Summer of '98...

Highlights of the summer months included the stories below in the two summer issues of Almanac, plus several others (further below) that broke after the July 15 issue went to press. All published stories are on the web at

June 16, 1998: Public Safety's Managing Director Tom Seamon became Vice President for Public Safety...The Trustees voted to name the new street that will lead from Chestnut Street to the new Inn at Penn's Sansom Street entrance Steve Murray's Way in memory of the late Vice President for Business Affairs...Hospitality Services' Donald Jacobs retired...Dr. Judah Goldin, the renowed scholar of midrashic literature, died at the age of 83... Eight of the 16 alumni reunion classes set new giving records, many of them designating the funds for scholarship endowment...and Council deliberations on Professor Howard Lesnick's special report on Consultation were published.

July 14, 1998: Dr. Eduardo Glandt was named Interim Dean of SEAS...The geology department was renamed the Department of Earth and Environmental Science...The Bookstore had its "soft" opening, prefacing the grand-opening gala September 10...Nine veteran members of Penn facilities units retired...New rates were announced for Permit Parking in University lots and garages...HR announced a new Dependent Care Resource and Referral Program for Faculty and Staff, and a new task force on a Flexible Work Option.

Penn and the Philadelphia Schools signed a Memorandum of Understanding which includes construction of a GSE-connected demonstration school on the Divinity School site (for 750 pupils, Pre-K to 8) and moving the Carver School (a magnet high school for science and engineering) to the area. At a campus meeting where community members raised questions, Vice President Steve Schutt said that the summer announcement set a "broad framework" and a structure for community involvement will be developed.

News Since July:

PennCard Center has again moved, this time to a permanent home as part of the Student Administrative Services Center. The mailing address is Suite 150 Frankling Building, 3451 Walnut Street/ 6205. Phone numbers are 215-417-CARD or 1-888-PENNCARD; fax is 215-573-7724 and e-mail is Normal hours are Mondays-Thursdays 9 a.m.-5 p.m., closing at 4 p.m. Fridays.

Career Planning and Placement has a new name: It is now Career Services, a name chosen to reflect its extensive graduate and professional school advising and to indicate that " Although our students and alumni are extraordinarily successful on the job market, frequently through one or more of our services, we do not "place" them. We help them "place" themselves," explained Director Patricia Rose. The web address is; address and phone numbers remain the same.

Perelman Quadrangle Construction entered two new phases: the renovation of Williams Hall including the construction of the Silfen Study Center, and the renovation of Houston Hall, including the development of Wynn Commons, an open-air plaza space located between Houston and College Halls. Wynn Commons will also include an amphitheater and rostrum. When completed in two years, the Quadrangle will will serve as a meeting place and common ground for the student body and over 250 student organizations.

Street Vendors moved to newly constructed food plazas or to designated city street locations; a list in September at Penn [in this issue] summarizes the the whereabouts of some 50 trucks and carts.

Penn Book Center has an extension of its lease in the University Plaza at 38th and Walnut and will fulfill textbook orders while continuing to negotiate for a new location. STA Travel, next door, also received an extension of the original deadline of August 14.

Vladimir Sled's confessed murderer, Bridgette Black, 27, was convicted of third-degree murder and sentenced late in July to 20 to 40 years in prison. Co-defendents tried in May have not yet been sentenced: Eugene Harrison, 34, convicted on robbery charges but acquitted of murder, faces 32.5 to 65 years in prison; Yvette Stewart, 30, convicted of third-degree murder and robbery charges, faces 47 to 94 years.

Almanac, Vol. 45, No. 2, September 8, 1998