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Editorial | Penn's squash court fees are elitist, hurting students and the sport itself

(10/07/19 1:32am)

The newly renovated Ringe Squash Courts, set to open on Nov. 9, will now charge fees, a measure that will effectively prohibit some squash enthusiasts from making use of the new facilities. In order to continue to work towards a community that provides equal opportunities for all students and endeavors to better engage with the Philadelphia community, Penn must reverse this decision and open up the renovated squash courts without fees, as they have operated for years.

Editorial | It’s time for Penn to pay PILOTs

(10/03/19 1:06am)

Penn has been a part of the city of Philadelphia for several centuries. The University has played a fundamental role in the growth and evolution of the city, both because of the longevity of its existence and the outsize role that Penn’s money and prestige allows it to play in the community. But Penn’s actions have hurt the rest of Philadelphia, particularly through rampant gentrification. 

Editorial | Dean Furda’s viral video shows us that it’s cool to care

(09/30/19 12:05am)

Penn Dean of Admissions Eric Furda went viral for his impassioned screaming at a nationally televised Eagles game last weekend. Furda’s enthusiasm stimulated a lot of conversation on and off Penn’s campus. In addition to the mass quantity of memes circulating the internet, the video of Furda was featured on Stephen Colbert’s late-night show. But there is something beyond poking fun at Furda that we can glean from his wild zeal.

Editorial | Penn needs to enforce the ban on exams during religious holidays

(09/26/19 2:42am)

The Jewish High Holidays of Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur are approaching, and scheduling examinations on days of religious or secular observance is explicitly prohibited by Penn policy. But that policy is not always enforced, leading some professors to schedule examinations and major assignments on days when observant students will not be present. 

Editorial | Include Greek houses in the Second-Year Experience

(09/19/19 1:52am)

On-campus Greek houses will not be open to sophomores under Penn's new housing policy requiring second-year students to live on campus. While the University claims this decision was made to foster a sense of community and create a support system for second-year students, it is disrupting Greek communities that already strive to achieve these goals and putting the future of the Greek community at risk. Penn ought to reconsider its decision to bar sophomores from living in on-campus Greek houses.

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.