Between Aug. 22 and 28, while Penn freshmen enjoyed a gala at the Philadelphia Museum of Art and Penn-themed ice sculptures, an estimated 23 people died from a drug overdose in the city of Philadelphia.
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Most Americans are familiar with the Fourth of July, our nation’s Independence Day celebrated annually with concerts, cookouts, and fireworks. But few people know about the other significant — if perpetually overshadowed — early-July American anniversary. July 1st was the 45th anniversary of the ratification of the 26th amendment, lowering the national voting age to 18. The amendment granted young Americans a fundamental civil right, but sadly, it is a right which today a majority of those young Americans ignore.
You saw their name looming at the bottom of each page of every AP test you ever took. You made tense visits to their website to learn your SAT scores, then you went searching for the credit card when you returned to their website to send your scores to each college to which you applied. By the time you graduated high school, their name was all over your inbox, your mailbox, and your bank statements.
In a race for the White House that has been anything but presidential, you do not have to look far for reasons to be disgusted. There are Donald Trump’s vile attacks against everyone from Megyn Kelly to Pope Francis. There is the perceived unfairness of the Democratic Party’s nominating process. And of course, there is the barrage of emails, phone calls and TV ads that are ominously beginning to saturate our lives.
Mental health is a lightning-rod issue at Penn. This is for good reason: in the last three years, a shocking ten Penn students have taken their own lives. But as I have read article after article on this issue and spent hours talking about it with friends, I have come to feel that the conversation about mental wellness on Penn’s campus is still somehow incomplete.
It started with a trip to the dump.
In what seems like another life, Colwin Williams committed a series of crimes that landed him in prison for almost 19 years. Now, he is an outreach coordinator for Philadelphia Ceasefire, working with high-risk youth in Philadelphia to prevent them from making his same mistakes.
The Union of White Cornell Students has announced plans to issue demands to the Cornell University administration, host a speaker series and organize a march of white students.
Following a four-month investigation, a University of Kansas Professor who used a racial slur in class will be allowed to return to work this week.
This weekend, nearly 400 musicians from 64 countries signed up to participate in a 48-hour international music production competition called Mixathon48, operated by Engineering graduate student Nicholas Yiu.
Chicago State University will not be able to make payroll starting March 1 in the midst of a budget battle over state university funding, according to school officials.
Today the College Republicans wrote an op-ed arguing that America should focus on fixing its mental healthcare system in response to the wave of mass shootings that has plagued the country.