learning process. He said he would like the Wharton undergraduate division to be eliminated, but "nobody has the guts to do that." · Goodman said she offered students the option of writing a anonymous confession to The Daily Pennsylvanian instead of receiving a notation on their transcripts, in hopes that publicizing the History 451 case might deter other students. "I've heard recently that kids think it is a joke to cheat," Goodman said. "Somehow we have to change the culture here and have students buy into the idea that cheating is wrong. We are intent on stopping cheating at Penn." Last year, Goodman prosecuted 50 cheating cases, almost double the number of the year before. Over the past two years, cheating cases handled by the JIO have risen almost four-fold. Goodman said she understands academic pressure but she would like students to seek other ways out, like asking a professor for an extension on a paper, rescheduling an exam, talking to an advisor, or seeking help at the tutoring center. · In a letter to Kuklick just after the cheating was discovered, one student made it obvious he or she didn't expect to be seriously punished. "If there is any way that I could make amends, I would like the chance to do so," the student wrote. "Whether it be retaking the course, retaking the final exam, writing a paper, or anything else you deem appropriate." Instead, the student failed the course and was forced out of the University for a semester. Goodman said she thinks explaining the sentence to family members and friends must have been the most humiliating part. She said "being JIO is like being a good parent -- you help children deal with an incident and move on in a healthy way." So far, the only concrete results of the incident in History 451 were the ends of six students' chances at a clean academic record and the beginning of a new crusade against cheating by Goodman and Kuklick. "This lesson is just too painful to learn," one student confessed in a letter Goodman released. "I will never make this mistake again, but I wish I had not learned the hard way. I only hope that someday I will be able to put this behind me." But Goodman and Kuklick both hope the lesson will hit home with current students before they have to feel the pain.


Arts groups battle for weekend audiences

(11/08/90 10:00am)

With banners, placards and home-made ticket booths, performing arts groups are pulling out all the stops this week to ensure their portion of a limited auidence for a weekend when over a half a dozen shows will play on campus. And although the groups offer differing forms of entertainment, from classical music to improvisational comedy, performers said this week they are not worried about compteing for thier audience share on Parents' Weekend. Without a Net member Brad Krumholz, who was selling tickets on the Walk earlier this week, said that student performances often overlap each other. "That's always been the case," said the College senior. "You kind of get used to the fact that there will be other shows." And College junior Ari Jacobson, who is performing in the Theatre Arts Program One-Acts this weekend, said he was confident that students who were really interested in seeing shows would find a way to schedule their time. But other students said they were upset that they would not be able to see all the shows they wanted to because of show scheduling. "Sometimes it gets to be that for two weekends in a row you're seeing three shows in a weekend," College junior Lisa Wachtell said last night. "I know that I've missed a lot of performances because I just haven't had the time." Several performers said that since their groups all need a rehearsal period of several months at the beginning of the year, the productions always pile up at the end of the semester. Financial managers said they hoped that parents could make up for an audience that may be spread thin because of the number of shows. "Everyone has two parents and a sister that they have to do something with," the College senior said. Performers noted that despite the large number of conflicting shows, most consistently draw a constant portion of their audience from the arts community. "The theater people tend to know what's going on, and also they are more interested," said Krumholz. But Penn Players member David Simon said that the overlap of shows prevents perfromers from going to all the shows they want to. "It's annoying to be in a show and not be able to go see your friends," he said.


