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Student 'Loves Penn's Urban Setting,' Has Not Left Campus in Two Months

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Penn’s campus—beautiful, compact, and in the nation’s fifth-largest city—offers students an urban setting combined with a campus feel. In the heart of West Philadelphia, students have the unique opportunity of interacting with a diverse population of over one million. Together they share ideas, promote causes, and discover new interests. One senior says that this combination was a major reason she came to Penn. “I love the duality of an urban setting and an Ivy League Campus,” said Sara Knoell (C ‘18). "I try to explore it once every few years."

We asked Knoell to elaborate on how she has taken advantage of the setting. “The last time I went to the city was for a downtown about two months ago, I think.” Knoell claims to have thoroughly enjoyed the night out "in the city," although she only spent a minute outside of the Uber before making it inside the venue. Knoell went on to say that “living in a melting pot” has provided her with a diverse college experience and has exposed her to wildly new perspectives. When asked how the environment has impacted her education specifically, Knoell said that she “gets to be catcalled sometimes, while [her] friends at Dartmouth and Cornell can’t say the same.”

And while Knoell hasn’t seen much of the city just yet, she intends to rent a bike and go explore sometime soon. “Maybe I’ll go see a museum or two. Do we have any good museums?”


Satire  Published 4 hours ago

OP-ED: Joe Biden Is Obsessed With Me

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Joe Biden. To many, he is one of the most inspirational progressives of our time. He was the 47th vice president of the United States, and with President Obama led the country on a fight for an America that worked for all her citizens. He has devoted his life to public service, championing causes like health care reform, gun regulation, and women’s rights. I agree that he's amazing, which is why I just think it's funny that he is OBSESSED WITH ME.

My name is Charlotte Andrews. I am a freshman at the University of Pennsylvania studying Medical Anthropology with a minor in Germanic languages, and Joe Biden, one of the most thoughtful and humble people in politics today, is obsessed with me.

Here are the facts:

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Satire  Published 4 hours ago

Student's Pre-Study Routine Takes Up Majority of Planned Studying Time

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Last Sunday, Mark Jacobs (C ’21) was recovering from a wild night of fun when he came to a sudden realization: it was 4pm and he had not started any of his work for Monday. He had a physics problem set, three writing seminar outlines, a CIS programming assignment, and an econ midterm to study for.

Mark decided to visit Van Pelt for an afternoon grind session. While his work seemed daunting, he was determined to finish it all before dinner. He’d made similar empty goals before, but this time was different. Before he began, however, he needed to get in the zone with his pre-study routine.

“I usually start with the basics: Facebook, Instagram, Twitter,” Mark explained. “Seeing how all my friends are doing gets me situated. Unfortunately, I have a lot of friends (I’m very likeable), and it usually takes me 1-2 hours to get through all of those websites. I'm browsing on my computer, because I lock my phone—it’s usually too distracting. I read that hiding your phone while doing work makes you, like, 10 times more productive.”

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Satire  Published 16 hours ago

Inspiring: This Student Deleted Tinder for Two Days to ‘Feel Closer to Nature’

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Like many other students, Natalia Yang (C ‘19) spends a lot of time on dating app Tinder. And that’s exactly why she decided to delete it.

The junior reported having trouble focusing because the app was “too addictive.”

“I just felt so at peace without it,” she told a UTB reporter. “I found myself scrolling through Facebook during lectures instead of swiping through piles of ugly guys, so you could definitely call it a step up.”

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Satire  Published 16 hours ago

Cockroaches Protest Unlivable Dorm Conditions

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Three-month-old cockroach David was extremely excited to come to Penn. He couldn’t wait to eat Wawa mac & cheese leftovers every Friday night or live in the highly-acclaimed Quad freshman dormitory and meet tons of new people and pests alike.

Brown-banned David thought that college would be full of other brilliant cockroaches and a human to make a mess all the time and keep him alive and well-fed. Everything seemed to be going according to plan. He was making new friends, eating good, and hiding well from the eyes of his human roommate. But, it all changed at the end of September, when his human roommate Brian went from just the right amount of messy to, as David described it, a “Kafka novel, but worse.”

Each day, he spends hours trying to make his way through the giant pile of laundry and stolen Svedka. After a while, though, he has no choice but to give up. 

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Satire  Published 11/16/17 2:49pm

Global Warming Fanatics: How Do You Like Me Now?

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Hey science-nerds, I bet you’ve been dreading hearing from me ever since it got cold out. Because now that the frigid weather is here, your little “theories” and “calculations” are being blown away by the cold wind. You people were so caught up in your ideas that the world is getting hotter, and now you walk outside and it’s cold out! You must feel so stupid! I’ll bet you gave away all your winter coats because you never thought you’d be needing those again, but turn on the weather channel, dorks. Pull up your weather app or maybe even step outside for a *hot* sec, four-eyes. It’s freaking cold out.

