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Yoni Gutenmacher | Penn’s commencement plans overlook Orthodox Jews

(03/15/21 3:47pm)

Penn’s decision last week to host a partially in-person commencement on May 17 was received by many graduating seniors with appreciation and celebration. But for many Orthodox Jewish students, the decision also produced anxiety and uncertainty around the date of commencement, which is scheduled on the same day as the Jewish holiday Shavuot. 

Penn says it's investing in climate change research — its only climate scientist disagrees

(11/15/18 8:13am)

Penn's 2017 Sustainability Report claimed to show real progress on some of the official goals the University set in the 2014 Climate Action Plan 2.0 — namely, the goal to “support faculty interest in researching and teaching sustainability” was marked as achieved in the report, which was released earlier this year.

At age 10, she became a refugee. Now, Constantia Constantinou is Penn's VP of Libraries

(10/11/18 12:46am)

When Director of Penn Libraries Constantia Constantinou first came to Penn in May 2018, one of the first rooms she visited was the Moelis Family Grand Reading Room in Van Pelt Library. As she walked into the room, she was immediately struck by the large windows facing the trees on Locust Walk, the tapestry, and the ottomans.

Penn appoints longtime administrator Sharon Smith as second-in-command to VPUL

(09/06/18 3:32am)

As spring semester came to a close, Vice Provost for University Life Valarie Swain-Cade McCoullum had several new positions to fill. Just a few weeks earlier, the new position of chief operating officer of wellness had been announced, and over the summer, the position of associate vice provost for student affairs had also been vacated. McCoullum found herself helping cover for both positions, while handling all her other roles at VPUL. 

Penn's Dean of Admissions comments on UChicago’s decision to drop SAT/ACT requirement

(06/17/18 1:02am)

On Thursday morning, the University of Chicago announced that it would no longer require undergraduate applicants to submit an SAT or ACT score in order to be considered for admission. However, according to Dean of Admissions Eric Furda, Penn will maintain its current testing requirement and will not follow up with a similar move anytime soon.

Trump cancels Eagles' White House celebration, reigniting national anthem kneeling controversy

(06/07/18 4:32am)

On Jun. 4 President Donald Trump disinvited the Philadelphia Eagles from visiting the White House for a Super Bowl victory celebration. The abrupt White House announcement came after nearly the entire team said they intended to boycott the celebration that was scheduled to take place the next day.

Meek Mill's judge will remain on case, despite request for her removal

(05/31/18 2:44am)

A request filed by rapper Meek Mill's legal team to remove Philadelphia Common Pleas Court Judge Genece E. Brinkley from his role overseeing the criminal case against Mill was denied by another Philadelphia judge on Wednesday morning. Conquequently, Brinkley, who sent Mill to prison last year and who repeatedly denied Mill the opportunity to be released from prison on bail, will remain on the case, according to

Penn names Dean from Stony Brook U. Constantia Constantinou as new Vice Provost of Libraries

(05/18/18 2:11am)

Penn will appoint Constantia Constantinou, the current Dean of University Libraries at Stony Brook University, as the new H. Carton Rogers III Vice Provost and Director of the Penn Libraries. In an email to administrators, Provost Wendell Pritchett said that Constantinou will begin her job on August 1.