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Melissa Lawford


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Melissa Lawford | To flee or not to flee

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.

July 26, 2014

Melissa Lawford | The rally behind equal pay

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.

July 10, 2014

Melissa Lawford | Snoozing isn't losing

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.

June 28, 2014

Melissa Lawford | Vows for modernity

I believe the time for bra-burning has come and gone, but there are so many leftover social norms that still need alterations.

June 17, 2014

Melissa Lawford | Neither good nor evil

Ultimately, though, organizations don’t make people. People make organizations. To attribute reckless behavior and sexual assault to an organization takes the agency away from the individual.

June 3, 2014

SigEp to start mentorship program with West Philadelphia High School

The brothers of Sigma Phi Epsilon have launched plans for a long-term mentorship program for students at West Philadelphia High School, in collaboration with the Netter Center for Community Partnerships.

April 29, 2014

Penn hosts Philadelphia education network conference

Philadelphia’s Higher Education Network for Neighbourhood Development, co-founded by Netter Center for Community Partnerships Director Ira Harkavy, is celebrating its 25th anniversary with a two day conference that began yesterday.

April 24, 2014

Porter, outgoing GSE dean, renewed focus on research

Andrew Porter, the outgoing dean of the Graduate School of Education, will leave behind a legacy of increased emphasis on research and innovation.

April 17, 2014

First North American think tank summit sees Twitter discussion

Representatives from 59 think tanks across the continent convened at the first-ever North American Think Tank Summit, organized by Penn's Think Tanks and Civil Societies Program, in Washington, D.C.

April 17, 2014

Greek community honors members at awards ceremony

Representatives from the Multicultural Greek Council, the Inter-Fraternity Council and the Panhellenic Council were all commended for their achievements at the Sheraton Hotel on 35th and Chestnut streets.

April 16, 2014

After a year, plans for empty Skulls chapter house are unclear

Over a year after Phi Kappa Sigma, more commonly known as Skulls, was kicked off campus, discussions are slowly beginning about future plans for Skull’s chapter house, at 3539 Locust Walk.

April 16, 2014

Multicultural Greek Council hold inaugural Symposium

The event consisted of a day of workshops and a talk by keynote speaker Lawrence Ross, author of “The Divine Nine."

April 13, 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

Recording the history of women at Penn

As part of the Penn Women’s Center’s Voices of Change project, Amy Gutmann discusses her experiences as a woman at Penn in a video released yesterday.

April 10, 2014

Liquor police: 'Our presence was requested'

Officers from the Bureau of Liquor Control Enforcement will patrol campus this Fling at the request of the Division of Public Safety.

April 9, 2014

Greek week kicks off camp-themed celebrations

This year brings a significant increase to the Multicultural Greek Council's involvement in the week.

March 31, 2014

Working group to target hazing across student organizations

A new Anti-Hazing Working Group, which consists of students and staff across many areas of student life, held its third meeting on Monday.

March 24, 2014

Penn Think Tank program organizes European think tank conference

Penn’s Think Tanks and Civil Societies Program brought representatives from 38 think tanks across 21 countries to a conference in Barcelona, which took place Mar 10-12.

March 20, 2014

OSC investigates Theta sorority

Penn’s Kappa Alpha Theta sorority is currently under investigation by the Office of Student Conduct.

March 20, 2014

SAE eliminates pledging process

Sigma Alpha Epsilon, one of Penn’s largest fraternities, has become a no pledging institution.

March 17, 2014

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