Opinion Columns

10/20/16 12:30am
Early last week, the University of Florida circulated a memo to its undergraduates, cautioning them not to wear offensive costumes on Halloween. The issuance of such statements has become something of an October tradition on many campuses, and kerfuffle of some kind nearly always attends.
10/20/16 12:29am
The other PC culture Electronic Device use in classrooms is hurting students Standing at the front of any given classroom on Penn’s campus, you will see students diligently typing, presumably taking notes on whatever important topic the professor is discussing.
10/19/16 12:13am
This weekend, I decided to never wear eye makeup again. Red lipstick: okay, because I like the way it makes me stand out, but eye makeup: no. What may seem like a rather non-drastic decision, means a life change for me.
10/16/16 11:40pm
On October 5, 2015, Penn was one of many Philadelphia-area colleges that lived under the threat of an anonymous online post foreshadowing a mass shooting.
10/16/16 11:35pm
It is not by accident that the right to bear arms is the Second Amendment of the United States Constitution─the founding fathers valued gun ownership highly, enumerating it just after the fundamental rights of free expression. A common misconception about the Second Amendment is that it is only referential to self-defense, to prevent other individual citizens from causing harm onto us.
10/16/16 11:34pm
“Sara Danius, a literary scholar and the permanent secretary of the 18-member Swedish Academy, which awards the prize, called Mr. Dylan “a great poet in the English-speaking tradition” and compared him to Homer and Sappho, whose work was delivered orally.
10/16/16 11:34pm
Before Donald Trump’s Access Hollywood tape fades from the news cycle and becomes just another scandal in an election season that’s seen many, I’d like to make one thing clear: Trump’s words are locker room talk.
10/12/16 9:26pm
A handsome Asian man pushed an oversized cardboard box on wheels into the elevator and squeezed in behind it on the side opposite myself.
10/10/16 9:50pm

Awkwardly Yours | Getting together

An underclassmen friend applied to one of my clubs and was rejected. I encouraged all the freshies I know to apply, including this person, and I know they were disappointed by the result.
10/10/16 9:46pm
This year, two of the least favorable candidates in American history are in line to be the next President.
10/10/16 9:44pm
I had two weeks of heavy restrictions in a row: first, a Jain diet, second, no more than 100 words used per day.
10/05/16 12:15am
This Monday, for the second time in less than a month, Brother Aden and his ragtag cadre of anti-gay “preachers” took up residence at the Button for a few hours to spew the noxious garbage that they confuse with theology. Don’t worry.
10/05/16 12:13am
My best friend and I throw around the term “banana” all the time. We see an Asian girl who only hangs out with white people, and we call her “banana!” I forget to take my shoes off when I enter his house, and he goes, “banana!” Then we laugh hysterically at how funny we think we are. “Banana” is an intrinsically troublesome term.
10/03/16 11:55pm
For quite some time, I’ve struggled with mental health. That battle has been a personal one, and I’m glad to be in the stable and generally happy position I am now.
10/03/16 11:53pm
When I learned that I had received a scholarship to study at Cambridge this past summer, and consequently would be going to Europe for the first time in my life, I was so excited I couldn’t sit still.
10/01/16 1:22am

GROUP THINK | Fossil fuels and whether Penn should divest

GROUP THINK is the DP’s round table section, where we throw a question at the columnists and see what answers stick.
09/29/16 12:26am
One of the problems that have baffled journalists for months now is Hillary Clinton’s extraordinary unpopularity.
09/29/16 12:24am
Dear Amy Gutmann, Vincent Price, Valarie Swain-Cade McCoullum and Monica Yant Kinney, I, as a black student, do not feel safe on this campus. In light of all of the violence that has and continues to occur to black and brown bodies in this country, I have one question for you all: Is it so difficult to, at the very least, write a letter speaking out against the genocide that is occurring across this nation? It’s perplexing to me that you choose to remain silent, as approximately 7 percent of your student body, a 7 percent which I am a part of, grieves and mourns the lives of those with our same complexion.
09/27/16 10:51pm
There’s a particular reaction that folks like me — who worry openly about the presence and spread of “trigger warnings” on American campuses — hear a lot.
09/27/16 10:50pm
I’d wager that more than half of the Penn student body either watched the presidential debate on Monday or at least kept track of it somehow.