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Editorial | Lauder College House highlights a flawed admissions process

(09/09/19 5:18am)

Last week, New College House was renamed Lauder College House at a ceremony featuring Penn President Amy Gutmann and members of the Lauder family. The family, which contains generations of Penn students and alumni and includes Estée Lauder of the popular cosmetic brand, is a large and frequent contributor to the University. Several members of the Lauder family have been trustees, and the family’s name is attached to the Lauder Institute along with the building which houses it.

Editorial | Penn, don’t turn your back on students suffering from addiction

(09/05/19 4:26am)

Keeping up appearances is a big part of student life at Penn. It often seem as though both Penn’s administration and large swaths of the student body would rather keep those struggling at Penn hidden, so as not to disrupt the perfect, brochure-ready facade presented by this Ivy League institution. The fact remains that Penn students suffer from many of the same issues the rest of society does, including substance abuse and addiction to opiates.

Editorial | Stop complaining about New College House West construction

(09/03/19 12:48am)

Students living on campus have been displeased by the noise from New College House West’s construction in recent weeks. They cite problems including being woken up due to early start times, the sounds from the unloading of equipment, and the fact that they may have to close their windows to deal with the noise outside. The needs of Penn students shouldn't come before those of the wider Philadelphia community — particularly the people who work long hours and are integral to the functioning of the University, like construction workers. This also risks the further labelling of the community as entitled and out of touch to the rest of the city.

Editorial | Don't pack the Penn scene when you study abroad

(08/29/19 1:13am)

In the next few weeks, many Penn students will be boarding planes and setting off for a semester or more at a university in another country. While study abroad offers students a unique opportunity to live in new parts of the world, students who are leaving soon for unfamiliar places should make sure that they take advantage of the chance to engage with the people that live in these countries, rather than only sticking with fellow Penn students.

Editorial | Don't donate to the Penn Fund

(08/26/19 11:37pm)

Seniors woke up yesterday to an email that generations of Penn alumni have seen in one form or another: a plea from the Penn Fund for Penn seniors to contribute. Although their entreaty is framed with noble intentions to “immediately and directly [impact] the undergraduate student experience,'' the reality is that if seniors want to do something good with their often limited resources, they shouldn’t donate to the Penn Fund.

Editorial | Penn professors, make syllabi accessible before classes start

(08/22/19 9:47pm)

Many Penn professors hit the ground running when students return to campus for the new semester with rigorous homework assignments and in-class activities. While it’s reasonable to expect students and professors to try and make the most of the time they have for classes, if Penn wants to give students a serious chance to be prepared to hit the ground running, syllabi must be accessible prior to the start of classes. 

Editorial | New students, you're about to get a lot of unsolicited advice. Don't listen.

(08/21/19 2:22am)

Somewhere in between when you received your acceptance letter and the trek to campus for move-in, you probably cultivated high expectations for your first year at Penn. You might have fantasized about newly-gained freedom, attending parties, making friends from your hall, getting dressed up in Penn gear for the homecoming game, and joining clubs. But freshman year is just as hard as it is exciting, and there are plenty of upperclassmen and professors that will give you unsolicited advice about how to make the most of your time here. 

Editorial | Penn students deserve more Reading Days

(05/02/19 2:56am)

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.

Editorial | The 2019 Report on Diversity at The Daily Pennsylvanian, Inc.

(04/29/19 2:04am)

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. 

Editorial | Save the Penn Book Center

(04/15/19 2:37am)

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. 

Editorial | Don’t bottle up your stress for this weekend — self-care extends beyond Fling

(04/11/19 2:26am)

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.

Editorial | SPEC leaders say they don't regret booking Miguel. They should.

(04/08/19 3:46am)

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.” 

Editorial | Remove Michael Steinhardt's name from Penn Hillel building

(04/01/19 12:55am)

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.