August 28, 1997......Volume 27, Issue 2

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Penn State freshmen go higher than they thought they could
Sponsored by the Penn State Outing Club, Shaver's Creek Environmental Center and Continuing and Distance Education, the Orion program helps new students form friendships and develop survival skills that will help them make the transition to college life. Universities across the country, from Ivy League to small private colleges and a few state universities, are implementing freshmen wilderness trips modeled after programs like Outward Bound.

Promises from last State of University Address answered
In last year's address, the president promised -- among other things-- to boost admissions standards, put the squeeze on alcohol abuse, lobby for additional dollars from the state, increase support for Intercollege Research Programs, continue to humanize the University and hire new faculty.

University ranked among most efficient in nation
Consistent with earlier rankings by other organizations, U.S. News & World Report in its Aug. 25 college guide cites Penn State as one of the most efficiently operated universities in the nation.

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