News In Brief:

Determination in EEOC Case

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has issued a determination of discrimnation based on gender in the selection process for a women's rowing coach at Penn--upholding the charge by Assistant Men's Coach Andrew Medcalf that he was "denied promotion because of his sex (male) and that a less qualified applicant (female) was awarded the position," according to an EEOC report posted in full by The Chronicle of Higher Education.

The University will appeal, according to University Relations Director Ken Wildes, who said that in Barbara A. Kirch, the Penn alumna and two-time Olympic rower who was head coach of women's rowing at Dartmouth and of the U.S. national junior women's team, "We have the best coach in the country, period."

CCTV Cameras in Operation

Public Safety has installed the first eight Closed Circuit TV cameras in public spaces, as authorized in the new policy adopted in Spring 1999. For locations click here.

Inn at Penn: Mid-August

The Inn at Penn is set to open August 16, with a Faculty Club coordinator to be in place by then as the Club prepares to move from Skinner Hall to its new second-floor location at the Inn.

From the "soft opening" date of August 16 until the end of the month there will be a special room rate of $99 for single or double occupancy. The Inn is also taking reservations for meetings and banquets at its main number, (215) 222-0200. A website is coming soon,, and the newsletter Inn and Around Penn is scheduled to start at month's end.

Delay at Dental House

A June 22 construction fire has delayed to December or January the opening of the Dental House in the 4200 block of Osage, where the School of Dental Medicine is renovating a six-story apartment building to serve as a living-learning center for 44 students. Temporary housing is being arranged for the students this fall.

New "LUCY" Transit Service

The new shuttle bus called LUCY (for"Loop through University City,") began service Monday, July 12, taking faculty, staff, students and visitors from 30th Street Station to the participating hospitals and universities in the area.

The 20-seat, wheelchair acccessible mini-bus travels on two routes--the Green Loop and the Gold Loop--operates from 6:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday except major holidays. A LUCY bus will leave 30th Street Station every 10 minutes during peak morning and evening hours, every 15 minutes during mid-day, and every 20 minutes in the evening.

It is free with a valid institutional ID for employees and students of CHOP, Drexel, HUP, Presbyterian Medical Center, Penn, and the VA Medical Center. For the public, fare is 50 cents (or free with a TransPass and TrailPass). Sponsored by SEPTA, Penn and the University City District, LUCY is funded by a one-time federal CMAQ transportation grant, institutional subsidies, and farebox revenue. A ridership survey in the fall will determine allocation of costs among the five participating institutions. For more information the website is; or call SEPTA at (215) 580-7800.

Almanac, Vol. 46, No. 1, July 13, 1999