During the spring semester of her junior year, Nursing senior Ana Quiroga woke up at 5 a.m. twice a week to bike across the city to Pennsylvania Hospital for her clinical studies.
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Graduate students have spent more than a year campaigning for a central diversity office, and they only plan to continue pushing forward this semester. In the face of slow progress, student leaders said they intend to expand their support base by engaging undergraduate students and finding further evidence to support the need for this office at Penn.
More than a year has passed since the Office of the University Architect announced its intention to launch a feasibility study to explore the possibility of expanding the number of all-gender bathrooms on campus.
Following a half year of collaboration between graduate and professional students and administrators, Penn unveiled its first University-wide online bias incident reporting form on Tuesday afternoon.
Before arriving to campus, it's likely that incoming freshmen have already heard of the notion of Penn Face, the ”work hard, play hard” mantra, and maybe even the hyper-competitive club recruitment processes. While many of these phenomena do exist on campus, there are also many steps the University and student groups have taken to improve mental wellness and to offer additional resources for students in need of support.
College freshman Madison Holleran started at Penn in 2013 as a track and field athlete from Allendale, N.J. Her death by suicide five months later has prompted a conversation on mental health in athletic departments in institutions of higher education.
In the nine years that Bill Alexander has served as Director of Counseling and Psychological Services, CAPS has undergone several major transformations, largely in response to great tragedy that has struck Penn's campus in more ways than one.
The Undergraduate Assembly administered a survey to undergraduate students to gauge interest for specific mental health initiatives, including the location of Counseling and Psychological Services, the presence of student-led mental health groups, and the possibility of walk-in CAPS sessions in buildings on campus.
Counseling and Psychological Services launched I CARE — a training program to help peers and advisers better understand mental health and consequently help each other — nearly four years ago after four students died by suicide in the 2013-2014 academic year alone.
Many students say concern over body image is rampant on Penn's campus. Now, Counseling and Psychological Services is launching a new initiative to help.
Counseling and Psychological Services announced the hiring of four new CAPS staff members approximately a year ago. Since then, the four CAPS employees, each directly serving one of four graduate schools, have been integrated into the schools and are working toward some noticeable progress.
The expansion of both staff and student demand is cornering Counseling and Psychological Services into a tight spot. According to CAPS officials, the department may not have the office space to accommodate the five full-time therapists promised by Penn President Amy Gutmann on Nov. 20 after the Campus Conversation.
Millions of people attended the victory parade for the Philadelphia Eagles on Thursday. Every one of them withstood sub-freezing temperatures, wind chills, and congested trains just for a chance to catch a glimpse of their athletic heroes. Reporters from The Daily Pennsylvanian went out to take their portraits, listen to their stories, and learn why Philadelphia is known for having "the greatest fans in the world."
Penn's new wellness website was unveiled last week, and so far students and wellness groups have had mixed reactions.
After the Campus Conversation highlighted several concerns related to mental wellness within the Penn community, Penn President Amy Gutmann announced in an email that Penn would undertake a series of steps to evaluate and improve mental health — including an administrative review of Counseling and Psychological Services.
Penn has unveiled a wellness website three months after announcing plans to do so in October last year.
When College freshman Spencer Rosen begins to feel the pressure of freshman year, he knows there are many outlets upon which he can draw for support. While Counseling and Psychological Services provides many resources for students, and friends are often available to chat, sometimes the most helpful resource for Rosen is his residential advisor College senior Tucker Reynolds.
Whether it be the hundreds of women outside in the biting cold, the five-minute conversations filled with unfaltering smiles, or the late nights staying up second-guessing all the first impressions made throughout the previous hours — feeling stress during the five days of Penn sorority rush can often seem unavoidable.
Penn students and faculty were joined by community and family friends to honor the life of College freshman William Steinberg, 18, who died in a fatal plane crash on Dec. 31 at a memorial service in Houston Hall on Jan. 9.
Now that Brown University has reached its fundraising goal of $30 million, the Ivy League institution will replace student loans with grants for both incoming and current students in next fall.