Student leaders, faculty, staff and administrators gathered in Houston Hall on Wednesday afternoon for the third University Council meeting of the year, which was the first open forum.
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Last Wednesday, the next installment in Penn’s mental health saga arrived in undergraduate inboxes, detailing several new initiatives and the expansion of current projects.
Penn’s Sexual Violence Investigative Officer Christopher Mallios will be leaving his post at the University less than one year after his appointment. On Nov. 3, Mallios was elected as one of 12 judges to sit on Philadelphia’s Court of Common Pleas, becoming only the second openly gay judge to serve.
Students have called for Penn to change the way that it addresses the issue of sexual violence on campus following sexual assault survey results that indicated is behind its peer schools in sexual violence awareness.
Last Thursday afternoon, students gathered on College Green to protest racial discrimination on college campuses, standing in solidarity with students at the University of Missouri and Yale University. The protest touched on some of the deepest, most controversial issues that students face — race, inequality and freedom of expression.
Following a protest held Thursday afternoon in support of cultural sensitivity on college campuses, Penn President Amy Gutmann, Provost Vincent Price and six other administrators addressed the issue via a university-wide email, sent at 9:30 a.m. Friday morning.
On Thursday, Drexel University announced its decision to rescind entertainer Bill Cosby's honorary degree, which he received in 1992. Cosby has been accused of sexual misconduct by over 50 women, with one accuser saying she was assaulted at the Penn Relays in 2004.
The dean of Wharton was paid significantly more than the dean of the School of Arts and Sciences, according to the most recently available tax data.
Last week, the Penn Board of Trustees Budget and Finance Committee authorized $74.5 million to be spent renovating Hill College House, increasing the project’s total budget to $80.5 million. Other committees convening last week included those focusing on academic policy and student life. Here are some highlights:
Penn will not rescind Bill Cosby’s honorary degree, the University said in a statement Friday. Cosby, 77, who was accused two weeks ago of sexually assaulting someone at Penn Relays in 2004, received a Doctorate of Laws from Penn in 1990 and spoke at Commencement in 1997.
Penn alumni from around the world will return to campus this weekend for Homecoming and will be met by a relatively new experience that aims to appeal to alumni of all ages and interests.
Despite Penn President Amy Gutmann’s pay boost this year, which landed her salary near the top of the Ivy League, most Penn administrators earned salaries closer to those of their Ivy peers, according to recently filed tax data.
Freshman orientation modules will soon be available to all undergraduates, a move by the administration to address issues raised by the results of the Association of American Universities' Campus Climate Survey on Sexual Assault and Sexual Misconduct.
During the 2014 fiscal year, Penn President Amy Gutmann’s total compensation increased to nearly $3.5 million, a 21 percent jump from the 2013 fiscal year. This sharp increase in her pay can be attributed to a number of factors, but perhaps the single most important one is Gutmann’s success in fundraising for the University.
When Wharton junior Luis De Castro arrived at Penn, his freshman hall developed into a tight-knit group of friends. But when a handful of his hallmates found out that he was pro-life, their relationship took a “very distinct 180,” he said.
On Wednesday afternoon, administrators, faculty and students met in Houston Hall for the University Council’s second meeting of the year. The meeting was attended by University leaders, including Penn President Amy Gutmann and Provost Vincent Price, as well as representatives from a wide variety of student groups.
Penn President Amy Gutmann announced today the launch of the President’s Innovation Prize, an opportunity for Penn students to apply their entrepreneurial ideas to the real world while also making a difference.
In light of campus-wide tensions around subjects like race, sexual assault and mental health, the University’s Campaign for Community is attempting to make difficult conversations easier.
When the results of the Association of American Universities sexual assault climate survey were released on Sept. 21, Penn President Amy Gutmann and Provost Vincent Price addressed the student body in an email, promising to initiate change on campus based on the “deeply troubling” information revealed in the survey.
Penn President Amy Gutmann made over three times more than six of the other Ivy League presidents last year.