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Volume 105, No. 6


Mr. Olin’s Neighborhood
One of the most acclaimed landscape architects of his generation, the School of Design’s Laurie Olin has helped remake Penn’s campus, reclaim New York’s Bryant Park, and resurrect Independence Mall. Now he has joined forces with architect Frank Gehry to boldly reinvent the heart of Brooklyn. No urban development project in American history compares to their $4 billion vision. No wonder the locals are restless. | By Trey Popp 

Biscuits Rising
The Disco Biscuits—Penn’s own jam band of the 1990s—have a new sound (some call it Bisco), a different (and non-alumnus) drummer, and a growing fan-base (“this whole, like, people-following-us-around-the-country, circus type of thing”). Their headlining performance at this summer’s Jam on the River at Penn’s Landing may have been their most memorable ever—even if it was shut down after only 30 minutes. | By Nate Chinen

Alumni Weekend 2007
Our annual photo essay. | By Addison Geary
Plus: “Food for Thought”—Alumni Weekend offered an intellectual feast, too. And why 2007 Parade Marshall E. Craig Sweeten C’37 calls alumni “the one constant.”


From the Editor


Notes from the Undergrad Virginia Tech, the day after
Alumni Voices Tales to tell
Elsewhere By the river
Expert Opinion Seung-Hui Cho was evil, not crazy

GAZETTEER : News & Sports
 Commencement: Baker on beer—and leadership
 2007 Honorands
 President Emeritus Martin Meyerson Hon’70 dies
 Incoming freshmen to read Omnivore’s Dilemma
 Roseanne Cash at the Writers House
 Whistle-blowing may increase acceptance of torture
 Bumpy ride for “Little Ben,” robot racer
 Dearth of decorum, but no duels at least
 The role of the arts in a good life—and a great city
 Morris Arboretum takes the LEED in “green” building
 CEO Pay: Bad bargain, but for who?
 Women’s lacrosse reaches the Final Four
 ESPN to air Palestra documentary

Theater Interrupted song. LoveMusik
Art Rousseau, Pascal, and a large dog. “dread”
Books Language lessons. Words that Work
Briefly Noted 
Arts Calendar

ALUMNI : Profiles 
Atlanta’s civic savior Shirley Franklin G’69 Hon’07
Philadelphia’s (likely) next mayor Michael Nutter W’79
Supreme putter Brad Lebo C’83 D’90
Success secret-sharer Bill Boggs C’62 ASC’64
Pulitzer Prize-winner Steve Stecklow C’76
Norwegian knight Olaf Halvorssen W’66 WG’68

ALUMNI : Events : Notes : Obituaries


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