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April 21, 2009, Volume 55, No. 30

GAPSA: 2009-2010 Executive Board

The Graduate and Professional Student Assembly (GAPSA) is pleased to announce the election of its executive board for the coming academic year. The members are:

Chair: Corbett Brown (Nursing, PhD)

Vice Chair: Lee Solomon (Medicine, PhD)

Vice Chair for Communications: Allison Sullivan (SAS, PhD)

Vice Chair for Equity & Access: Michelle Jacobson (Arts & Sciences, MES)

Vice Chair for Finance: Ashley Goss (Medicine, PhD)

Vice Chair for International Affairs: vacant

Vice Chair for Operations: David Stein (Engineering, PhD)

Vice Chair for Professional: Jade Palomino (Law, JD)

Vice Chair for Research: Henry Friedman (Wharton, PhD)

Vice Chair for Social Activities: David Conklin (Engineering, PhD)

Vice Chair for Student Life: vacant

Vice Chair for Student Programs: Maher Zamel (Education, EdD)

The Assembly elected to leave two seats empty; these will be filled by special election in September. More information can be found online: www.gapsa.upenn.edu/.


GAPSA: 2009 Landlord Ratings

The Graduate and Professional Student Assembly (GAPSA) is pleased to announce the 2009 Penn Landlord Survey results. 

GAPSA, with guidance from the Office of Off-Campus Services and in coordination with the Undergraduate Assembly, the Office of Biomedical Postdoctoral Programs, and the graduate student associations at Drexel University and the University of the Sciences in Philadelphia, has been collecting housing data from renters in the Philadelphia area since November 2008.

During this time period more than 1,000 individuals have responded to the on-going survey, which is designed to produce landlord ratings that will help incoming and current students and staff make better-informed decisions about housing options in Philadelphia. 

Tenants were asked to rate landlords based on questions grouped into three general indices:

1. Landlord-Tenant Relationship

2. Apartment/House Quality or Condition

3. Landlord’s Responsiveness to Repairs

Founded initially in 1970 by a group known as the “Penn Consumers Board,” the Penn Landlord Survey has been published intermittently over the years. In 2002, the Survey was first launched on the Internet, and in October 2008 GAPSA took on oversight of the online tool.

The Survey takes roughly five minutes to complete; participants are asked to respond to questions using a five-point scale. The rankings have been assigned to landlords who were the subject of five or more entries, and to apartment buildings using the same criterion. Additional data can be viewed for any landlord or building that is the subject of at least three responses. Full results and the survey itself can be accessed publicly on the GAPSA website: www.gapsa.upenn.edu/gapsa-landlord-survey.


Almanac - April 21, 2009, Volume 55, No. 30