Delegates to debate proposals

(11/02/90 10:00am)

Three student leaders working to revamp student government plan to present separate proposals -- including one which would weaken the Nominations and Elections Committee -- at the fourth constitutional convention Sunday. Delegate Jon Wachs, a College senior, is sponsoring a proposal which calls for the NEC to be divided into a nominations committee, which would be under the "technical jurisdiction" of the elected student body, and an elections committee, which would be independent. During the past three convention meetings, delegates have said that because the NEC is autonomous, there is not enough communication between the committee and other branches of student government. Undergraduate Assembly Chairperson Duchess Harris said last night that she would like to put even more control over the nominations process, adding that she expects delegates to debate the issue at the convention. Wachs also calls for the Undergraduate Assembly to be split into two branches -- one which would be popularly elected and the other which would be composed of representatives from student groups. Wachs said that although he wants other student government groups to remain autonomous, a "student executive council" -- elected by the two branches -- would oversee all the groups and would set the agenda for the year. He added that there would be a system of checks and balances between student groups and the executive council. Convention delegate Greg Shufro, vice chairperson of the Student Activities Council, is sponsoring a third proposal which calls for the establishment of an executive committee composed of SAC and UA members to replace the current UA. "Right now, we don't have a UA that is representative of a large enough percentage of the University," Shufro said. "This proposal would take advantage of the large percentage of the student body that SAC already represents." Shufro said his proposal would make student government more "focused and effective and. . . open up communication among the different branches." Wachs' proposal also calls for elections to be held each semester. Representatives would serve one-year terms and the rotating elections would ensure continuity within student government, Wachs said. Convention delegate Dan Singer, a UA member, is sponsoring a proposal similar to Wachs'. Singer said that he does not think that any of the proposals will be accepted entirely, adding that a compromise is inevitable. "Everyone has their personal plan for the future of Penn student government and I think that eventually it will come down to us fighting it out and choosing the best parts of each proposal," Singer said. Sunday's meeting will be the first where delegates present concrete alternatives to the present student government. At the last three meetings, the 33 delegates identified trouble spots and debated the purpose of student government.


Vice provost searches nearing end

(11/02/90 10:00am)

Searches for two new vice provosts are currently entering their final stages, and the spots are expected to be filled by the beginning of the year, provost office officials said yesterday. The two positions, vice provost for computing and the newly created vice provost for graduate studies, will join the vice provosts of libraries, university life and research. Provost Administrative Fellow Stephen Steinberg said yesterday that the search committee looking to fill the graduate studies spot will narrow down its list of candidates in two to three weeks. He added that the committee is primarily looking at in-house candidates, possibly a senior faculty member, to fill the "half time" position. Search committee Chairperson Robert Dyson did not return a call seeking comment yesterday afternoon. Computing search committee Chairperson Paul Kliendorfer said last night that the committee is currently sifting through over 200 resumes and interviewing candidates. He added that they come from within the University, from other universities, from the private sector and from government agencies. Kliendorfer added that he hopes to have a short list of candidates by the end of the calendar year. The vice provost for computing position became vacant in November 1988, when then-Vice Provost David Stonehill accepted a position in President Bush's Executive Office as head of the Information Systems Resource Management Department. Radiology Professor Ronald Arenson has served as the acting vice provost since January 1989. Provost Michael Aiken said last month that the administration would have liked Arenson to take the position full-time, but Arenson has decided to return to his professorial duties once a permanent replacement is found. Aiken announced the creation of the vice provost for graduate studies last year. It was the first major implementation of a recommendation from the recently released five-year plan.


CITY LIMITS: Pa. governor's race not as hot as expected

(10/31/90 10:00am)

