Welcome to Penn, freshmen and transfer students. Over the next few weeks, you will have a lot of opportunities to start choosing the courses, campus spaces, and student groups that will come to define your experience here.
Insecurity, I have found, is a dangerous force that can subtly permeate various aspects of one’s life.
Voting is a simple act of civic duty, but it is also a transformative one. Each of us joins with millions of individuals across the country to enact something--the democratic choice of our representatives--that none of us can or should do alone. Voting in a constitutional democracy not only expresses our citizenship; it also enables us together to continually re-establish something much mightier than any of us could otherwise be: a democratic republic that aspires to recognize the liberty and equality of all persons.
With graduation almost here, and a farewell to four unforgettable years on Locust Walk, you might already be making plans for graduation trips, time at home and beginning your first full-time job.
In a post-9/11 world, Islamophobia is not uncommon, and many Muslims and non-Muslims can recount instances of undue fear-mongering, ranging from high school bullying to murder.
More recently, we must note that anti-Muslim sentiment has resurged in light of upcoming Presidential elections, with proclamations threatening the sense of belonging for Muslims all over this country.
Like most Penn students, I spent Fling partying outdoors in the sun. It was wonderful, but when I recount my weekend to friends later this week, there’s a part of the story that I will want to leave out.
The impact of Penn’s high-pressure environment on mental health has been a trending topic over the past few years.
This past Monday, we all suffered a great loss. I was shocked and saddened to hear that a Penn student took her own life, but as cavalier as this may sound, I wasn’t too surprised.
When Emma opened the door, I saw the extra pair of feet first. "Hi, I'm Jennifer," she said.
I shook her hand and sat down.
I am so frustrated with Penn. I am a freshman who chose to come here because it was supposed to be the best of all worlds and the best in the world.
As an incoming transfer student last fall, I came with all the enthusiasm I could. In particular, I thought I was finally going to participate in extracurricular opportunities — the main facet of the American educational system that brought me all the way from Tunisia.
On Friday, April 1, 2016, Philadelphia organizers, brought together by Penn SDS, shut down CIA Director John Brennan’s speech at the Penn Museum.
Every year when UA elections come around, the student body is given the opportunity to elect a new President and Vice President.
This week, we’re voting for Kat McKay and her running mate Sola to become the first all-female team to lead the UA.
With the help of dedicated feminist leaders on campus, the Gender, Sexuality and Women’s Studies department has organized a robust leadership conference for this Friday, April 1.
In typically delusional, short-sighted and hypocritical fashion, the Ivy League leadership has decided to follow the crowd and institute a conference tournament for men’s and women’s basketball.
Africana Studies at Penn has at its center the study of Africa and peoples of African descent around the globe.
Following the announcement of the closure of The Africa Center last spring, students mobilized in protest against what we rightly perceived as a marginalization of the study of an entire continent, its 1 billion people, their cultures, languages, histories, economies and institutions.
As many of you already know, there is ongoing campaign to convince Penn to divest its endowment from fossil fuels, or in other words, to eliminate all of the University’s investments in the coal, oil, and gas companies that pollute the atmosphere and cause climate change.
My experiences within the Jewish community at Penn have almost exclusively pertained to politics and religion.
Israel is often misrepresented at Penn. Whether through the placement of black flags on College Green or the construction of an “apartheid wall” in front of Van Pelt Library, Israel is depicted as an abominable tyrant and the substantive facts of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict are deemed insignificant.
There is a line of reasoning that goes as follows: playing the Powerball lottery may not make much financial sense, but the joy you get from dreaming about winning over a billion dollars is well worth the $2.
The idea that Donald Trump speaks for white American men or Wharton grads or even all Republicans is absurd. Equally absurd is the idea that the beliefs and dispositions of all Muslims are represented by the images and videos of terrorists we are constantly exposed to in our media feeds.
As I realize what I am about to say, I can practically feel the earth shake as bra-burners of days gone by turn in their graves.
After three months of deliberation, Penn administrators have agreed to take substantial steps forward in making Penn a healthier campus.
I don’t get why, as Americans, we have become so terrified of people speaking their minds simply because it may offend someone.
“Death is not a conclusion.”
These are words I heard and wrote down a few weeks ago, when I watched Jean-Luc Godard’s film “Contempt.” Today, they resonate more than ever.
It was supposed to be an ordinary Friday of going out with friends and enjoying city I have come to call home these past months.
While we understand that you find the survey results deeply troubling, many students have shared that the manner in which the results were addressed made them feel more like statistics than people.
Penn employees cook your meals, these employees haul your trash. These employees teach your students, they collect your scientific data, they clear leaves on Locust Walk.