January 14, 1997
Volume 43 No. 17


News in Brief: MLK Events, Memorial Day, Summer Sessions
SENATE: Benefits Redesign Challenge
Al Beers to Associate VP; Ken Campbell to Comptroller
Welcome Back (Judith Rodin): A Roiling and Robust Exchange of Ideas
New Loan Program for Students
Returned Checks
Speaking Out: More on INS/IRS
Speaking Out: Campus Master Plan: Priority to the West
Death of Dr. Pritchard
Vladimir Sled' Memorial Fund
Fundraiser for HUP Staffer's Child

COMPASS Features
-- CHAMPS joins Physical Plant to help maintain Penn's Infrastructure
-- Recreation's New Director: Mike Diorka
-- Internet Interview of Rodin -- Theory: Neutrinos Materialize, and....
-- Chinese and Arabic--The Fastest-Growing Language Studies
-- Well Said: Quotes from Penn people

Penn Printout: The Digest
Computer Courses

The Year of the Ox

People born in the Year of the Ox (1913, 1925, 1937, 1949, 1961, 1973, 1985, 1997) are patient, speak little, and inspire confidence in others. They tend, however, to be eccentric and bigoted, and they anger easily. They have fierce tempers and although they speak little, when they do they are quite eloquent. Ox people are mentally and physically alert. Generally easy-going, they can be remarkably stubborn, and they hate to fall or be opposed. They are most compatible with Snake, Cock, and Rat people. --from The Chinese Zodiac

People born in the Year of the Ox are bright, patient and inspiring to others. You can be happy by yourself, yet make an outstanding parent. Marry a Snake or Cock. The Sheep will bring trouble. --from a local placemat (The Beijing)

Chinese New Year at the University Museum

It's a Penn tradition born sixteen years ago when the Chinese Student Association and the University Museum's International Classroom first joined forces. CSA still spearheads the program (the Year of the Ox's chair is Annie Fu), and students give many of the demonstrations and performances--among other things they teach the handling of chopsticks. But the festivities involve a wider community, with local and regional masters and organizations demonstrating their skills in arts and crafts, music and dance, games and sports that make the day especially appealing to children. A HUP physician gives the acupuncture lecture, while others contribute their expertise on healing herbs, on fitness (via QiGong or T'ai Chi, on harmony through feng shui). A gold-medalist is one of three chefs giving demonstrations on cookery (one does vegetable carving). The Museum Cafe adds some Chinese specialties to the menu, and both the Museum Shop and Pyramid Shop feature Chinese craft items for sale. It's all free with admission to the Museum (which is also free for those holding a PENNcard and those under 6); otherwise, $5 adults, $2.50 seniors and students with ID.

To Welcome the Year of the Ox

Saturday, January 25, 1997; 33rd and Spruce Streets

11:30 a.m. Chinese Music 11:30 a.m. Cooking Demo with Mei Ling Moi 12:30 p.m. Mandarin Squares Demonstration 12:30 p.m. Chinese Music 12:30 p.m. Cooking Demo with Mei Ling Moi 1:00 p.m. T'ai Chi Demonstration 1:20 p.m. Acupuncture Lecture 1:30 p.m. Chinese Music 1:30 p.m. Cooking Demo with Gold Medal Winner 1:45 p.m. Yardley Language School Dancers 2:00 p.m. Feng Shui Lecture 2:00 p.m. Qi Gong Demonstration 2:30 p.m. Cooking Demo with Gold Medal Winner 2:30 p.m. Holy Redeemer Dancers 3:00 p.m. Kung Fu Demonstration 3:30 p.m. Lion Dance Finale

Continuous Activities 11:00 a.m.--3:00 p.m.

Video of China and Taiwan Chinese Food: Show and Tell Chinese Calligraphy Display of Beijing Opera Masks Display of Martial Art Swords Dragons from the Zodiac Workshop Firecracker Children's Workshop Medicinal Herbs Museum Shop Pyramid Shop and Game Ribbon Weaving Demonstration Traditional Arts and Crafts Amazing Vegetable Carving Play Mah Jong, Go & Chinese Chess with Joe Poon Dragon Mask Workshop Ping Pong Game & Demonstration Children's Workshops Brush Painting Adult Workshop (Rainbow Child International)

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