Demonstrators marched through Philadelphia Tuesday night as part of the Justice for Daunte Wright protest. Wright, a 20-year-old Black man, was shot and killed by white police officer Kim Potter during a traffic stop in Brooklyn Center, Minn. on Sunday. The protesters called for justice for Black and transgender lives, as well as the abolition of the police. Earlier in the day, Potter resigned as a Brooklyn Center police officer. On April 14, Potter was arrested and charged with second-degree manslaughter.
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Last April, Daily Pennsylvanian photographers documented what campus looked like in comparison to previous years. Flowers and greenery bloomed to a campus that had been evacuated one month prior. This March, our photographers revisited some of the same spots around campus to see what has changed. Although students returned to campus this January, many common meeting spots and winding walkways remain largely empty — especially given the winter weather.
One year ago, Penn asked all students who had gone away for spring break not return to campus, aiming to limit the spread of COVID-19. Students who had remained on campus were instructed to move out of their residences by March 15 — a date that was later extended to March 17. This spring break, Penn asked all students to stay.
Most of the past 11 months have been spent inside. Online classes, remote work, and campus guidelines have confined many Penn students between four walls. And then, it snowed.
Philadelphia’s annual New Year’s Day Mummers Parade was canceled this year because of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, but that didn’t stop some Mummers and residents from marching down 2nd Street to protest Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney and celebrate the beginning of 2021.
Unprecedented. Tragic. Revolutionary. Exhausting. Inspiring. Historic. 2020. The world has experienced some of the most extraordinary events in modern history this year, and the Penn community has been impacted by it all.
When Penn announced that campus would close in March, most students hurriedly packed their suitcases, booked flights home, and said goodbye to their friends earlier than expected. But a small number of students remained on campus, and the University could not shut down completely. Buildings and grounds still needed to be maintained, campus still needed to be patrolled, and students still needed to be fed.
It had been four days since Election Day, and it was still unclear who the 46th President of the United States would be. Votes continued to slowly roll in from the few states that had not decided yet, and an anxious nation was desperate for the race to be called. But late on Saturday morning, major news networks began to project former Penn Presidential Professor of Practice Joe Biden as the winner of the state of Pennsylvania, pushing him beyond the threshold of 270 electoral votes to secure the presidency.
Although Penn's campus may be closed this semester, there are still plenty of places to get some fresh air and work outside before the weather gets too cold. Here are 15 on-campus locations that are great for attending online classes, studying, and catching up with friends while following social-distancing guidelines.
Last Tuesday, thousands of MAGA hat-clad Pennsylvanians of all ages — many of whom opted not to wear face masks — descended upon John Murtha Johnstown-Cambria County Airport in Johnstown, Pa. — a secluded town of less than 20,000. They came for the "the Trump experience," as many of them told The Daily Pennsylvanian, and the 1968 Wharton graduate did not disappoint.
While 1968 Wharton graduate and President Donald Trump sat in Philadelphia's National Constitution Center Tuesday evening for a town hall with undecided voters 49 days before Election Day, at least 200 anti-Trump protesters gathered outside of the venue making speeches and waving signs.
Over 100 Penn students and Philadelphia community members gathered outside the Penn Police Department headquarters on 4040 Chestnut Street shortly after 12 p.m. on Friday to protest Penn Police's alleged involvement in tear gassing protesters on 52nd Street on May 31.
Business owners across the country continue to face a multitude of challenges due to the COVID-19 pandemic. While some owners are beginning to reopen, many are still feeling the economic effects of the pandemic and are reimagining the future of their businesses.
Independence Day celebrations in Philadelphia were far quieter than usual this year amid the COVID-19 pandemic. The Wawa Welcome America Festival, which has been Philly's signature 4th of July celebration since 1993, was held virtually, and official firework shows above the Philadelphia Museum of Art and the Benjamin Franklin Bridge were canceled.
Over 500 people gathered in Philadelphia's LOVE Park on Sunday afternoon for the Philly Queer March for Black Lives — a celebration of the contributions of Black transgender women toward equality and a continuation of weeks of nationwide protests against ongoing racial injustice.
In response to the recent death of George Floyd, who died after a Minneapolis police officer pressed his knee on Floyd's neck for nearly nine minutes, protests have erupted in many cities across the United States. Thousands of demonstrators in Philadelphia have marched for nine consecutive days now, demanding racial justice and systematic change.
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This summer, Ivy League campuses are going to be quieter and emptier than ever before. Summer courses are being administered through virtual instruction, programs for incoming first-years and high school students have been canceled, and most research labs are closed until further notice. In-person campus tours that attract visitors from around the world have been moved online.
It has been two months since Penn moved classes online and asked students to leave campus due to the coronavirus pandemic. Stay-at-home orders remain in place throughout many parts of the United States, leading to increased free time as there are no events to attend or people to see.
Thousands took to Benjamin Franklin Parkway on Saturday as part of the fourth annual Women’s March on Philadelphia. The diverse crowd held signs that addressed issues like gender equality, the presidential election, and climate change.