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Senior column by Jill Castellano | Looking back, not forward

(05/13/16 3:38pm)

Last year, I was privileged enough to attend convocation for the incoming class of Penn freshmen as an honorary guest. My role as DP editor-in-chief made me a campus leader, according to the invitation. I sat on the stage, staring at the audience’s faces as distinguished administrators promised that the next four years of their lives would be everything they could hope for. These amazing, bright young students were destined to accomplish great things.

Letter from the Editor-in-Chief | Stronger together

(12/07/15 6:07am)

Behind my desk in the windowless office, where I’ve spent an absurd number of hours this year, you can find a cork board littered with business cards of Managing Editors from years gone by. With a swift vote this January, the 131st Board of The Daily Pennsylvanian changed that cork board forever: My title of Managing Editor was eliminated, and I became the DP’s Editor-in-Chief.

Q&A with the new director of the alcohol and drug program office

(04/02/15 5:35am)

Alcohol and drugs are on the mind of one Penn administrator every day of the week. The Office of Alcohol and Other Drug Program Initiatives helps students navigate the risks and dangers of substance use, and a new director is taking the helm. Noelle Melartin, the new director of AOD, served as associate director from 2010 until March 2015, when she was promoted to her new position. The Daily Pennsylvanian sat down with Melartin to talk about her office and her new role.

UPDATED: Penn students interrupt Board of Trustees, calling out Comcast Exec. VP David Cohen

(02/26/15 7:26pm)

The shouts of Penn students echoed when they interrupted Thursday’s Board of Trustees meeting to confront the Board of Trustees Chairman and Comcast Executive Vice President David Cohen. But the advocates showed up only to find that Cohen was not in attendance.

Mental health task force makes preliminary recommendations

(10/01/14 5:44am)

Penn’s mental health task force offered preliminary recommendations to student groups at an Undergraduate Assembly steering committee, which included establishing a helpline staffed by professionals trained by  Counseling and Psychological Services as well as standardizing academic leave policies across Penn’s schools.