Guest Columns

06/22/17 7:23pm
On May 13, an article in the Daily Pennsylvanian discussed my intention to create a conversation over alumni weekend about President Trump’s association with the University, by wearing and offering pins that said “UPenn: Denounce Trump.” The online commentary mostly deplored my action, calling button bearers “snowflakes” and “adult children”. One said, “Most universities would be PROUD.” They deserve a response. As a 50 year student of administrative science, I felt that Penn needed a “system power move”. (Defn: a high leverage, small action that makes a difference; exemplar: Pussy Riot.) I wanted reiterate the demand made by many others that the University to take a stand on Trump.
06/07/17 6:42pm
President Trump appears to have an indifferent, if not downright disdainful, attitude to the rule of law.
06/07/17 6:41pm
The economic system of free enterprise and our cherished democratic institutions depend on the certainty, stability, integrity, and legitimacy provided by the rule of law.
05/03/17 8:00pm
In last Wednesday’s paper Calvary Rogers argued in favor of increasing soft censorship in America and at Penn.
04/26/17 11:23pm
The Quattrone Center for the Fair Administration of Justice is a nonpartisan, national research and policy hub producing and disseminating research designed to prevent errors in the criminal justice system.
04/23/17 10:11pm
On April 29th, as part of the People’s Climate Movement, over 100,000 people will gather to march in Washington DC to demonstrate widespread and overwhelming support for immediate and drastic climate action.
04/18/17 11:03pm
Consider three individuals: a terrorist, whose indoctrination and violent actions result from a constant reminder throughout his upbringing of Western injustices and transgressions; a slavery apologist, who lives in the antebellum South, and validates his ideals by the norms and conventions of the time; an American who supports gun control, Keynesian economics, and a woman’s right to an abortion, but developed these beliefs solely through having friends and family affirm the “moral correctness” of these notions.
04/17/17 11:35pm
Penn Law recently announced that musician, activist, and Penn alum John Legend will join the advisory board of the Quattrone Center for the Fair Administration of Justice.
04/10/17 10:41pm
If a person has not flung open the window of a campus building to angrily yell “YOU HATE ME!” at you, while you are still reeling from invitations to scheduled public lynchings of African American freshmen and marching peacefully to raise awareness, then welcome to the reality of race relations in the era of 45!
04/04/17 7:51pm
The University of Pennsylvania, claiming to value collaboration and logic, acted extremely hypocritically throughout the negotiations during the Fossil Free Penn sit-in.
03/30/17 3:08pm
There is a lot of hot debate between the political left and right about social justice issues, and a particularly concentrated debate in higher education institutions.
03/29/17 7:29pm
The exchange of ideas, through testing assumptions and addressing conflicting evidence, is the intellectual core of Penn’s academic mission.
03/29/17 5:05pm
Serving as a liaison between the student body and Penn administrators, the UA has the unique ability to institute change that affects the entire undergraduate population.
03/28/17 9:55pm
We want to be your elected Undergraduate Assembly President and Vice President because we have a vision for Penn’s future, and we’re the ones to make it happen.
03/28/17 9:52pm
Every year during the season of Penn Student Government elections, the student body is bombarded with signatures, platforms and the opportunity to elect a new President, Vice President and general body of the Undergraduate Assembly.
03/20/17 11:12pm
I am a Penn alumna, Penn parent, and Penn staff member. I was also a low-income student in the 1980s, which is why the recent story in the DP about the difficulty that some first-generation and low-income students have experienced during Spring Break caught my attention.
03/14/17 10:00pm
As faculty members of the University of Pennsylvania, we welcome efforts being made by GET-UP to unionize the graduate student workers (GSWs) in our university.
03/12/17 9:45pm
I scrolled through Penn’s career plans survey report: “Financial Analyst, Marketing Analyst, Finance Analyst, Analyst, Database Analyst,” read the first five results under the section for economics majors (really, you can go and look for yourself). A lump hardened in my throat.
02/28/17 9:15pm
Benjamin Franklin argued for the importance of free discourse by noting “that when Truth and Error have fair Play, the former is always an overmatch for the latter.” Considering the administration’s opaque decision on fossil fuel divestment, Penn is not living up to its founder’s values.
02/13/17 10:25pm
As the Spring semester continues to unfold, there are a number of changes that we, as students, are confronted with.
02/12/17 10:55pm
As a member of a community that prides itself for being at the forefront of the progressive, intellectual movement and someone who recognizes the real harms of socio-economic privilege, I feel compelled to respond to the article.
02/10/17 11:09am
As the leaders of Penn’s largest political organization, the Government & Politics Association, we decided not to co-sponsor the March for Immigrants held to condemn President Trump’s recent string of executive orders.
02/01/17 10:07pm
During his campaign, Trump made a statement that all Muslims should be banned from entering the U.S.
01/31/17 11:08pm
On the dawn of the Asian American Studies (ASAM) Program’s 20th Anniversary, founding faculty member, Dr. Grace Kao, has accepted an offer from Yale and is poised to leave.
12/11/16 10:25pm
Blaming “self-segregation” on minority groups is nothing new. To call out greek life, “similar cultural groups” and Du Bois College house as examples of widespread “self-segregation” is something that we need to think more critically about.
12/05/16 10:31pm

Guest column by Michaela Kotziers | Classroom politics: A letter to professors

Two weeks ago, I wrote an open letter to the English faculty about addressing current events in classroom spaces.
11/30/16 10:50pm

Rashad | What is left of a demolished home

This past month, Israel’s Execution and Collection Authority approved plans to demolish the homes of 20 Palestinians living in the Southern Negev to make way for a new Jewish town.
11/21/16 9:47pm
“I’m sorry. I understand you’re frustrated, but it’s the policy,” said the financial aid advisor at Student Financial Services.
11/16/16 2:01pm

Guest column by Steven Sun | Being stronger than the internet trolls irl

Based on my news feed, there’s been a lot more fear and stress at Penn than the usual. Some of it comes from Trump’s election, and some from the validation of bigotry some believe his election stands for.
11/15/16 9:05pm

Guest Column by Barbara D. Savage and Camille Z. Charles | On Recent Attacks on Black Students at Penn

The horrific racist attack targeting black students at Penn reminds us that we are living in an age of demagoguery that is not soon to end.