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Guest Column by Ernest Owens | CAPS is not the only asylum

It was not until the chaplain of this university, Charles Howard, reached out to me and things began to make sense.

February 2, 2014

Letter to the Editor | Nothing to shoot about

The argument that our campus isn’t safe to the point where we should carry guns on campus is a non-issue.

September 30, 2013

Ernest Owens | 36 shades of Quaker life

This is my last column for The Daily Pennsylvanian. My goal for ‘The Ernest Opinion’ was to make you think and speak.

December 7, 2012

Ernest Owens | Irreconcilable differences

I cannot say that my role as an elected representative on campus has been best used to advocate for students. Many campus issues that I encountered as a Quaker have not been addressed by the UA.

December 3, 2012

Ernest Owens | The new leader

Time after time, I’ve noticed that the individuals who end up advocating for students are ordinary members of the Penn community with an extraordinary story to tell.

November 30, 2012

Ernest Owens | Minding your manners

Yes, college is stressful. The constant demands and expectations can take a toll on how we treat one another, but that doesn’t excuse us from being respectful.

November 16, 2012

Ernest Owens | I’m no victim of class

Stories about students who receive full financial aid are usually accompanied by an amazing tale of how they overcame obstacles.

November 8, 2012

Ernest Owens | Ernest Owens for Barack Obama

For his incomparable dedication to serving the less fortunate, while catering to the middle class, I whole-heartedly endorse President Barack Obama for a second term.

November 2, 2012

Ernest Owens | The Ivy League Curse

To all Ivy League student government leaders out there: stop plotting for tomorrow and start caring for your campus.

October 26, 2012

Du Bois House Council | Appreciating Du Bois as a loving home

Du Bois is not just a space for black students. It is a college house for students of all cultures.

October 15, 2012

Ernest Owens | Fast, pray, love to celebrate 21

For most of my life, I aimed to prove others wrong. I strived to defy the socioeconomic gravity that tried to pull me down.

October 12, 2012

Ernest Owens | The end of petty poster policies

This arbitrary rule distracts from the substance of elections and leads to petty violations.

October 5, 2012

Ernest Owens | Discovering our unsung leaders

Civic mentors may not be campus celebrities but they are the true unsung leaders on campus.

September 27, 2012

Ernest Owens | Rank your own damn school

In many ways, Penn is the best it’s ever been. How many colleges can boast a no-loan financial aid policy for undergraduates, some of the most impressive (and newly renovated) dining halls or a president that can stand on her head? Not many.

September 20, 2012

Ernest Owens | Equal when separate

While the media and politicians attempt to convince us that we live in a post-racial society, the truth is, self-segregation persists and is a natural instinct.

September 13, 2012

Ernest Owens | Freshmen, please screw up

Don’t just be a passerby on Locust Walk, that will only increase your chances of suffering a mid-college-life crisis.

September 6, 2012

Ernest Owens | Confessions of an Ivy League snob

In many ways, acceptance to Penn is a blessing and a responsibility. It is a fortunate chance to launch a better life and an even greater task to maintain it. If you don’t feel a level of high spirits for such a worthy burden, then you’re just lying to yourself.

July 18, 2012

Ernest Owens | Never O’Clock: using the N-word

Our societal mindset has shifted to thinking that racial slurs do not have the same impact as they did in the past. Many scholars and critics, arguing for the idea of a “post-racial society,” claim people see beyond race and more into individuality.

June 13, 2012

Ernest Owens | Why Penn seems ecstatic for Molly

Penn’s current policy encourages students to become repeated offenders and develop poor health habits.

April 19, 2012

Ernest Owens | Not arriving: preserving minority health

Students of color, like me, need to realize we do not have to deal with the pressures of college life on our own. We need to stop feeling like an outsider in our community and truly take advantage of the resources offered.

April 12, 2012

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