Volume 110, No. 6


Penn in the Olympics
The University cleaned up at the 1900 Summer Olympics in Paris, collecting 21 medals—10 of them gold—in track and field events. Since then, there’s been a Penn presence at every summer games the US has participated in. On the eve of the 2012 London Games (which will make 25), here are some stories of Quaker Olympians through the decades. By Dave Zeitlin

“What’s ‘Ya’?”
While no one seems quite able to define what a Young Adult, or YA, novel is, exactly, lots of people—of all ages—are reading them. And quite a few Penn alumni (including the one who asked that question) are writing them. By Molly Petrilla

Rush’s Remedies
Two centuries after its publication, Founding Father and early Penn faculty member Benjamin Rush’s pioneering work on mental illness prompts alarm and admiration—as well as reminders about ongoing challenges in the mental-health field. By Susan Frith

Is That All There Is?
On the road with Zach and Buzz, Peggy Lee on the car stereo, and the meaning of life. An excerpt from Father’s Day: A Journey into the Mind and Heart of My Extraordinary Son. By Buzz Bissinger 

Alumni Weekend 2012
Photos from the festivities 


From the Editor
From College Hall

ESSAYS : First Person
Notes from the Undergrad Those were whose days?
Alumni Voices 
Walking the walk
Following where Ice Road Truckers lead
Expert Opinion America’s campaign against al Qaeda’s COOs

GAZETTEER : News & Sports
Canada to Class of 2012: “Get in the game” 
Honorary-degree recipients 
Buy and hold: University sells $300 million in 100-year bonds 
Contract extension will keep Gutmann in College Hall until 2019 
Kasparov on politics: “The comparison with chess is not correct” 
Toni Morrison gets Beacon Award at TCPW’s 25th 
Penn offering free courses through Coursera online-education platform 
Nursing’s Center for Global Women’s Health holds first symposium 
Shoah Foundation’s Holocaust archives coming to Penn 
GSE’s Lynch resigns over false credentials 
“Golden Goose” awards will defend the value of research 
Learning from Brilliant Mistakes 
Scotty Williams C’12 leads men’s golf to Ivy title and NCAAs 

ART Stefan Sagmeister’s The Happy Show at the ICA 
BOOKS Familiar ground, seen anew. The World of Gardens 
ANIMATION Writer Adam Abraham C’92 on When Magoo Flew
BOOKS Missing Williams. “Something Urgent I Have to Say to You”

ALUMNI : Profiles 
Alan Schwarz C’90 broke the football-concussion story—and loves math Lucy Eisenstein Waldman Nu’91 is one of the US’s few female mohels Glasses gurus Neil Blumenthal WG’10 and David Gilboa WG’10 GEng’10 Chuck Bragitikos W’87 is helping “rebrand” Atlantic City 



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