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Jay Shah | The new Houston Hall is fancy, but it’s not a student union

(09/20/18 3:52am)

Over the summer, Houston Hall underwent a $15.5 million renovation, bringing new eateries and a revamped space for members of the Penn community. One of the goals was to provide a more comfortable space to eat and work. And with improved lighting and an improved food court, it definitely does that. Even more remarkable is that the new sleek look still preserves the historic nature of Houston Hall.

Jay Shah | Closing Huntsman early is not a ridiculous idea

(09/04/18 3:41am)

Three years ago, if I had heard the news that Huntsman was closing at 2 a.m., I would have been frustrated. Perhaps I might have even been furious that the University was not focusing on the important aspects of mental health. A spot for late-night studying and Wawa for late night snacks were essentials of my first two years of college and essential for my success in classes. 

Jay Shah | We all have a role to play in the Campaign for Wellness

(02/18/18 7:15pm)

Upon returning from winter break, we were all greeted by a school-wide email informing us of the launch of the Campaign for Wellness program. Many of us were pleased that our concerns were being heard, while others among us doubted the effectiveness of such a program. But how can we judge its effectiveness without taking a look at what exactly it is?

Guest Column by Jay Shah | Reminder to upperclassmen: we were all freshmen once

(09/07/17 2:47am)

As I attempted to navigate through the crowd of mostly freshman at the activities fair, I could not help but reminisce on my experience during my first few months of school. The memories have faded, but the feelings and emotions of anxiety, social pressure and trying to find a home are still strong.