The liberal arts have long considered themselves a bastion of both freedom and fairness. Sometimes it’s possible to strive too hard for one and overtake the other.
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I n the past couple of months, Penn has seen a slate of new faces filling upper-level administrative positions: New deans have been hired for the Wharton School (Geoffrey Garrett ), the School of Social Policy & Practice (John Jackson ), the Graduate School of Education (Pam Grossman ) and the School of Nursing (Antonia Villarruel ). With these appointments, the University had an opportunity to address a concern that students, faculty members and the community at large have brought up extensively throughout the past few years: diversity in Penn’s administration.
T he Undergraduate Assembly is beyond repair.
Today marks the beginning of the voting period for the next year's Undergraduate Assembly, currently headed by President Abe Sutton and Vice President Gabe Delaney. Over the course of the past week, the DP has spoken individually to the two presidential candidates, College juniors Joyce Kim and Delaney, as well as the two vice presidential candidates, College junior Joshua Chilcote and College sophomore Julie Bittar. We attended last Wednesday’s presidential debate and carefully considered the candidates’ responses. And we have ultimately decided to endorse Delaney for UA president and Chilcote for vice president.
O n Tuesday, Penn women’s basketball defeated four-time defending champion Princeton, 80-64, to win the Ivy League title, clinching its first NCAA Tournament berth in 10 years.
On Sunday, the Undergraduate Assembly, headed by President Abe Sutton, met in order to finalize the budget for the upcoming school year.
O n Wednesday, the University announced the creati on of the Task Force on Student Psychological Health and Welfare, a commission responsible for assessing the state of mental health resources at Penn and releasing a report in 2015 with their findings and recommendations. This was big news - big enough to warrant an email from Amy Gutmann to the entire undergraduate population - and for good reason: Students have been speaking out about the needed improvements in Penn’s mental health support system for years now , with criticism becoming particularly urgent after a number of recent student deaths.
L a st weekend, the Engineering Quad played host to a striking sight: over 1,000 students from countries all over the world, gathered together for 48 straight hours, struggling through a project that was time-consuming and difficult but had no guaranteed monetary payoff.
The Daily Pennsylvanian is investigating the state of mental health and resources at Penn, and we are interested in hearing from people who have dealt with these issues at Penn to aid in our reporting. Nothing you submit will be published without your explicit permission.
For the last few years, a common concern of the student body has been the state of mental health services at Penn. Concerns have been brought to the administration multiple times about the consistently long wait times to make an appointment at CAPS and the necessity of increased funding for a service that can not only improve but also save lives.
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This is one part of a two-part editorial series on wealth and culture at Penn. (Part two.)
This is one part of a two-part editorial series on wealth and culture at Penn. (Part one.)
Even a quarter of a century ago, students were unhappy with the Student Activities Council’s financial woes.
Huntsman Hall’s Group Study Rooms, campus’ most coveted study spaces for many at Penn, have been a hot-button issue for as long as we can remember. Last week, The Daily Pennsylvanian published an article about a group advocating for GSR-booking privileges to be extended to all students in Wharton classes, and the debate was once again revived: Is the current policy discriminatory? Should all students at Penn be able to book Huntsman GSRs? Is it a Wharton-exclusive commodity already facing far greater demand than can be supplied?
Is there a God?
Recently, certain members of the Undergraduate Assembly expressed their hope that the new college house on Hill Field would be freshman-only living and that freshmen should live in the Quad or Hill as opposed to the high or low rises because this allows them to have more “real college experiences.”
The Student Activities Council has received a lot of flack for the moratorium, but somehow, the University has largely escaped scrutiny.