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Foreign Students' Cooperation

This is in response to President Judith Rodin's letter to the Penn Community on December 18, 2001, concerning her advice to those who received a letter from the Philadelphia Police Department and the Federal Bureau of Investigation requesting personal interviews in connection with the investigation of terrorism after September 11, 2001. I am amazed that President Rodin is advising those students how to undermine an on-going investigation, and on how to obstruct national security. It is becoming more apparent that President Rodin is worried that if foreign students leave Penn and also the United States, the tuition that will be lost is more important than keeping this country safe.

If foreign students fear being questioned by law enforcement officials, they must have something to hide? President Rodin is wrong for giving advice to foreign students on how to hinder, hamper or even obstruct the FBI's goal to smash terrorism. Her loyal obligation to this nation is suspect.

--Charles F. King, Jr., Facilities Services, Environmental Services

Ed. Note: President Judith Rodin has been offered an opportunity to reply and has declined.

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Almanac, Vol. 48, No. 17, January 8, 2002


January 8, 2002
Volume 48 Number 17

Dr. Jonathan E. Rhoads, provost emeritus and pioneering professor of surgery, leaves a legacy after a life-long career at Penn. Services will be held on January 12.
Dr. Alvin Rubinstein, professor of political science, died December 18 after teaching here for 44 years.
President Judith Rodin welcomes back the Penn community and encourages participation in the MLK celebrations and community service projects.
Penn and other organizations founded by Benjamin Franklin participate in the fourth annual celebration of his life on January 17.
Dr. Susan Fuhrman will be recommended to the Trustees for reappointment as dean of the Graduate School of Education.
Out with FinMIS and in with BEN Financials as Penn rings in the new year as a successful upgrade to a new, web-based purchasing environment is complete.
Procards no longer permitted for purchases from suppliers who are in the new Penn Marketplace; BEN Buys is the new system for placing orders.
Postdoctoral Stipend levels for FY03 are no longer based on NIH guidelines.
The Sexual Harassment Policy is published OF RECORD to familiarize the University community with the resources available for resolving complaints.
Blood Drives this month target faculty, staff and students.
Doctoral students and postdoc fellows interested in pursuing the academic job market are invited to the sixth annual series beginning January 18.
Corrections to the Faculty/Staff Directory are due January 23 so they can be included in the upcoming addendum.
The Penn's Way campaign announces the winners of the week four and week five raffles. Week six winners and the grand prize winner will be in next week.