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Editorial | Dear College: Fix the Sector system

It’s official: Course selection for next semester has begun. The unusual numbers of Penn seniors planning to take classes like “Ideas in Mathematics” (Math 170), “Oceanography” (GEOL 130), “Survey of the Universe” (ASTR001), and “Sex and Human Nature” (ANTH104) might be puzzling to those unfamiliar with Penn’s arcane general education system, or, as it is known officially, the “Sectors of Knowledge.” But, as many students in the College might have found, the sector requirements seem to focus more on Sector VIII: The Navigation of Bureaucracy, rather than on actually giving students a well-rounded liberal arts education.

Editorial | Warning: This is not politically correct

The freedom from feeling upset, it seems, now trumps the freedom of speech and the freedom of the press on many American college campuses. The most egregious example might be the furor engendered by an op-ed titled, “Why Black Lives Matter Isn’t What You Think,” published in Wesleyan University’s student newspaper.

Editorial: Controversial? Bring it on

Through the Campaign for Community and Open Expression Monitors, Penn is trying to create a safe space where we can have productive discussions about issues as complex and controversial as police brutality and racial discrimination. Now it’s up to us to take advantage of that space.

A civic choice: Endorsement for Mayor

A mayor cannot immediately bring about dramatic changes in our lives. But as the leading political figure of the city, he or she will have immense influence on how the city is run for the next four years, which, for better or worse, indirectly affects the course of our university’s future as well.

Editorial | Africa ≠ Africana

While some may follow Penn’s lead and assume that since both contain the word “Africa” they must be similar enough to simply be merged into one, this thinking is unfounded and wrong. This oversimplified reasoning serves as yet another example of the suppression and the overgeneralization of black voices in the world, and within our own University.

Editorial | A nontraditional viewpoint

Change in an institution as old and large as Penn does not always come quickly, but it does come. The University should be working to ensure LPS stays competitive for nontraditional students, which to date it has done a commendable job on.

Editorial | When housing is not a home

We need to question whether living with those who are like you is useful. Of course, it’s nice to live with a community of those with whom you self-identity. But we also must ask whether this contributes to a groupthink culture, and homogenizes discourse.

Editorial | Building a better government

While candidates for positions throughout the UA argued about the success and implementation of projects, espousing their special connections with various administrators, we — and many others — remain unconvinced that he UA has any significant sway with Penn's administrators.

Editorial | Vote on divestment, because there's nothing to lose

Currently, the voting period for a referendum to divest Penn’s endowment from fossil fuels and to reinvest at least a portion of that money into clean energy is underway. Although voting is open until 5 p.m. on Friday, most people who care enough about the issue to go out of their ways to vote have probably already done so.

Editorial | Navigating Penn's sexual violence policy

Finding the "Sexual Violence Policy" is more difficult than a simple, messy Google search. Upon visiting the Provost's page — either directly or via the Office of Student Conduct’s page — for an explanation of the policy, students can be greeted with a cold "Error 404" page, with an ironically tragic subtitle: "Go Home."

Editorial | Expanding our vision

Fraternities are not guilt-free of partaking in the culture of excessive drinking and sexual misconduct, but we cannot expect to lay sanctions on them alone and consider the issue resolved. It is all too easy to lay the blame on the highly visible Greek societies that seem to dominate the social and party scene, but they are only part of the problem, not the problem itself.

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