What do billionaire hedge fund manager Bill Ackman and Wharton students have in common? Both have a reputation for their relentless drive to make money — and lots of it.
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Troy Harris was 15 years old when his best friend was shot dead.
Welcome to the Radian: Where lush couches, flat-screen televisions and spiral staircases fill duplex lounges, where gyms with state-of-the-art equipment have windows that extend from the floor to the ceiling and where modern kitchens are furnished with the newest appliances.
Experiencing New Student Orientation is like drinking from a hire hose for many freshmen, and not just because some consume more alcohol than their bodies can handle. Lonely new students form early friendships with their roommates and hall mates, and bond over shared new experiences. Many of these relationships fade — but some lucky halls stand the test of time.
As Penn’s fall election season came to a close on Friday, dozens of freshmen scrambled to shake hands, plaster bulletin boards with campaign posters and chalk the Quadrangle with their names. But markedly missing from the election shenanigans was the 6’3” Dominican New Yorker who dominated the campus political scene for the past four years — the godfather of Penn politics, Gabe Delaney.
Students have gone to extreme measures to protest soaring tuition costs. At USC, students climbed on tables, stripped off their shirts and threw money in the air in protest at a Board of Regents meeting. At the University of Warwick, a sit-in ended in Taser threats and tear gas. And while their cries that “tuition is too damn high” have fallen on deaf ears — Penn’s tuition has risen at twice the rate of inflation in recent years — research indicates that students could be right.
Regal music accompanied thousands of Penn freshmen as they marched down Locust Walk, sober and in business casual for their first time since arriving at Penn. The excitement was palpable; but few expected convocation to pointedly address the mental health crisis that has rocked Penn’s campus since six students committed suicide within 15 months.
Unlike the United States government and many of Penn’s fledgling start-ups, the University ran a budget surplus in the fiscal year that ended in June 2014 — and it was no small sum.
Hip-hop singer Casey Bridgeford was living off of food stamps in Indianapolis when he decided to go back to school 12 years ago. Three years of community college and two jobs later, he was admitted to Penn’s College of Liberal and Professional Studies. Little did he know that he would have to sell water bottles on the streets of Delaware and take out $30,000 in loans to cover his tuition bill.
No state ID. No driver’s license. No public benefits. No FAFSA money.
While Yale students protested student income contributions to financial aid outside their president’s office, Penn students contribute gladly.
Spring break elicits images of overworked students partying their stress away in bathing suits and bikinis at tropical resorts, traveling to exotic new countries or relaxing at home with family. For many Penn students, however, spring break is no break at all.
Alcohol is everywhere. Fraternities store enough of it to serve hundreds per night. It is sold illegally to minors, exchanged in dorm rooms and was even served at the Penn Museum during one recent exhibit. It may even be in a classroom nearby.
For the second time in one day, demonstrators protested Penn's Board of the Trustees meeting — and both times, the subjects of their criticisms were not fully in attendance.
Penn announced on Thursday that total cost of attendance for undergraduates will increase to $63,526 in the 2015-2016 academic year, the highest in University history.
As music pulsed in the background, over 100 young entrepreneurs walked around World Cafe Live, laughing and drinking. They were not there for a party or concert, but for the inaugural reception of the Penn Innovation Corps Site, a tech entrepreneurship accelerator.
Students Organizing for Unity and Liberation held a Student Debt Demonstration this past Friday to protest Penn’s no-loan policy as part of their Ferguson Friday series.
Student protests against the University’s PILOTs policy — or lack thereof — have brought Penn’s relationship with the City of Brotherly Love under public scrutiny. Yet, these protests themselves have garnered backlash for their failure to acknowledge Penn’s role as one of the largest tax contributors in Philadelphia.
From renting out the Philadelphia Museum of Art during New Student Orientation to developing new campuses in San Francisco and Beijing, Penn spends lavishly to maintain its reputation as one of this country’s most coveted Ivy League universities.
Wharton freshman Ying Cong Seah was 13 years old when he was ordained as a monk for the first time.