In this week's opart, the opinion section takes a look at some other things that are 50-50 at Penn.
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Penn announced Tuesday that it would require all sophomores from the Class of 2024 onward to purchase a dining plan in addition to living in on-campus housing. Ostensibly an attempt to encourage community building, many see it as something else.
Last week, I received a significantly lengthier and more detailed email about the cold weather than I did about the alarmingly high COVID-19 positivity rates on campus. While Penn’s positive cases continued to skyrocket, the extent of communication from the university itself ended with an offhand message about Super Bowl parties. Rather than trying to intimidate its students with empty threats, Penn should take a long, hard look at its enforcement of its COVID-19 regulations — or lack thereof.
“I just can’t vote for either candidate.” From a TikTok trend of tearfully writing in candidates onto ballots to angry tweets from people refusing to vote this year, it is clear that this upcoming election presents an unpleasant dilemma for many voters. But trying to take the high road or deliver a message by boycotting the election is far from the right answer.
“I just can’t wait to get out of here.” It’s a phrase that’s been thrown around by most teens for years, but has suddenly made an urgent resurgence in the past month. For me personally, the only light at the end of the tunnel has been the optimistic promise that we’ll be back on campus in three months. Regardless of advancements, or lack thereof, in vaccinations, Penn should at least partially re-open for the spring semester.