When Penn announced that campus would close in March, most students hurriedly packed their suitcases, booked flights home, and said goodbye to their friends earlier than expected. But a small number of students remained on campus, and the University could not shut down completely. Buildings and grounds still needed to be maintained, campus still needed to be patrolled, and students still needed to be fed.
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It had been four days since Election Day, and it was still unclear who the 46th President of the United States would be. Votes continued to slowly roll in from the few states that had not decided yet, and an anxious nation was desperate for the race to be called. But late on Saturday morning, major news networks began to project former Penn Presidential Professor of Practice Joe Biden as the winner of the state of Pennsylvania, pushing him beyond the threshold of 270 electoral votes to secure the presidency.
Although Penn's campus may be closed this semester, there are still plenty of places to get some fresh air and work outside before the weather gets too cold. Here are 15 on-campus locations that are great for attending online classes, studying, and catching up with friends while following social-distancing guidelines.
Last Tuesday, thousands of MAGA hat-clad Pennsylvanians of all ages — many of whom opted not to wear face masks — descended upon John Murtha Johnstown-Cambria County Airport in Johnstown, Pa. — a secluded town of less than 20,000. They came for the "the Trump experience," as many of them told The Daily Pennsylvanian, and the 1968 Wharton graduate did not disappoint.
While 1968 Wharton graduate and President Donald Trump sat in Philadelphia's National Constitution Center Tuesday evening for a town hall with undecided voters 49 days before Election Day, at least 200 anti-Trump protesters gathered outside of the venue making speeches and waving signs.
Over 100 Penn students and Philadelphia community members gathered outside the Penn Police Department headquarters on 4040 Chestnut Street shortly after 12 p.m. on Friday to protest Penn Police's alleged involvement in tear gassing protesters on 52nd Street on May 31.
Business owners across the country continue to face a multitude of challenges due to the COVID-19 pandemic. While some owners are beginning to reopen, many are still feeling the economic effects of the pandemic and are reimagining the future of their businesses.
Independence Day celebrations in Philadelphia were far quieter than usual this year amid the COVID-19 pandemic. The Wawa Welcome America Festival, which has been Philly's signature 4th of July celebration since 1993, was held virtually, and official firework shows above the Philadelphia Museum of Art and the Benjamin Franklin Bridge were canceled.
Over 500 people gathered in Philadelphia's LOVE Park on Sunday afternoon for the Philly Queer March for Black Lives — a celebration of the contributions of Black transgender women toward equality and a continuation of weeks of nationwide protests against ongoing racial injustice.
In response to the recent death of George Floyd, who died after a Minneapolis police officer pressed his knee on Floyd's neck for nearly nine minutes, protests have erupted in many cities across the United States. Thousands of demonstrators in Philadelphia have marched for nine consecutive days now, demanding racial justice and systematic change.
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This summer, Ivy League campuses are going to be quieter and emptier than ever before. Summer courses are being administered through virtual instruction, programs for incoming first-years and high school students have been canceled, and most research labs are closed until further notice. In-person campus tours that attract visitors from around the world have been moved online.
It has been two months since Penn moved classes online and asked students to leave campus due to the coronavirus pandemic. Stay-at-home orders remain in place throughout many parts of the United States, leading to increased free time as there are no events to attend or people to see.
Thousands took to Benjamin Franklin Parkway on Saturday as part of the fourth annual Women’s March on Philadelphia. The diverse crowd held signs that addressed issues like gender equality, the presidential election, and climate change.
Finals season is fast approaching. Van Pelt Library, study lounges, and other nooks on campus will be packed as students gear up to study for exams and write papers. But if your favorite spot has been taken, or if the campus environment is becoming too stressful, there are plenty of off-campus places to study. The Daily Pennsylvanian has gathered the best cafes for studying in University City, West Philadelphia, and Center City.
A protest by Fossil Free Penn members shut down the Board of Trustees meeting held in the Inn at Penn on Friday. Singing and chanting, the protesters demanded Penn President Amy Gutmann, Board of Trustees Chair David Cohen, and Penn Chief Investment Officer Peter Ammon hold a town hall on the divestment from fossil fuels.
The Penn Museum celebrated Día de los Muertos on Oct. 26 with dance performances, crafts, and activities. The day-long event brought together people of all ages and cultures.
PennDesign was officially renamed the Stuart Weitzman School of Design on Thursday afternoon. Weitzman was joined by Penn President Amy Gutmann and the Dean of the Weitzman School of Design Frederick Steiner at the naming ceremony, which confirmed the name change that had been announced in February.