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Alex Silberzweig | Penn students would benefit from reading for fun

(07/16/19 3:12pm)

When was the last time you sat down to read a book between early May and late August? When was the last time you read for fun — at all? During the academic year, we are often preoccupied with our academic responsibilities and extracurricular activities, and when we find outlets for ways to decompress after a long week of work, the entertainment we seek oftentimes comes in the form of Netflix or scrolling through our social media feeds. These are pretty conventional go-to’s. But what if you were to read a book instead? 

Photo Gallery | Philadelphia Sparkles for the Nation's 243rd Independence Day

(07/09/19 6:24am)

Philadelphia sparked with patriotism in celebration of liberty, independence, and community as the birthplace of America. Week-long festivities sponsored by the Wawa Welcome to America Festival featured free concerts from singers Jennifer Hudson and Meghan Trainor, free food and games, as well as dazzling fireworks to end the night.

Penn Athletics removes Jerome Allen from its Hall of Fame after federal conviction

(07/02/19 10:33pm)

Former Penn men's basketball coach Jerome Allen was removed from the Penn Athletics Hall of Fame on Tuesday, just one day after he was sentenced for his role in a year-long admissions bribery scandal. Allen's sentence includes four years of probation, 600 hours of community service, and a fine of $202,000 along with an $18,000 forfeiture to the federal government.

Guest Column by Alex Yang | Penn needs more socioeconomic diversity

(07/04/19 3:52pm)

At first glance, Penn’s financial aid statistics look pretty good. The Student Financial Services’ fact sheet reveals that 90% of first-generation students receive financial aid. Families with incomes under $75,000 receive full room and board, and families with incomes under $40,000 have the cost of yearly attendance entirely covered by the school. Each year, one hundred percent of “demonstrated” financial need is met, which is no small feat for an institution with over ten thousand students. One could easily assume that this relatively generous financial aid policy would foster socioeconomic diversity. 

Former Penn coach Jerome Allen avoids jail time in admissions bribery scandal

(07/02/19 4:04am)

On Monday, former Penn men’s basketball coach Jerome Allen was sentenced to four years of probation, of which six months will be spent on house arrest, the Miami Herald reported. Allen had pleaded guilty to accepting bribes from Philip Esformes in exchange for his son Morris’ admission to Wharton.