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T h e C O M P A S S

New Students Go ‘Into the Streets’ for Service

By Sandy Smith The “new kids” in town will spend Sept. 9th getting to know their neighbors up close. The new kids are over 1,000 Penn freshmen who will participate in the annual communi- ty-service day known as “Into the Streets.”

Each year, “Into the Streets” participants spend a Saturday engaged in service projects at sites throughout the city, in cooperation with local religious, educational, community and social-service organizations.

Although it predates the Clinton Admin- istration, “Into the Streets” is a nationwide initiative that embodies the idea behind the President’s National Service Agenda: to encourage college students to gain and share knowledge through service to their commu- nities. This is the fifth year that Penn has participated in the program.

Karen Burnley, Penn’s “Into the Streets” coordinator, recently explained, “At the Uni-

versity of Pennsylvania, the ‘Into the Streets’ program is designed to inspire and support student involvement with neighborhoods and agencies in Philadelphia. This program intro- duces Penn students to the community and non-profit volunteer organizations. It also helps break down stereotypes about the com- munities around Penn, and it helps get students to think about volunteering on a continuing basis.”

Incoming Penn freshmen choose from 1,083 volunteer opportunities offered by over 40 sponsoring organizations, including the Philadelphia Anti-Graffiti Network, the Community Education Center in West Phila- delphia, Habitat for Humanity in German- town, Mercy Hospice in Center City, the Norris Square Project in Kensington, Phila- delphians Concerned about Housing, the Police Athletic League, Southern Home Services, and the Wissahickon Boys and

Girls Club. The projects include tutoring, arts and crafts, recreation, landscaping, clean-up, and housing renovation and construction.

At the end of the day, student volunteers will get together for a picnic in the Quadran- gle, to which Mayor Edward G. Rendell, U.S. Representative Chaka Fattah and City Councilwoman Jannie Blackwell have been invited to speak. The picnic is scheduled to begin at approximately 3:30 p.m.

“ ‘Into the Streets’ is representative of Penn’s tripartite mission of research, teach- ing and service,” Ms. Burnley added, “and of its continued efforts to nurture productive partnerships with people and organizations across the city.”

More information about the “Into the Streets” program and the community-service day is available from the Program for Stu- dent-Community Involvement at (215) 898-4831.

Fun in the Summertime

Five weeks of sports, dance and classroom sessions culminated last month in an awards ceremony attended by Mayor Edward G. Rendell (C’65) for the National Youth Sports Program, which brought 250 youths to Penn this summer. For the 27th year, the University hosted a summer camp for 10- to 16-year-olds from West, Southwest and South Philadelphia. “Best Overall Camper” awards went to Monique Fields and Christopher Downs, both 16, pictured with Glenn Bryan, left, director of

community relations, and Terry Horstmann, right, project administrator and associate director of Penn’s Department of Recreation.

The camp ran from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. five days a week for five weeks and included a hot lunch. The youths played basketball, volley- ball, soccer and tennis, received dance and swimming instruction, and participated in classroom sessions on drug education and enrichment issues such as self-esteem and peer pressure.

Photograph by Candace diCarlo

CRC Surprises 50,000th Customer

All Chryssa Crouch (W’97) wanted were installers for MacSlip and Network software. She received more than she expected. When Crouch, an MBA student, stepped up to the help desk at the Computing Resource Center on Aug. 7, at 2:45 p.m., she earned the distinction of becoming the center’s 50,000th customer. To mark this mile- stone, Crouch was given bal- loons, a card and a gift certif- icate for $50 from the Book Store. Pictured here with her goodies, a sur- prised Crouch is seen with Michael Eleey, associate vice provost for computing and information systems, and Caroline Ferguson, help-desk coordinator. The CRC began recording its customers in July of 1992. This past year, the center has provided support for 20,000 people. The CRC predicts 4,000 will come through its doors in September.

ALMANAC September 5, 1995


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