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U. students in coed rooms to be moved out

(11/25/91 10:00am)

Several students who say Van Pelt College House officials allowed them to live in coed suites, despite violating Residential Living guidelines, will be asked to move after a fact-finding investigation is completed, a University official said yesterday. Christopher Dennis, the director of the college house program, said last night that although officials are still gathering facts in the case, Residential Living will ask the students to move "if it is determined that they are not in compliance with their occupancy agreements." In addition, Engineering senior Aaron Fuegi and College senior Sharon Jackson are listed as living in Van Pelt's Room 114. Residential Living guidelines specifically prohibit people of the opposite sex from living together in dormitories, unless they are married. Dennis said last night it is too early to tell whether any employees who knew of the situation hid the violations, and said he could not predict if Residential Living officials would be disciplined or fired. He added that the "early indication" is that some college house workers, including Van Pelt Administrative Fellow Catherine Johnson, might not have initially realized the arrangement broke the rules. But he added, "it is not crystal clear when people knew that." Dennis said Residential Living officials only became aware of the situation after the DP reported on the incident on Friday. It is not clear whether all of the students, or just either the males or females, would be asked to move. It is also unclear how much time the students would be given to move out. Residential Living Director Gigi Simeone refused comment yesterday, saying only that an investigation is underway. She would not speculate how long the investigation might take or what the results might be. But Dennis said the current arrangement will not be allowed to stand despite the students' allegation that Van Pelt workers told them they were living together as part of a pilot program evaluating coed dormitory living. None of the students, who are friends and are not involved romantically, would comment on the situation yesterday. In interviews conducted last week, however, the students maintained that they did not realize they were violating University policy and thought that the rules had been changed for the pilot program. College senior Gerst said she discussed the proposed coed apartment last year with then-Van Pelt Administrative Fellow Andrew Miller. "Van Pelt really didn't have a problem with it," Gerst said, but she added she and her suitemates "had to do a little bit of finagling." "This was proposed to us as an experimental living situation," she said. College junior Davidson said he and his three suitemates thought that "the rules had been changed," adding, "We were not aware that this was unofficial and we weren't given any cautionary advice."


'IndePennDance' to feature fun and eclectic numbers

(11/21/91 10:00am)

It will be tutu fun. The dancers said this week that while students who are dance aficionados will definitely enjoy the show, those who have never seen a dance show should give it a try. "Constant interesting movement is always fun to watch," Engineering senior Sevrin Huff said. "I enjoy watching football even though I can't play." Huff said that the group will perform five pieces ranging in style from jazz to modern to "ballet-ish." "There's something in the show for everyone," she said. "And its not so artsy that only dancers will understand it." Huff said two of the pieces were choreographed by professionals -- one by Peter McCoy and the other by Norman Taylor, a dance teacher at Glassboro State College -- and the other three by students in the group. In addition, Taylor will be performing in the show. College sophomore Robin Pulis, who will be making her debut as a co-choreographer with a piece entitled Dante's Number Nine, said that working with the professionals taught her a great deal about what and how certain feelings can be expressed through dance. At the same time, she said, dance is a subjective art form and a chance for choreographers to express emotions in their own personal style. "This is the first time I've choreographed anything in my life," Pulis said. "I'm really beginning to see and understand how dance can be an outlet for my creative spirit just like talking or writing." College junior Kristi Gamble said that another unique aspect of Penn Dance is that not all the dancers have training in the same styles and some have little training. "Everyone gets to learn from everybody else," Gamble said. "Even those with years of training can learn from the inexperienced dancers because they're the ones who concentrate more on the meaning of the dance since they don't have the perfect technique." Absolute IndePennDance opens tonight at 8 p.m. and continues through Saturday night in the Annenberg School Theater. Tickets are available on Locust Walk.


Police say murdered man

(11/20/91 10:00am)

An autopsy performed on the employee later Monday revealed that he died of a gunshot wound to the chest despite efforts by HUP doctors to revive him for nearly 30 minutes, officials said. And a spokesperson for the Medical Examiner's office said yesterday that 33-year old Greg Mumford was still alive when he was wheeled into HUP's emergency room at 3:37 a.m. Monday. Mumford, a HUP employee of 15 years, was shot by one of three male attackers who were robbing his car and wallet early Monday morning near the corner of 45th and Baltimore streets. Police responded to a report of a man screaming in Clark Park on 43rd and Baltimore streets and found Mumford standing in the middle of Baltimore Street. Police took Mumford to his house on the 800 block of S. 49th Street to get registration papers for his car when he collapsed on his porch. The spokesperson for the Medical Examiner's office would not speculate if Mumford's life could have been saved if he had been taken directly to the hospital. "I can't do that," the spokesperson said. "I can't sit here and play God." A Philadelphia Police spokesperson also said yesterday that a preliminary investigation of the incident by the department has revealed that Mumford never told police officers that he had been injured. "The officers were not informed [that Mumford had been shot]," the spokesperson said. Police said if Mumford was shot with a small caliber pistol, he might not have realized he was injured. Police also said that while such incidents are not common, victims occasionally do not realize they have been shot even minutes after the incident. "I've seen cases as a policeman where [victims don't realize they have been shot]," the police spokesman said, adding that the victim might have been so excited by the incident, that he never felt the pain. "With a small caliber gun, a man can be shot an easily not know it," he added. The medical examiner's spokesman agreed, stating that "it's not outside the realm of possibilities" for Mumford to unknowingly have been shot. Mumford was taken to the emergency room, but was pronounced dead in the operating room at 4:06 a.m. Monday, the spokesperson said.


SECOND DEGREE: Asian students travel to the U.

