November 23/30, 1999
Volume 46
Number 13

Campus Development Open Forum

All members of the University community are invited to attend two public fora on the Campus Development Plan on December 6 and 13.

The first forum will be held on Monday, December 6, from 6 to 8 p.m. in College Hall 200. At this meeting, the Office of the University Architect along with the Olin Partnership will provide a brief overview of the analysis done to date and would like to learn of any of your issues and concerns, particularly in the areas of access, transportation, service and campus environment.

The second forum will be held Monday, December 13, from 3 to 5 p.m. in College Hall 200. This meeting will focus on issues pertaining to the quality of life on campus.

To attend either of the meetings, please RSVP to Suzanne Kho at (215) 573-8428 or e-mail (kho@pobox.upenn.edu).

The President's State of the University Report in this issue discusses the Campus Development Plan's objectives and the focus of the five committees.



Photo by Terry Wild

On the Mayor-Elect's Transition Team

President Judith Rodin is one of five co-chairs who will provide guidance and oversight for mayor-elect John F. Street's transition plan. Last Monday, the mayor-elect announced the co-chairs who will head his "Transition Team" that will include at least a dozen task forces, with approximately 15 members each. The members are expected to be selected this week. The mayor-elect has requested that the full "Transition Team" be comprised of representatives from all sections of the City and that it include a cross-section of key constituencies, such as business, labor, faith communities and educators.

The other co-chairs are Patricia De Carlo, an expert in community organizing and neighborhood development who serves as executive director of the Philadelphia-based Norris Square Civic Association; Leonard M. Klehr, who chaired Mr. Street's campaign committee and is a founding partner of Klehr, Harrison, Harvey, Branzburg & Ellers, a Philadelphia-based law firm; Dorothy Sumners Rush, a member of the Board of the School District and a leading public education advocate; and Carl E. Singley, former dean of Temple University School of Law and First Deputy City Solicitor, currently chairman of Singley, Potts & Booth, a Philadelphia-based law firm.

The mayor-elect has charged the Transition co-chairs with conducting a thorough evaluation of the current government structure and operations; evaluating all municipal non-civil-service personnel, and identifying and recruiting national-caliber personnel to implement the goals of the Street administration.

ISC Public Forum on Modem Pool Changes

All faculty, staff and students are invited to attend a public forum on December 1, at 3 p.m. in College Hall 200 to discuss concerns surrounding proposed changes to the Penn modem pool. The forum will be moderated by Jim O'Donnell, vice provost, information systems and computing. Beginning July 1, 2000, Penn is proposing to eliminate all no-charge modem access to PennNet as a first step in its longer-term strategy to phase out the Penn-managed modem pool and encourage the community to switch to commercial Internet Service Providers (ISP). The forum is being held to dispel any inaccuracies about the proposed changes and as a unique opportunity to consult the Penn community at large.

Issues to be addressed include:

  • rationale behind the proposed changes
  • possible implementation scenarios for phasing out the modem pool
  • Penn-endorsed ISP options and alternatives
  • security and access concerns for domain restricted services

For more information about the proposed changes, please see www.upenn.edu/computing/remote/remote-discussion.html (link no longer available) . Questions and concerns can be sent via e-mail to remote-access@isc.upenn.edu

Almanac, Vol. 46, No. 13, November 23/30, 1999