Looking back, I can smile knowingly about your frantic yelling and waving your arms in the hot weather. “The accumulation of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere is causing the average temperature of the planet to increase,” you said. “Human activity is contributing significantly to the rising water temperature.” Ha! There was hope in your eyes back then. You thought you had everything figured out, like some regular Jimmy Neutrons. But I knew that I just had to be patient, that soon your foolishness would be apparent to everyone. At long last that time has come, and you virgins have finally been exposed as the liars you are!


Satire  Published 11/16/17 12:26pm

OP-ED: My Name Is Brad And It Hurts When People Say That "Men Are Trash" Because Trash Is Bad and I'm Not Bad, I'm Cool and Nice

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Hi, there. I'm Brad. 

Here are some fun facts about me: I read two articles about intersectional feminism after the election, and then told all of my classmates/goddesses about my discovery in my Intro to Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies recitation.* 

I've seen every episode of Broad City, and laughed. A lot. Women are funny! The vagina is nature's pocket, amiright?

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Satire  Published 11/16/17 12:20pm

Student Skips Meeting for Extra Hour to Procrastinate on Homework

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Max Krewall (SEAS ’19) reportedly was seen around campus telling friends he was “absolutely screwed” for his big CIS121 assignment due tomorrow. There was no way he would ever be able to finish in time; something had to be sacrificed. After thinking long and hard, Max made the torturous decision to not go to his hour long meeting. “I have to get this homework done,” he insisted to literally anyone he talked to, whether they had asked or not.

From 6-7pm, the usual time of his meeting, Max sat down ready to get started on CIS. However, he realized with this extra hour, he now had a variety of ways he could choose to spend it. One of them was obviously getting started on his assignment. But, given that he now had a lot more time, he could get a lot of other things done as well. Max contemplated taking a nap, taking up a sport, or even baking some food. He proceeded to spend it installing a hammock in his room, watching Rick and Morty reruns and finally taking a shower only to sit around in his towel for about a half hour.

Unaware of the time that had gone by, at 2am, he finally looked at the clock and realized he had forgotten to turn in his entire assignment, much less start it. 

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Satire  Published 11/16/17 12:08pm

Penn Researchers: We Can Now Definitively Say Dinosaurs Liked Cuddling

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Graphic by MJ Kang / The Daily Pennsylvanian with photos from PixabayPixabay, and Wikimedia Commons / CC0


Penn researchers are at it again. Adding to a list of impressive feats like discovering the moon, scientists at Penn have now solved an age-old question: did dinosaurs like to cuddle?

"We can now definitely say that they did," said Gerald Houser, the Abraham C. Perelman Distinguished Professor in Archaeological Sciences, whose team published their major breakthrough last week. "For years, I've been studying this question. I devoted my dissertation to it back in the sixties. I've finally achieved my life goal."

Houser says he and several postdocs scoured the fossil record for dinosaur bones from different organisms were found together. "Perhaps these mighty creatures perished while snuggling together on a cold winter night," he said. This process alone took several years to complete, during which time a few members of the group quit. "There were irreconcilable differences," Houser recalled sadly. "I found out they were actually trying to prove that dinosaurs didn't cuddle. They were trying to undercut my life's work!"

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Satire  Published 11/16/17 12:00pm

Fraternity Brother Brings Cousin to Date Night

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Date night season is upon us. College sophomore and brother of fraternity Chi Delt (XD) Dylan Hoffman is one of many students to feel the pressure of finding the perfect person to bring. “I asked this girl in my Social Psychology recitation, but she said she was busy that night,” said Hoffman. “Weird thing is I never even told her which night it was.”

Luckily, Hoffman had a back up plan. “I figured I’ll just do what I did for my senior prom--bring my cousin. I can’t have our rushes thinking I’m lame,” explained Hoffman. “Lots of people have told me my cousin is hot. Not that I would agree or anything. That would be weird, you know? Since we’re related.”

When the night of the event rolled around, Hoffman remembered feeling nervous. “The last time I saw my cousin was on our family trip to Martha’s Vineyard last summer. That’s kind of a different setting. There are no Vineyard Vines in District N9ne.” Turns out, the venue was the least of his worries. “I open the door expecting to find my hot — I mean familial — cousin Sarah, but instead it was my 12-year-old cousin Vincent. I guess my aunt didn’t really understand what I meant by ‘brotherhood event.’”

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