One does has to wonder how Americans can feel so fiercely entitled to their civil liberties for their entire lives, but are unwilling to give even 1 year of service to maintain such freedoms and repay debts to such a magnificent nation.
Worse still, these social media campaigns often fail in their most basic duty: to educate the masses. Little else can be expected when complicated crises are boiled down to 140 characters for easy digestion.
This summer, we created and I announced the President’s Engagement Prizes. These are annual, competitively-awarded prizes for Penn seniors to design and undertake fully-funded local, national or global engagement projects during the first year after they graduate from Penn. Prize recipients will receive $50,000 for one year of living expenses after graduation and up to $100,000 in project expenses.
As a student body and administration, we are letting other things hold our attention, topics of lesser importance. We’re silencing this issue, letting the very real threat of sexual violence on this campus slip back under the radar.
We are two members of the Class of 2013. As proud Penn
alums, we have been distant witnesses to recent events at our beloved
University that have made us uneasy.
As six concerned members of the Penn community who strive to foster multicultural dialogue, we find the general trend of parties that serve to culturally objectify and vilify certain groups on campus deeply concerning.