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Vaios Triantafyllou | Papacy under the microscope

Last week, during the pope’s visit to Philadelphia, much of the city was forced to shut down (as happened in New York and Washington, D.C.) The events took place despite the existing separation between church and state and the fact that less than a fourth of U.S.

Ravi Jain | Understanding Ahmed’s Story

The incredibly strong social media response in support of Ahmed Mohamed may seem like an indication of a changing tide in United States attitudes to Muslims, but the handcuffing itself is evident of an entrenched Islamophobia that will take many decades to heal.

Gina Elias | Smart compromise

 Most of us students face the problem of constantly feeling that there is not enough time in the day to get everything done that we need to.

Louis Capozzi | A wholly political pope

The arrival of Pope Francis in Philadelphia last weekend was a mixed blessing. While the Pope’s arrival christened a classless Friday at Penn, the pomp surrounding his visit created a trinity of chaos, store closings and traffic.

Alessandro van den Brink | Give the pope a chance

By the time this article is published, Pope Francis will be in Philadelphia. While that may excite a huge portion of the school, as it should, I’ve noticed that there’s a portion of students that have simply been uninterested in the pope’s arrival simply because they’re not religious.

Giavanni Alves | Sexual healing? … I think not

I have been groped from virtually every possible angle, dragged to the wall, pulled away from a female friend that I was dancing with and flung onto a guy, been at the retrieving end of “f**k that bitch” one too many times after ignoring men’s thirsty presence and repeatedly grabbed and attempted to be danced with by men that I resisted.

Alec Ward | The numbers racket

Don’t get me wrong, I like external validation (almost) as much as the next Quaker. US News’ approval, however, is something I can do without, given what’s necessary to gain it.

Alec Ward | Romancing the Screen

As a kid growing up, my parents gave me a daily allowance of what we then called “screen time.” At first 30 minutes, later extended to an hour, this was the single portion of the day when I was allowed to watch TV or use our family’s single computer — my Dad’s office desktop.

Dani Blum | My sinusoidal freshman year

There are no neat conclusions to draw from a year at Penn. But if I had to assign a label to my freshman year, it would be “sinusoidal.” The past eight months have been a sequence of peaks and troughs, memories and mishaps.

Alec Ward | But for Wales?

It strikes me that, in calling for the punishment of images they find offensive, SOUL is calling for the destruction of the very rights which uphold and protect their ability to strive for the achievement of justice as they understand it.

The Vision | Black women are the mule of the world

“No other group in America has so had their identity socialized out of existence as have black women... When black people are talked about the focus tends to be on black men; and when women are talked about the focus tends to be on white women.” ― bell hooks

Quiet as it’s kept, the denial to protect the black woman in this country belongs to a long American tradition from which this University is not exempt.

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