(11/19/91 10:00am)

Doctoral student Cheng Chang traveled thousands of miles across the globe to study mathematics at the University. Chang is one of hundreds of Asian students who leave their homeland to study at the University. But across the nation, there is a growing concern that there are "too many" international students in American graduate schools. By educating so many international students, many professors and students believe Americans are losing out on educational opportunities on their home turf. · In mathematics and science departments, international students, specifically Asians, make up a greater percentage than in other University departments. Asian students said they come to American schools, and specifically the University, mainly for their academic quality. Chang said he studied mathematics at the undergraduate level in China, and chose the University because of its "excellent" math department. First-year Physics PhD student Naoya Hata, who comes from Japan, said he was interested in studying the elementary particle theory, which is more difficult to do in Japan because of the more popular mathematical approach taken there. But Hata also said he left his country for a change of pace. After receiving both his bachelor's and master's degree at the University of Tokyo, he said he needed a break. "It was long enough," Hata said. "I was getting bored after six years in the same place." Other students had their own reasons for coming to the University. Second-year Physics graduate student Geun-Seop Nee said he decided to leave Korea because there was "more of a chance to learn . . . about a different culture, about international relationships," on top of academic reasons. Most Asian students said that they are not sure if they will remain in the country after they graduate or if they will return home and live with the rest of their families. They said the overriding concern is getting the best job possible. "I'm not sure if I'll stay here . . . it depends wherever there's a job," Hata said. But Nee, who did his undergraduate work in Seoul, said he would like to return to Korea, but may stay here longer to build his resume. And many said they are more concerned with simply making it through school. "It's not the best place to get food . . . [it is] expensive, too," Hata said. Chemistry Professor Stanley Opella, who works with graduate students, said that many people forget the fact that international students are not only coming to a different school, but a different country. "It is often forgotten that these students had to prepare themselves academically, culturally, and personally," Opella said. · Many graduate group chairs and professors said they regard international students only in a positive light. Many professors said that they enjoy working with the Asian students because they are generally hard workers. And, contrary to what many people think, professors said they are not concerned with whose places Asian students could be filling. According to Chemistry Vice Chairperson George Palladino -- whose department's graduate program is over 25 percent Asian -- international students are simply filling the void left by an inadequate American elementary school program in math and science. Palladino said somewhere between sixth grade and high school, Americans lose interest in science and math. He added that the problem could only be solved at the collegiate level once it was addressed in primary education. "Across the board there is a shortage of qualified and interested American students in math and the sciences," he said. "Immigrants and international students are offsetting that." Yet in a society where Donald Trump is more famous than most college professors, students said there is a certain stigma associated with staying in the academic world, and a financial burden to bear as well. Palladino said the glamour and cost-benefit rewards of other fields are difficult to compete with. As a result, the math and science fields in the U.S. often lose out. Opella said he thought international students were a "big plus" for the University. He added that by having students from all over the world, it stretches the University's influence to a worldwide area. Mathematics Graduate Group Chairperson Ted Chinburg, whose department takes about 50 percent of its students from other countries, also said the large number of international students was good for the University, even if they chose to return to their home country. "It encourages a pipeline between Korea and us," said Chinburg, speaking of Korean students who return to their homeland after they graduate. "We have had more applications [in the Math Department] than in past years because of that connection." Professors also said they felt their disciplines were not adversely effected by students who choose to return to their home country. "People in my field all over the world can contribute as much as they can here," said Opella, "There's only really one scientific community. There's no strong national boundaries." Physics Professor Terry Fortune, whose department is about 18 percent Asian, also said that physics is an international field. But Fortune said that although international students make a significant contribution to the University, the students come out ahead in the bargain. "Because we give them full support financially, I believe the net flow is from us to them," said Fortune. And although Fortune said he did not think there were any detrimental effects in quality or in a financial sense, he said as finances get tighter within the University, that might have greater influences.


U. Latino Festival draws high schoolers

(11/18/91 10:00am)

Eight moustached men, one bass guitar, one synthesizer and loud salsa music were at the center of commotion in the High Rise North Rooftop Lounge Thursday night. The Latino Festival of Culture got off to an effervescent start as Sonido Seis -- a North Philadelphia salsa band -- brought audience members to their feet. The festival was designed to introduce Latino high school students to the University's social life and the Latino community on campus. Emily Rodriguez, vice-president of the Asociacion Cultural Estudiantes Latino Americanos, said she wanted to publicize the University's Latino organizations not just to prospective applicants, but also to students. "We want to open up to the campus, so they can learn more about the Latino organizations on campus," said Rodriguez, a College sophomore. Twelve Latino student groups from the University community set up information booths to present the resources and support the University has to offer Latino students. The Latino groups represented ranged from the Latin American Living Learning Program and Casa Hispanica to Lambda Upsilon Lambda fraternity and Sigma Lambda Upsilon sorority, two of the University's Latino fraternities and sororities. The coffee house set-up created a casual and intimate atmosphere in which students from New York, New Jersey and Philadelphia high schools could interact on both intellectual and social levels with University students. Wharton senior Isabella Casillas said there is a need for Latino support services on campus. "Lots of students feel lack of support," she said. "We want to let them know what's out there." Rodriguez mingled with the high school students, telling them about the University's social atmosphere. The event did not only attract Latinos. A diverse group of students danced and listened to the rhythmic salsa band. ACELA President Pam Urueta said she wanted to enhance the bond between the Latino community and the rest of the University.


