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Editorial | Penn should give Presidents Day off

(02/18/19 2:42am)

Penn routinely ranks among the lowest in the Ivy League for the number of days dedicated to breaks. Given Penn’s reputation for having an unusually hypercompetitive campus culture, we should have more time off. Penn must make Presidents Day a University holiday to give students additional time to relax or catch up on schoolwork. 



Editorial | Penn must provide more resources to the FGLI library

(02/11/19 3:45am)

Textbooks present a financial burden to students. Penn estimates that students will spend $1,318 on academic materials this academic year. But this dollar amount varies greatly per student, and even with financial aid, this is often a heavy cost to bear, particularly for first-generation, low-income students. The University offers a textbook library for FGLI students at the Greenfield Intercultural Center in order to cut costs. But due to a recent surge in demand, the library needs increased staffing, space, and funding. Penn needs to step up and provide more resources to the FGLI textbook library. 






Live Blog: Penn women's and men's basketball at Columbia

(02/02/19 9:00pm)

Penn's first Ivy weekend of the year continues with a doubleheader at Columbia. The women start first at 5:30 p.m., looking to stay undefeated at the top of the League, while the men will follow at 8 looking for their first win of the Ivy season. The women are heavy favorites after a comfortable win over Cornell on Friday, while the men face a must-win scenario in just the team's fourth game.



Editorial | President Gutmann’s accomplishments justify her $3.9 million salary

(01/31/19 3:00pm)

In 2016 — the most recent year for which Penn's data is public — Penn President Amy Gutmann earned a record high of $3,908,031. This is a 10.5 percent increase from the previous year, the number makes her the second highest-paid university president in the Ivy League. Still, The Daily Pennsylvanian Editorial Board supports Gutmann's high salary for her work fundraising, diversifying opportunities for students, and building new spaces for our campus.




Editorial | It’s time for Penn to offer free menstrual products on campus

(01/21/19 10:57pm)

It’s time for Penn to follow other universities in offering free pads and tampons to students across campus. The Undergraduate Assembly recently announced it is working to increase accessibility to menstrual products, an initiative that will entail placing tampons in gender-neutral spaces and reducing “stigmas that prevent menstrual products from being viewed as a necessity.” The UA's initiative is a step in the right direction. Still, Penn must take action too. 


Editorial | Joining a sorority isn't the only way to make the most of your Penn experience

(01/20/19 7:00pm)

Sorority recruitment can be unforgiving. It demands hours of small talk, trudging through the cold, and being subject to the opinions of older peers. Each year, freshmen emerge from rush with bids from sororities, hundreds of friends stronger than they began. But it is inevitable that the process will leave many young women feeling inadequate, disappointed, and confused about their futures at Penn.  



Editorial | Don’t let the CAPS stigma discourage you from seeking help

(01/16/19 2:34am)

It only takes a few days on Penn's campus before you hear rumors from new friends or see a meme in a Facebook group about the poor quality of care from Penn's Counseling and Psychological Services and its lack of funding. Wait times for appointments are long. The CAPS office is far from campus. And, seriously, Wharton is getting its own private counselor? 


Live Blog: Penn men's basketball hosts Princeton in Ivy rematch

(01/12/19 6:28pm)

A week ago, Penn men's basketball struggled offensively and ultimately lost a sloppy, physical game at Princeton, 68-65, in overtime. The Quakers (10-5, 0-1 Ivy) now get a chance for revenge as the Tigers (8-5, 1-0) travel to the Palestra. Penn is looking to avoid an 0-2 start to conference play and a Princeton sweep — a healthier Michael Wang should help.