But $7 million and hundreds of television commercials later, Governor Robert Casey leads Auditor General Barbara Hafer by 40 points in most voter polls, and the question for next Tuesday seems to be only by what margin Casey will win. Hafer managed to raise about $2 million for her campaign, and has only recently begun her televised campaign. For the past month, Casey has flooded local television stations with his commercials, most of which feature the governor talking with children. Hafer began advertising this week on Philadelphia cable television. Stephen Miskin, Hafer's campaign director for eastern Pennsylvania, said last week that Hafer's commericals focus on her position on abortion rights and the state's financial condition. Miskin added that Hafer has always been an "underdog" in her races, adding that she has not received support from all Republican leaders. But, he said, local party officials -- including Philadelphia officials -- are "all right behind her." Hafer, who spoke at the University in September, will return to Philadelphia several more times before the election. Miskin said he expects Hafer to do well in the city, citing her position on abortion and Philadelphia's financial crisis. Bob Barnett, Casey's southeast Pennsylvania coordinator, said that his campaign will continue to advertise heavily right up to election day. Casey will return to Philadelphia two or three more times before the election, Barnett said, adding that the governor is not resting on his large lead in the polls. "[Casey] makes it clear to the entire staff not to be overconfident," Barnett said. Sandra Featherman, the director of the Center of Public Policy at Temple University, said last week that Hafer must pull Democrats away from Casey if she is to have a chance at winning. Democratic registrations in Pennsylvania outnumber Republicans by approximately 500,000. Featherman added that there will likely be a low turnout on November 6 -- which, she contended, would favor Hafer since Democrats do not vote as often as Republicans. She added that many more Democrats are willing to vote for a Republican than Republicans for a Democrat. While Featherman called a Hafer victory "unlikely," she said these factors could lead to a closer election than many observers expect. Each candidate has each picked up an endorsement from a major Philadelphia newspaper: Casey from the The Philadelphia Inquirer, Hafer from the Philadelphia Daily News.


Grad student demand gets support

(10/30/90 10:00am)

Several diversity on the Walk committee members yesterday criticized the make-up of this year's most-watched committee, saying they support graduate students' demand for more graduate representation. At this month's University Council meeting, the Graduate and Professional Student Assembly called on President Sheldon Hackney to appoint two more graduate students to the 25-member committee. Currently, GAPSA Chairperson Susan Garfinkel is the committee's only graduate representative. Garfinkel said GAPSA members want openings for one professional student and one international graduate student. President Hackney could not be reached for comment last night. Many Walk committee members said they agree with GAPSA's demand, and plan to support Garfinkel at their next meeting on November 8. "We absolutely do need more graduate student representatives," Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual Alliance Co-chairperson Robin Wood said last night. "They're an important part of the Penn community and they're grossly underrepresented on the committee." And Undergraduate Assembly Chairperson Duchess Harris said last night that "graduate students have been slighted and overlooked." But some committee members, including Co-chairperson David Pope, said they do not think it matters how many people represent individual segments of the University because the whole committee is working towards the same goal. "If we look at the committee as a group of people with focuses on different aspects of the University, then it's enough [graduate representation] because everybody represents everybody," Pope said. Pope added that he is confident members will work as a unified group once the committee begins discussion about specific issues of the Walk. Black InterGreek Council President Kathryn Williams said she would not oppose more graduate representation to the committee if she felt adding the members would benefit the group. "The only way this is going to work is if people act as a whole," Williams said. "The reason people are there is to represent their constituencies, but as responsible leaders we will have to decide how we're going to best meet everybody's needs." Garfinkel said she is not certain what she will do if the president does not change the committee's composition. She has considered leaving the committee. "There are two sides to the problem," Garfinkel said. "If the sole graduate representative were to resign from the committee, I would be cutting off access to the information we're going to receive. If I stay on the committee, then graduate students are lending support to the unequal view of the campus community, which is detrimental to graduate students." Other members had considered resigning from the committee if Hackney does not fulfill GAPSA's resolution, but most said last night they would not leave because their constituents would be left unrepresented. "I have a very specific constituency that I have to report to before I can make any move like [resigning from the committee]," UA Chair Harris said. "Undergraduates would not go for that at all." Pope said he and Co-chairperson Kim Morrisson plan to meet with the president this week to discuss committee members' views with him. He also said they plan to resolve the issue of graduate student representation before the Walk committee meets again.


