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Titus Adkins | Home is where the hatred is

Dear Amy Gutmann, Vincent Price, Valarie Swain-Cade McCoullum and Monica Yant Kinney,

I, as a black student, do not feel safe on this campus.

In light of all of the violence that has and continues to occur to black and brown bodies in this country, I have one question for you all: Is it so difficult to, at the very least, write a letter speaking out against the genocide that is occurring across this nation?

It’s perplexing to me that you choose to remain silent, as approximately 7 percent of your student body, a 7 percent which I am a part of, grieves and mourns the lives of those with our same complexion.


Alec Ward | Of wolves and warnings

There’s a particular reaction that folks like me — who worry openly about the presence and spread of “trigger warnings” on American campuses — hear a lot.



Amanda Reid | (Public) Spatial Awareness

Public space is always around, which is maybe why we forget its potential for discourse. With larger growth in online spaces, social networking sites specifically, physical public space no longer holds tangible influence over us.

Yet following the wide-scale flyer incident, then the homophobic preachers and their counter-protesters, we are reminded of the presence of human voices expressing opinions in the public sphere.



Ashley Stinnett | Healthy self-contempt

Why did I first want to take the monk class, back when I first heard about it in freshman year? It would be a fantastic way to get the cheekbones I’ve always wanted; I’ll be able to read the shit I definitely should have read by now (Ulysses, anyone?); I’ll finally have time to write and be super introspective and know my true self and I’m totes contemplative and everyone will think I’m badass and wise.

Why do I want to take the monk class now? I don’t know. I have no idea what’s going to happen. That’s precisely the appeal.



Alec Ward | To raise, rather than to lower

This past Saturday, just before the start of Penn’s first home Varsity football game, two members of the Penn cheerleading squad “[made] a statement,” according to a photo tweeted out by the Penn athletics department.



Emily Hoeven | Elevator pitch

I dread waiting for the elevator in Penn’s high rise buildings almost as much as I dread the actual elevator ride itself.

I dread standing in the awkwardly clustered group of people waiting for the elevators, all of whom make sure to maintain a certain distance from everyone around them and constantly look downward, faces buried in their phones.


Aaron Cooper | Butting in = Heaven

Last Thursday, the two worst preachers in America showed up on Penn campus. As far as I could tell, they failed to convert a single student to the word of the lord.



James Lee | The myth of the "Penn Face"

Midterms loom, recruiting rages on. Winter cannot be far behind.

Having been away from Penn for the last two years, I naturally couldn’t wait to get back and live the good life.





Alec Ward | We can cause accidents too

You may not have heard about this, but OZ sent a sleazy email which got leaked.

Just kidding.

Unless you live under a rock, you know about what I’m now calling #OzGate.

Personally, I have mixed feelings about how campus has reacted to the exposure of the crude poem. Let me be clear, I have little interest in defending the email itself. The sentiments expressed in the lines of truly terrible poetry indicate some attitudes I find deeply troubling.



Amanda Reid |Owning labels

I’ve never doubted who I was. Asian, White, Mixed, Girl, Young—any of these could apply, but none of these mattered.


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