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Editorial | To the Class of 2023: What we want you to know about Penn

(03/28/19 2:47am)

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.

Editorial | Penn admissions needs to enforce a rigorous fact-checking system

(03/25/19 12:02am)

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. 

WNIT Live Blog: Penn women's basketball at Providence

(03/24/19 7:01pm)

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.

Editorial | Jerome Allen must be removed from the Penn Athletics Hall of Fame

(03/18/19 3:32am)

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.

Live Blog: Ivy League Tournament title Penn women's basketball vs. Princeton

(03/17/19 5:16pm)

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.

Editorial | The college admissions process is broken, and Penn is no exception

(03/14/19 4:18am)

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. 

Live Blog: Penn men's and women's basketball vs. Brown

(03/09/19 8:21pm)

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.

Live blog: Penn men's and women's basketball vs. Yale

(03/08/19 7:53pm)

The final weekend of Ivy League regular season basketball is here, and with it brings a lot of excitement and drama. On the men's side, the Quakers are in a three-way fight for the final playoff spot, just one game Brown with a showdown against the Bears looming tomorrow. For the women, it's a battle between the Red and Blue and Princeton for the top seed in the tournament. Both teams start the weekend off against Yale, with the men at home and the women on the road.

Editorial | Penn should reclassify economics as a STEM major

(03/10/19 11:03pm)

Despite previous consideration, Penn will not reclassify economics as a STEM major. In doing so, the University has missed an opportunity to make it easier for its international students to remain in the United States after graduation. While most student visas are valid up to a year after graduation, students who obtain STEM degrees can apply to extend the Optional Practice Training period for an additional two years. The University should prioritize the needs of international students by reclassifying economics as a STEM major.

Editorial | Give RAs more affordable access to food

(02/25/19 2:59am)

On-campus housing at Penn means a lot of different things to different people. At varying times the dorms are a place to call home, to eat, to party, and everything else that comes with one’s first year at Penn. With this, of course, comes a litany of complaints with which every Penn student should be familiar. For some students, who are resident advisors, the dorms are a workplace, which presents a unique set of challenges.

Editorial | Joe Biden missed his chance for president. Dems need someone new in 2020.

(02/21/19 1:45am)

Former Vice President and Penn Presidential Professor of Practice Joe Biden is expected to announce his plans for the 2020 presidential election in the coming weeks. When he visited Penn this Tuesday, Biden did not directly address whether he is going to run for president. Still, with more than four decades of political experience, Biden says he is “the most qualified person in the country to be president.” But his track record is flawed, and the Democratic party needs a new face to rally behind. We urge Joe Biden not to declare his candidacy for president.