It had been four days since Election Day, and it was still unclear who the 46th President of the United States would be. Votes continued to slowly roll in from the few states that had not decided yet, and an anxious nation was desperate for the race to be called. But late on Saturday morning, major news networks began to project former Penn Presidential Professor of Practice Joe Biden as the winner of the state of Pennsylvania, pushing him beyond the threshold of 270 electoral votes to secure the presidency.
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The 2020 election — shaped by the COVID-19 pandemic and a reckoning over racial injustice and police brutality against the Black community — looked notably different on Penn's campus compared to previous years. The battleground state of Pennsylvania could be a key decider in calling this election. President and 1968 Wharton graduate Donald Trump and former Vice President and Presidential Professor of Practice Joe Biden currently await the electoral results as several states, including Pennsylvania, rush to finish counting ballots. Despite a completely remote fall semester, members of the Penn and nearby Philadelphia community masked up and voted in person on campus, abiding by social distancing guidelines at Houston Hall, ARCH, and Walnut Street West Library. Nearly 700 ballots were cast at the three campus polling sites, 83% of which were in favor of Democratic nominee Joe Biden. The Daily Pennsylvanian sent a team of photographers to capture this unique election week. Here's how it has unfolded so far.
As a historic 2020 Election Day approaches, The Daily Pennsylvanian looks back on ten major United States politicians that have visited Penn’s campus and Philadelphia since 2018.
A Philadelphia-based anti-capitalist group appears to have been responsible for the civil unrest that occurred near Penn's campus on Aug. 25.
Hundreds gathered in front of City Hall on Friday evening to protest police brutality and racial injustice after a police officer shot and paralyzed Jacob Blake in Kenosha, Wis.
Civil unrest near Penn's campus prompted a UPennAlert Tuesday night.
After finishing an assignment in his dorm room in Kings Court English College House, rising Engineering sophomore Muhammad Abdullah Khalid met up with rising Engineering sophomore Amelia Sharpe to get dinner from 1920 Commons.
Health professionals and medical experts from across the United States, including 11 Penn faculty members, have signed an open letter to America's decision makers calling for a national strategy to change the trajectory of the pandemic and its rapidly escalating death toll.
In mid-March, many students moved back in with their parents to participate in online learning for the remainder of the spring semester. Now, parents of undergraduate students in the Wharton School are experiencing some online learning of their own.
A college career defined by in-person experiences and a bustling campus was quickly halted by a global pandemic this spring — an obstacle that rising seniors never envisioned would mark the end of their time at Penn. As the final year for the Class of 2021 quickly approaches, they acknowledge that it will look vastly different from what they ever imagined it to be like.
Penn has a widely known history of failing to pay Payments in Lieu of Taxes, financial contributions that property tax-exempt organizations voluntarily make to local governments.
Independence Day celebrations in Philadelphia were far quieter than usual this year amid the COVID-19 pandemic. The Wawa Welcome America Festival, which has been Philly's signature 4th of July celebration since 1993, was held virtually, and official firework shows above the Philadelphia Museum of Art and the Benjamin Franklin Bridge were canceled.
On July 1, Erika James officially began her tenure as the 15th dean of the Wharton School. Her first morning on the job included a brief television appearance on ABC's Good Morning America.
On July 1, 2014 — exactly six years ago — Geoffrey Garrett began a new job that only 13 individuals had held before him: Dean of The Wharton School. Today marks his formal transition to his new role as Dean of the University of Southern California’s Marshall School of Business.
All Penn Nursing lectures, seminars, and discussion groups, regardless of size, will be conducted online for the fall 2020 semester.
Over 500 people gathered in Philadelphia's LOVE Park on Sunday afternoon for the Philly Queer March for Black Lives — a celebration of the contributions of Black transgender women toward equality and a continuation of weeks of nationwide protests against ongoing racial injustice.
A group of over 20 protesters marched from LOVE Park to Penn's College Green on Saturday evening, two weeks after the George Floyd protests began in Philadelphia, and primarily demanded the University divest from the Philadelphia Police Department.
In response to the recent death of George Floyd, who died after a Minneapolis police officer pressed his knee on Floyd's neck for nearly nine minutes, protests have erupted in many cities across the United States. Thousands of demonstrators in Philadelphia have marched for nine consecutive days now, demanding racial justice and systematic change.
As demonstrators continue to fill the streets of Philadelphia and major cities across the nation, hundreds of healthcare workers gathered at Franklin Field on Friday to honor George Floyd and protest against racial inequality in the U.S. healthcare system.
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