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.
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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.
In this week's edition of Is Stat So?, sprint football lights up the scoreboard, volleyball struggles against Princeton, and field hockey bounces back in a big way. Check out last week's edition here.
After a narrow one-point loss at Delaware last Saturday, Penn football is back in action at Lafayette. With zero wins in a combined five games for both teams thus far, one side will come away with its first victory of 2019 after today.
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.
Marches took place in 150 countries to demand immediate action regarding climate change this past Friday.
In this week's edition of Is Stat So?, sprint football lights up the scoreboard, Ryan Cragun steals the show, and men's soccer comes away with another narrow win. Check out last week's edition here.
With new faces on both sides of the ball, Penn football opens the season with a tough road test against No. 20 Delaware (3-0). The Quakers come into this contest with new starting quarterback Nick Robinson and first-year offensive coordinator Kevin Morris, as well as new leadership on defense.
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.
In this week's edition of Is Stat So?, sprint football's Eddie Jenkins puts up big numbers, volleyball continues its hot streak, and field hockey gets on the scoreboard. Check out last week's edition here.
Administrators recently decided to move Penn Violence Prevention from its office on Locust Walk to Market Street. Since 2016, PVP’s Locust Walk office has been a hub for PVP staff and student groups, such as Penn Anti-Violence Educators and Men Against Rape & Sexual Assault.
On Sept. 9, the Penn community was notified of the death of Gregory Eells, the executive director of Counseling and Psychological Services. Eells, who had previously held the same position at Cornell University, started his term at Penn in March.
In this week's edition of Is Stat So?, Penn soccer locks down on defense, volleyball gets off to a solid start, and sprint football coach Bill Wagner begins his 50th and final season.
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.
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.
Students living on campus have been displeased by the noise from New College House West’s construction in recent weeks. They cite problems including being woken up due to early start times, the sounds from the unloading of equipment, and the fact that they may have to close their windows to deal with the noise outside. The needs of Penn students shouldn't come before those of the wider Philadelphia community — particularly the people who work long hours and are integral to the functioning of the University, like construction workers. This also risks the further labelling of the community as entitled and out of touch to the rest of the city.
In the next few weeks, many Penn students will be boarding planes and setting off for a semester or more at a university in another country. While study abroad offers students a unique opportunity to live in new parts of the world, students who are leaving soon for unfamiliar places should make sure that they take advantage of the chance to engage with the people that live in these countries, rather than only sticking with fellow Penn students.
Seniors woke up yesterday to an email that generations of Penn alumni have seen in one form or another: a plea from the Penn Fund for Penn seniors to contribute. Although their entreaty is framed with noble intentions to “immediately and directly [impact] the undergraduate student experience,'' the reality is that if seniors want to do something good with their often limited resources, they shouldn’t donate to the Penn Fund.
Many Penn professors hit the ground running when students return to campus for the new semester with rigorous homework assignments and in-class activities. While it’s reasonable to expect students and professors to try and make the most of the time they have for classes, if Penn wants to give students a serious chance to be prepared to hit the ground running, syllabi must be accessible prior to the start of classes.
Somewhere in between when you received your acceptance letter and the trek to campus for move-in, you probably cultivated high expectations for your first year at Penn. You might have fantasized about newly-gained freedom, attending parties, making friends from your hall, getting dressed up in Penn gear for the homecoming game, and joining clubs. But freshman year is just as hard as it is exciting, and there are plenty of upperclassmen and professors that will give you unsolicited advice about how to make the most of your time here.