Campus & Community

Staff Q&A: Andrew Zitcer

Andrew Zitcer’s charge as Penn’s Cultural Asset Manager is to look after the real estate in Penn’s portfolio that don’t fall under the traditional headings of commercial, residential or retail spaces.

Heather A. Davis

Q&A/Sarah Barringer Gordon: An 'amazing tapestry'

Americans aren’t getting any less religious, says Sarah Barringer Gordon. And so, just as it has for all of U.S. history, religion will continue to shape American politics, law and culture. “An open skeptic like Thomas Jefferson ... might have had a hard time in 2000.”

Tim Hyland

Staff Q&A: Bob Gutowski

STAFF Q&A/Bob Gutowski shares his love of nature as head of Morris Arboretum’s public programs. “You’ve never seen an evening gown that’s as beautiful as a cedar waxwing.”

Judy Hill

The Oscar goes to ...

Q&A/This film scholar and author of a book about Hollywood culture talks about the past and present of the Oscars—and what the future holds for the movie industry. “I think people still like the experience of going to movies. It’s ... a communal experience.”

Heather A. Davis

Staff Q&A: Michael Ketner

STAFF Q&A/Trombonist Michael Ketner is the man behind the curtain at Penn’s Music Department. “These are student groups, but they’re good, and they play at a high level.”

Judy Hill

Cover story: An experimental era

Q&A/This spring the 6th floor of Van Pelt is celebrating Ben Franklin with an exhibit on Colonial education in the Delaware Valley. We talk to the library staff who brought “Educating the Youth of Pennsylvania” from a rough idea to a fully realized exhibit. “Charter schools today remind me a lot of what was going on during the Colonial period.”

Tim Hyland

Remains of the day

Q&A/Penn Museum’s keeper of physical anthropology talks about scanning mummies, making molds of Neanderthals and why human babies are born so small and helpless. “I’m one of those people who have crazy loves and I have a love for everything about evolution.”

Judy West

Staff Q&A: Maria Tessa Sciarrino

STAFF Q&A/A booster for the local music scene, Maria Tessa Sciarrino can’t get enough of the Philadelphia sound. “I think it’s great that everybody’s getting the attention.” Maria Tessa Sciarrino studied photography in college, but admits she wasn’t the best student: “I was too busy going to concerts.”

Heather A. Davis

Doctor of dialects

Q&A/After decades of groundbreaking work, linguist William Labov remains at the forefront of his field. His most far-reaching research, a comprehensive atlas of North American English, has just been published. “In almost every language change, there’s something going on underneath the hood.”

Tim Hyland



In the News


Philadelphia Inquirer

Credit card ‘travel hacking’: Wharton MBAs offer tips to get the most out of your rewards in 2019

At an on-campus event co-hosted by Wharton Common Cents club and the Travel & Hospitality Club, MBA students led a skill share on “travel hacking,” which allows consumers to leverage credit card reward policies to optimize their spending.

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Technical.ly Philly

Here’s what Wharton’s massive startup hub will look like

Renderings of the new Tangen Hall building have been released. President Amy Gutmann said “the real motivator for this is the amazing entrepreneurial and innovative spirit of our undergraduate and graduate students who are working to do great things in the world.” The hall is named after Wharton alumnus Nicolai Tangen and his wife, Katja, whose gift made the building possible.

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Philadelphia Inquirer

Penn’s female rowers have a new teammate. She’s 10.

The Penn women’s rowing team has “adopted” 10-year-old Keira McGrenehan, a chronically ill CHOP patient, as a part of the Team IMPACT program. “We’ve been so excited to have her with us, so we can know her and understand her difficulties and victories,” says junior Romy Simpson, one of the team’s captains.

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KYW Newsradio (Philadelphia)

Morris Arboretum celebrates Cherry Blossom Days: ‘Spring is definitely in the air’

Michelle Connors of the Morris Arboretum spoke about last weekend’s Cherry Blossom Days, which featured Taiko drumming and a Japanese tea ceremony.

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Philadelphia Inquirer

As Biden, Bush headline opioid panel at Penn, Kenney talks supervised injection sites

President Amy Gutmann hosted yesterday’s Silfen Forum on the opioid crisis.

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