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Looking to find out the facts this election season?  Look to the Political Fact Check web site run by Penn's Annenberg Public Policy Center in Washington, D.C.  A nonpartisan, nonprofit organization, the Center aims to reduce confusion in politics so that voters can make informed decisions at the polls. FactCheck.org, www.factcheck.org/ provides articles that clear up misstatements, misquotes, and accusations made by the candidates for this presidential election.

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Another site, the Political Forecasting Special Interest Group is a resource for scholars and practitioners interested in forecasting elections and other political events. This being a presidential election year, between now and November the site will deal almost exclusively with the race for the White House. They will post the results of public opinion surveys as they are published, forecasts made with presidential election models, commentaries on the same, bibliographies, and other items of interest to the forecasting community. The site—www.politicalforecasting.com/—is hosted by the Wharton School.

political forecasting

Don't know where your polling place in PA is? Check out www.upenn.edu/ogcpa/vote2004.html. This site, sponsored by the Office of Government, Community, and Public Affairs, also links to a site that gives information about student voting.

To find out about election-related campus activities and events visit www.vpul.upenn.edu/. This site includes films, discussions, debates, and presidential debate watching locations such as the Graduate Student Center. SPEC Connaissance is hosting a debate between Patrick Buchanan (R) and Howard Dean (D), moderated by Dr. Michael Delli Carpini, Dean of the Annenberg School of Communication, on October 19 at Irvine Auditorium at 8 p.m. Tickets will be sold through an online lottery at www.specevents.net through October 9, for $5, and are only available to PennCard holders, with a maximum of two per person.


Going Wireless Around the Center of Campus

wireless map

Wireless connectivity at Penn provides the convenience of

connecting to PennNet, the University's data network, without the bother of hooking up network cables to computers (or other wireless devices). Faculty, staff and students can sit outside on a sunny day to check e-mail, or  gather with friends in a College House study lounge to research for class. This enables communication to become portable, allowing for more flexibility in busy schedules.

wireless icon

Service Locations:Wireless PennNet is available for all Penn affiliates in nearly every central public space on campus, both inside and out. New locations include the Fisher Fine Arts and Museum Libraries, The ARCH building, College Green, the Bookstore Café, and expanded service in Van Pelt Library. To quickly find a wireless service location, look for the new Wireless PennNet icons (see image right) located on building entrance signs around campus or visit www.upenn.edu/computing/wireless. Check out the coverage map (above) for more detailed location descriptions at www.upenn.edu/computing/wireless/maps.


Shop...Dine...Meet...at University Square...Online

Looking to catch a movie, see an art show, or meet a group of colleagues for coffee?  Look up www.universitysquare.biz.

University Square, a shopping and dining destination located on   campus in the heart of University City announces the launch of its web site, which will act as a resource for residents and visitors interested in spending some time on and around Penn's campus. In addition to providing a comprehensive list of funky shops, nationally known stores, bistros, fine dining establishments, and outdoor cafes on campus, the site also provides upcoming arts, culture, sports and recreation events.

University Square is home to more than 80 shops and restaurants, as well as cultural and recreational venues and public spaces that welcome a variety of people from campus and beyond. Patrons can cheer for collegiate sports, shop with friends, or relax and catch a live performance. Before visiting University Square, visit www.universitysquare.biz.

For more information on this website and University Square, contact Taylor Berkowitz via e-mail at usquare@pobox.upenn.edu or call (215) 898-6690.

The website intends to show that, "University Square has something to tempt everyone's tastebuds, inspire the shopper in you and quench your cultural thirst," Ms. Berkowitz said. Explore every angle of the Square and visit www.universitysquare.biz.



  Almanac, Vol. 51, No. 6, October 5, 2004


October 5, 2004
Volume 51 Number 6


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