Federal budget package is shaping up in University's favor

(10/26/90 9:00am)

The federal budget deal taking shape in Washington will be kinder and gentler on the University's balance sheets than earlier proposals, Senior Vice President Marna Whittington said yesterday. Whittington said yesterday that as of Wednesday, "things looked reasonably good for us." Earlier this month, David Morse, who oversees University federal relations, called the federal budget negotiations a "lose, less-lose situation" for the University, saying that the best the school could hope for was small cuts in federal funding. Morse was in Washington yesterday monitoring the budget negotiations and could not be reached for comment. "As of [Wednesday], the student aid looked good," Whittington said. The National Institutes for Health and the National Science Foundation -- two big sources of research funding for the University -- are both expected to get increased budgets under the plan, Whittington added. The proposed federal budget deal still includes $47 billion in cuts for Medicare payments to hospitals and doctors over the next five years, but Whittington said that such a cut has already been figured into the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania's operating budget. The federal budget process is almost a month behind schedule due to bickering between Congress and President Bush over the size and shape of tax increases. Whittington said that the University adopted a business-as-usual attitude toward the budget deadlock in Washington and did not panic or anticipate huge cuts in federal funding for the University. "Our goal here, in the face of uncertainty, was to maintain the momentum of the academic and research enterprises," Whittington said. "We decided really early on that to assume a crisis mentality about this would not be constructive. It just so happens that if the package that's on the table now is passed, that was the right strategy. Given what could have happened I think it's good news." The University has had at least one representative in Washington almost every day over the last month, Whittington said. The officials have let Congressional leaders and local senators and representatives know where the University stands on the various budget issues, she added. "We are all feeling a little discouraged with the process we've been through to get this package," Whittington said. "We're concerned that ultimately we get a budget package that is well thought out and is good policy for the country. This hasn't been the finest moment in American politics."


Reading enthralls U. audience

(10/25/90 9:00am)

Renowed Soviet poet Andrei Andreyevich Voznesensky and pioneering beat poet Allen Ginsberg enchanted a University audience reciting their poetic verse to approximately 200 people last night. Voznesensky, an imposing figure dressed in black pants and a white jacket, stood solidly on Harrison Auditorium stage for the hour-long poetry reading, combining humorous anecdotes with serious poems. While Voznesensky recited his poems in Russian in a loud and booming voice, Ginsberg, in his quiet and subdued tone, sometimes stumbled through the translated poems in English. The audience, which ranged in age from college students to senior citizens, crouched on the edge of their chairs for much of Voznesensky's reading as his voice resounded throughout the University Museum room. While the majority of the Soviet's dozen poems were serious in nature, he enlightened the mood by showing a view not often seen by Western people. "We send them our best ballerinas and get Pepsi-Cola in return. . . I yearn for plumbing and freedom of thought," read one poem by Voznesensky entitled "Techonology." Voznesensky stated, "Will you spread me like manure to spread knowledge, University of Pennsylvania. . . Please Lord give me an education at the University of Pennsylvania." Other poems, such as "Mother," focused on Soviet stereotypes of the United States -- many of which still remain despite more liberal attitudes by the government. "Don't go to America son. . . Don't go, they'll kill you," read the poem. After the hour-long recitation of poetry, audience members clustered around the two poets, many of whom were excited with the opportunity to speak to both of the celebrated poets. Russian Lecturer Ogla Rubenchik said that although the readings in Russian were excellent, the translation lacked the original context and feeling. "I thought the reading was wonderful," Rubenchik said. "Some of the translations were very good, though some didn't reveal the rhythm of the language. Voznesensky uses a lot of colloqialisms that were not reflected in the translations. Yet the poems still seemed to keep the spirit of the original." "When Ginsberg read the words themselves, they were beautiful, but I didn't feel it," said Heather Hendren, a first-year student at Bryn Mawr College. "I had to hear it in Russian to understand what it meant to this poet." Voznesensky, who will be teaching at the University for the remainder of the fall semester, will work closest with the 15 students in a class on contemporary Russian poetry. He is also expected to participate in activities with Philomathean Society and with students on the Russian floor of Modern Languages House, and attend receptions through several departments.