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Penn Police join procession for fallen officer Robert Wilson III
Philadelphia police, including Penn Police, joined together in a motorcade in honor of fallen Philadelphia Police officer Robert Wilson III, who was killed after being shot at a North Philadelphia GameStop during an attempted robbery last Thursday.
“Any time a police officer is killed in the line of duty it really impacts the whole law enforcement community,” Vice President for Public Safety Maureen Rush said. “This is one small sign of respect and sorrow police officers across the city will give to the fallen officer.”
Following laced drug overdoses at Wesleyan University, a look at drug safety at Penn
After Wesleyan saw 10 students suffer from overdoses of laced MDMA, concern about the purity of illegal drugs and the responsibility of the administration took a front seat at college campuses.
Several drug users from across campus shared their go-to methods of testing drugs, from “try it before you buy it” to rubbing cocaine along the gum line to test for purity.
Per Penn’s drug policy, all University students are expected to comply with local, state and federal laws whether on or off-campus — but while College House staff must comply with University policy, they do not monitor individual students.
In collaboration with the Drug & Alcohol Peer Advisor Program, Students for Sensible Drug Policy will organize a harm-reduction policy speaker panel during Spring Fling. They will also pass out bags containing educational materials about different drugs, such as alcohol, marijuana and MDMA, as well as information on resources available to students who wish to know more about the drugs they are taking.
Wharton Cohorts program reduced to two years
Wharton’s Department of Student Life decided to cut the cohort program, which previously lasted for all four years of a student’s time at Penn, to include only freshmen and sophomores. A junior and senior advisory board will be implemented to give the Department of Student Life staff ideas and suggestions for junior and senior programming.
The decision to cut the program followed extensive department surveys of sophomores through seniors and multiple focus groups and discussions, which found that the program was most beneficial for underclassmen.
“[The change] allows us to really understand the needs of the students by class year,” Director of Student Life at Wharton Lee Kramer said.
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