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Shelli Gimelstein


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Shelli Gimelstein | The futility of 'endgames'

I've learned at Penn that determining your "endgame" is a futile endeavor. The frustration of figuring it out is what makes college such a beautiful time of self-discovery — and it doesn't go away until you let it. And you don't have to figure everything out right away. Or ever.

May 14, 2014

Financial, timing concerns for students considering part-time courseloads

A number of undergraduates are given permission to take on part-time status each semester, which means they can take 2.5 credits or fewer in their final semester at Penn.

December 6, 2012

Penn students studying in Israel spend Friday afternoon in bomb shelters

Over the past week, Penn students in the region have had their semesters disrupted by the escalating conflict in Gaza between Israel and Hamas.

November 19, 2012

Students studying in Washington gain unique election perspective

Participants in Penn’s Washington Semester Program have spent this fall “studying abroad” in Washington, D.C. However, while these students have found themselves at the center of the nation’s political scene, many feel that the last few months in D.C. have been surprisingly calm.

November 5, 2012

Submatriculation opens doors to advanced degrees

Students who pursue submatriculation, or enrollment into one of Penn’s 12 graduate schools as an undergraduate, must tackle professional-level classes — often simultaneously with the remainder of their undergraduate coursework.

October 16, 2012

Campus sounds off on new alcohol pilot program

Among other changes, the alcohol pilot permits mixed drinks at certain on-campus events — the first time this has been allowed since the University Alcohol and Drug Policy was passed in 1999. It also opens up more on-campus spaces for events with alcohol.

October 3, 2012

Quick Takes | Higher education round-up: Sept. 28

A weekly roundup of news from around the Ivy League and the higher-education community

September 28, 2012

College rankings spark debate

The ever-expanding number of college rankings has raised questions about the methodologies publications are using to rate and classify universities.

September 25, 2012

Penn professors not only teach, they invent

Inventors at Penn netted the University more than $14 million in the 2011 fiscal year, reports The Chronicle of Higher Education. Overall, universities earned more than $1.8 billion from commercializing research during that time period, according to data compiled by the Association of University Technology Managers.

September 17, 2012

Autistic man denied HUP heart transplant

After an autistic patient was denied a heart transplant at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, his mother has started a petition to reverse the decision and place her son on the transplant list.

August 28, 2012

Penn jumps to 17th in Forbes 'Top Colleges' ranking

For the past two years, Penn’s ranking has shifted dramatically, dropping from 36th place in 2010 to 52nd place in the 2011 ranking.

August 1, 2012

Business competitions give startups a boost

For rising Wharton and Engineering junior Ryan Marschang — whose solar technology startup Invisergy took top prize at a business plan competition at Stanford University last month — the victory provided both funding and connections.

July 25, 2012

University revises sexual violence policy

The new policy, which appeared in the Almanac on Tuesday, provides new definitions related to sexual assault, such as what constitutes rape and consent to engage in sexual activity.

July 18, 2012

Penn weighs in on UVA drama and trends in higher education

The incident highlights the pressures of funding cuts and administrative shifts amid growing concern over the future of higher education — raising the question of whether Penn will be affected by the trends as well.

July 11, 2012

Students petition Medical School to reinstate diversity office

The online petition, which has received over 800 signatures, criticizes the Medical School administration for eliminating the Office for Diversity and Community Outreach.

June 27, 2012

Jon Huntsman Jr. joins Board of Trustees

On June 14 and 15, the Board of Trustees voted to re-elect Huntsman as a University Trustee after his 11-year departure.

June 20, 2012

Retired English professor Paul Fussell dies at age 88

A renowned scholar of World War I and II, Fussell joined Penn’s English department in 1983, and taught until his retirement in 1994.

May 26, 2012

Penn to provide tax offsets for employees in same-sex partnerships

The University announced in the May 22 edition of The Almanac that it will provide up to $125 a month or $1,500 per year to employees who pay taxes to the Internal Revenue Service for health benefits their partners receive.

May 22, 2012

Gutmann's book to discuss political compromise

In addition to her duties representing the University, next month Penn President Amy Gutmann will be releasing a new book, The Spirit of Compromise: Why Governing Demands It and Campaigning Undermines It.

April 24, 2012

Penn to award seven honorary degrees

At Penn’s 256th commencement on May 14, the University will honor seven individuals with honorary degrees.

April 24, 2012

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