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Pofsky Earns Social Justice Award

Richard Joel, former president of Hillel International,
presents the 2003 Tzedek Exemplar of Excellence Award to Alison Pofsky ’04.

In February, junior Alison Pofsky was named the 2003 Tzedek Exemplar of Excellence by Hillel International, the Foundation for Jewish Campus Life. The annual award honors one student nationwide who has enhanced the quality of life on campus and in the general community through his or her own social justice work.

Pofsky, a political science major with a minor in Spanish, is president of Students Have a Real Effect (SHARE) and coordinates monthly food drives. She tutors regularly at Casa Guadalupe, an Allentown community center, and volunteers weekly at Daybreak, a drop-in rehabilitation facility. She also volunteers weekly at the Sixth Street Shelter in Allentown.

“Ali is a truly remarkable young woman and an example of what all students can do to make community service and social action a part their lives,” says Patricia Mittleman, Muhlenberg’s Hillel director. “Her selection highlights the great partnership that religious life and the Office of Community Service have at Muhlenberg.”

‘Berg Sets Another
Admissions Record

For the first time in its history, Muhlenberg College received more than 4,000 applications. The College set a record with 4,112 applications for the Class of 2007, its seventh record in the past eight years. This year’s applicant pool is up seven percent from last year’s final tally of 3,822 applications.

Muhlenberg also received 442 early decision applications. The final early decision mark is slightly lower than last year’s total, but comes on the heels of nine straight records for early decision applications. Muhlenberg should solidify its position among “highly selective” colleges, as it will enjoy an acceptance rate below 45 percent for the fourth consecutive year.

The quality of the incoming class continues to rise. The all-inclusive combined SAT profile topped 1200 for the second straight year, and 39% of the incoming class comes from the top tenth of the high school class (up from 38% a year ago).

“We have an extremely strong applicant pool and all indications suggest that we will have an exceptional freshman class this fall,” said Dean of Admission and Financial Aid Christopher Hooker-Haring. “While there is economic uncertainty out there, we have been able to attract a group of quality students who bring energy, leadership and a wide range of extracurricular accomplishments to our community.”

The Class of 2007 is projected to be on target, with 575 first-year students expected to be on campus this fall.

Campus Community Engages in Discussion of War

On March 20, 2003, Muhlenberg students, faculty and staff engaged in a campus-wide, day-long “teach-in” to discuss issues pertaining to the then-looming war in Iraq. Organized by the Center for Ethics, the teach-in provided faculty-designed programs and discussions encouraging genuine dialogue and understanding.

In preparation for the teach-in, the Center for Ethics released this statement: “War is a serious undertaking. We have a responsibility to understand the issues at hand as deeply and fully as possible. This Teach-In is a concentrated series of programs aimed at deepening our understanding about the situation in Iraq. It is a chance to learn from experts, raise questions, inform ourselves and discuss difficult issues together…In a time of uncertainty, it is reassuring to reaffirm our communal commitment to teaching and learning.”

The teach-in was not a rally, a protest or an opportunity to choose sides, but rather, a day dedicated to education, dialogue and understanding. Topics of discussion included an overview of Iraqi history and U.S. foreign policy, assessing media coverage of war, American foreign policy and the Israeli Palestinian problem, understanding social protest, religious perspectives on war, loyalty to those who serve in our military, patriotism in a historical perspective, chemical and biological warfare and the psychology of war.

Hundreds of students, faculty and staff members participated in the sessions.


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