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telie Satin 3e«nsntentan V^ *5 JJ *3 founbeb 1885» Vol. XCV. No. 104 PHLADELPHA, ihursdat. October 30. 9S0 Copyright 1960 Daily Pennsylvania Shen Regarded YAs Stable Force By U. Faculty By ROBERT E. SHEPARD Everyone seems to use the same words to describe Benjamin Shen, ranging from methodical and precise to dignified and just plain nice. All of those attributes will be useful to Shen. who assumed the position of Acting Provost Monday. He fills the void in the administration created by the resignation of former Provost Vanan Gregorian, who left office Friday. And according to his observers, he's just the man for the job. t was a great relief when Shen accepted the position, according to Executive Assistant to the Provost Joyce Randolph. Randolph said Dr. Shen has a great deal of discretion and reserve. Shen initially turned down the office of acting provost when the position was offered to him last month, but Man in the News changed his mind on October 13, to the relief of University officials who were hard-pressed to find an alternate. He occupies the Provost's office at a difficult time, and everyone has acknowledged that Gregorian will be a tough act to follow. But Randolph said the differences between the two men will help Shen. A plus very much is that his personality is so very different from Dr. Gregorian's, she said. t's a refreshing and healthy thing that Dr. Shen is very different, she added, saying that there is a great deal of respect between Dr. Gregorian and Dr. Shen. Randolph's views are shared by FAS Dean Robert Dyson, who said he'll be more formal in the way he deals with things than the previous provost. Many administrators have said Shen was picked because he is seen as a stabilizing force in the University. Although not entirely visible to students, Shen has organized many committees with student members, including one studying the quality of teaching at the University. n addition, he identifies himself strongly with the faculty, yet has experience as an administrator. He said he thinks that every faculty member every 10 years should have a stint as an administrator, Randolph said, adding my perception is that he is very much a faculty member. Shen said he is definitely a faculty member. The University consists of faculty. t does not consist of a succession of administrators, he said, adding the University is the sum total of the succession of faculty, and to a leuei extent, of the studentv t's because of the students Grad Reps Criticize Marmon By SCOTT HELLER Graduate and Professional Student Assembly Chairman Steve Marmon's blank check resolution condemning faculty and undergraduates for their actions in the presidential selection controversy may be challenged by his fellow GAPSA officers. A meeting may be held soon to discuss whether the GAPSA resolution of two weeks ago, which deplores the Faculty Senate's call for former provost Vartan Gregorian's nomination to the presidency, was a true estimation of the group's feelings. At its October 15th meeting GAPSA voted on a sentiment for the resolution, but left the actual wording up to Marmon. This blank check, as many GAPSA members call it, resulted in a harshly worded and highly critical motion that some say has served to alienate GAPSA from the rest of the University community. t was like a blank check given to one officer, which is an unusual way for a resolution to be handled, assembly Vice Chairman Chris Furlan said Tuesday. People hadn't expected it to be as much an attack on the UA and faculty as it was a comment on the search committee. don't think anyone expected to sec the words 'deplore' and 'divisive,' he added. Marmon was unavailable for com- Continued on page 5) NSDE 34th Street looks at John Anderson's campaign as it winds down to ttwwire Acting Provost Benjamin Shen 'id Beisky that the faculty is here, and because of the faculty that the administration is here. Astronomy department chairman William Blitzslein, who succeeded Shen in that position in 1979, spoke of Shen's reputation for precision, particularly in policymaking. He's inclined to worry about improbable contingencies. He considers every possible hitch in a process. Shen's reaction to people's comments on his style was amusement, at first, and then thoughtfulness. They should see my desk, and then they'd see 'm not precise, Shen quipped. 