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CBS airs film on former Penn student Blaze Bernstein and his alleged killer in '48 Hours' episode

(11/12/18 7:03am)

Former Penn student Blaze Bernstein went missing over winter break while visiting his family before being found dead in a park in Orange County, Calif. in January. Within weeks, Samuel Woodward, a former high school classmate of Bernstein, was arrested for his murder. Since then, prosecutors in the case have accused Woodward of killing Bernstein in a hate crime because the Penn student was Jewish and gay. 

Penn pushes back on Trump proposal to redefine gender: 'It's just so incredibly dehumanizing'

(10/31/18 4:12am)

A memo recently revealed the Trump administration might narrow the term "gender" to be defined according to biological sex — a move that would dramatically curtail recognition of transgender and gender-nonconforming individuals under federal law. The report prompted swift backlash across the nation and at Penn, where students, faculty, and administrators have said they would fight the change. 

Reports of sexual harassment to Penn's Ombuds Office hit five-year high

(10/25/18 1:37am)

This year, Penn's Office of the Ombuds’ annual report found a significant increase in the number of people who came to the office to discuss instances of sexual harassment and violence. In the past several years, the ombuds' report has consistently reported that no student or faculty member reported instances of sexual harassment or violence. This year, the number jumped to five complaints.

Penn has acknowledged its ties to slavery, but student researchers say their work is far from over

(08/24/18 2:34am)

Less than two years after a Penn spokesperson denied any direct involvement between Penn and the slave trade, Penn President Amy Gutmann penned a statement to the community this summer formally acknowledging that 75 of Penn's former trustees, including the University's first Provost William Penn, were slave owners. 

The ASAM program has a new interim director — but many say the problems aren't over

(04/05/18 12:51am)

English professor and longtime standing faculty member of the Asian American Studies program Josephine Park will be taking over as the program’s interim director for the next academic year. Students and faculty members, however, still say they fear for the future of the program. 

A year on, there's still little clarity on whether Penn is searching for a new ASAM director

(03/28/18 2:10am)

Asian American Studies program leaders say there is no ongoing search for a director of Penn's ASAM program — which has been operating without a director since Grace Kao's departure in January 2017 — despite indications from the University administration otherwise.

A Black Lives Matter leader says Penn should fire Amy Wax. A BLM critic says that's a 'scandal.'

(03/18/18 11:42pm)

As the debate around Penn Law professor Amy Wax continues to grow, pundits are calling her comments and her experience emblematic for what they see as larger, endemic issues within higher education. In the past weekend alone, a leader of the Black Lives Matter movement has weighed in on Wax's comments, prompting a fiery response from a notable critic of the BLM movement. 

President of Black Law Student Association on Wax's removal: 'there's more work to be done'

(03/18/18 11:35pm)

Penn Law School Dean Ted Ruger announced last week that Penn Law professor Amy Wax would be barred from teaching a mandatory first-year course. While students and alumni largely expressed gratitude for this action, many say that more needs to be done for diversity initiatives at the school.