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Breaking news, updates, and other between-issues items of interest from The Pennsylvania Gazette.

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How to Fix Obamacare’s Glitches

Penn’s Ezekiel Emanuel offers a prescription for how to fix the problems afflicting the roll-out of the federal health-insurance exchange.  Emanuel, who was one of Obamacare’s architects, is vice provost for global initiatives and chair of the Department of Medical Ethics and Health Policy.

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Angela Duckworth Snags “Genius Grant”

Penn psychology assistant professor Angela Duckworth has been named a MacArthur Fellow

As Gazette contributor (and Boston Globe “Braniac” columnist) Kevin Hartnett wrote in a 2012 feature story, “Duckworth is best known for the study of ‘grit,’ which she defines as ‘perseverance and passion for long-term goals.’ Today grit is a buzzword in the hallways of charter schools around the country, where teachers, principals, and deep-pocketed board members have all come to believe that inculcating grittiness in students is every bit as important as building academic skills.”

Read the whole Gazette profile of Duckworth here.

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1984: The Year Van Pelt Library Captured a US President

Ever get stuck in an elevator in Penn’s main library?  So did Gerald Ford, 19 years ago yesterday.  A little-known fact, until The Atlantic posted a memorial story online yesterday.

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Throwback Thursday: The Penn Relays

The first Penn Relay took place in 1895. In 1910, owing to the festive atmosphere, the event was officially dubbed the “Penn Relay Carnival.” Over the years, the Relays have become one of the University’s most venerable traditions.

So, for this week’s Throwback, we’ve complied a selection of Penn Relay photos from the Gazette archives—enjoy!

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Throwback Thursday! Van Pelt Library is dedicated, 1962

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President Harnwell dedicated the library in October, 1962.

As students gear up for finals, it’s worth noting that Van Pelt Library was completed in June, 1962, and it was dedicated in October. You might recall that last December, the Gazette published a feature about Van Pelt at 50.

But back in December, 1962, the Gazette dedicated a good part of the magazine to celebrating the library’s opening. The opening quote, from President Gaylord P. Harnwell, read: “There are few events of greater significance in the long history of this institution.”

The library’s appeal? “Reinforced concrete, brick and glass: all have been brought into play to form a harmonious entity,” the magazine reported. And even back then, the Gazette made sure to mention that the the undergraduate study area “remains open long after the rest of building is locked.”

To 50 years of all-nighters!

A page from the Gazette: December, 1962.

A page from the Gazette: December, 1962.

 

 

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The Wendy Walk honors Penn alum, benefits cancer research

From feft to Right: Robert Landes, Wendy Landes, Jackie Landes, Matt Landes, and Ali Landes.

From feft to Right: Robert Landes, Wendy Landes, Jackie Landes, Matt Landes, and Ali Landes.

When Wendy Landes C’77 was diagnosed with Liposarcoma, a rare form of cancer, her three children – Ali,  Matt, and Jackie – weren’t sure how to cope. “We were hurting as children to see our mom so sick, and we wanted to empower her,” said Ali.

So, they organized the Wendy Walk, in order to raise awareness about Liposarcoma and to raise money in order to find a cure. The Wendy Walk is now held on three different days in three different  cities – New York, LA and Miami. The event has also attracted a lot of Penn students and alumni – 20 members of the Wendy Walk committee are from Penn.

About 2,000 people participated in the walks last year, according to Ali, and about twice as many donated money to the cause. The organization has raised $1.3 million  so far.

This year’s walk will be different. Wendy passed away in March after a five-year battle against the cancer. But Wendy, who was a successful divorce lawyer, had such an influence, that 700 came to her memorial in LA and 400 attended her funeral in New York.

The Wendy Walk, which started out as a project for the family, “has become a real resource for people with cancer,” Ali said. But even for those who aren’t affected, the walk is motivational.  It’s about positivity, about “taking whatever life throws at you and making the most of it,” Ali said. That’s what her mom taught her.

Visit WendyWalk.com to participate or donate. The Wendy Walk in Miami is coming up this Sunday, April 14th.

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