'm just like everybody else. don't have a compulsion about precision. never thought of myself as being precise - sometimes 've wished 1 were precise. But precision has its price, Shen continued. Sometimes, it's more important to have useful things accomplished than to worry whether it's done exactly according to the orthodox methods. One area Shen will have to deal with extensively in his new position is budgeting. Many deans have said they would find planning difficult during the transition. But Shen has extensive experience in budgetary matters, both from working in the provost's office, and from his involvement in several national committees, including the Senate Budget Committee which reviewed the first budget under the Carter administration. Shen was born m 19} in Hangzhou. China, the son of (( UntinueJ on page 7) SAC Votes To Finance Saturday Fling Concert By MATT COHEN The Student Activities Council last night voted to appropriate $30,610 to the Spring Fling Committee for a concert tentatively to be held in the Palestra on Saturday night of the three-day festival. By doing so, the SAC overturned ii- KK i oinmitlee's recommendation to provide no funding for such a concert. An appeal by Fling Committee Chairmen Michael Kaplowitz, Linda Becker and arry Tofel for 535,610 was defeated by a vote. A motion to table all business pertaining to Fling was made and defeated. The S appeal, to be made up of an outright grant of $16,610 and a $14,000 loan, was then considered The first vote resulted in a tic, with one abstention, but the appeal passed, 36-26, on the second vote. The $14,000 loan is based on pro jected revenues of $3000 from t-shirt sales and vendors' rent charges and $11,000 from ticket sales to the con cert. Admission prices were Ml at $2 lor Universit) itudenti and $3 for tfui'vi-. with ttendancc estimates, termed conservative by Tofel, puc ed at 4000 University siudcnts and 1000 guests. The Finance committee's recora mendation of $7353 for all non concert related events oral then pass ed as well. After the concert vote, Tofel said, think the SAC acted in a retponsj ble fashion once they were reminded of their responsibility to the students. Finance Committee Chairman Michael Siegmund, asked what el fectl the allocation would have on the SAC, said, hope months from now they are happy with this. The Finance Committee will have a much tougher job now. 1 n- SAC 10«has about $11,000 in its budget for the rest ol this year. n other business! Wanda Griffin and Vincent /.enga were elected to the Finance «ommrttee. n other allocations, the Science Fiction Club was given $1187 to publish an issue of their magazine. Orion, and the Women's Alliance was lunded $2334 to publish their magazine, A Vo/ $t Out, and to hold three conference! ami iponan monthly newsletter. Two other publications, the Triangle, and the Wharion Account, received $2039 and $2738 respectivelj During the allocations after the Spring Fling debate, the SAC. after two votes, suspended a clause in its Constitution requiring 10 percent of the original amount of SAC Hinds to be held lor second semester allocations. $28,000 would have had in been sei aside 10 obe\ that rule. Dietrich Hall Renovation OKd B JONATHAN SLVERS The Board of Trustees last week ap proved the long-awaited Dietrich Hall renovation, ending a series of postponement! winch delayed nitial constuction seven months. The renovation, approval of which was expected last May, was denied by the Board at that time for a number of reasons, including mperfections in the architectural design and funding difficulties. The plans were referred back to Warner, Burns. Toan and unde. the architectural firm plotting and supcrvising the Dietrich project. According to one architect involved in the planning. We worked very closely with Universit) official! to build a practical plan meeting their specifications. Funding had also caused problems. The estimated cost for the renovation is $5.5 million, which caused many to question the value of the project during a time of financial distress. There was little in the way of solid funding ai first, said Erie van Mcrkcnsteijn, \\ barton administrative affairs director. We were unsure of the costs involved, which seemed to increase ever) week, and University funding was tight The financial difficulties were resolved through private gilts and add ed school grants Al this point the money is there, mostly coming from private grants, the Program for the Eighties, and the operations fund. san Merkensteijn said. The renovation has been slated for early January. The conduction will be done n one phase, taking about 18 months. Completion is icheduled for March or April During that time, all Dietrich offices will be mosed and classes will relocated. To minimize expense and liusira tion, the Universit) has leased Centenary Hall, pan ol the former Philadelphia General Hospital, lor the duration of the renovation. Centenary, a 14-story high rise located behind the Medical School library, will house the bulk of the mined offices eased from he city, the building had been vacant for six years. Although it was in excellent shape structurally, it required extensive preparation for the move. Considerable work was required on the mechanical system, and there were extensive water damage and Unitary problems involved but these have been repaired. said van Merkensteijn. t was extremely fortunate lhai this ( nntinued on page fij U. Affirmative Action Plan Review To Begin By ANDREW KRT/MAN The federal government has informed a University administrator that it will begin to