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Amy Gutmann | It's time to explore
Penn offers countless opportunities for educational and extracurricular development
By: Voices of the Administration
The 19th century British statesman Benjamin Disraeli described the ideal university as "a place of light, of liberty and of learning."
For Penn students who want to make their mark on the 21st century, Penn is providing the most dynamic, lovely and liberating learning environment in our proud history by allowing students to stretch their minds, develop their leadership skills and learn from great professors and peers. The opportunities for intellectual development at Penn are limitless. Penn students can cultivate their interests across multiple disciplines, whether by pursuing great majors and minors (with new options as far-ranging as Jazz Studies, Criminology and Modern Middle Eastern Studies), by pursuing joint and dual degrees, by taking courses across our graduate and professional schools and by making the most of our wisely-conceived distribution requirements.
We furnish more opportunities than ever before for students at all levels to engage in transformational volunteer work across the nation and around the world, and we connect our students to rewarding internships in industry, non-profits and government. These include new or expanded programs such as RealArts@Penn, Fels Public Policy Internships and summer biomedical research programs. Our Center for Undergraduate Research and Fellowships and our individual schools together offer unprecedented opportunities for our students to engage in independent research with faculty. These offerings enable Penn students not only to be more competitive than ever before for major awards, grants and fellowships, but also to pursue their passions wherever they may choose after graduating from Penn.
Student research projects lead to all kinds of breakthroughs. For example, Anthropology major Abigail Seldin's project on the Lenape tribe increased our understanding of Pennsylvania's contemporary Lenape community and led to her co-curating an exhibit, "Fulfilling a Prophecy: The Past and Present of the Lenape in Pennsylvania," which opens at the Penn Museum on September 13.
These unprecedented intellectual opportunities complement the many pathways to leadership that lie before every Penn student. These pathways are paved by a welter of courses, forums and experiences across our schools (take a look at the Fox Leadership Program's "Penn Leads the Vote"); by the internships and service-learning courses organized by Civic House and the Barbara and Netter Center for Community Partnerships; and by our new Civic Scholars Program, which allows undergraduates to closely integrate their passion for civic service with their academic interests.
Students also have the opportunity to participate in and lead one of our 450-plus extracurricular organizations or to launch something entirely new. These groups - from literary societies to political and religious organizations to cultural and performing arts groups to social service and entrepreneurial ventures and beyond - add incredible dynamism to our campus and provide Penn students with a vehicle to put their talents, passions, academic acumen and leadership skills into practice. They also serve as welcome sources of stress reduction and as catalysts for lifelong friendships centered around shared passions.
Dramatically strengthening need-based financial aid and bolstering recruitment efforts nationally and globally have helped us to double the enrollment of undergraduates from low-income families, greatly ease the loan burden on middle-income families, broadly increase the diversity of our student body and expand financial aid for international students and increase their already robust presence on campus. Similarly, we have continued increasing stipends for doctoral students, further opening Penn's doors to the most talented future scholars.
We are transforming Penn's already-welcoming campus into something even more attractive and environmentally sustainable: adding 20 percent more green space by converting surface parking lots into open spaces and athletics fields that will be contiguous to Franklin Field and the Palestra; improving our recycling efforts, adding more wind power to our energy grid and designing new buildings to meet LEED sustainability standards; and improving the quality of on-campus housing by renovating Harnwell, Harrison and Rodin College Houses, upgrading heating, cooling, lighting and elevator systems in Mayer, Hill and DuBois Houses and opening the 150-unit Radian complex at 39th and Walnut Streets.
Penn is more than just a great place, more than a lovely environment, more than the sum of our world-renowned schools and more than the drawing power of our academic and extracurricular programs and amenities. Penn is a dynamic fellowship of Benjamin Franklin's heirs, all of us stretching our individual minds as far as we can. Penn students form the latest and brightest link in the chain of learning that has served our society and world so well for the better part of three centuries.
Our time today at Penn affords us the greatest opportunity to cultivate knowledge and relationships among the most richly diverse and cosmopolitan student body, faculty and staff in Penn's history. Indeed, there has never been a better time or place for learning than now at Penn. May this year of learning bring us - students all - remarkable discoveries and rewarding friendships.
Amy Gutmann is President of the University of Pennsylvania. This is the first in a series of monthly columns by Penn administrators and staff.
© Copyright 2008 The Daily Pennsylvanian
Gagggg! Gaggggg! *PUKE*
Well Penn does offer alot of new opportunities, don't you think?