Denied admission, applicant sues to jail U. administrators

(11/15/91 10:00am)

Maria Sierotowicz has some stiff demands. She wants Sheldon Hackney put away for life, along with Michael Aiken and every University admissions officer. And while she's at it, she wants to shut the University down. Claimimg she was unfairly denied admission to the University, and 10 other schools, Sierotowicz filed suit against them all this week in federal court in Washington, D.C. Her 16-page complaint, written by herself, is almost completely unintelligible, breaks every rule of grammar and jumps from charge to charge almost randomly. Sierotowicz accuses the schools of malversations, frauds and denying her the right to "have a money, to settle own family." But in her 16-page complaint, she fails to outline exactly how she was discriminated against. She filed the suit against three campuses of the City University of New York, American University, George Washington University, Howard University, Trinity College in Washington D.C., the University of the District of Columbia, Georgetown University and LaSalle University. Sierotowicz, who is acting as her own attorney, filed the complaint in Washington D.C. Monday, but New York Telephone operators said there was no such person at the Brooklyn address she listed in the complaint. There are no listings for her in Washington or Philadelphia either. Sierotowicz has charged the University with violating her "Constitutional" rights, including the right to be educated, to chose a job of her interest, to have proper housing and to have "money which is a basis for human daily life." Sierotowicz claims she applied to the University for the fall 1990 semester and was rejected. She adds that she subsequently filed discrimination complaints against the University with the Office for Civil Rights. But the University is not concerned with the allegations Sierotowicz has slung, administrators said. Sierotowicz's complaint indicates that she attempted to use the federal Freedom of Information Act to see her personal and educational files, but was denied access. She alleges that the records are incorrect and that she has not had the opportunity to fix them. She also states that one campus of the City University used "force in stuffing" her into another program of study against her will. She adds that the university "made a some of malversations and the frauds" in her financial records while she was receiving federal and state financial aid. The complainant also alleges that the University and the other institutions have shirked their responsibilities to provide educational services for U.S. citizens and their children.


Cheever offers U. a glimpse at new book

(11/13/91 10:00am)

Dressed in black, with her mouth close to the microphone, author Susan Cheever read the first chapter of her work-in-progress about an alleged murder in San Fransisco yesterday afternoon in Logan Hall. The non-fiction work, which is still untitled, is about two friends of Cheever and her husband Warren Hinckle, with whom she is writing the book. The men, Art and Jim Mitchell, were brothers and best friends, who built a San Fransisco pornography empire together. Last February, Jim Mitchell was accused of shooting and killing Art. "It's a sad story about codependence, what happens when you have guns and alcohol in the same house and what happens when two people become too close," Cheever said. As she was reading, Cheever occasionally stopped and apologized to her audience for some unpolished parts of the work. "This is rough," she said. "As I read, I can see things that should come out and things that need to be in." Cheever said she and Hinckle are writing this book as a joint venture to produce a "defense book," as opposed to the other books being written about the incident which focus on the "sleezy" aspects of the Mitchells' lifestyles. Cheever said the book will deal with both the legal aspects and implications of the First Amendment and pornography. It is scheduled to be published after Mitchell's trial in February. "I'm convinced it was an accident," Cheever said during the question and answer period which followed her reading. "If I thought Jim was guilty of murder one, I probably wouldn't write the book." Cheever said this work is different from others she has written since it is non-fiction and unrelated to either her mother or her father, the late author and National Medal for Literature recipient John Cheever. Most of the students and faculty members at the recital said they were impressed with Cheever's work. "I hadn't read her work before, but I can't wait until her next book comes out," said College freshman Celeste Perron. The reading marked the third PEN at Penn program this semester.


'Vision' growing stronger, but its future still remains unclear

(11/08/91 10:00am)

In January 1990, Harold Ford and Altoine Scarborough had a vision. But it wasn't anything grandiose. Just a simple vision to found a new student publication that would articulate and reflect the different views in the black community. "We wanted to disprove the myth of a monolithic thought process in the black community," College senior Ford said. So together, Ford and Scarborough, began work on The Vision, a black student newspaper for campus which, according to Ford, is the longest-run black publication at the University. Since its humble beginnings when the staff struggled from month to month to find the money needed to produce the monthly publication, The Vision has grown in content, as well as in the number of people it reaches. And as it nears the end of its second year, the paper has a more diverse content with a higher degree of opinions, according to Ford, who began as the paper's managing editor and is currently the editor-in chief. Many black leaders on campus support the paper saying it expresses the views of black students. "I support The Vision whole-heartedly," said Marisa Sifontes, president of the Bi-Cultural InterGreek Council. "I think it is open to all views from the black community." In addition, not only has the paper's circulation grown, enabling it to reach more people, but Ford added that more people, not just black and latino students, can relate to its content. "Any student on can pick it up and appreciate it and learn something from it," Ford said. "I think it is growing in the number of people it is reaching." The paper traditionally emphasizes an important issue or person in the community and use it as a springboard to dealing with a wide range of issues. This month's cover story features a story about the University's Greenfield Intercultural Center. Sifontes agreed saying, "The Vision is a vehicle for black students to express views that aren't normally expressed in the majority newspaper." Located in the Christian Association, the paper's office is small, but filled with Ford's enthusiasm. A core staff of about seven people produce the paper each month, and Ford said the small staff is probably the paper's biggest problem. Scarborough, for example, left the University this year. "Our biggest problem is human capital," Ford said. "If we had more people there would be the possibility of coming out twice a month." Another problem, Ford said, is the difficulty demonstrating to organizations the benefits of advertising in the paper. Ford also added he is slightly worried about the paper's future. The first generation of The Vision staff is about to graduate, and he said he hopes the paper will continue. "If the paper does not last after graduation, we really haven't done anything," Ford said. "Can it become a fixture at Penn?"


The Princeton Tiger makes his his return

(11/08/91 10:00am)

"Bob the Tiger" is back. But this time, he's ready. Two years ago, during the Homecoming football game against Princeton, a group of 30 rabid Quaker fans rushed onto Franklin Field at halftime and pummeled the Princeton Tiger mascot, stealing his fuzzy head, cutting his face and brusing several ribs. While the Tiger from two years ago retired after the beating, his replacement is ready for anything and is accepting the many risks and responsibilities of his uniform. "You always have to be on your guard when you're in the suit. You can't see at all," said Princeton Sophomore Rob Dyer. "The little kids are the the nastiest." He said that although a lot of people have asked him questions about the matchup, given the sordid reputation of Quaker fans at home against their arch-rival, he dismissed it as "hype." "My roommate has a gun, but I'll let him keep it," Dyer said. "I've got claws, but they don't do much good." Dyer said that "the only violence on the field will the Quakers getting crushed."


