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Profs. denounce ICE guidelines, commit to in-person instruction for international students

(07/10/20 4:33am)

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 condemns ICE order requiring intl. students to take in-person classes or leave U.S.

(07/07/20 5:28am)

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. 

University City street vendors struggle after city took ‘punitive stance’ on food trucks

(06/29/20 5:41am)

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. 

New Deck Tavern reopens for outdoor dining as Philadelphia prepares to enter green phase

(06/22/20 5:11am)

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. 

Sales soar for Philadelphia’s first Black-owned food delivery service, Black and Mobile

(06/19/20 5:40am)

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. 

‘The neighborhood lost its life’: University City businesses suffer from COVID-19

(06/09/20 10:31pm)

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.

To boost transparency, UA leaders Krone and Andrews set up shop on Locust Walk

(11/19/18 11:34pm)

Seven months ago, College senior Michael Krone and College junior Jordan Andrews won Undergraduate Assembly president and vice president, respectively, with promises to improve mental wellness, transparency, and inclusivity on Penn’s campus. Now, with only a few weeks left in the semester, transparency has become their top priority. 

Mold was found in 100 more rooms in the Quad over Fall Break

(10/10/18 11:34pm)

Minor evidence of mold, moisture, and mildew was found in about 100 student rooms in the Quad this past weekend. University administrators said they worked with outside contractors over fall break to address the mold, allowing most residents to return to their rooms by Sunday. However, there are still six rooms under mold remediation, which has forced approximately 10 freshmen to relocate to nearby hotels for a week.