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Penn successfully reaccredited for the next decade

Penn graduates can hang their degrees with pride for another ten years, thanks to the University’s reaccreditation earlier this summer.

On June 26, the Middle States Commission on Higher Education reaffirmed the University’s accreditation after a rigorous process rooting back to October 2012.


Steam leak in Wistar Institute sends one person to hospital

At approximately 7:52 a.m., Philadelphia Police, the Philadelphia Fire Department and Penn Police responded to a call for a strong odor and steam coming from the Wistar Institute at 3601 Spruce St. , according to the Division of Public Safety. The steam leak resulted in one person being sent to HUP for evaluation.


Alum's $10 million gift will launch new Kleinman Center for energy policy

Scott Kleinman, a 1994 College and Wharton graduate, donated $10 million to create the new Kleinman Center for Energy Policy. Launching this fall, the center will serve as a forum to unite researchers and stakeholders, facilitating the creation of real energy policy. It will also host visiting speakers, conferences and interdisciplinary classes.



Interim director appointed to Office of Student Conduct

Beginning her interim term on June 16, Alcohol and Other Drug Program Initiative Director Julie Lyzinski Nettleton will serve until Michele Goldfarb’s permanent replacement is appointed. She will continue to lead the AOD — where she has worked since 2005 — while serving as interim director.





Proposal for tobacco divestment dies without a vote

Board Chair David L. Cohen recognized the detrimental health effects of tobacco, but said that it does not constitute a “moral evil.” According to Penn’s divestment policy, areas being considered for divestment must qualify as “a moral evil implicating a core University value that is creating a substantial social injury.” Cohen also stressed that the Trustees are obligated to the growth and protection of the University’s endowment.


Wharton student takes center stage on 'So You Think You Can Dance'

Rising Wharton sophomore Nick Silverio was selected to compete on the 11th season of the hit reality TV show "So You Think You Can Dance" after auditioning in Philadelphia.

"The whole process is definitely a TV show," Silverio said of the experience. "It's not just 'So You Think You Can Dance' — it's 'So You Think You Can Smile' and 'So You Think You Can Act.'"


Trustees opt against tobacco divestment

No trustees brought forward a resolution for tobacco divestment at Friday's meeting, despite massive support from Penn faculty and the University Council. Board members discussed alternative methods through which the University can voice its concerns over tobacco.



Executive order cuts Saturday SEPTA strike short

Obama stepped in at the request of Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett, ordering a presidential emergency board to help negotiate an agreement between SEPTA and the two unions representing its locomotive engineers and electrical workers.



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