Thousands of Philadelphians gathered in front of City Hall Friday to protest the Supreme Court’s overturn of Roe v. Wade, ending the constitutional protection to the right of abortion. While Pennsylvanians will still be able to access abortion facilities, the ripple of those who lost this ability was certainly felt in Philadelphia. The ruling also came at a time when the future of abortion rights in Pennsylvania will be decided in November as Republican nominee for governor Doug Mastriano does not support abortion rights, while Democratic nominee for governor Josh Shapiro does. With chanting, tears, and a great deal of emotions in the air, here’s a look into Friday's protest.
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Students, teachers, families, lawmakers, and many others gathered on the National Mall of Washington D.C. on June 11, 2022, to protest the recent acts of gun violence around the United States. The first March for Our Lives protest took place in the wake of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting in Parkland, Fla., in 2018. With chants, tears, and a wide range of emotions running high, here’s a look into the March for Our Lives rally last Saturday.
In Photos: Security officers, housekeepers, and other University employees rally for better contracts
Last week, security officers, housekeeping staff, and other Philadelphia community members gathered in front of the Benjamin Franklin statue to protest unfair wages, unsafe practices, and workplace harassment — among other issues.
Through both rain and sunshine, the Class of 2022 concluded their time as undergraduate students at Penn on Monday. In comparison with the virtual commencement ceremony for the Class of 2020 two years ago and the limited attendance celebration for the Class of 2021, this year's ceremony is marked by many signs of post-pandemic life. Families and friends filled the stands of Franklin Field, and graduates enjoyed each other's presence without the separation of masks.
Holi, an ancient Hindu festival that celebrates the beginning of spring and the blossoming of love, took place on College Green last Friday. It was the first time that the festival was celebrated by the Penn community since 2019 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. With a myriad of colors streaking across the sky, here’s a look into how the Penn community celebrated Holi on April 1, 2022.
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In Photos: Lia Thomas becomes first transgender NCAA Division I women’s swimming and diving champion
The NCAA Division I Women’s Swimming and Diving Championships took place at the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta from March 16 to March 19. Among the participants are three Penn swimmers: juniors Catherine Buroker and Anna Kalandadze, and fifth-year senior Lia Thomas. With Thomas becoming the first transgender NCAA swimming champion, protestors and supporters outside the competition venue, and a whirlwind of cheering, felicitation, and controversy, here's a look into the national stage where three Penn women's swimmers competed across four days.
I feel like I’m always playing Tetris with my Google Calendar.
Today, students from Penn and Drexel, as well as members of the Philadelphia community, gathered in front of College Hall to stand in solidarity with the Ukrainian people. Though the armed conflict is on another side of the globe, the Penn community certainly felt its ripple. With the crowd passionately chanting, banners flying, and the Ukrainian national anthem echoing in the wind, here’s a look into today’s march in solidarity with Ukraine.
After eighteen years of service, President Amy Gutmann bid farewell to the Penn community today. After being nominated by President Biden in July and confirmed by the United States Senate on Feb. 8, 2022, she will shortly depart for Berlin, where she will serve as U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of Germany.
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The world ebbed and flowed with its fair share of monumental events in 2021. Riding alongside the waves, the Penn community was no exception.
Every day when I leave class, I step outside into the wintery Philadelphia weather, take off my mask, and take a deep breath of the crisp air, feeling refreshed. It is almost comedic how an act as trivial as taking off a mask can bring someone so much relief.
I stood in the corner of a dimly lit fraternity house, solo cup in hand, observing the commotion in front of me. The air reeked of cheap beer accompanied by the occasional crisp sound of ping pong balls landing in cups. I had two thoughts in mind: it is surreal that I’m finally at college after a year of online school and I can’t believe how much I’m enjoying a fraternity party.
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When I first stepped on campus on Aug. 25, I felt a strange symbiosis of familiarity and unfamiliarity, having finished my first year of college completely online from my home in China. Locust Walk bustled with activity as first years headed off to yet another New Student Orientation event while I, a sophomore, found myself lost on my own college campus.
Unlike Fourth of July 2020, this year’s Independence Day was not represented by virtual celebratory events and rising COVID-19 cases. Earlier in June, the city of Philadelphia lifted COVID-19 capacity restrictions, social distancing guidelines, and mask requirements for vaccinated individuals, allowing people to attend Independence Day events in person and maskless throughout the city.
On Monday, the Class of 2021 joined a long line of graduating classes in concluding their time at Penn as undergraduate students. While many classes have preceded them, their experience is unique. After having their junior year suddenly cut short by the COVID-19 pandemic in March 2020, they never returned to the classroom and have now completed their final two and a half semesters virtually. While the Class of 2020's commencement was moved online and an in-person event is yet to be rescheduled, the Class of 2021 was able to have a socially-distanced celebration in Franklin Field.