Vol. 17, No. 29April 30, 1998

A selection of items in the national and local media about the University-its faculty, staff and students:

Philadelphia Inquirer, Jan. 11. Library trend percolating. "Following the trend set by bookstores such as Barnes & Noble and Borders, some libraries in the Philadelphia area are looking at coffee bars as a way to attract patrons and raise revenue. ... Delaware public libraries do not have coffee bars, because space is too limited, said Susan Brynteson, director of the Morris Library at the University of Delaware in Newark. The Morris Library is next door to the student commons, where food is served-an arrangement Brynteson said she preferred to having snacks available in the library. 'We have a system here that centralizes food and drink,' she said. 'Students are less likely to bring food into the library and attract pests, which would be damaging to our materials. We keep it outside the library to preserve the collection.'"

Gainesville, Ga., Poultry Times, Jan. 12. Delaware poultry disease research could lead to MG vaccine. "Sometimes science takes unexpected turns. When Dr. John Dohms began studying a microorganism that caused respiratory disease in chickens and turkeys, he didn't think his research would have human as well as veterinary use. But his work may provide a piece in the puzzle to find a cure for Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome (AIDS). Dohms, a microbiologist in the Department of Animal and Food Sciences, University of Delaware, and colleague Dr. Calvin Keeler, professor of molecular virology, are exploring the genetic structure of mycolplasma gallisepticum with the goal of developing a poultry vaccine. But in a satisfying twist of events, the team now finds itself in the position of providing information to AIDS researchers."

News Journal, Jan. 12. Faced with rising cost and less aid, more needy students are dropping out. "Fred Siegel, UD's director of admissions, said students who leave are asked to fill out questionnaires. If they cite finances as the reason for leaving, they are referred to the financial aid office for help. Other state schools reach out in similar ways. ... Many struggling students manage to stay in school by working more, taking time off from college or finding private scholarships. But some struggling students drop out. UD statistics show that 12 out of 218 students who withdrew this fall did so because of financial need. ... Mark Silvestro, a 22-year-old former UD student from New Jersey, said he withdrew when his brother graduated from medical school. Because the family's financial picture improved, Silvestro became ineligible for some of the aid he previously had received."

News Journal, Jan. 13. The knee-high nihilists and pint-size potty-mouths of 'South Park' strike a funny bone-ouch!- on the college campus. "As savvy a cappella singers, the Generics know how to appeal to college kids between sets: Pretend to be the wacko kids from 'South Park.' ... South Park is about make-believe kids vaccinated with alien probes and fed on Cheesy Poofs and chocolate chicken pot pies. Comedy Central understands just how weird it is to have an animated show where one of the characters is killed every week and has given 'South Park' a mature audience rating, airing it at 10 p.m. Wednesday when most third-graders are in bed. But for college kids, the outrageous attitude is part of the appeal. In fact, 'South Park' is an equal-opportunity offender 'that's fun for fun's sake,' says Adam Chazan, a UD sophomore. 'Its head candy.' ... 'It's irreverent just like college students.' Said Bryan Zetlin, a freshman and president of Russell C dorm at the University. 'They love it.'"

Oxford, Pa., Chester County Press, Jan. 14. Ice Skating. "The University of Delaware Ice Arenas offer something for everyone. Home to some of the top skaters of the world, as well as a place for the beginner skater or hockey enthusiast, the arenas present a wide range of skating programs, making them truly unique. The Ice Skating Science Development Center, under the direction of Ron Ludington (1960 Olympic Bronze medalist), has produced numerous world class skaters. This year alone, the center will be sending five teams to the Olympics, and it sent numerous teams to the U.S. Nationals just last week in Philadelphia."

News Journal, Jan. 15. Backyard Gardner by Nancy Wingate It's not yet too late to plant bulbs. "Here's good news for anybody who still had bulbs waiting to be planted: It's not too late. And I have this on the best authority: from Jo Mercer, horticultural extension agent with the University of Delaware-based Co-operative Extension Office. In fact, Mercer told me that she had just gotten out last weekend (when it was so warm) and planted the last of her own bulbs."

Delaware State News, Jan. 15. Planning consultant under discussion. "While the proposed 1998-99 balanced budget for the city includes $10,000 for a planning consultant, the Planning Commission chairwoman said other options still need to be considered. Planning commission chairwoman Mary F.C. Campbell said she is awaiting discussion by the commissioners on a pending proposal by the University of Delaware to provide planning expertise to implement the city's long-range plan, especially community preservation, for $20,000."

Back Stage, Jan. 16. Be Open to Different Techniques. "Price Waldman loves Shakespeare, so much that he traveled from New York to San Francisco and points between to pursue a career as a Bardic actor. But teachers taught him early on that more than one road leads to interpreting Great Will. Waldman had journeyed from Oberlin College in Ohio-where he garnered two degrees, one in theatre and another in music- to The Professional Theatre Training Program at the University of Delaware. 'It was a three-year, classically based, intensive training program, like a boot camp for actors,' Waldman recalls. 'We did a lot of Shakespeare, Chekov, Shaw, Ibsen. For me, training in the classics really enables you to do about anything.' ... 'The faculty at the University of Delaware admitted from the get-go that this is their approach, and not the only approach,' he continues. 'It was their contention that what they were teaching was valuable for an actor in classical theatre. And that was true. I've certainly used a lot of the tools they gave me: speech technique, voice technique and obviously a good physical body that can take the demands."

Swarthmorean. Jan. 16. Swarthmore public library board elections begin this week. "Ben Yagoda has been a resident of Swarthmore for almost five years. His wife, GiGi Simeone, works at Swarthmore College, and his two children Elizabeth, 9, and Maria, 7, are students at SRS. A Yale graduate in English with a master's in American civilization from the University of Pennsylvania, Ben is presently an associate professor of English and journalism at the University of Delaware. Formerly a staff member of Philadelphia Magazine and a movie critic for the Philadelphia Daily News, he writes a book column for the Philadelphia Magazine. Ben is the author of several books including Will Rogers: A Biography and Art of Fact: A Historical Anthology of Literary Journalism, which he co-edited. He is currently working on The History of The New Yorker Magazine."

-Compiled by Barbara Garrison