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In Photos: Philadelphians rejoice in the streets as Pa. propels Biden to presidency

(11/09/20 4:38am)

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. 

Photo Essay | Scenes from a pandemic-altered Election Day in Phila., and its tense aftermath

(11/05/20 8:21am)

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. 

Rising seniors concerned about social life, course quality ahead of their final fall term

(07/16/20 4:31am)

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. 

Photo Essay | Flags, flyovers, and fireworks: Phila. celebrates July Fourth amid pandemic

(07/05/20 5:44am)

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.

‘Thrill of my professional life’: Geoffrey Garrett departs after six years as Wharton Dean

(07/01/20 5:59am)

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. 

Photo Essay | Philadelphia protests for George Floyd and racial justice

(06/08/20 6:20am)

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.