Upon walking into the main Engineering building that housed PennApps over the weekend, I was overwhelmed by the sight of hundreds of empty snack wrappers, half-eaten pieces of pizza, and students huddled around countless computer screens. Despite its superficially sophomoric appearance, you could immediately tell that the students participating in PennApps were some of the most driven and ambitious young minds that the field of engineering has to offer. The students spent the weekend collaborating on projects that seemed like ideas of a futuristic science fiction movie, from smart-insulin injectors to a popularity analysis utilizing tweets about the election. Though the students were operating on frighteningly low amounts of sleep, many of them were willing to chat with me about their projects and experience so far at PennApps.Zach Sheldon | Associate Photo Editor
The Fall Activities Fair, organized annually by the Student Activities Council, provides an opportunity for student clubs to advertise themselves to freshmen while simultaneously exposing freshmen to the many opportunities at Penn. Around 5:00 on Tuesday, Locust Walk transformed into a bustling hub filled with posters, tables, snacks, flyers, and students.On one side of Locust Walk, members of club sports, such as rugby, tennis, baseball, and soccer, lined up in uniform, showed off their equipment, and scheduled tryouts for eager students. On the other side, representatives from some of Penn’s internationally competitive teams, such as the Parliamentary Debate Society and the Aerial Robotics club, eagerly sought to recruit new members. Cultural clubs were also well represented, including the Lebanese Club, Korean Students Association, and the Canadian Club, to name a few. The list of groups goes on: performing arts, volunteer, pre-professional, all side-by-side for this one late-summer afternoon.// Daniel Xu | Staff PhotographerPhotos by Daniel Xu and Ananya Chandra
Budweiser's Made in America dominated Labor Day weekend in Philadelphia. The two-day music festival, curated by hip-hop and business mogul Jay Z, sprawled five stages across the Ben Franklin Parkway and showcased a mix of hip hop, rock, R&B, pop and EDM from roughly 70 artists. For its fifth year, the festival brought Rihanna and Coldplay on as headliners and also featured performances from Chance the Rapper, 2 Chainz and Lil Wayne, DJ Khaled, Bryson Tiller, SZA, Martin Garrix, Jamie xx, FKA twigs, Travi$ Scott, A$AP Ferg, Lil Uzi Vert, Desiigner and DJ Mustard. Various celebrities were in attendance, including Bill Clinton and members of the 76ers basketball team, as well as Carmelo Anthony, and Jay Z and Beyoncé, who celebrated her birthday on Sunday. The crowds that attended the festival were as energetic as the performers. In addition to the musical performances, the festival also included an amusement ride, a Ferris wheel, dozens of food trucks and giveaways from the festival's main sponsors such as Budweiser, Tidal and Twix. This year, the festival debuted a new bracelet entry system to get rid of paper tickets, which helped to streamline the entry process.
As Penn Volleyball prepares to start their year off with three tournaments in three weeks, they've spent hours in the sweltering Palestra over the weeks leading up to school in order to hit the ground running this weekend.
On Tuesday night, members of the senior class gathered at the Blarney Stone for a dessert reception hosted by the class board. While President Amy Gutmann traditionally hosts welcome back events for the sophomore and junior classes at the beginning of each year — and the freshmen celebrate the start of the school year with Convocation and a dessert reception — the senior class has made a tradition of hosting their own class even later in the semester at a campus bar. This year, the class board decided to make the event a little different, according to Class Board President Darren Tomasso. In addition to making the event earlier in the semester, they decided to add desserts to the event because of the Class of 2017’s experience in years past. “Our freshman convocation was at the Palestra because of rain, so by the time we got to Perelman Quad for desserts, most of us did not get any,” Tomasso said. Tomasso also added that the class’s sophomore year was the first year security checked Penn IDs at the reception, preventing upperclassmen from “crashing” the dessert reception as had become tradition in years past. The reception this year featured cookies, cupcakes and cake pops, in addition to drink specials.Jessica McDowell | Enterprise Editor
A significant water main breach occurred Tuesday between 36th and 38th streets on Hamilton Walk near the Quad. Penn Fire and Emergency Services responded with an Incident Management Team (IMT), which was on scene to attempt to mitigate the impact on nearby Penn buildings. However, since the Philadelphia Water Department (PWD) is overseeing repairs, IMT members on scene were unable to comment on efforts to stop the flooding.PWD crews unearthed the pipe beneath Hamilton Walk and opened several fire hydrants in an attempt to decrease pressure in the water main. As of Tuesday evening, PWD crews were still pumping water from the crevice in order to start repair. Hamilton Walk was passable only across plywood bridges.Gregory Boyek | Staff Photographer
Penn women's soccer got their season off to a rough start after going 2-0 down to Maryland early on Sunday, but the Quakers fought hard and can draw positives from their performance, despite the final 3-1 score line.
