By Mary Ellen Mark


Between an assignment in Natchez, Miss., where she was on location taking still pictures of a new film version of "Huckleberry Finn," and another assignment in Ft. Myers, Fla., Mary Ellen Mark, '62 FA, '64 ASC, returned to Philadelphia for a long weekend in October to do this photographic essay. It was originally intended to be a subjective glimpse of changes that have taken place at the University of Pennsylvania in the nine years since she left it. So many of the changes involve coeds, however, that the essay itself changed, becoming this mini-album of Penn women. The album begins with the relatively recent phenomenon shown above, women cheerleaders. They are (from left to right) : Nina Kardon, '75 CW; Ramona Zini, '75 CW; Amy Boyer, '75 CW; Cynthia Odd!, '74 CW; Nancy Lesser, '74 CW; and Constance Johnson, '74 CW. Turn the page for a look at some other Quakerettes and the photographer's comments about them.

Ms. Pennsylvania

Ruth Ann Price, '74 CW: "She strikes me as a new type of woman. She is intellectual, funny, and very independent. During my stay at Penn she and I became rather good friends. In some ways I find it hard to believe she is still in college. She seems to have lived through so much. Her experience is vast and she has, at Penn, a million things going. She was the most dynamic Penn woman I met”.

Woman's best friend

Elizabeth Salomon, '74 CW: "I was really amazed at how many dogs I saw running around on campus. Especially big, fancy ones like Toontje ('Petunia'), this 14-month-old Norwegian elk hound. I saw Toontje pulling Elizabeth on the 38th Street footbridge and asked them to sit for this picture."

Last of the red hot activists

Lynne Rudolph of the East Powelton Concerned Residents: "I took this photograph on Sansom Street, during a block party called in protest of certain University building plans. When I was at Penn there weren't a lot of political activists, and I really expected to see a lot more when I returned this time. I found, however, only a handful of lukewarm ones. The campus seems to be returning to romanticism-like in my day. Whether this is good or not is up to you. I really don't know."

Black is bountiful

Theresa Williams, '77 CW: "It was a truly good thing to see so many black students-men and women-around. That's a big change from my time. And a necessary one."


Dolores Yaecker, '68 SAMP, physical therapist at University Hospital: "Many women I talked to expressed some concern about their own safety around the campus. This photograph was taken at a class in the martial arts. Coeds there learn self-defense and seem to take it quite seriously. So seriously, in fact, that I had to take a quick step back to avoid getting hit with a hard left from Dolores. Classes such as this seem to me a good idea. I am sure I would have taken a few myself."

Learning strategy

Lyle Prescott, '77 CW: "This is a freshman seminar called 'The Practices of Health.' In looking over Penn's catalogue, and talking to students, I was fascinated to learn of the many interesting new courses that are offered, far more intriguing than those of my day."


Patricia Chan, '75 CW, (left) and Debra Newman, '75 CW, (right) share steam room with an unidentified woman (center): "The woman's steam room is open every day and often gets quite crowded. Next to it is an exercise room with all kinds of machines. The woman who runs the gym told me a lot of coeds come every day to work out."

Day care, too

Carolyn Hyman, '74 SW, helps Hannah Brown: "Of course, the biggest change I saw was the change in housing situations. A lot more attention is being paid to the needs of married students, particularly ones with children. At Penn now there's a place operated by the School of Social Work where kids may be left for the day. It's rather small, however, and I think it should be expanded so that more parents can take advantage of it."