Number of early applicants to U. is up

(11/08/91 10:00am)

Early decision applications rose 14 percent this year, giving the University the second highest total ever. Admissions Dean Willis Stetson said yesterday early decision applications increased to 1401 from 1229, making this year's yield second only to 1988. Stetson added that although applications had to be postmarked by last Friday, the University may receive up to 25 more in the days to come. The number of minority applicants also increased. The number of black students applying early decision rose 9.5 percent to 42, and 266 Asian students applied, a 15.4 percent increase. Christoph Guttentag, director of planning for the Admissions Office, credited the rise to a wider awareness of the University's academic reputation and quality of student life. He said both publicity efforts by the University and word of mouth from current students helped spread this information. Guttentag added that although the University faces many difficulties, including crime, students who visit the campus are strongly attracted to it. According to Stetson, this year's applicant pool matched last year in quality indicators like class rank and standardized test scores. Stetson also said the number of applications from the northeast increased, especially from the mid-Atlantic states of Pennsylvania, New York and New Jersey. These states traditionally account for 40 percent of the University's population. Increases in early applications do not necessarily mean that overall applications will also rise. In the past, the correlation between regular and early applications has been weak. But Guttentag said he was pleased with the jump in applications. "I think it's a nice reflection on the institution," he said. "It makes me feel good that people are that enthusiastic about Penn. It makes me feel good personally, and it makes me feel good professionally." The increase in minority applications may be due to turnover in the position of director of minority recruitment. Clarence Grant, who replaced Pippa Porter Rex earlier this year, may have brought a fresh perspective to the job, according to Guttentag. Early decision applicants will be evaluated by mid-December. The University regularly accepts 30 to 40 percent of early applicants, rejects 10 to 20 percent, and defers 50 percent to be re-evaluated with the regular applicant pool in March. Students who are accepted early decision are obligated to enroll at the University.


LGBA asks Hackney to oust ROTC

(11/05/91 10:00am)

Members of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual Alliance added their support last week to a University Council Resolution calling for the removal of ROTC by 1993, if the units do not comply with the campus nondiscrimination policy. The LGBA, in a letter to President Sheldon Hackney last week, reiterated many of the fundamental issues in the debate about the Reserve Officer Training Corps and their exclusion of homosexuals. Part of the letter focuses on the provisions in the Council resolution which allow University students to continue to participate in ROTC on nearby campuses, as Air Force ROTC students already do. College senior Sloan Wiesen, an LGBA member who signed the letter, said that this provision is important for the community to recognize. Hackney, at the council meeting, advocated trying to persuade the Department of Defense to change their policy through friendly methods instead of ultimatums. But the LGBA statement asks Hackney to take a bolder stance on the issue and stick to the universities nondiscrimination code. "Removing the ROTC, if it comes to that, is not about changing DOD policy; it's about preserving our own policy," the letter states. Accepting the resolution sooner rather than later will give Hackney leverage in getting the Defense Department policy changed, Wiesen said. "It make an unequivicable statement that this is a real concern," Wiesen said. "It's not just a bluff." College senior Kirk Marcolina, another LGBA member who signed the letter, said that the letter is intended to make a statement. "We wanted the Penn community and President Hackney to know why the resolution is fair and should be acted upon," Marcolina said. "[Accepting it] is essential if the nondiscirimination policy is to be meaningful." Marcolina said all avenues should be taken, but one of the best ways Hackney can act is taking heed of the University Council's resolution. "It matters that he takes a decisive action quickly because this is affecting a lot of people's lives," Marcolina said. Another part of the letter commends Hackney for taking the issue seriously, while asking for information on further action he has taken. Assistant to the President Nicholas Constan said that Hackney just received the letter and has not responded yet. "It is a letter to which I think the president will react with pleasure," Constan said. "It put forward in fairly succinct terms a good summary of one side of the issue." Hackney will likely act on the Council resolution before the June 1993 deadline it imposes, but the president wants to wait until it is clear that there is no longer a chance for meaningful change to be made through discussion, Constan said.


Am Civ Dept. to halt grad admissions

(11/05/91 10:00am)

The University will close graduate student admissions to the American Civilization Department next year in a drastic move that some administrators said was designed to cut overcrowding in the department. According to University officials, the one-year moratorium on admissions resulted from a combination of too many students and too few faculty. They insisted vehemently that the department is not being phased out. But others downplayed the overcrowding issue, saying the decision to halt admissions comes in conjunction with the formation of a faculty committee to reexamine the department. The primary intention of the moratorium, said SAS Dean Rosemary Stevens, is to "reevaluate American studies at the University of Pennsylvania." And Donald Fitts, associate dean for graduate studies in the School of Arts and Sciences, said that after the careful evaluation, the department could continue and even be expanded. "At other universities, American studies is a broader subject than at Penn," Fitts said yesterday. "At Penn, [it is a] fairly narrowly focused program." But some of the four faculty and 69 graduate students in the department said they are upset by the decision and feel it could hurt the department in the long run. "I think it's a mistake for us not to be [accepting new students], but that's the dean's decision," said Am Civ Chairperson Murray Murphey, whose department was informed of the decision in August. "The dean wants to slow us up a year." Murphey said the moratorium decision was made by former Associate Dean for Humanities Stephen Nichols, and reaffirmed by his successor Beeman and new SAS Dean Stevens this year. Students did not seem to care who made the decision, but rather that the decision was made at all. "We don't understand why the University doesn't want to support [the department]," said Am Civ graduate student Susan Garfinkel. "I sincerely hope this isn't the beginning of the end." And one student said that administrators fail to realize the importance of the Am Civ program. "It is my perception that at the administrative level there is a real lack of understanding of the nature of the program in American Civilization at Penn," said Am Civ graduate student Gretchen Hackett. Since one of the reasons for halting admissions is the high faculty-to-student ratio, students said that an alternative way to change the situation is to hire more faculty. Garfinkel said that when she entered the department in 1986, there were five more faculty members than there are today. And Hackett said that there are positions that have been "empty for several years" and that resources are bypassing Am Civ and being poured into other departments in the school. But Beeman said that it is "not that simple" to hire new faculty because of the time and money involved in such a "major, major decision." The Am Civ Department has experienced a series of setbacks in recent years, including the defection of former Am Civ Professor Drew Faust to the History Department and the departure of former Am Civ Professor Janice Radway from the University.