Members of the Class of 2020 gathered in front of College Hall Monday evening to participate in Convocation, where Amy Gutmann officially welcomed freshmen to Penn. The event was followed by a dessert reception in the Perelman Quadrangle. Welcome Class of 2020!
Wednesday marked the beginning of Freshman Move-In. By Thursday afternoon, most of the Class of 2020 had taken campus by storm, with boxes filled with supplies for the coming year. For freshmen, move-in day is a momentous occasion. For some upperclassmen, it is a time to volunteer and help freshmen make this change. Take a look at the Class of 2020 as it begins its time at Penn. For more pictures, check out this photo gallery on the DP's Facebook page.
The sun wasn't the only thing that came out Wednesday afternoon as freshman pushed crates full of their belongings into New College House. University President Amy Gutmann took her motorcade to the aptly named New College House, opening its doors to students for the first time this semester. For more pictures, please visit this photo album on the DP's Facebook page.
Protesters from all over the United States flocked to Franklin D. Roosevelt Park for the Democratic National Conventional. The Daily Pennsylvanian spoke to some of them to document their stories.Photos by Guyrandy Jean-Gilles | Photo Editor
Sweltering heat didn’t stop hundreds of protesters from surrounding SEPTA’s AT&T station on Monday afternoon, just in time for the official start of the 2016 Democratic National Convention. They held signs with phrases like “Democracy Spring” and “Bernie or Bust,” and many in the crowd called for the party to reject presumptive nominee Hillary Clinton in favor of Vermont senator Bernie Sanders as the Democratic candidate for president in November. Sanders attempted to comfort his supporters in his speech later Monday night, when he said, “we have begun a political revolution to transform America and that revolution — our revolution — continues.” Sanders, who has not formally suspended his presidential campaign, stood by his July 12 endorsement of Clinton for the Democratic nomination.Read more of the Daily Pennsylvanian's coverage of the DNC at the DPolitics blog. Photos by Photo Editor Guyrandy Jean-Gilles, Design Editor Alex Graves and Staff Reporter Mitchell Chan
Black Lives Matter protesters marched past Penn's campus on Market Street around 8 p.m. on Sunday. They held signs and chanted, "Show me what democracy looks like, this is what democracy looks like," and "What do we want? Justice. If we don't get it? Shut it down." The march progressed to City Hall, with intermittent stops to allow individuals to speak about their experiences with racism and share ideas to enact tangible change. At City Hall, the largest group of people gathered to chant and share ideas and experiences, and then the march continued past it. Photos by Guyrandy Jean-Gilles | Photo Editor
Franklin Square, at 6th and Race Streets, is alight with Chinese lanterns each night until June 12. Philadelphia's first-ever Chinese Lantern Festival features 25 illuminated lanterns, hand-crafted giant flowers, a three story pogoda and a 200-foot-long Chinese dragon. Photos by Guyrandy Jean-Gilles | Photo Editor
At around 6:45 p.m, an alarm went off at Harnwell signaling the start of a flood due to a broken sprinkler. Residential services worked hours to clear the flooded halls and rooms, starting with the seventh floor and working their way down. Students utilized nearby trashcans as makeshift water collectors in their rooms to mitigate the flooding as they waited for assistance from the school.The water eventually reached the mezzanine, with tiles collapsing from the ceiling. Students who wished to be relocated for the night were accommodated by the school, as many must study for finals happening in the coming days. An article on the situation can be found here.Photos by Julio Sosa | News Photo Editor
During SPEC's annual Fling concert, EDM artist 3LAU and Chance the Rapper took the stage at Franklin Field. Although Chance almost cancelled his set due to illness, making the audience wait almost 90 minutes between 3LAU and Chance's performances, the show was a success. Chance played crowd favorites like "Sunday Candy" and "Cocoa Butter Kisses," while 3LAU played mashups of popular songs along with a few originals. Photos by Julio Sosa and Susanna Jaramillo
Penn Softball played a double header against Saint Joseph's at Penn Park on Wednesday, April 20th. Winning 7-0 in the first game, and 4-1 in the second, the team had a strong performance at Penn Park. Next up, the Quakers will be playing four games against Cornell this weekend at Penn Park.
Tuesday afternoon, La Salle headed to Meiklejohn Stadium to take on Penn baseball as the Quakers powered past the Explorers on the heels of a four-run fifth inning to win the midweek contest, 9-3.