My Response to Penn Students for Justice in Palestine
The teddy bears placed around Locust Walk this past Thursday by Penn Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP) undoubtedly evoked strong emotions.
In response to the story in The Daily Pennsylvanian about the plan to euthanize the turtles in the pond on the campus of the University of Pennsylvania.
Just over a month ago, the undergraduates voted whether Penn should divest from fossil fuels, and an overwhelming 87.8 percent of participants voted yes.
In your Open Letter of last week, you set aside your own political disagreements to denigrate policies that could lead to safety and educational equality.
To save our planet, we must focus on actions that have an impact, instead of symbolic actions that feel good but have little real-world benefit.
It’s easy to understand how pre-medical students can constantly feel overwhelmed by a sense of competition here at Penn.
At an institution that boasts of its numerous opportunities available to all students, I was a system blip that went down unnoticed. After declaring my departure from the program, I was instantly and somewhat viciously asked by Penn Global staff to return all previous funding.
The question here is not “Democrat or Non-Democrat.” The question here is not even “Democrat or Republican.” The real question is “liberal, conservative, independent, libertarian, socialist, progressive or none of the above.”
We must realize that the institutional popularity of colleges and sports programs is nowhere near as important as the lives and livelihoods of the innocent women, and men, they so readily sweep under the rug. Until then, an insidious culture that protects the image of influential organizations at whatever cost will continue to prevail.
All in all, our political stance is complex, compelling and, most importantly, critical to the continued success of this phenomenal country.
There is a problem when men dominate both the attendance and the questions of political on-campus events. There is a problem when women who hold leadership positions stick out because of their gender. There is a problem when girls like me, who rarely pay attention to these things, start to worry.
Last semester I took “Communication and the Presidency," taught by David Eisenhower in the Annenberg School. A hidden gem of Penn, the course provided a stipend to fly to any Presidential Library to do research for the course’s assignment of a 30-page paper. I flew to Dallas, Texas, where I studied George W. Bush’s epideictic rhetoric in his three major post-9/11 speeches.
Since 1983, straight people have had the privilege of not needing to have an internal conversation about whether their blood is worthy. They will not have the experience of being in a student organization’s meeting where a blood drive is chosen as the next philanthropic event, knowing they cannot participate due to their sexuality.
We believe that the Ivy Plus Leadership Mission to Israel, whether it be intentional or unintentional, will in fact obscure and hide many of the oppressive actions of the Israeli government that are categorically wrong and illegal.
This community exemplifies the power of shared experience as an unspoken bond between veterans, creating a forum for mutual understanding and hope. Veterans of the VMC community are eager to be heard by the ear of an individual with a genuine desire to support them. But there is more to be done.
As the SAC Executive Board, we will continue to encourage and support a robust student life on campus, while upholding our duty to make fiscally responsible decisions.
The UA is not an airport shuttle club, as I have heard some people say. For most, if not all, of the representatives, it is an innate call to do something productive with their lives while fostering a better University.
At the end of the day, this isn’t about House of Cards politics. People aren’t pawns, they’re people.
W e make a point of saying that we want to take the UA in a fundamentally new direction.
I should not have to defend my need of missing class due to my religious observance.
We need to demonstrate to the Hillel of Greater Philadelphia that maliciously stifling its member groups is not acceptable.
The ASA’s boycott undermines the pursuit of education by limiting academic freedom, and therefore, by continuing to support the ASA, Penn is directly opposing its academic purpose by being part of the ASA.
A lot of the humanities have to do with how important it is to understand and love other people, and while that’s something so obvious that Barney the Dinosaur knows it, that doesn’t make it easy.
My identity as a person of color - and my experiences as a former member of a low-income neighborhood - is not something that can be easily taken off like a baseball cap and sweatpants and tacky chains worn at a frat party.
As six concerned members of the Penn community who strive to foster multicultural dialogue, we find the general trend of parties that serve to culturally objectify and vilify certain groups on campus deeply concerning.
It is a shame that there are members of the Penn community that feel comfortable throwing a party with a theme that is blatantly racist.
Call it what you want — the struggle bus, the grind, hell week — it is a road to exhaustion, depression and worse. It is a road of alienation, high expectations to succeed and an unspoken pressure to not appear to fail — at anything.
John Hanger’s platform prioritizes human rights that are currently under attack, such as public education, good jobs and a healthy environment.
When you live in a society that demands so much of your existence, life does not stop when you feel sad. For many of our families, especially without the information or resources, mental health is often misunderstood and something we’re forced to suck up.
It not just reaching out in the moment that counts, but maintaining an ongoing conversation with students.