A cappella fest stars Chants, Notes, Blues

(11/01/91 10:00am)

Three groups. Two concerts. One weekend. No instruments. The Pennchants, a sub-group of the Glee Club, will present Three Years of Gritz: A decade of perfect hominy tonight at 7:00 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. in the Annenberg School Theater. Also appearing at the Pennchants performance will be Arts House Dance and the Oxford Blues, an all female a cappella group from Haverford College. And though Pennchants co-Music Director Dan Polster, a College senior, did not wish to divulge the names of the songs that will make their debut tonight, he did say that such old favorites as "Fame" and "I Want You Back" would be performed. College senior Daniel Katz also said that the group, which is noted for their creative dance steps as well as their close harmonies, does not feel threatened with Arts House Dance on the same program. "We do some cheesy choreography," Katz said. "But most of the time our dancing is sexy, provacative and a bit nutty." "We do Korean fan dances," added Wharton senior Myong Leigh. "I've never seen Arts House do any of those." Also this weekend, the all male a cappella group Chord-on Blues will present a joint show with the all female group Quaker Notes called "West Philly 19104" in Kelly & Cohen's Restaurant. Wharton senior Rick Morris, the Chords' president, said that the idea of a joint show was not an unusual concept for the two groups. "The groups complement each other very well," Morris said. "So well, in fact, that four of our last five fall shows have been with Quaker Notes." The two groups will each do approximately 45 minutes of singing and will end with a joint rendition of "Shiny Happy People" originally recorded by pop group R.E.M. But Morris cautioned all fanatic fans of the television series of a similar name that none of the stars would be making guest appearances at the show. "Luke will not be here," Morris said. "Well, actually he canceled at the last minute, but I repeat, he will not be here. We don't need any riots on our hands." West Philly 19104 opens tonight at 8 p.m. and continues tomorrow night at 7:30 p.m. and again at 10:00 p.m. Tickets for both the Pennchants show and the Chords/Quaker Notes show are available on Locust Walk.


Four U. professors win radiology honors

(10/31/91 10:00am)

Amid much pomp and circumstance, four University radiologists were honored at the annual meeting of the American College of Radiologists in Minneapolis earlier this month. Each year, ACR nominates several of its members to be designated as fellows for making significant contributions to the field of radiology. Approximately five percent of the 28,000-member national society has received this special membership status. The four University radiologists honored this year were Professors Herbert Kressel, Morrie Kricun, Igor Laufer and Assistant Professor Elizabeth Patterson. Laufer said that he "greatly enjoyed" the ceremony. He said the presentation was "very much like a college graduation," complete with a processional and cap and gown. "It was really touching to be so honored," he said. Laufer has had a distinguished career in gastrointestinal radiology. He developed the "double-contrast" barium test which helps radiologists diagnose ulcers and bowel cancers. In 1989, Laufer was named "Physician of the Year" by the National Foundation for Ileitis and Colitis. Laufer has been at the University for 15 years and he is chief of gastrointestinal radiology and co-director of the Gallbladder Lithotripsy Unit at the Medical Center. Laufer said that he is pleased that so many people from his department have been designated as fellows. "The success of this department is telling in the fact that four fellows would be named in this department in any one year," he said. According to Assistant to the Chairman Pat Paetow, there are now 17 members of the Radiology Department who have been named fellows at some point in their career. "This is a pretty big percentage of the physicians in our department," she said. Kricun said he was proud to be honored by the ACR for his accomplishments. "It was nice to share the moment with friends and family," he said. Kricun specializes in bone disorders and has written five books on radiology. He has been at the University since 1980. Kricun also has applied his knowledge of imaging to the field of anthropology by using radiological techniques to study prehistoric humans. Assistant Professor Elizabeth Patterson came to the University after 15 years of private practice in West Philadelphia. She is the president of the Mammography Society of Philadelphia and she chairs the Radiology Section of the National Medical Association. Professor Herbert Kressel is the director of the David Devon Medical Imaging Center at the Medical Center and is the president of the Society of Magnetic Resonance in Medicine. He is also the editor of the journal "Magnetic Resonance Quarterly."


FOCUS: Computerizing Campus

(10/28/91 10:00am)

