Sept|Oct 2016
Volume 115, No. 1


Method Inventor

With an innovation portfolio that ranges from medical devices to folding bicycles to social-impact enterprises to junk food, Wharton professor Karl Ulrich has every justification to bask in entrepreneurial mystique. Only that’s exactly what he sets out to demolish in the classroom. By Trey Popp

Director Gone Bad

Mean Girls director Mark Waters C’86 is taking a shot at R-rated comedy with Bad Santa 2 this Thanksgiving—and still trying to figure out his place in ever-evolving Hollywood. By Molly Petrilla

The Christian Association at 125

At the turn of the last century, the CA pioneered the idea of service at Penn with settlement houses and summer camps, and has since been at the forefront of anti-war protests and movements for civil, women’s, and LGBT rights. In the 21st, it’s still providing a “safe space” for students and making a difference on campus and beyond. By Dave Zeitlin

The Man Who Put Yellowstone On the Map

As the National Park Service marks its centennial this year, let’s take a moment to celebrate Penn professor and building namesake Ferdinand Hayden, whose visionary advocacy saved what became America’s first National Park from the tawdry, commercialized fate of Niagara Falls. By Dennis Drabelle

Googling Cuba

Brett Perlmutter C’09’s mission was to open up Cuba to the internet. To say that it was politically sensitive is an understatement. But the timing was just about perfect. By Alyson Krueger


From the Editor

From College Hall



First Person: Essays

NOTES FROM THE UNDERGRAD Disney’s wonderful world

ALUMNI VOICES Penn’s changing palate

ELSEWHERE “Welcome to the real South Africa”

EXPERT OPINION Brexit won’t shut the door


Gazetteer: News & Sports

New College House opens

Penn researchers develop a $2 genetic test for Zika virus

Q&A with Grit author and psych professor Angela Duckworth Gr’06

Faculty couple Linda and Frank Chance share their love of Japan

The long road to finding and translating Kerouac’s French writings

Parents wrong again: APPC study shows social media mostly OK for kids

Starting over, in football and field hockey



ART Arthur Ross Gallery show honors Terry Adkins’ influence

PHOTOGRAPHY William Ferris G’67 Gr’69’s “visual journal” of the South

RADIO Nick Spitzer C’72 brings American Routes to WXPN

ART Elaine Lisle C’76’s autumnal images of Philadelphia

Briefly Noted

Arts Calendar


Alumni: Profiles

Amy Hollander GFA’95 runs the National Museum of Industrial History

Bill Squires C’71 has “never been booed” for singing—roared at, yes

Jon Decker C’88 G’91 has covered three US presidents (and counting)


: Events

: Notes

: Obituaries