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Ground Broken for Steinberg-Dietrich Hall Renovation

An $18.5 million renovation on Steinberg-Dietrich Hall was begun in May. Involving an estimated 31,100 total square feet, the new space will feature 32 new faculty offices, an entrance pavilion and glass tower, lawn area and two classrooms with enhanced technology. Part of the renovations includes the goal of earning Steinberg-Dietrich Hall a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) silver certification, thanks to two new green roofs and a “chilled beam system” heating and cooling mechanism. The entire project is estimated to be completed by the end of 2013.

First-Ever Student-Run 5K Coursed Through Campus

 An estimated 200 runners, mostly students and faculty, ran the first annual Undergraduate and MBA Charity 5K. Co-hosted by the Wharton Council and the Wharton Roadrunners & Triathletes Club, the race followed a course that was contained on campus, along 34th and 40th streets between Walnut and Spruce streets. All proceeds from the event went to the Jericho Project, a nonprofit organization that works to end homelessness.

How Did You Score in the Wharton Magazine Memory Test?

In March in New York City, three Penn students competed at the USA Memory Championship. Wharton undergrad Michael Mirski took third place overall, out of a field of nearly 30 adults and a whole high school team from Hershey, PA. In an article in the Daily Pennsylvanian, the then-sophomore credited a 1,000-word memorization system that he developed. Mirski, along with the other two Penn contestants, were members of the UPenn Memory Team. One of the final championship rounds in New York involved the contestants having 15 minutes to memorize 200 words, which they then had to recite in order. Our word cloud below contains 200 words. How many of these can you memorize, in order, in 15 minutes of study? 

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