The dog no longer eats the homework. In the age of laptops and mainframes, the newest excuse for not turning in a term paper is, "My hard drive has a virus." And the mailman doesn't bring your love letter anymore -- it's e-mailed. But while computer technology today pervades its birthplace, the University is in danger of falling behind the cutting edge of the computer revolution. Professors continue to invent new academic programs, but the University is barely keeping up with successive waves of technology that have made computer use increasingly widespread and convenient. Peter Patton, vice provost for information systems and computing, describes the University as "an early follower" in computer technology, making innovations in a few fields and acquiring new technology fast enough to be competitive with other schools. In other ways, however, the University has become reactive, building facilities in response to an increasingly computer-literate student body and growing levels of technology in society. · Today's University students are among the generation that learned to word process at about the same time it learned how to write a book report. And each year, the incoming class has more computer experience and a higher level of comfort with technology than the class before. A study of computer labs in college houses conducted in 1989 found that 78 percent of freshmen surveyed had taken a high school computer course, while only 59 percent of seniors had. Also, freshmen and sophomores were more likely than upperclassmen to have come from a home with a personal computer. In keeping with the growing needs expressed by these students, computer facilities on campus have expanded rapidly in the last few years, with labs accomodating heavy word-processing use installed in residence halls and in the Rosengarten Reserve Room. But the demand for the labs constantly meets the supply. The Rosengarten facility opened last October, and the Macintosh and IBM computers hum 24 hours a day. Students use the facilities for classwork, but these labs also serve an important social function, according to the same 1989 study, which was conducted by Pamela Freyd of the College of General Studies. Students learn to use new software from other people working in the labs, and they give each other emotional support and technical advice. As a result, even students who have computers in their rooms use the labs, and the study concluded that individual computers should not supercede public facilities. "When we began this study, we suspected that such labs would be temporary institutions until such time as every person had his or her own computer," the researchers wrote. "We end this study believing that residential computer labs should become expected campus amenities." Students said that although they did not make computer availability a criterion when they chose schools or residences, the presence of computer labs on campus is an asset. · Among faculty, the speed with which computer technology has overtaken the academic establishment has caused some pressing problems. Professors said they do not have adequate access to personal computers, while in instructional areas, equipment is being underused. While many faculty members use PennNet, the University's computer network, and 85 percent of the humanities faculty have computer workstations on their desks, some said the facilities and services provided are inadequate. Ronald Arenson, who filled the vice provost for computing post for two years before Patton took over last April, said some professors consider computers are basic equipment, as necessary to their jobs as conventional office tools. "There are some faculty in a school like Arts and Sciences, they feel they haven't gotten the support they would have wished for," he said. "Their argument is they're provided with telephones, and the computer is the same kind of tool. ]They say[ it's not a privilege, it's a right." The number of faculty using computers in the classroom is also still limited. Arenson also said the school is weak in encouraging faculty to use computers for teaching providing support for those efforts. A few professors do use new, high-profile instructional tools in the classroom. And several systems have been developed that have targeted the college market. An interactive videodisk program called the Cinema project, for example, received nationwide attention in The Chronicle of Higher Education, and professors of foreign languages, anthropology and geology have all brought computers to the liberal arts classroom across the country. But while these special programs are available, the problem of distribution at the University has hindered efforts to integrate computers into the classroom. Only 500 hundred College students per semester are exposed to computers in class. Professors who teach with computers said that the potential for computer instruction is far greater than what they are now using. They also note, however, that expanding computer availability also means training students how to use them -- a costly and time consuming process. Anthropology Professor Harold Dibble, who teaches a course about computer applications in his field, said his department does not have adequate facilities to train students in all the available techniques. "The University seems to be putting money into big computer labs to reach as many people as possible," he said. "My problem is that archaeology is its a little weird. You can't expect a lab geared to a wide range of courses to address that." And many of the faculty members themselves are unfamiliar with computers and feel uncomfortable applying them to traditional lessons. SAS Dean Rosemary Stevens said earlier this year that the generation gap between professors and students could lead to problems. "A lot of faculty have not had the advantage that a lot of students have of growing up with just the acceptance of a level of technology which is now basic technology for your generation but was not basic technology for my generation," Stevens said. And John Abercrombie, assistant dean for humanities computing, said revolutionary trends in computer use will outstrip human acceptance of those uses. "[Use of new techniques] has more to do with the receptability of the faculty than the ability to use technology for those purposes," Abercrombie said. One of the University's acknowledged strengths in the computing field is planning. Two years ago, a report called Planning for the 21st Century set a series of five-year objectives for computing, including increasing support for instructional and administrative uses, ensuring computing capacity for research, and providing networking facilities to students. But as the five year plan for computer development reaches its half-way mark, the University follows behind other schools as they move into an era of convenient, personal technology. Arenson said the biggest obstacle to making computers universal is cost, both to the school and to students. "We'd like to have every faculty member on PennNet and everyone to have his own workstation," he said. "We can't afford for have students to have computers across the board. We're afraid to make them compulsory for classwork and the like because it's a tremendous burden." However, the University taking a major step in the direction of widespread student computer use by introducing electronic mail -- a computer communications network -- to students in the College next year. A committee on e-mail will submit its recommendations to Provost Michael Aiken in November, and according to Vice Dean for Computing Ben Goldstein, every student will be issued an e-mail account by the end of 1992. Students in the Engineering School currently use e-mail, and it is accessible to College students under special circumstances, but the spread of availability means that terminals that can access the e-mail network will be installed in more dormitories and public places. The e-mail network will not be installed in dorm rooms as it is at some other colleges. Students who wish to access it from their rooms will have to purchase modems. Universal e-mail will also enable students to communicate with their professors for assignments and feedback and to access Internet, an international computer network. Vice Provost for Computing Patton said his goal is to bring the University out of its "early follower" position and into a stage of intensive use of computers, branching out into new fields as they are discovered. This intensification will require greater spending on computing. Patton estimates that to reach that stage, a school must spend three percent of its annual budget, and the University currently falls shy of that point by about $10 million. But the vice provost predicted that the University will be able to provide desktop computing to an increasingly large proportion of the faculty as personal computers become cheaper. And for students, the future holds more interaction with computers in the public areas of the University. From PARIS, the computerized registration system installed two years ago, to increasingly sophisticated computerized data bases in the library, students are constantly interacting with computers to get information. But for personal computing, they must still rely on equipment they bring from home. When next year's introduction of e-mail creates a widespread student network, that equipment will have greater value on campus. The pace of computer development is much faster than academia's tradition-bound growth. The University's task for the next decade is not to get left behind.


