With August comes move-in. With November comes Family Weekend. With May comes graduation. Each of these events brings me a familiar sense of sadness and longing. On Locust Walk, I see brothers, but not mine. I see grandparents, but not mine. I see families, but not mine.
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A check sits on the desk of a basketball coach at a selective university. Next to it is an outstanding transcript and resume — these come from different students, different families, but he must choose one.
No one was born a Penn student. We all descended onto Locust Walk at different points in our lives, ready to embrace the Red and Blue. Bit by bit, we learned the meaning of being Penn kids. Some of us spend more time in Huntsman GSRs than in our Harnwell apartments. Many of us crave Wawa every Friday night at 3 am. For others, their Greek chapter represents their Penn experience.
After two years of learning at Penn — the oldest university in the United States — I began to wonder whether I should have instead applied to an entirely different set of selective universities: Oxbridge. To find out, I hopped off to the University of Cambridge for three short but enriching months on a study abroad program.
Politics is different where I’m from. We don’t have a codified constitution, but we do have an Official Government-Appointed Wizard. The deputy leader of one of the political parties on the 2014 ballot was a pineapple. And our prime minister took a couple months off for maternity leave this year.
There is one thing that the Nominations and Elections Committee of Penn Student Government gets very right. If you want to run for Class Board or the Undergraduate Assembly, the NEC stipulates that no candidate can spend over $50 on their campaign. This ensures that elections are not about who has the most resources to disseminate their ideas, but the ideas themselves.
With Nov. 6 only six weeks away, candidates all over the country are vying for seats in their local offices and on Capitol Hill. Midterm elections will bring a sea of fresh faces, campaigning about their desire to represent you on a multitude of issues; but will they? Will they legislate for their constituents, or for their wallets?
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I’m ashamed to say I only started volunteering at Penn at the beginning of my sophomore spring. It had been a huge part of my pre-Penn life, but as soon as I stepped foot on Locust Walk for the first time, I fell victim to the insidious bubble on campus that emanates the facade of self-absorbed busyness.
Columnist Lucy Hu takes to Locust Walk to get students' opinions on legacy admissions in the second installment of her video series, "Locust Talk."
Year after year, Penn’s acceptance rate declines. But what exactly made only 8.39 percent of this year’s applicant pool qualified to attend our university?
I grew up surrounded by “Pasifika” culture. Soaking up the languages, celebrating Samoan dance at festivals, eating delicious Tongan food, and even watching satirical “brown TV.” The shows, food, and culture weren’t spectacles — they were simply a part of New Zealand life.
Columnist Lucy Hu takes to Locust Walk to get students' opinions on Penn's "liberal bubble" in a new weekly video series.
Much to the dismay of students who long for snow days, the only snowflakes Penn has seen this semester have been of the liberal kind.
Fraternities have been institutionalized in American college life since the 1700s. These organizations promote values of community, support, and brotherhood. It is therefore ironic that their new member education processes can be entirely antithetical to these values.
When I first set foot on Locust Walk’s tired red bricks on that sweltering August day in 2016, it was the first time I had ever left home.
GROUP THINK is The Daily Pennsylvanian’s roundtable section, in which we throw a question at the columnists and see which answers stick. Read your favorite columnist, or read them all. If you would like to apply to be a columnist for the Spring semester, please fill out the columnist application here.
For a group of institutions that espouse egalitarianism, the Ivy League certainly does not hesitate in skirting the law to perpetuate white domination.
GROUP THINK is The Daily Pennsylvanian’s roundtable section, in which we throw a question at the columnists and see what answers stick. Read your favorite columnist, or read them all.
The administration’s recent ostensible efforts to begin listening to student input began with the promising Campus Conversation. Frankly, they ended there too.