At long last, Penn’s campus has reopened. With extensive testing procedures in place, vaccinations initiated, and students permitted in on-campus housing, Penn students and faculty are able to return to some degree of normalcy, albeit through a hybrid semester and mostly online classes.
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Jan. 6, 2021 will forever be known as the day an insurrectionary, right-wing mob, egged on by President Donald Trump, stormed the United States Capitol, disrupting the official business of Congress in a disgusting display of domestic terrorism. Make no mistake: Donald Trump is to blame. Those witnessing his egregious behavior must speak up — and that includes the administration at his alma mater.
During a normal semester at Penn, Locust Walk teems with students, generating content for posts on the popular "Overheard at Penn" Facebook page. When COVID-19 placed restrictions on in-person activities and forced Penn to send students home in the spring, posts on the page sharply declined, according to an analysis by The Daily Pennsylvanian Analytics Team.
To say 2020 has been a difficult year has become a cliché at this point. Between event cancellations, rampant systemic racism, the loss of numerous American icons, and almost 300,000 deaths from an out-of-control virus, Americans have endured much over the past 12 months.
Earlier this week, Penn announced that it would cancel classes on three individual days during the spring semester. Professors will not be allowed to hold any form of classes nor give any type of assessment on these days. This decision reversed an earlier one where the only days off would come from a two-day spring break, much to the frustration of Penn's student body.
This week, many Penn students who have spent the entire semester on or near campus will travel back to their home states or countries. For all, Thanksgiving is a much-needed break from the stresses of school. With that period of relaxation and associated travel, however, comes the threat of COVID-19.
This past Tuesday, the University announced that it would donate $100 million over 10 years to Philadelphia public schools. The largest private contribution in the school district’s history, the funds will be used to ameliorate the environmental hazards present in those schools, including asbestos and lead.
Over the coming weeks, Penn students must decide whether they will be learning from home or at school next semester. During an already stressful time, Penn's cancellation policy for housing does its students no favors.
A few weeks ago, Penn announced plans to host a hybrid format for the spring. Although most classes will still be online, students have been formally invited back to Philadelphia, a modified version of the on-campus housing experience will be available, and a number of campus spaces will reopen.
This week, many Penn students celebrated the victory of former Vice President Joe Biden in the 2020 presidential election.
This Tuesday, Penn students, faculty, and employees, along with tens of millions of other Americans, will cast their votes in what is arguably the most important presidential election of our lifetimes. Despite this monumental civic moment, Penn has refused to suspend University operations, despite widespread calls to do so.
In 2020, the grueling election process produced two candidates with close ties to the University of Pennsylvania: President Donald Trump, a 1968 Wharton graduate, and former Vice President Joe Biden, a former Penn professor.
Next Tuesday, Philadelphians, including Penn students, will be faced with a number of choices on the ballot. While much attention has been paid to the presidential race, far less heralded are local issues, including four ballot questions. The Daily Pennsylvanian Editorial Board recommends handling the questions as follows:
A Daily Pennsylvanian poll found that former Vice President Joe Biden leads President and 1968 Wharton graduate Donald Trump 84% to 10% among Penn undergraduates.
Penn professors have spent about 100 times the amount of money on former Vice President Joe Biden's presidential campaign than on President and 1968 Wharton graduate Donald Trump's campaign this election cycle, according to an analysis by The Daily Pennsylvanian.
This Friday at 6 a.m, Acme Markets will open at 40th and Walnut, replacing The Fresh Grocer after a six month transitionary period. The opening of an additional culinary option on campus will likely come to the relief of many in the Penn community, who have lacked easy access to a grocery store for months on end.
The news that longtime campus staple Magic Carpet Foods has been forced to rely on donations for survival may come as a disappointment for many in the Penn community. Unfortunately, this is not necessarily surprising — the COVID-19 pandemic has caused substantial financial challenges, with small businesses losing 20% of their revenue and many being forced to close down entirely.
With the 2020 elections less than a month away, politics remains at the forefront of much of the Penn community's priorities. Although it is likely that many students and University employees will vote using absentee or mail-in ballots, a significant number may also vote in person.
In an unprecedented election year, with critical contests up and down the ballot, preserving our democracy’s integrity is more important than ever. With the COVID-19 pandemic, however, municipalities across the country are facing a poll worker shortage. Many regular poll workers, who tend to be older than the population at large – a majority being over the age of 60 – are choosing to sit this election out due to their added risk for complications from COVID-19.
This past Thursday, the University announced major changes to the spring 2021 calendar, postponing the start of the semester and reducing spring break to a two day, mid-week break to reduce student travel. Many students slammed Penn’s decision in the immediate aftermath, with over 100 students signing a petition urging Penn to reconsider. The petition cited concerns surrounding both mental and physical health as reasons to reinstate a full spring break.