Opinion Guest Columns

01/28/16 12:06am

Guest column by Jeremy Jick | Seeing past the noise

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.
01/20/16 11:29pm

David Hartman | Powerball lottery

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.
01/18/16 8:16pm

Guest column by Alex Miller | An apology on behalf of my people

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.
12/03/15 1:02am

Guest Column by Caroline Simon | On Penn, feminism and chubby-cheeked babies

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.
11/30/15 12:41am

Guest Column by the Hamlett-Reed Mental Health Initiative | Thank you, Penn

After three months of deliberation, Penn administrators have agreed to take substantial steps forward in making Penn a healthier campus.
11/30/15 12:39am

Guest Column by Andrew Amarosa | Everybody's space

I don’t get why, as Americans, we have become so terrified of people speaking their minds simply because it may offend someone.
11/20/15 3:00pm
“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.
11/16/15 1:01am
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.
11/10/15 11:04pm

Guest column by Isabella Auchus | A letter to President Gutmann

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.
10/27/15 11:20pm
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.
10/27/15 11:15pm
Recently, negative talk surrounding fraternities and sororities raises questions about why we are relevant.
10/17/15 11:13pm
No, one is not an oppressor of an entire race if they disagree with one aspect of it. We need to really push back on how we assess guilt and blame in writing because it will fall on deaf ears when they become hyperboles rather than sincere grievances.
10/17/15 12:13pm
The University of Michigan announced a new initiative last week that it intends to test next year that states that parents of any freshman in the Class of 2019 caught drinking underage on two occasions or hospitalized on one occasion will be notified of their child’s actions.
10/14/15 12:31am
Like many Penn students, I was not surprised to read in the October 12 edition of The Daily Pennsylvanian that President Gutmann’s salary has risen yet again, this time to an astounding $3,426,106.
09/28/15 10:27pm
How do you tell someone that you are a rape survivor? Why is the burden of telling placed on the victim of the crime?
09/24/15 1:19am
There is no denying Pope Francis has proven to be a significant global voice, and not just for Catholics.
09/24/15 1:18am
The pope is coming to Philadelphia this weekend. Some may opt to hide from the crowds inside the corner of their dorm room.
09/21/15 12:15am
I suppose I should be grateful that the conversation on campus has changed. I suppose I should be grateful that, unlike 19 year-old me sitting in a hospital full of shame, Penn students have a better chance to be heard and get the care they need when it comes to mental health.
09/21/15 12:14am
In the book "Distinction," Pierre Bourdieu defines social and cultural capital as social resources which confer power and status in society.
08/20/15 10:22am
As a sophomore studying computer science, I am not the first person to acknowledge that the coursework of the School of Engineering and Applied Science is difficult.