Staff Editorials

04/29/15 11:31pm
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.
04/26/15 11:58pm
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.
04/23/15 12:17am
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.
04/13/15 12:01am
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.
04/05/15 9:48pm
The turnout for the recent Undergraduate Assembly elections was just 39 percent, down from last year’s 54 percent.
03/30/15 12:02am
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.
03/26/15 2:09am
To participate properly, the UA, its members and — most of all — its president need to be representative of the entire undergraduate student body.
03/15/15 11:52pm
On Feb. 26, the University announced another tuition increase for undergraduate programs. This marks the sixth consecutive year that the tuition has been raised by 3.9 percent.
03/01/15 11:08pm
With the release of the Mental Health Task Force’s recommendations, many are left feeling dissatisfied with the efforts made to improve quality of life for students.
02/26/15 12:33am
The University is not exempt from the lessons of this tragedy. UNC Chapel Hill, in many ways, resembles Penn. It is academically rigorous, diverse and has a significant Muslim student population.
02/25/15 12:11am
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.
02/12/15 1:21am
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."
02/09/15 12:32am
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.
02/05/15 1:15am
Before we can even look at paying PILOTs as a yes-or-no issue, there are many questions that need to be answered. From the effectiveness of Penn’s community programming to the City’s allocation of PILOT funds, these concerns need to be addressed as part of the much-needed conversations regarding the status of public education in Philadelphia and the University’s relationship with the community.
12/10/13 6:01pm

Editorial | Impoverished at Penn, part one: the institutional issue

Just 12 percent of Penn students estimate that they come from a household making under 50,000 — less than the 13 percent who would estimate that their parents make over $450,000.
12/10/13 5:55pm

Editorial | Impoverished at Penn, part two: reconsidering culture

We’ve been less willing to look critically at aspects of Penn culture that create these social divisions and discuss actions we can all take to promote discussion about money at Penn.
11/25/13 5:22pm

Editorial | Group Study Reconsidered

We would like to tell the many students in an uproar over the injustice of “good study spaces” only being available to Wharton students to kindly calm down.
11/17/13 8:24pm

Editorial | Defacement isn’t discourse

Those who disagree certainly have a right to protest Penn Secular Society, but we would encourage them to find more productive ways of protest.
11/12/13 9:26pm

Editorial | Housing hullabaloo

We do believe that there are significant shortcomings in the existing housing system.
11/03/13 6:58pm

Editorial | The rent is too damn high

There is no real reason Penn should be charging students to use campus space for legitimate extracurricular activities.