review the merits of he University's affirmative action plan. Special Assistant for Affirmative Action l)a\ ida-raines said a government official told her last week that the University has satisfactorily answered a major part of a government show-cause letter issued this spring. Since the spring, Ramey and other officials have been compiling additional information for the government on the racial and gender make-up of the University's workforce. The government had complained in the let ter that the information submitted in the University's 1979 affirmative ac- ndependent Presidential candidate John Anderson David Gladstone Quadramics 9 'Dream' s A Nightmare By JONATHAN SLVERS Performing Shakespeare often presents insurmountable challenges to even the most reputable theatre companies. Perhaps for Quadramics, Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream could, in some places, be more aptly titled a nightmare. Last Friday it was evident that the company put a great deal of effort into Review this production. The actors were wellversed in their lines; the stage, in trying to display the 'minimal look' of modern theatre, was sparse and dignified; both sound and lighting gave the airy atmosphere the play requires (especially difficult in the dank theatre of Houston Hall). But the fact remains that while the acting strove for the crucial element of professionalism, it was in some cases unnecessarily campy. t seemed director David Weiss couldn't decide whether to stick to high comedy, or refined humor. This was especially evident in the second act when the coarse humor of an artisian troupe was mixed with the low-keyed humor of the royalty. The combination only served to distract from one group to the detriment of both. Jonathan Rosenberg, who had the added difficulty of playing two leading roles, aimed at professionalism. n both cases, however, he appeared to play the same character, sounding tempered and prepared and almost as if he were applying for Alistair Cooke's position as Masterpiece Theatre host. His acttng was credible, sometimes powerful and often amusing, especially during soliloquies. hese strong moments were rare at lust but as Rosenberg grew visibly more comfortable during the latter scenes, so did he delivery of his lines. An especially strong relief lo some standard acting was Steven Kane's portrayal of Bottom, an actor. Kane has a knack for sensing and making use of comic lines, doing a good job where others resort to coarse visual jokes to get a laugh. At times he seemed to be the only character to move across the stage, and apply some sort of humor to the work. Perhaps Kane realized that in this amateur performance there is no need for forced haughtiness, which the other actors apparently believe Shakespeare intended. Linda Britchkow was blessed relief as the oft-desired Hermia. Though al (Continued on page 6) tion program was insufficient to allow them to consider the merits of the program. Ramey said yesterday that although the workforce breakdowns have been found to be acceptable, she is still involved in answering two other major complaints from the government. Within a few weeks, she said, she will toward additional information to the government on the University's record in promoting and transferring women and minorities, and additional utiization analyses. Utilization analyses compare the numbers of women and minorities at the University with outside availability figures. Joan Roller, a lawyer for the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Pro grams who is handling the University's,.ise. said uesday that it is too calls to tell at this point whether the government is moving toward or away from taking further action against the University. The next step against the University would be a governmental administrative hearing. The mosl severe step the government could take would be to cut the approximately $90 million grants to the University each year for research. Roller said the tliversit) submitted additional information lo us which we thought looked reasonable. Whether they're moving toward a hearing is way too soon to tell. We haven't rendered a determination as to whether they're in compliance with the executive order. sinsaid. They're submitting a new pro- gram to us in pieces. We're waiting for them to submit the rest of it. Ramey and Vice President Morris Arnold have disagreed with he government's contention that the for mat of ihe University's plan made n difficult for them to properly determine the plan's acceptability. Ramey added, however, that the University complied with the government's demands Ramey said she will incorporate the statistics she is sending to the government into a new affirmative action report she is preparing for the near future. f you're going to do new analyses you might as well do a new plan, she said Before the review is over, they base to have a plan which is accurate. Anderson Calls Debate Shallow By ELANE SONG Following a presidential debate