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‘Time to think’: Students on gap semesters reflect on chance to relax and explore interests

(12/04/20 5:36am)

$26,583 to take online classes for a semester was simply not worth it for some students. As the fall 2020 semester comes to a close, students who decided to take a leave of absence reflect on a time of improving mental health and exploring other interests — with some even realizing that finishing college might no longer be in the cards for them. 

First years living off campus must break lease or request housing exemption for spring 2021

(11/25/20 4:57am)

While first-year students are required to live on campus in the spring, those who signed a 12-month lease off campus starting in the fall can request an exemption from the housing rule. Some students, however, have decided to break their lease in favor of a more traditional first-year experience on campus.

In wake of new statue, Black students call on Penn to go beyond 'performative' gestures

(11/18/20 4:36am)

Last week, Penn President Amy Gutmann hailed a new statue on campus as a sign of the school's commitment to fighting racial injustice. But Black students at Penn called on the University to go beyond "performative" gestures and meet student demands for increased funding for Black student groups.

Over 3,200 students petition Penn to extend Friday’s pass/fail deadline to end of semester

(10/29/20 4:22am)

The fall semester has been characterized by Zoom fatigue, challenges of at-home learning, and a polarized presidential election. In response to the tumult of fall 2020, a petition calling on the University to extend the deadline to opt-in to pass/fail grading has garnered over 3,200 student signatures.

From Locust tabling to organizing Floridians: Penn students grind in Biden's final stretch

(10/27/20 3:50am)

For Penn students working on Joe Biden's campaign, the fall has been filled with 70-hour weeks, tabling on Locust Walk, and running phone bank hubs. As the campaign reaches its final stretch, politically active students are grinding nonstop to help the former vice president emerge victorious in key battleground areas like Pennsylvania and Florida next week.