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Jill Castellano


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Senior design project turned startup helps keep you awake

Vigo helps its users stay awake by tracking eye and head movements with a device that attaches to the ear, which can vibrate, play a song or light up when it detects you’re getting tired. It also links to its own app, which can show users their energy patterns throughout the day and make suggestions for activities and food choices to ward off tiredness.

June 25, 2014

Wharton MBA grads create app to streamline hospital communication

Divya Dhar and Lane Rettig created Seratis, a mobile app soon to begin a new pilot site in the psychiatric ward of Penn Medicine, to improve the sporadic communication between physicians interacting with common patients.

June 10, 2014

Summer financial aid changes limit student opportunities

Some students cannot afford to participate in Penn’s summer programs this year as a result of changes in Student Financial Services summer aid practices.

April 29, 2014

Hiding from yourself: the struggle to open up about mental illness

It took five suicides in 12 months for students to start speaking out about their experiences with mental illness.

April 27, 2014

Woman sues Penn, driver over 38th and Spruce crash

The driver of a car involved in an accident at 38th and Spruce streets that injured three Penn students is suing the University and another driver for negligence.

April 23, 2014

Crime Log: April 11 - April 17

See what crimes occurred in the Penn Patrol Zone between April 11, 2014 and April 17, 2014.

April 23, 2014

Prosecutor's office releases motive, details in Tuesday morning homicide

The Philadelphia District Attorney's office said Thursday that the homicide outside Copabanana early Tuesday morning may have been motivated by a remark the victim allegedly made about the suspect's girlfriend.

April 17, 2014

Suspect in Copabanana shooting charged with murder

Gaynor was also charged with aggravated assault, altering identification marks on a firearm and other charges. 

April 15, 2014

Division of Public Safety explains response to shooting at 40th and Spruce streets

After Tuesday morning’s shooting near 40th and Spruce streets, administrators described their efforts to keep students safe around the time of the incident.

April 15, 2014

Twenty-two students taken to the hospital for excessive Flinging

In addition to these students, 10 other individuals were treated for alcohol-related problems.

April 14, 2014

Liquor police issue 35 citations this Fling

The citations followed a request by the Division of Public Safety for the presence of the BLCE around campus over the weekend.

April 13, 2014

Crime Log: March 28–April 3

There was one incident of retail theft, one of bike theft and two thefts from building last week.

April 8, 2014

March sees 'record-breaking' crime statistics compared to last year

This March saw record-breaking increases in certain types of crime, according to Vice President for Public Safety Maureen Rush.

A total of 71 property crimes were committed this March, compared to 44 property crimes in March 2013 — an increase of 61 percent.

April 8, 2014

Students rally against domestic and sexual violence

Over a hundred students marched beside one another last night at Penn’s annual event Take Back the Night, a peaceful protest to speak out against domestic and sexual violence.

April 3, 2014

Joke Issue: Spring Fling concert moving indoors amid security concerns

Due to security concerns, David Guetta will be performing the Spring Fling concert in Irvine Auditorium. Students who purchased floor tickets after winning them in last week’s lottery will be refunded, and a new lottery will open Tuesday to distribute tickets for seats in Irvine.

March 30, 2014

CAPS staff increased unrelated to suicides, admins say

Following the fifth student suicide in 12 months, the University announced the creation of new permanent clinical positions at Counseling and Psychological Services for this fall — a move administrators say likely would have occurred without the student deaths.

March 25, 2014

DPS educating party-goers, especially on weekends like Saint Patrick's Day

Saint Patrick’s Day weekend is a time of lively celebration around campus. From a police officer’s perspective, however, days like these mean more work.

March 18, 2014

Penn responds to police violence claim

Penn filed a response on Wednesday to a Philadelphia cab driver’s federal lawsuit in which he alleges that four Penn Police officers physically assaulted him.

March 16, 2014

Penn researcher arrested for burglary

Frank Stefano, a researcher in the biochemistry department of the School of Dental Medicine, was released from jail on March 6 after his $375,000 bail was posted.

March 11, 2014

Crime Log: Feb. 22 to Feb. 28

See what crimes occurred in the Penn Patrol Zone between Feb. 22 and Feb. 28

March 5, 2014

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