After briefly poking fun at Biden’s appearances on the TV show Parks and Recreation and his ubiquity in the satirical news outlet The Onion, Gutmann opened by honoring Biden’s accomplishments.
When preachers set up signs on campus and chanted insults against gay people, Catholics and Jews, Vice President for Public Safety Maureen Rush recalled students complaining that the preachers were terrifying them and insisting that their actions had to be illegal. “It’s not,” Rush said.
“We celebrate and honor the region we travel to for the forum, so we will have some region-centric topics,” Wharton Executive Director of Alumni Relations Lizann Rode said.
“It was more parodying comedy about Trump than it was joking about Trump,” Bloom said. “We’re making fun of ourselves almost. It was on a meta-level about not touching Trump in the comedy world.”
A Penn spokesperson said the Office of University Communications wasn't "able to have conversations around [Biden's] specific role until he left office four weeks ago, so details are still being ironed out."
“It is time to move forward with increased empathy and understanding,” the college’s statement read.
In a statement released prior to the event, Hillel condemned “these overt acts of hatred, which have no space on our campus or in our country.”
On Thursday, Caryl Stern, president and CEO of the U.S. Fund for UNICEF came to Houston Hall to speak about the state of the global refugee crisis.
In a blog post published Feb. 12 on the university’s website, Trinity Washington President Patricia McGuire wrote that Conway is "part of a team that thinks nothing of shaping and spreading a skein of lies as a means to secure power."
The lecture-style class will have 100 students and will "examine President Trump’s rise, using media, race, and gender as a lens for looking at the future of democracies" according to The Chicago Maroon.
“I think there is a better personal relationship between President Trump and Prime Minister Netanyahu [than under the previous administration],” College junior Hannah Jaffe said. Jaffe is the Israel sector chair for Penn Hillel, the center for Jewish life at Penn.
The discussion instructions asked students to, "[r]emind your groups that this is a safe space and a shared space."
During the University Council Open Forum today, students addressed many issues ranging from mental health to climate change.
President Trump told Fox News' Sean Hannity in April that legislation on the issue should be handled by state and local governments.
Lori Alf, the Penn Medicine ambassador scheduled to speak with former Vice President Joe Biden at a Feb. 23 event, will no longer be on the panel after a lawsuit accusing her of racist behavior was reported this week.
“I came in incredibly skeptical and prepared to have my guard up on the defensive, but I thought there was some really awesome discourse,” Penn College senior Abbie Starker said.
The overarching message of the presentation was that silence is the best course of action. The presentation included step-by-step instructions for police interaction.
Effective immediately, Emanuel will begin offering healthcare and policy analysis for Fox News Channel and Fox Business Network.
“When we try to inhibit the progress of technology to save a few jobs, we don’t come out ahead as a society,” former Secretary of Transportation James Burnley said.
Other marches in Philadelphia took place on Monday. Roughly 100 people gathered at Thomas Paine Plaza, and, after a series of speeches, marched through the city toward Independence Mall.