Benny's Diner, Penn Student Agencies’ newest business, was ready for opening day in mid-March before the University shut down all operations amid the COVID-19 pandemic. More than 30 students had been hired and trained over the months leading up to the long-awaited reveal of Houston Hall's new campus diner — a business that had been in the making since fall 2019.
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Penn dining facilities, which are preparing to open in less than three weeks, will be operating quite differently for students this year due to the University's coronavirus guidelines.
Falk Dining Commons chef Troy Harris and his wife had their lives upended in March due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Harris, a beloved chef at Penn’s kosher dining hall, was laid off by his employer Bon Appétit Management Company in mid-March when Penn’s campus depopulated in efforts to curb the spread of COVID-19. His wife, Debra Harris, was also terminated from her job as a dietary aide at a nursing home shortly afterwards.
Incoming College first-year Terhi Nurminen does not know where she will be living this fall, not even which country she will be in.
Incoming international first years taking an online-only course load will not be allowed in the United States this fall.
On Wednesday, nearly 5,000 Penn diplomas were sent to recent graduates around the globe.
Penn donated $100,000 to The Enterprise Center to help rebuild the commercial corridor of 52nd Street, after it endured losses caused by the COVID-19 pandemic and effects of recent nationwide demonstrations calling for racial justice.
Shock. Confusion. Anger. Relief. The past week has spun a whirlwind of emotions after thousands of international students worried that recent federal regulations would strip them of their visas. Although the restrictions have since been lifted, some still harbor resentments toward the Trump administration and fear that their immigration status remains unsafe for the fall semester.
The United States government rescinded recent restrictions barring international students from entering or staying in the country if they are taking an online-only course load this fall, federal judge Allison D. Burroughs announced on Tuesday.
Penn professors are suddenly finding the fate of their students’ futures in their hands as international students desperately search for in-person courses to protect them from the risk of deportation under new United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement guidelines.
Penn is preparing an amicus curiae brief in support of the lawsuit filed on Wednesday by Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology against new federal restrictions that place over one million international students at risk of deportation.
International students feel wrongfully targeted by the United States government and are uncertain about the future of their education, following the release of new Immigrations and Customs Enforcement guidelines declared Monday.
Although Penn announced last month that its campus will open to students and faculty in fall 2020, Bon Appétit workers, who staff Penn’s retail dining locations and Falk Dining Commons, have not yet been informed of the decision after months of silence from their employer.
International students will be prohibited from staying in the United States if taking an entirely online course load at their university this fall, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement announced on Monday. Penn, however, criticizes the order and commits to helping its students continue their studies in the United States.
Campus construction has delayed $50 million in work after a seven-week pause on many projects due to COVID-19, Facilities and Real Estate Services said in a campus construction updates meeting with trustees on June 11.
In January, Jihed Chehimi, the owner of Chez Yasmine, the French-Tunisian fusion food truck at Spruce and 37th streets, donned a mask and began preparing for COVID-19 to reach the United States. Around him, long, tightly-packed lines for other food trucks filled the streets. There were no masks, no gloves, and no designated physical distance between customers.
In late March, restaurants throughout Philadelphia were forced to close in accordance with the city's efforts to limit the spread of coronavirus. With a fully stocked pantry and no one to serve, New Deck Tavern General Manager Erin Parson donated more than 80 pounds of untouched food to the public charity Ronald McDonald House.
David Cabello, a 25-year-old Philadelphia native, once made $1,100 in 30 hours delivering food on a bike through PostMates, UberEats, and Caviar. Now, Cabello runs his own food delivery business catering exclusively to Black-owned restaurants, and is delivering $20,000 worth of orders per week.
After a significant decrease in business during the coronavirus pandemic, Hakim's Bookstore has seen a huge influx in orders due to Americans' desire to support Black-owned businesses and read anti-racist literature.
In mid-March, New Deck Tavern on Sansom Street was ready for its biggest weekend of the year. The tents were up; the DJ was hired; nearly a hundred cases of green beer bottles had been ordered. The tavern’s freezers were full with ingredients for Shepherd’s pie, Reuben sandwiches, and other authentic Irish fare. New Deck Tavern Manager Erin Parson had been planning for the annual Saint Patrick’s Day block party since January.