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Vol. 98, No. 1


Work in Progress
From the banks of the Schuylkill River out to 40th Street, a mix of renovation projects and new construction is reshaping the University’s academic, residential and commercial spaces.
By John Prendergast  

The Dorm Transformed
From the Quad to the high-rises, Penn undergraduates who live on campus have the opportunity to mingle with professors, get help on math homework, attend concerts—and even classes—without stepping outside their residences. Around the country, more universities are embracing the idea of turning student dorms into living and learning communities.
By Susan Lonkevich

Treasures & Travesties
Two experts on Penn’s architecture talk about the evolution of its West Philadelphia campus—the delights, the dinosaurs and the duds.
By Samuel Hughes 

Asian Notebook
Last summer a Penn English professor and his wife, a University administrator, visited some of the world’s saddest places— and made two families very happy.
By Peter Conn

Making Their Voices Heard
An Annenberg School-sponsored program designed to use the Internet to help public high-school students learn about the Philadelphia mayoral primary surprised everyone—including the program’s creator.
By Phyllis Kaniss


From the Editor
Living and Learning.

Advice for the Phils, wrong turn in the Crimea.

Notes From the Undergrad
How the high-rises got that way.

Alumni Voices
Confessions of a Note-reader.

From College Hall
True community is created from debate.

Riepe elected trustee chairmanICA director chosenHUP rated 10th by U.S. News … Study finds therapy as effective as drugsAdvance in using plants to treat toxic sitesEEOC cites Penn for gender discriminationLea School garden blooms.

Off the Shelf 
Briefly Noted: Recent books by alumni and faculty.

Fall sports preview.

Alumni Profiles
A more in-depth look at some of Penn’s outstanding alumni.
Jane Mendelson C’80 GCP’82 | Room with an Urban View
Bernard Steinberg GrE’71 | Quakers Meeting House
Aliy Zirkle C’92 | A Mush With Greatness
New Chapter in Alumni Education
Margit Novack CW’71 GCP’75 | Moving Memories and More
Ellen McCaleb C’91 | A Reel Artist 

The Alumni
Comings, goings, appointments, promotions, accolades, and other personal news


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