Drexel centennial panel discusses education

(10/24/91 9:00am)

As part of their centennial celebration, Drexel University students, faculty and alumni crowded Drexel's Mandell Theater on Monday for a forum entitled, "The Frontiers of Education: Into the 21st Century." Six prominent educators discussed controversial topics in higher education at the Founder's Day panel moderated by longtime CBS newsman Walter Cronkite. The panel began by debating the pros and cons of political correctness. Mary Berry, a University history professor, said that PC is a positive trend because it causes change. Following a panelist's complaint that university curriculums are "Eurocentric," Berry added that she while she favors increased education on Western civilization, she would like to see "a new angle of vision" to include minority experience. Boston University President John Silber warned that many adherents of PC "go overboard" and that "advocates of PC become censors." To teach awareness to other people's sensitivities, Lincoln University President Niara Sudarkasa noted that many universities today talk of internationalizing their curriculum. "We are the most linguistically impoverished people on the globe," she added. Other panelists agreed that universities fail to equip students to gain cultural perspectives. However, Silber warned that foreign culture and values should be studied with caution. He said that that Western ideals should not be given up in the process of gaining perspective on others. For example, he said, "morals of Muslim countries are inconsistent with the liberation of women." "We don't have to accept nor adopt differences, but an educated person must understand these differences," he said. In answer to Cronkite's query of whether the U.S. remains on the cutting edge of industry, James Powell, the president of the Franklin Institute, proudly pointed to Drexel's program of expecting all freshmen to own computers. He explained that the U.S. is "on top" with computer use but said that Japan is catching up. Berry attributed the main problem of science education to a lack of funding. She blasted the federal government for not "making the kinds of contributions it should." The panel advocated a general liberal arts education. Education should prepare the student for lifelong learning, Sudarkasa explained. "When people [are] confronted with changing technology they can adapt" with a liberal arts education, she said. Regarding the discussion on gaining different perspectives at the university level, Drexel sophomore Tara Quay explained that while Drexel is diverse, "not many people here choose to take [advantage of] it." During the reception Cronkite said higher education is doing "a good job," but "lower education" is failing. "Perhaps lower education is failing because higher education is not helping [it] out," Cronkite added.


City says it has no plans to sell Civic Center

(10/24/91 9:00am)

Although Medical Center officials said this week they have long-term plans to move HUP to the site of the Civic Center, city officials said yesterday that they have no plans to put the facility up for sale. Several city officials said they had never heard of the Medical Center's plan. According to Civic Center spokesperson Nancy Morley, any discussion of a purchase of the center is "pure speculation" at this point. "We have shows booked here through '95 and '96," Morley said. "There has been no discussion about selling the center anyway." According to Medical Center officials, the Civic Center could be available once the new Pennsylvania Convention Center is completed in 1994, which the officials believe would take the bulk of the Civic Center's business. But Morley said that the Civic Center and the Convention Center will be handling different shows, and that the Civic Center would be able to survive the competition. "Who would've thought there would be both a Spectrum and a Civic Center," said Morley. "We have the Bugs Bunny Show and they're having Sesame Steet. Philadelphia is a big city and there is probably room for everybody." Philadelphia Deputy Commerce Director Jim Cuorato said that there may be enough business to support both the Civic Center and the new Convention Center and that the two properties will be managed jointly to prevent competition between the two centers. "The new Convention Center is targeted towards larger national shows, but there is still a significant market for the Civic Center in terms of the flower, auto and boat shows," he said. Civic Center Executive Director Robert Boris said he is heading a committee which is discussing the future of the facility. He said that he has not spoken to anyone from the University about selling the center and that he is not certain the center will be sold to anyone. "It's not necessary that we will have to close," he said. Boris said that a planned commuter rail station adjacent to the center "may allow us to tie the two conference centers together." The rail line runs from the airport to Center City, where the Convention Center is being built. According to City Planning Director Barbara Kaplan, the current plan is for the Civic Center to remain in operation even after the new Convention Center is completed. "The idea is to maintain [the Civic Center] for regional shows which don't need as much hotel space," she said. Kaplan said that although she has met with University officials as recently as earlier this week, she had not heard of the Medical Center's interest in buying the site. Kaplan added that the Mayor's office has not put the Civic Center on the market and that such a decision would require approval from City Council. Senior Vice President Marna Whittington said that the Trustees' Facilities and Campus Planning Committee is currently drawing up a master plan for the next 20 to 30 years. Whittington said the committee believes the Civic Center site "to have a clear potential for purchase." The master plan is not expected to be finalized for another year, Whittington said. Whittington said that any purchase must be approved by the Budget and Finance Committee before it can be voted on by the full Board of Trustees. "This is a huge decision for us," she said. The possible purchase of the Civic Center was also mentioned by Robert Zemsky, the University's chief planning office at this month's University Council meeting. "We need to acquire the Civic Center," Zemsky said. Cuorato said that he does not think that any decision regarding the future of the Civic Center will be made before the new mayor and administration takes office in January. He added that city officials are reticent about putting a price tag on the Civic Center for fear that any speculation could influence future sale negotiations. "I don't know if anyone in the city would want to suggest even a ballpark figure as to how much it would cost," he said. City Real Estate Specialist Alan Mandel said that it would be "very difficult even to begin to make a guess" at the property value of the Civic Center. "Since the property comes under the category of 'special purposes' you would have to use the construction approach," said Mandel. "You would have to figure out what it would cost to build a similar structure at its site and then consider the condition of the market. Everything depends on the market."


Med. Center officials consider HUP move

(10/23/91 9:00am)

