Systemic racism at college campuses across the country was thrown into the spotlight two weeks ago, with protests at the University of Missouri and Yale demanding action to address the institutional marginalization of people of color.
This week, a four-part series in The Daily Pennsylvanian exposed the concerning state of housing facilities across campus. Besides drawing attention to the run-down and quite frankly, unsafe conditions that 54 percent of students live in, the series highlighted another equally troubling phenomenon: Facilities and Real Estate Services’ widespread lack of concern for people, including students and workers.
Facilities and Real Estate Services’ continual struggle to maintain quality living standards in campus buildings comes as no surprise to most students living on-campus.
Sexual assault is a problem at Penn that has recently been on everyone’s mind, especially after nearly a third of female undergraduates reported having been sexually assaulted.
On Friday, Penn announced that it will not revoke Bill Cosby’s honorary degree, after weeks of declining to comment on the subject.
On Sunday, a new round of high school hopefuls for Penn’s class of 2020 submitted their applications to the University through Early Decision.
It’s no surprise when Penn increases the cost of being a student every year. In February, the University typically announces a tuition increase, then spins it as only raising the tuition by less than 4 percent.
The mayoral race is pretty much over. Tuesday is Election Day and almost everyone knows that Jim Kenney, the Democratic candidate, is going to win.
For over a year now, Bill Cosby has been the subject of numerous accusations of sexual misconduct.
Penn should either end the useless bag-checking at our libraries or take the responsibility seriously – because right now, there is no point.
There aren’t many surprises in Career Services’ annual compilation of Penn undergraduates’ top employers.
We need to create a culture where taking a break is seen as a positive — because for many people it is. That starts with accepting this fact: A leave of absence is not a failure; it is a step toward success.
Earlier this week, The Daily Pennsylvanian reported that Penn President Amy Gutmann’s salary has reached an all-time high of nearly $3.5 million.
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.
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.
There is no shortage of horrifying statistics in the latest report on sexual assault at Penn, released Monday as part of a national survey across 27 universities.
On Friday, Penn administrators met with students pushing for mental health changes on campus. And, encouragingly, the University seemed receptive to the proposed changes.
The University said that it will be meeting with the letter’s student signatories in the coming days. We hope that when they do, it will be to start a serious discussion about the recommendations in the letter.
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.
In light of serious mental health problems on campus, it’s heartening to see Penn administrators addressing mental health with transparency to incoming freshmen.