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Caroline Magdolen | “Everyone cheats.” What can we do about it?

(02/26/24 2:31am)

My guess is that nearly everyone reading this article knows someone who has been academically disingenuous, or been that someone before. Being academically dishonest isn’t all about flashy examples, like the two admitted Penn students accused of plagiarism and fabricating data in 2022. There are smaller violations that may feel less egregious, or even harmless, like querying ChatGPT for help completing your homework, peeking at a friend’s lab assignment, or answering a PollEverywhere as if you’re in class, when really, you’re snoozing in your dorm.

Letters to the Editor | Reflections from alumni on Penn's recent leadership

(12/08/23 3:00pm)

Reflecting on the events of the past few months, several Penn alumni have reached out to The Daily Pennsylvanian with thoughts on the Palestine Writes Literature Festival, the ongoing Israel-Gaza war, the withholding of alumni donations, and responses from Penn’s administration to these ongoing crises. 

From the Editor | The paper needs you (yes, you!)

(09/07/23 4:07am)

It’s recruiting season for clubs and pubs at Penn, and The Daily Pennsylvanian is looking for new reporters, columnists, photographers, analysts, and more. You know the drill – we’re excited to welcome enthusiastic DPers in the making, aiming to spend long production nights at 4015 Walnut Street with us and take on an unofficial journalism major. You can apply here by filling out our interest form, which closes this Friday at 11:59 p.m.

Caroline Magdolen | There’s no better time for climate education

(11/10/22 5:33pm)

Professor Simon Richter is the Class of 1942 Endowed Term Professor of German — he is also one of the most vocal faculty members on climate change that I have ever met. Richter is a key founder of Climate Week at Penn and its signature 1.5* Minute Climate Lectures as well as an instructor for "Water Worlds" and "Forest Worlds," two courses heavily focused on examining the environment through a humanities lens. 

Caroline Magdolen | The Rat Kings of Penn

(10/20/22 6:42pm)

It is all too common a sentiment at Penn, as pre-professional and high-achieving as it is, to feel like we are not doing enough. But I don’t believe that is the whole story: If I could checklist my way to happiness, I’d do it in a heartbeat. I’d take courses in the philosophy of music and underwater basket-weaving and wine tasting; I’d do twenty handstands a day, walk 30 miles, whatever. 

Caroline Magdolen | Penn Was Never a Need-Blind School

(01/28/22 11:13pm)

My stepdad, a ‘75 Yalie and physicist, jokes that he was admitted as a part of the University’s “geek quota.” He was a high school student whose idea of playing hooky was playing with lasers in his friend’s basement. He wasn’t wealthy or suave. He once went to a mixer at Yale wearing hip hugging, hot pink bell bottoms and seriously questioned why not a single woman would dance with him. His family broke the bank paying for him to attend an Ivy at a time when they were considered exclusively for the rich, and he is eternally grateful for it. 

Caroline Magdolen | Here we go again?

(12/09/21 9:44pm)

I feel the year 2021 has this “Groundhog Day” quality to me. If you described 2021 to me in 2019, I would be flabbergasted. But after living through 2020, 2021 feels like a mix of unexpected and unwanted repetitiveness. 2021 was another year of climate disasters and political dramas. 2021 was another year of COVID-19 variants that continue to threaten to upend our daily lives. Will 2022 be any different, with Americans even more concerned over the emerging Omicron variant than they were with Delta?

Caroline Magdolen | What do weed-out courses really measure?

(11/23/21 2:52pm)

Nearly everyone at Penn has experienced that one course with the nonsensical lectures, the mountain of work, the impossible exams, or some ungodly combination of all three. We often experience this course early in our Penn experiences, and it can remake our entire academic trajectory. Yes, I’m talking about the infamous “weed-out” course. 

Caroline Magdolen | How many lanternflies have you stomped today?

(09/26/21 11:00pm)

With unusual fervor, my friends and I scoured the perimeter of the Perelman Center, squishing bugs and exclaiming with joy when we landed a hit. To the untrained eye, we’re no better than the kids that burn ants with magnifying glasses. But these are not just any bugs. These are spotted lanternflies, or as Billy Penn calls them, “public enemy no. 1.”

Caroline Magdolen | Saplings in Juniper Valley Park

(09/11/21 1:30pm)

At the start of every school year in New York City, our social studies teachers focused their lesson plans on 9/11. Each teacher had a different approach. Some described their own experiences and encouraged students to talk to their parents about the event. Others had us watch documentaries. In a geography class, my teacher started with a case study of how we link diseases to specific locations, tying back to the lingering health effects among 9/11 survivors.

Caroline Magdolen | Eco-anxiety, our double-edged sword to wield

(08/22/21 1:19am)

Eco-anxiety is a misnomer. Healthline defines it as “persistent worries about the future of Earth and the life it shelters,” but those who have eco-anxiety also report anger, depression, existential dread, grief, guilt, obsessive thoughts, and post-traumatic stress. Eco-anxiety? It’s more like eco-anxiety, mixed in with eco-depression, eco-OCD, and eco-PTSD.