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Editorial | Papers of Trump and Clinton's alma maters endorse Hillary Clinton for President

(10/19/16 1:11am)

In crafting the personas of the presidential candidates, media outlets have emphasized the role higher education has played in the development of presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump. The relationship between the presidential candidates and their respective undergraduate institutions has, in turn, motivated discussions among students at Wellesley and the University of Pennsylvania. In its last edition, the Wellesley News endorsed Clinton and appraised her relationship to the college. Meanwhile, as the newspaper of Donald Trump’s undergraduate institution, The Daily Pennsylvanian Opinion Board has a responsibility to discuss its relationship — or lack thereof — with the candidate and his values.

Editorial by The Daily Pennsylvanian Opinion Board | Reforming the UPenn Alert System

(09/22/16 2:14am)

If it took you a while to learn about the shooting near campus on Friday night, you might have been clued in by the whirr of the helicopter blades or by The Daily Pennsylvanian’s news updates, or even by the email sent the following day by the administration. But we wouldn’t fault you for not knowing about the event, because no UPennAlert was sent to the student body.

Editorial | Our Presidential Primary Endorsements

(03/15/16 3:55am)

With the Pennsylvania primaries fast approaching, as well as those of many other relevant states, The Daily Pennsylvanian’s Opinion Board is endorsing candidates for the presidential primaries, as we have in past elections. We are choosing a candidate for both parties, and these selections reflect the choices of the Opinion Board and not the publication as a whole.

Editorial | Regarding the length of break

(03/03/16 5:11am)

The spring semester may only be at its halfway point, but Penn has set the calendar for the next academic year. For the Council of Deans, establishing the calendar so far in advance is standard operating procedure. Each year, the undergraduate deans assemble and prepare a calendar that they then propose to the Office of the Provost for approval, while taking students’ opinions into account during the process. The process is refreshingly multifaceted, and the potential calendar goes through multiple stages before being approved.

Editorial | The definition of safety

(02/25/16 4:36am)

On Feb. 23, a man in possession of a machete and a stolen ID card was arrested in Van Pelt library. He was trailed into the library by a Penn employee and apprehended by Penn Police within the span of 16 minutes. While 16 minutes might seem long to anyone witnessing the event, the arrest was fairly quick, and some students in the library were unaware of what had happened until the situation had passed.

Editorial | Caitlyn Jenner’s talk was a step towards creating conversation

(02/18/16 5:15am)

Yesterday, Penn welcomed Caitlyn Jenner as the Social Planning and Events Committee Connaissance spring speaker and QPenn’s keynote speaker. The moderator was 1972 College graduate and Daily Pennsylvanian alumnus Buzz Bissinger, who wrote the Vanity Fair story announcing Jenner’s transition. With ticket lines stretching down Locust Walk, it was clear that the student body was definitely interested in hearing what she had to say.

Editorial | How Penn dealt with winter storm Jonas

(01/28/16 5:05am)

What is there to say about Winter Storm Jonas? Not very much on our campus. To go by the vista offered by High Rise Field on Saturday morning, no student could be rebuked for thinking we’d get to February before attending class again. And yet, in a flurry of activity, the hardy men and women of Facilities and Real Estate Services undid the weather’s work — by Monday morning, you could have walked down Locust Walk in flip flops without any trouble. We salute their efforts in keeping us high and dry.

Editorial | Penn's response to Kenny Jones

(01/25/16 3:09am)

Earlier this week, Kenny Jones — a former administrator in the Office for Fraternity and Sorority Life — was found to have misrepresented his academic credentials on multiple occasions. In past blog posts, presentations and other job-related documents, Jones had claimed to have earned a Ph.D. from Morgan State University this past March and spoke of his time as a member of the Phi Beta Sigma fraternity at Jackson State University. 

Editorial | Cheers and jeers for 2015

(12/08/15 5:33am)

This year was a historic one, both at Penn and across the country. Following the unjust decisions in the Michael Brown and Eric Garner cases late last year, the Black Lives Matter movement has brought racial inequality to the forefront of current debates in the United States. Attacks in Paris — first Charlie Hebdo in January, then the Bataclan massacre in November — shocked the world, while daily attacks in Beirut, Lebanon, and Nigeria and Syria and elsewhere, along with floods in Japan and other natural disasters, barely went noticed by the global community.