The UA is not an airport shuttle club, as I have heard some people say. For most, if not all, of the representatives, it is an innate call to do something productive with their lives while fostering a better University.
At the end of the day, this isn’t about House of Cards politics. People aren’t pawns, they’re people.
W e make a point of saying that we want to take the UA in a fundamentally new direction.
I should not have to defend my need of missing class due to my religious observance.
We need to demonstrate to the Hillel of Greater Philadelphia that maliciously stifling its member groups is not acceptable.
The ASA’s boycott undermines the pursuit of education by limiting academic freedom, and therefore, by continuing to support the ASA, Penn is directly opposing its academic purpose by being part of the ASA.
A lot of the humanities have to do with how important it is to understand and love other people, and while that’s something so obvious that Barney the Dinosaur knows it, that doesn’t make it easy.
My identity as a person of color - and my experiences as a former member of a low-income neighborhood - is not something that can be easily taken off like a baseball cap and sweatpants and tacky chains worn at a frat party.
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.
It is a shame that there are members of the Penn community that feel comfortable throwing a party with a theme that is blatantly racist.
Call it what you want — the struggle bus, the grind, hell week — it is a road to exhaustion, depression and worse. It is a road of alienation, high expectations to succeed and an unspoken pressure to not appear to fail — at anything.
John Hanger’s platform prioritizes human rights that are currently under attack, such as public education, good jobs and a healthy environment.
When you live in a society that demands so much of your existence, life does not stop when you feel sad. For many of our families, especially without the information or resources, mental health is often misunderstood and something we’re forced to suck up.
It not just reaching out in the moment that counts, but maintaining an ongoing conversation with students.
It sends a message to the freshmen hoping to be a part of such an organization that women are nothing more than their physique. As we know both from history and present times, it is one small leap from dehumanization to violence. That this flyer essentially depicts a woman’s butt as a prize for successful pledges only proves this point.
It was not until the chaplain of this university, Charles Howard, reached out to me and things began to make sense.
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.
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.
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.
Those who disagree certainly have a right to protest Penn Secular Society, but we would encourage them to find more productive ways of protest.
We do believe that there are significant shortcomings in the existing housing system.
There is no real reason Penn should be charging students to use campus space for legitimate extracurricular activities.
Students and administrators alike need to re-evaluate how we approach, respond to and inform ourselves about sexual assault at Penn.
We believe that anyone found guilty of sexual assault should be suspended from campus for at least a semester.
We thank Facilities and Real Estate Services for bringing more retail dining options to campus that are not only in tune with student interests and preferences but also healthy, unique and local businesses.
That said, it’s not all on the creators of the game. Altogether, students — both those who detest the game and those who find it fun — have spent hours on the site.
If even a 40-plus-year-old Penn tradition can’t entice students to show some Penn pride, it begs the question of why Penn Athletics is so adamant about charging students to see basketball games.
We can ensure that students who want to work can do so by fixing the existing work-study system, rather than adding to it.
We think both the local government and Penn should take steps to make 38th and Spruce safer.
We’d like to see not only big names at these events, but people whose lives have been defined more by their work on the ground than by what they did before giving back.
We were glad that the administration reached out to us in the first place. But transparency and collaboration on the front end need to carry over throughout the whole process.
Perhaps in a few years, 9/11 will be yet another tragically storied day that future students can only relate to through stories, textbooks and movies. But that time hasn’t come yet.
To help you out, here’s a list of things we wish we had been told — or wish we had listened to — when we were in your shoes.
As the very students about whom Taylor makes overarching generalizations, we are disappointed that she failed to account for the rich diversity of our student body by only acknowledging the responses of a subset of single, straight women — an unrepresentative sample tainted by its homogeneity.
While this bill was not a large step, it was progress, it was momentum, it could have been precedent. With it, we could have moved forward — still together — and talked about what more we could do. The fact that we can do nothing is just ridiculous.
We’re not saying underage drinking is not a crime and that certain persons are above the law. We are saying that the police weren’t enforcing the law — they were enforcing Fling.
The outstandingly creative are frustrated with the ordinary; that’s what drives them to do extraordinary things.
I’m not saying that the dawn of gender equality in Russia will be defined by risqué church-wear and male model stewards, but rather when society holds women and men to the same expectations.
It is time we stopped the verbal battery of others because we disagree with their opinions, and instead tackle the ideas with which we take issue.
Our job is not just to consider all sides of an issue, but to be skeptical and challenge modern practices instead of taking things as given.
Being home means drinking a lot of tea and making the odd nostalgic trip to the terrible local nightclub where I once made out with my best friend’s older brother. Those are all very important things, but I cannot pretend that home is really where I belong now.
The occupiers might have been brash and impetuous, but among students for whom majoring in econ almost inevitably equates to becoming libertarian and the Market is worshipped as an excuse for moral passivity, I can’t help but miss them.
I am not professing that indulgence and extravagance are the way to go; merely that money makes life easier, and science majors make more of it.
For whatever reason, what I haven’t heard about nearly as much is the positive: simply put, the fact that Obamacare is working.
It seems more people are content to hide within their security blankets and pretend the rest of the world doesn’t exist.
Equal pay ought to be the norm everywhere. We are all people; being judged by the same standards matters, but having the same opportunities matters more.
Unfortunately, Americans are abandoning the script and exercising their right to opt out of inoculation — and preventable diseases are now making a comeback as a result.
It takes different people different amounts of time to experience that personal growth or find an alternative route, but most of the time, when people stay true to themselves, their life paths will align with what they value.
The real issue is not that Americans shy away from serious ideological debate, but that they are unwilling to take accountability for their ideas and, therefore, for the democratic process as a whole.
Every country has a label. Some have been deliberately constructed by the homeland, while others have inadvertently grown out of a nation’s heritage.Those who have been following the 2014 FIFA World Cup are familiar with Brazil’s icon: the “Christ the Redeemer” statue.
I think boredom is important. I don’t know how much I like actually being on roller coasters, but I know that as soon as I get off, I want to get back on again.
In a country of hundreds of millions of people, one vote does not give you assurance or control. But it does give you a voice.
Being able to surpass my own expectations has made me more confident, and it’s helped me improve on other aspects of my life.
But whoever probes the human condition discovers that we need purpose, some sort of engagement with the world to keep us going. It's in our nature to strive for progress and press forward into the uncertain void.
The World Cup is one of the largest sports event in the world. Thirty-eight countries
This summer I am perfecting the art of the loaf.The verb, that is: to loaf. I have been loafing on the sofa, I loaf in the park, I will loaf at the beach, et cetera.I am waitressing, I am making friends with my nephews and nieces, I am doing my tax return, I am reading books ? I am busy enough, but I am not really achieving anything.