Officials said that they have been eyeing the Civic Center for the last six months as a potential expansion site for the hospital's currently cramped quarters. The new Pennsylvania Convention Center, which is currently under construction adjacent to the Reading Terminal on 12th and Arch streets, will, when completed, make the current facility obsolete. The Civic Center would then likely be available for purchase, according to Gordon Williams, vice president of the Medical Center. Construction on the new center is scheduled to be completed by 1994. Williams said that HUP and the outpatient services would be moved to the new location, across the street from their current site, while the Medical School and the research facilities would remain where they are now. At last month's University Council meeting, University planning head Robert Zemsky said that the current HUP facility is "constipated" and prevents staff from performing its best work. Williams said the relocation is part of the Medical Center's master facility plan for the next 50 years. He added that Medical Center officials have considered six or seven sites for relocation, but that the Civic Center is their top choice. "The Civic Center site has a lot of positive things about it," Williams said. "The location is very close and it's a large enough site." The proposal has been presented to the Medical Center Trustees as well as to the University Trustees, but no vote or resolution has been passed by either body concerning the purchase. In addition, since the property officially is not up for sale yet, no bid has been made, Williams said. "We're still very preliminary at this time," Williams said. "We're not buying [the Civic Center] yet and I'm not sure that we ever will." Williams said there is no timetable for the proposed purchase either. The Medical Center is still working out the details of a purchase, but ultimately the decision will be based on the price and availability of the property. Any purchase would be handled by the University administration rather than only by the Medical Center. "We have received the go ahead to continue planning," Williams said. Vice Dean of Clinical Affairs Mark Kelley said that the move would be welcome because the Medical Center is running out of space. "What we have now is a hodge-podge of old and new buildings which are sort of built up by grafting buildings on to each other," said Kelley. "We can't sit with a pat hand because we desperately need more ambulatory space." Kelley said that it is important for the University to decide on how it plans to expand its facilities. "The best way to go is to think 10 to 20 years from now," he said. Kelley said that the proposal will continue to move forward with "deliberate speed." "The University leadership has been very supportive," he said. HUP Vice President and Executive Director William Pittinger said that he believes the most likely scenario would be for the Medical Center to use most of the site for the hospital and the rest for parking, roadwork and ambulatory care. "It's all dependent on when the site becomes available," Pittinger said. "It makes sense for the University to acquire the property."


U. officer demoted following stabbing

(10/23/91 9:00am)

A University Police officer who stabbed a woman in May is still serving in the department, but is no longer an officer. 24-year-old Kim Wong, a two-year veteran of the force, was sentenced to five years of psychiatric probation after she pled guilty in August to aggravated assault, according to court records. The records state that on May 26, Wong stabbed a 20-year-old woman in "the left leg, left arm and left side of the face with a knife." The victim received 16 stitches at Frankford Hospital in Philadelphia and was released, the police report states. Wong was arrested May 30 on charges of aggravated assault, simple assault and two other misdemeanors. University Police Commissioner John Kuprevich said yesterday he "took an appropriate personnel action" after receiving a letter on October 1 from the Philadelphia District Attorney's office informing him of Wong's conviction. "As a result of the incident in which she was involved, she was no longer qualified to hold commission as a police officer for this department," Kuprevich added. Kuprevich, who is bound by University personnel policies from discussing specifics of Wong's case, said he was unaware of Wong's arrest before October 1. Wong is now a civilian dispatcher responsible primarily for answering 511 emergency calls, dispatching officers, and dealing with alarm calls, Kuprevich said. She has little contact with the public, he said. The commissioner said he is comfortable with his decision. He added that "she will probably be one of the most highly trained civilian dispatchers we will find." "I made the decision based on very unique circumstances," Kuprevich said. "I do not feel in any way, shape or form that this places the community in any sort of jeopardy." Wong declined to comment last night. The University Police Department does not have a written policy which specifies the action the department should take if an officer is arrested, Kuprevich said. University Police's contract states that if the department is aware of an arrest before guilt is determined, the officer is to be fired or suspended with or without pay pending the outcome of the charges. The Philadelphia Police Department's policy is that officers who are arrested are "fired immediately," but may petition for reinstatement if they are not convicted, Philadelphia Police spokesperson Officer Edward Tenuto said yesterday. Tenuto added that several officers are arrested each year. Assistant District Attorney Valerie Barbin, who handled the final part of Wong's case, declined to discuss the specifics of the incident, but said that Wong's personal history indicated that the incident was "an aberration." Psychiatric probation is assigned when "there is an indication that there was a need for some psychiatric help or counseling," Barbin said. Barbin also said that Wong expressed concern to her attorney that the criminal proceedings could "adversely affect her employment." Wong was told this would likely be the case, Barbin said.


Prof gives last year's exam to marketing class

(10/22/91 9:00am)

Students in Marketing 101 think they have been robbed. Assistant Marketing Professor Deborah Mitchell "accidentally" administered the same midterm exam as last year, with an added case-study, to the students in both of her Marketing 101 lectures last week. Mitchell told her 4 p.m. class yesterday that while she and her teaching assistants took "elaborate security measures" to ensure the fairness of last Wednesday's exam, many students had an "advantage" since they had seen copies of the exam before it was given. But the students did nothing illegal. For $1.50, the exam was available on file at the University's Tutoring Center for any student who wanted a copy. "No student did anything wrong," Wharton sophomore Barry Freeman said last night. "It was bad decision-making by the professor." Mitchell told the class she admired those who came forward and told her the two exams were the same. Students blamed Mitchell for the entire fiasco and did not understand how she could have "accidentally" given the same test. "[The exam] was taken word for word from last year's . . . exam," Wharton sophomore Lawrence Berger said last night. "She shifted the blame to the students, [but] it's a professor's duty to have a fair test." Since the exam included three parts that matched last year's exam and a case-study that "no one had seen before," Mitchell told the class she would only grade the case-study and throw out the first three sections of the exam. She added she would count the midterm for less than its orignal weight of 20 percent of the grade. Freeman said he does not support Mitchell's decision and feels that students should either get perfect scores or the entire exam should be thrown out. Berger added that the whole thing was "not very fair," because students who had seen the exam prior to its administration could finish the first three parts quickly and had "more time to spend on the case." But one student defended Mitchell's decision. "She's going to do anything possible to make sure this doesn't hurt anybody," said a College junior, who requested anonymity because the tests have not been graded yet. "It was a mistake and mistakes happen." And many students praised Mitchell's teaching skills calling her "well-liked," "captivating" and "entertaining." "She shattered peoples' image of her," said a College senior who also requested not to be identified. And while Mitchell told the class she was "sorry that this happened," she refused to comment further after class. Wharton Vice Dean Janice Bellace said last night it is "unusual" and "unwise" to reuse an exam in a large introductory course. "It is the policy of this school to caution professors against reusing exam questions because old exams frequently are in circulation despite professors efforts to retain all copies," she said. Bellace added that she will "investigate the matter and take appropriate action."