What some people would like to know (myself at the top of the list) is where are the Lenapes in this? What are all of you afraid of. You know this isn't Lenape culture, language or artifacts. I imagine some are saying that they can't speak for those "lenape" in Pa...but they know how they do it where they are. Hey I'm just guessing here.
Are you serious? Sure things evolved, got changed. What I don't understand is what you all have to gain by your silence. This farce isn't a threat. Any other Nation I can think of would have stood up and called bullshit a long time ago. I don't know maybe it's a bad thing to speak up considering the 'confederacy' some are courting. Are you going along with all of this (and protesting silently) just because you're afraid you'll miss an opportunity?
I mean we wouldn't want to be insulting to anyone now would we? Realize as you sit there and can't figure out what you're doing that these people are representing YOU. Your mothers, grandmothers, great grandmothers. What do you think your Great grandfathers would say to you today if they knew what was going on?
I'm sure they would be thrilled to know that now .....
THIS IS WHAT THEY WALKED IN
THIS IS WHAT THEY DRUMMED ON
THIS IS THE DOLL THEY HELD SACRED
WHEN THEIR LANGUAGE WAS DISAPPEARING, THEY HELD IT IN TRUST TO
AND WHEN THEY HAD THE BIGHOUSE CEREMONY, WHAT THEY BELIEVED WASN'T REALLY THE CASE. THIS IS WHAT PEOPLE WILL BELIEVE THEY DID.......
I agree with you Tree Hugger, over the last few days there have been 10-15+ emails bouncing around that I have seen from Lenape/Delaware People yet nothing has been made public of these conversations, Penn has received complaints and statements, I know as I wass "CC'ed" some of them, as were others on this board, yet you could hear the proverbial "Pin Drop", I was looking back at public letters that were written by people such as Nora Thompson Dean, Chief Snake, Sam Hannah, and I am sure others, in regards to folks claiming to represent some branch of a "Lenape Nation" at some point, at least it was made public, I am not sure why people are walking on "egg shells" with this, there are a few folks still around that claim to have been present at the infamous "adoption", step up and say something, there are folks who knew some of these people "before they were Lenape..." step up and say something, in the end it is up to the "recognized", "accepted", "real", ect... Lenape "Tribes", "Nations", and "Communities" to speak out, shy of doing that history is being rewritten in PA and soon people will actually believe that the items above are "Lenape Ceremonial Items" and the beautiful culture and way of life that so many have spent their time, money, and life to document, record, and preserve (such as: NTD, F. G. Speck, Herb Kraft, John Kraft, Freddie Washington, Jim DeHaven, as well as the folks here on this forum who knew and helped these folks) will be lost.
I just wanted to share that and vent a little....
Guess I had a little vent there myself. I'm sure school children in that area are going to be told that's Lenape culture now. It probably won't take long to spread through all of the state either. That may not sound like it's important, but kids are: 1) very impressionable and 2) Tomorrows educators.
I guess I'll just have to sit back and watch the trainwreck now.
I remember when Bob Ruth was white. My grandfather Buster (Wayandaga) Pierce was involved with his "adoption". I also heard right from the horse's mouth Bill Thompson regretted adopting him. I talked with Larry "Bear" Peterson who stood for Ruth then also regretted it.
I heard right from the Stonefish Brothers that Jim Beers said he WASN'T Lenape.
I came home from far away Hells that Tree Hugger knows all about and found out my grandfather Buster (Wayandaga) had died. How his friends struggled to dig in the frozen ground. I heard there was no "Blood Ordination Ceremony" making Mike Taffe "Lenape" let alone "Chief".
The little blond kid who never spoke is now speaking............
Well, I've decided that I'm going to view the "Display of Horror" but not on opening day!
With all the activity and foolishness, they're sure to get a lot of publicity, and with my luck, I might show up in a pic. Wouldn't want the slightest appearance that I was supporting that trash!
With everyone's busy lives and crowded schedule, my hopes are of some of the gang that's available going together. We could hold each other up as we fainted from the horror of it all ! OR hold each other back as we "described" to the Museum staff our thoughts and opinions .....
Any comments, thoughts?
WATCH YOUR LANGUAGE!
Make it on a Sunday or Tuesday and I'll be right by your side darling
I hope you guys get this going, I'd love a report on it. I'd suggest that you keep dates/times to Private Messages or emails though. We have alot of eyes here reading, wouldn't want to spoil the outing for you.
Any day of the week works for me!
tree hugger wrote:
THIS IS THE DOLL THEY HELD SACRED
I didn't know Holly Hobby had a sister with Down's Syndrome.......
*"Holwee! Wait Up!!!*
edit: I just noticed this friggin doll is cross-eyed........
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