which did not include him and may have hurt his chances in the election, independent candidate John Anderson began a tougher fight yesterday, criticizing what he called the shallow Campaign *80~ exchange between Democratic candidate Jimmy Carter and Republican Ronald Reagan. Anderson told hundreds gathered at an intersection in center city that he was disappointed he was not up there on the big screen but he also likened that screen to a music hall where the two performers danced on the issues. Al a press conference held after the rally, Anderson said Ss absence lends to skew (the fact) lhai there have been three candidates, all of them equally active, he laid, Anderson used the debate, however, as a new basis on which to criticize ns two opponents. After listening to the President, knew where had made ins mistake, Anderson stated. f had only talked to Amy first. he said referring to Carter's statement about his daughter's feelings about nuclear weapons. Anderson pointed out what he claimed were Carter's contradictions in his handling of nuclear arms, luch as the recent sale of 38 tons of enriched uranium to ndia. He also assailed Carter for establishing a inconsistent foreign poliev as well as his lack of Man Saudmo concrete action n protecting human rights. What about Ronald Reagan? Anderson continued, What can you M) about a man who believes lhai he was i rule a country is through retreal. retreat into the past? The choice between Reagan and Carta is choice between candidate with the ideas ol yesteryear and an incumbent whose past record represents the nightmares' ol Cartel administration, Anderson said. Throughout his 20-minute speech on the corner of 15th and Chestnut Streets, Anderson hit home with Philadelphians, addressing some of the subject! mosl on their minds. He reminded the crowd of his lasl visit to (( ontinued on page f ) PPU Sponsors Mock Election The Penn Political Union will conduct a mock election on campus today and tomorrow. Voting will be done for the U.S. Presidency, the U.S. Senate race in Pennsylvania, and the lusi Congressional distrid race in Philadelphia. Polls will be located on Locust Walk in front of Dietrich Hall from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and in front of ihe 37th Street gale of the Quad from 12 p.m. to6p.m. Results will be published in Monday's issue of The Daily Pennsylvanian PAGE 2 THE DALY PENNSVLVANAN - w, mt TODAY ALL DECEMBER GRADS musl sign up lor Yearbook Portrait sittings this is tfts only one ot the semester «your only cnence to appear n the Yearbook! Signups this Friday. Monday and Tuesday Do it today! Hours 10-4 PM, at the office Mcllhenny basement in Quad at 36th 4 Hamilton Walk (Across from HUP) DSCUSS THE MEANNG OF LFE with the Penn Science Fiction Club Meeting at 7.00 Thursday in English House TV Lounge EXPERENCE AN ENVRONMENT OF HONEST. OPENMNDED, congenial self expression The Wholistic Lifestyle Explore lion Circle meets at the Christian Association. Thursdays 7:30-10:30. PENN WARGAMERS CLUB meets Tnursday Room 1. 3rd floor Houston Hall ^ PENN P.M. UTVs new hit talk show, will feature Lori Landew and Glee Club members Mori Modem and Chris Stone tonight, 7:00 pm ^^ SENOR PORTRAT SGN-UPS this Friday Monday and Tuesday Reserve your place in the yearbook! Sign up today! Hours 10-4 PM, at the oflice Mcllhenny basemenl n Quad at 36th & Hamilton Walk (Across from HUP) SENORS Remember Penn with more than old tests, cancelled checks, and used lor unused books) Get your yearbook now The 1981 Record is on sale now Mon-Fn 12 5 PM 38th & Hamilton Walk SO YOU WANNA WRTE FOR SCUE? Come to 108 Logan Hall Thursday. October 30 No experience necessary We need your help ^^^^ ^^^^^ THE CHRSTAN SCENCE Organization meets every Thursday at 6.15 PM on the 2nd floor ol the Christian Association The meetings nclude readings from the Bible and sharing of thoughls_am are welcome. TONGHT YOU CAN FND OUT WHAT THE BAHA' Club is all aboul Houstn hall. Room 230, 7 PM : Campus Events THE LBERAL PARTY OF THE PPU WLL meet on Thursday. Oct 30 at 7 30 PM n the Benjamin Franklin Room, Houston Hall The guest will be a key representative of the ACLU THE LBERAL PARTY will meel on Thurs, Oct 30 at 7:30 pm n the Ben Franklin Room. Houston Hall. Guest will be e key representative of the ACLU UNDERGRADUATE BOCHEMSTRY SEMNAR SERES will hold organizational meeting tor spring seminars All interested (especially sophomores and freshman) nvited Rm 109 Chem Bldg. Thurs Oct 30th at 5:00 WOMEN'S SOCCER CLUB practice today at 4.30 PM, Hill Field New members welcome For nfo, call Leslie ) or Sue ( TOMORROW DSCUSS THE MEANNG of life with the Penn Science Fiction Club Meeting at 7 00 Thursday in English House TV Lounge FRDAY NGHT LVE PRESENTS A Halloween costume party Halloween night. 8 PM. Stlteler Lounge. All welcome Spon sored by Campus Crusade for Christ with VCF MEChA nvites you to Boo Boogie at our Annual Halloween Costume Party! Friday 10
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