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A Dennie For Your Thoughts | Get involved or don’t complain

(04/08/10 8:20am)

“I bust a brand new ho in every video. That’s on the Pound and the Row when the wind blow. I pass a ho to my kinfolk and the smoke.” Those lyrics are from Snoop Dogg’s song “Groupie” off of his album “Tha Doggfather.” That is the kind of message you will be hearing at this year’s Spring Fling concert.

A Dennie For Your Thoughts | More than mocking campaign videos

(03/25/10 9:05am)

Unless you have been living under a rock, you are probably aware that election season is here. Locust Walk is once again littered with colorful posters, and your Facebook has been exploding with invitations to join various support groups. With all this publicity, the question must be raised: what do they actually stand for?

A Dennie For Your Thoughts | Real chairs at the table for students

(02/25/10 9:51am)

There are a total of 16 undergraduates that sit on the University Council, Penn’s highest deliberative body. You would think that with such a high number of seats, undergraduates would be able to bring about real change at Penn in the truest sense. Perhaps this would hold true if the University Council actually did anything.

A Dennie For Your Thoughts | ‘Ask’ questions. ‘Tell’ your thoughts

(02/18/10 10:01am)

Everyone has an opinion on the U.S. military’s infamous policy, “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.” DADT was implemented as a compromise between President Bill Clinton — who had campaigned on the promise of repealing the military’s ban of gays and lesbians — and Congress in 1993. The policy states that gays and lesbians are not allowed to serve openly in the military, and superiors are not allowed to question soldiers’ sexual orientation.

A Dennie For Your Thoughts | Adjustment without the anxiety

(01/21/10 10:28am)

Transitioning between high school and college is not the easiest process to go through. As a freshman, you find yourself living in a new city, surrounded by people you don’t know. Add this to the fact that you’re going to have to start worrying about grades in one of the most competitive academic environments in the nation, and Penn can begin to seem pretty intimidating.

A Dennie For Your Thoughts | Leaving my (liberal) comfort zone

(01/14/10 10:44am)

Here’s a simple fact, one that University President Amy Gutmann doesn’t want you to know: if you really want to, you can coast through your eight semesters at Penn. Some classes are just easier than others. And let’s face it — a lot of students at Penn are intelligent enough that they can take classes that will not challenge them and walk away with a transcript full of A’s.

A Dennie For Your Thoughts | ‘I've never been more proud’

(12/10/09 10:23am)

On Monday morning, our campus was the target of a protest by the Westboro Baptist Church, an extreme Christian (and I use the term Christian very loosely here) fundamentalist organization that travels the country protesting various progressive organizations. Penn’s very own Hillel was the subject of a recent protest.

Dennie Zastrow | A paralyzing strike to the city

(11/05/09 8:38am)

Early Monday morning SEPTA’s Transport Workers Union Local 234 decided to go on strike. This move, orchestrated in the dead of the night in what was an unnecessarily dramatic fashion, has the potential to paralyze the city. Though Philadelphia residents do not rely on public transportation as much as New Yorkers do, the impact of losing access to SEPTA’s subways, trolleys and busses could prove to be catastrophic.

Dennie Zastrow | Don't outsource your real education

(10/29/09 8:59am)

Recently the Washington Post published an article detailing Georgetown sophomore Charley Cooper’s search for a personal assistant. According to the article, this personal assistant will be responsible for performing mundane, everyday tasks, including but not limited to “organizing his closet, dropping him off and picking him up from work, scheduling haircuts, putting gas in the car and taking it in for service, managing his electronic accounts and doing laundry.”

Dennie Zastrow | Better serving students and the community

(10/22/09 4:57am)

Sexual assault has become an increasingly visible issue on campus — in the past few weeks alone, three separate instances have been reported. In comparison, according to the Annual Security and Fire Safety Report released by the Division of Public Safety, just eight sexual assaults were reported on campus in all of 2008. The procedure for caring for victims of sexual violence is familiar — the victim goes to a hospital, where she is treated accordingly. But it might surprise you to find out that the people who went through this experience were unable to receive treatment at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania.

Dennie Zastrow | Making the meetings count

(10/08/09 5:57am)

My week almost always shapes up to be a hectic one. I usually have general body meetings, committee meetings, board meetings, team meetings, updates with administrators, Undergraduate Assembly Steering, University Council and a hodge-podge of other commitments. Then there is my work-study job, which averages about 17 hours a week. Oh yeah, and then I have class.

Dennie Zastrow | Who's the real David?

(09/18/09 4:33am)

There's a laundry list of students' dreads at the beginning of the semester (the return of the all-nighter, no more home cooking), but one thing's at the top of the list: purchasing textbooks. Professors split fairly evenly between ordering books through the Penn Bookstore (managed by Barnes & Noble) and the independent Penn Book Center. The distinction between the two outlets seems, on the surface, to be a sort of "David versus Goliath," corporate leviathan versus the little guy scenario.

Dennie Zastrow | A direct election to direct students’ wishes

(09/10/09 6:58am)

It’s no secret that the chairperson of the Undergraduate Assembly is one of the most powerful students on campus. He has unparalleled access to the University’s administration, not to mention a $1.7 million budget. It would make sense that the entire student body would elect a position of such importance. However, Penn has taken a different route, and it has resulted in a flaw in our student government.