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Dani Blum | Lessons from Fling

Over the past few days, I’ve tried to explain Fling to my friends back home. “It’s a carnival,” I tried to tell them. “It’s a few days to just relax.” In our work-hard, play-hard environment, Fling means the chance to take a break from Penn, but also to epitomize our dear University.

Ravi Jain | The double standard of culture

Thinking about cultural appropriation as it affects my life brings up more questions than I expected. It is a complex topic because of the way it has been handled and regarded over time, and how it has impacted the lives of marginalized minority communities.

Oscar A. Rudenstam | Think

In a piece in The New Republic, Bryce Covert anticipates that interim CEO of Reddit Ellen Pao’s judicially unsuccessful gender discrimination lawsuit — waged against her former employer Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers — may still constitute an opportunity to take a step forward in mitigating gender discrimination in the United States.

Sophia Wushanley | The real value of study abroad

Travel doesn’t necessarily broaden the mind. It’s possible to live in another country for a few months without learning much of anything. A group of American friends and a Eurotrip mentality is all it takes to extend the “Penn bubble” to a different continent.

Dani Blum | The cost of practicality

The high price of college sucks the meaning out of college itself. When we choose our fields of study based on the potential outcomes, we lose the central purpose of selecting a major at all: to narrow down a field we’re truly interested in, and then to push for excellence in that area.

Alec Ward | Not better together

In the age of instant mass media and ever-expanding tort liability, for Penn to adopt a “live and let live” approach to students’ risky behavior just isn’t a rational choice. To avoid the monetary losses which might result from parental lawsuits or bad press born of Greek antics, it is simply in Penn’s best interests as an institution not to be tolerant of violations of policies it couldn’t really change if it wanted to.

Katiera Sordjan | Working out and apart

Just as we have gendered expectations for ourselves, we also have gendered expectations for others. If we as women think we should be focusing on cardio, we expect men to focus on muscle training.

Jason Tangson | Mind the gap

A college education has become more attainable for those who seek it, but comparatively little has been done to make this education relevant to the newer, wider clientele.

Ravi Jain | Lowered ceiling in the Valley

In the context of psychological research on identity development, the concept of gendered race is relatively new. Gender and race are also not the only aspects of identity that overlap. Issues of ethnicity, class and sexuality among others all significantly affect the way one acts and is perceived.

Alec Ward | Getting religion

My understanding of events in Iraq, Syria, Saudi Arabia and elsewhere may determine who I vote for in the next presidential election. And yet, though I understand that the politics of that region are often defined by conflict between groups with deep-seated theological disagreements, I find myself unable to summarize what the nature of those disagreements are in any but the most simplistic terms.

Oscar A. Rudenstam | Reconsidering religion in society, part II

Even if some of the supernatural properties of religion do not stand the test of science, does this mean that we are right to reject religion without further ado? This is where Dawkins, and many of his peers, makes a mistake by assuming that scientific truth must necessarily guide all spheres of life.

Sophia Wushanley | Muscle in

Despite all of its physical and mental advantages, a lot of girls shy away from weight training for fear of a Schwarzenegger-like transformation. I can assure you that this is virtually impossible.

Toe the Line: Penn Democrats | Increasing the minimum

While President Obama’s proposal to increase the federal minimum wage from $7.25 to $10.10 languishes in the Republican-controlled Congress, Penn Democrats applauds Governor Tom Wolf’s effort to increase Pennsylvania's minimum wage.

Dani Blum | The writing's on the wall

There are upsides to being held accountable, but we lose something when we self-censor. We miss the goofy sentiments, the random toss-out of ideas to the universe, the fragility of paint splattered against a river bank. Too often we lose sight of what we want to say in fear we’ll say something wrong.

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