Council: Financial Aid, Gimbel and Other Topics

At Council on Wednesday, President Judith Rodin announced that to "ratchet up" the endowment of financial aid, the trustees plan to raise $15 million among themselves over and above Penn's $200 million fund-raising effort already in place.

She also announced that the first two floors of Gimbel Gym will be renovated over the summer, to create a top-of-the-line fitness center for students, faculty and staff on the first floor, and an enhanced weight room on the second. The $1.2 million project is a short-term response to needs expressed by the UA and the Council Committee on Recreation and Intercollegiate Athletics, she said; the full follow-up to the Brailsford & Dunlavey report would run to $100 million.She also described a new initiative for University City, to be called UC Green, in which Penn's Landscape Archtecture and Planning unit will be involved along with others in the enhancement of parks and green spaces in the area.

A moment of silence was observed for three members of the University who died recently, GSFA's Vice Dean Susan Coslett, Professor Marvin Wolfgang and Vice President Steven D. Murray.

Distributed Learning: Interim Provost Michael Wachter summarized the Provost's Committee Report (Almanac April 21) and the steps recommended, which call for the creation of a venture fund for start-up of new programs, and specify academic oversight by the schools and Provost's Office. In response to query on the role of the Executive Vice President in new educational ventures, he noted that the monitoring done by the Executive Vice President will be limited to business aspects.

To Be Continued: Topics raised after reports on Consultation (Almanac April 14), Pluralism, Safety and Recreation (April 21) along with discussion in the special meeting on vending, will appear next week.

Almanac, Vol. 44, No. 31, April 28, 1998