If you have a pulse and have spent any time on Penn’s campus in the last week, you have definitely begun to think about finals. Whether you are holed up writing page after page of a final paper or painstakingly reviewing slides and notes before an exam, stress levels on campus are high. The fact that Penn only allows a short turnaround period between the end of classes and the beginning of finals doesn’t help. In order to promote student mental health and happiness as the semester wraps up, Penn should extend the Reading Day period for future semesters.
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The Daily Pennsylvanian, Inc. has a duty to report on the Penn community accurately and responsibly. To do this, the DP must have a staff and board that represent people from a variety of backgrounds. As one of the largest organizations on campus, we want to build an environment where everyone feels comfortable.
The rise of the internet has transformed the media industry, upending the traditional print business model of journalism but also allowing outlets to reach larger audiences than previously imaginable.
On April 18, The Daily Pennsylvanian published an investigative report detailing the alleged mistreatment that members of the Penn volleyball team experienced under coach Iain Braddak.
Last week, undergraduate students at Georgetown University voted overwhelmingly in favor of creating a fund to benefit descendants of 272 enslaved men, women, and children who were sold in 1838 to save the university’s finances.
The Penn Book Center recently announced that it would close its doors in May due to financial hardship. This stems from the rise in online book sales and competitors like Amazon. For nearly 60 years, the Penn Book Center has served as a literary hub on campus catering to professors, students, and the greater Philadelphia community. It also has started to bring in prominent speakers like Rebecca Traister, Imani Perry, Feminista Jones, and Helen Zia. The University must help save the Penn Book Center so that Penn does not lose a major resource for its academic and literary community.
For many Penn students, Spring Fling is an important opportunity to decompress, usually through some combination of live music, sunshine, and excessive drinking. While Fling is an important release for a student body that’s often overstressed and overworked, it’s also a reminder of the benefits of mixing in healthier forms of stress relief in between blowouts like Fling.
Miguel, this year’s Spring Fling concert headliner, was accused of forcibly grabbing the breast of University of New Mexico student Xian Bass and removing it from her shirt without her consent in 2017. While he denied the allegation, students have organized a Facebook event, titled “Stand Against Miguel at Fling,” encouraging students to walk out of the concert early or skip it entirely to “protest his predatory behavior.”
In February 2018, the University announced that it would rename Wynn Commons and rescind former Penn trustee Steve Wynn and Bill Cosby’s honorary degrees after they were both accused of sexual misconduct. On March 21, similar allegations surfaced against the philanthropist, Wharton graduate, and Penn Hillel building namesake Michael Steinhardt. Six women told ProPublica and the New York Times that Steinhardt made sexual requests to them. He also allegedly made comments to women about their bodies and fertility.
On Thursday, March 28, regular decision admits will be hearing “The Red and the Blue” as they open their acceptance letters to the University of Pennsylvania. If you’re among that select group, congratulations! Those of us at The Daily Pennsylvanian recall when we got into Penn, and the excitement and relief that followed.
Over the course of the past two weeks, details surrounding one of the biggest nationwide college admissions scandals have surfaced, and the admissions practices of elite universities have been under scrutiny. After it was revealed that the parents of college applicants fabricated athletic credentials, grades, and scores on entrance exams, many have started to ask how experts in the admissions offices of top-tier schools didn’t notice. Previously, Penn admissions has stated that they generally don’t have time to fact-check applications. But in light of Operation Varsity Blues, it is clear that Penn and other Universities need to hire fact-checkers to verify the credentials of admitted students, as well as a system to verify the decisions of coaches in athletic recruitment.
Penn women's basketball continues postseason play against Providence at 4 p.m. The Quakers beat American on Friday to advance to the second round of the WNIT and a matchup with Providence. The winner will progress to the Round of 16 against either Harvard or Georgetown, setting up a potential Ivy League semifinal rematch against the Crimson.
After falling to Princeton in the Ivy League Tournament championship game on Sunday, Penn women's basketball accepted a bid to play in the WNIT. The Quakers' first-round matchup is at home against American, who won a share of the Patriot League regular season title.
Advanced registration began on Monday, and the availability of CIS classes continues to be a hot-button topic among students.
Former Penn men’s basketball star and coach Jerome Allen pleaded guilty to bribery in October 2018 and recently testified in federal court that he received approximately $300,000 in bribes from Philip Esformes, the father of a current Wharton senior, in order to help Esformes’ son get into Penn as a recruited athlete. This testimony came just days before the national college admissions scandal, which has called into question the values and practices of elite universities.
On March 12, court documents were unsealed, charging 50 people in one of the biggest admissions schemes in history. This has stimulated conversation about the state of the college admissions process, and the value of an elite education.
After dispatching No. 3 Harvard with ease Saturday night, No. 2 Penn women's basketball takes on No. 1 Princeton for the Ivy League Tournament championship. The Quakers and Tigers have met in the Ivy Tournament final all three years of its existence. The teams split the two regular season matchups.
Penn men's and women's basketball will both play Harvard in their respective Ivy Madness semifinal games on Saturday. The men take on the top-seeded Crimson at 12:30 p.m., while the women's game is scheduled to begin at around 8:30 p.m.
Each year, tens of thousands of students apply for coveted spots as undergraduates at Penn. Less than nine percent of the applicant pool was accepted last year. It is no secret that certain groups have advantages in college admissions: legacies, students who come from wealthy families that can afford to hire college counselors or make hefty donations to Penn, and recruited athletes.
Penn men's and women's basketball will play their final games of the regular season against Brown on Saturday evening. The men would lock up the fourth and final spot in the Ivy League Tournament with a win in what is essentially a play-in game, and the women would clinch at least a share of the regular season Ivy League title with a victory. Both games start at 6 p.m.