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A Temporary Moratorium

While I wholeheartedly agree with Dr. Rodinās position on the values of a culturally diverse population on the University campus, the security of our country should be our first concern during these troubled times. A six-month moratorium is a temporary measure, not a permanent one. Our government must take every precaution to insure the safety of its citizens. If the administration sees this temporary moratorium as a necessary means to accomplish this end, then so be it. It is in the long-term strategic interest of the United States to be a safe haven for its citizens, particularly its children and subsequently these children who become our students so that they can, in fact, promote a global understanding of the kindness and goodness of the American people.

It is important to note that several of the highjackers of the planes that shattered the Twin Towers and the Pentagon were university students in Germany with visas for study. Let the INS have sufficient time to institute a visa background check so that both our citizens and legitimate foreign students are protected.

--Gerri Greenfield Sherzer
Class of 1958, Nursing

Speaking Out welcomes reader contributions. Short, timely letters on University issues can be accepted by Thursday at noon for the following Tuesday's issue, subject to right-of-reply guidelines. Advance notice of intention to submit is appreciated. --Eds.

Almanac, Vol. 48, No. 9, October 23, 2001


October 23, 2001
Volume 48 Number 9

To memorialize those who were victims of the September 11 attacks, Penn has created the Memorial Scholarship Fund.
A $7 million grant to launch the Center of Excellence for Patient Safety Research and Practice.
The Law School has named Edward Rock the inaugural Saul A. Fox Distinguished Professor of Business Law. Dr. Jason Scott Johnston has been named the Robert G. Fuller, Jr. Professor of Law.
The list of Penn alumni who died in the World Trade Center and the Pentagon is released.
View protocol for identifying and handling suspicious packages and what to do in case of a hazardous discharge. Public Safety will hold training sessions on bomb threats and suspicious packages.
The Policy on Electronic Privacy, which was implemented last fall, is now due for its mandated one-year review; comments are invited by November 16.
Speaking Out: another perspective on the possible six-month moratorium on the issuance of foreign student visas.
Presented at Council -- Safety and security update: from accreditation and arrest protocol to homeland security issues. An update on recommendations concerning services to students with disabilities.
As daylight savings time comes to an end next weekend, Public Safety offers tips for using public transportation safely after dark

For those who want to get away--international travel advisories; fellowships for research abroad and accommodations in London.