News in Brief

Pretrial Events in Sled' Murder Case

In a pretrial conference last week for attorneys in the murder case of biochemistry/biophysics research associate Dr. Vladimir Sled', Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas Judge Carolyn Temin rejected defense attorney Lee Mandell's motion to throw out the indictment of Yvette Stewart, the alleged driver of the getaway vehicle.

Earlier Ms. Stewart, along with Bridget Black and Eugene "Sultan" Harrison, pleaded not guilty at their arraignments.

The pretrial conference for Ms. Black, who is alleged to have stabbed Dr. Sled' last Halloween night as he walked home with his fiancée on the 4300 block of Larchwood Avenue, has been rescheduled to May 22 because her attorney reportedly cannot appear until then. Mr. Harrison, who was caught after he was recorded on bank surveillance cameras attempting to use ATM cards stolen from Dr. Sled's fiancee, did not attend the pretrial conference and will be tried separately from the two women suspects.

According to District Attorney Dick Carroll, the trial is to begin in a matter of months.

Renters' Housing Fair: April 8

Those planning to rent off-campus in the near future can meet property owners and managers at the Annual Housing Fair '97 Tuesday, April 8, from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. on Locust Walk. More than 50 realty companies will be represented, along with tenants' right groups, utility companies and other organizations involved in off-campus living. More information: Office of Off-Campus Living, 898-8500.

Focus Groups on F/S Housing

As part of the University's review of the residential housing system, the consulting firm of Biddison Hier will conduct focus groups this week to assess the need for, and interest in, either on-campus or near-campus housing specifically for faculty and staff. All interested faculty and staff are invited to participate in the focus groups, to be held April 2, 3, 7 and 8 at times and locations to be chosen, based on the number of faculty and staff who respond. To sign up, contact the Associate VPUL, Dr. Larry Moneta; his e-mail address is moneta@pobox.

Ivy Stone Design: April 16

Any member of the University community can enter the competition to design the 1997 Ivy Stone, which carries an award of $50 and the placement of the stone in a campus location on Ivy Day.

Designs must be rectangular, 2' x 1', and must include the words "Ivy Day 1997" and a simulation of ivy leaves. The designer's name, address, phone number, e-mail address and social security number must be on the back of the design. Submit by April 16 to the Office of Student Life, 110 Houston Hall.

Human Origins: April 8

Dr. Yves Coppens, the noted French paleoanthropologist most recently involved in the discovery and naming of Australopithecus fossil finds in the Republic of Chad, will lecture on "East Side Story: East Africa and Human Origins" April 8 at 6 p.m. in the Rainey Auditorium of the University Museum. Dr. Coppens is Professor of Anthropology at the Collège de France in Paris.

Admission is $5 (free to members and PennCard holders).Visitors should enter the Museum through the Kress (east side) entrance of the building.


Volume 43 Number 28
April 1, 1997

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