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Senior Column by Michel Liu | “Play hard” along the way

(05/21/20 1:07am)

I am a sucker for good endings. (Perhaps that’s why I like the slow build-up of British novels — the focus of my very first English class at Penn that got me hooked on the department.) I think most Penn students would agree. After all, many of us got here through a display of delayed gratification, grinding hard during our teens for the sweet reward of a college acceptance. My high school years did not have real hardships, but on a day-to-day basis it was a little isolating to take different classes from my friends and spend my nights studying instead of socializing. 

Students have shared accounts of sexual harassment by Penn faculty in a public survey

(01/17/18 5:51am)

A new public survey on sexual harassment in higher education has pointed toward a range of alleged incidents at Penn. One respondent said her Penn professor hugged her and caressed her neck even when she tried to break free; another wrote that "in a sick moment, [her professor] stuck his tongue inside [her] mouth."

Penn sororities and fraternities are taking on different approaches to improve diversity

(12/04/17 2:05am)

Since a racially-insensitive incident at Penn's chapter of Phi Gamma Delta fraternity sparked backlash on campus 10 months ago, students have indicated that it is sororities, rather than fraternities, that are taking the lead on improving diversity and inclusion within the Greek community. 

At the 'Campus Conversation,' administrators shared personal stories, but no policy solutions

(10/31/17 1:20am)

Hundreds of students, faculty and staff strolled into the Zellerbach Theatre at 5 p.m. on Oct. 30 for a University-wide "Campus Conversation," organized by Penn's top administrators. The event was announced two weeks ago as a discussion on what the school can do to foster resilience in the face of student deaths, natural disasters and political instability.