Former Penn men’s basketball star and coach Jerome Allen pleaded guilty to bribery in October 2018 and recently testified in federal court that he received approximately $300,000 in bribes from Philip Esformes, the father of a current Wharton senior, in order to help Esformes’ son get into Penn as a recruited athlete. This testimony came just days before the national college admissions scandal, which has called into question the values and practices of elite universities.
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On March 12, court documents were unsealed, charging 50 people in one of the biggest admissions schemes in history. This has stimulated conversation about the state of the college admissions process, and the value of an elite education.
After dispatching No. 3 Harvard with ease Saturday night, No. 2 Penn women's basketball takes on No. 1 Princeton for the Ivy League Tournament championship. The Quakers and Tigers have met in the Ivy Tournament final all three years of its existence. The teams split the two regular season matchups.
Penn men's and women's basketball will both play Harvard in their respective Ivy Madness semifinal games on Saturday. The men take on the top-seeded Crimson at 12:30 p.m., while the women's game is scheduled to begin at around 8:30 p.m.
Each year, tens of thousands of students apply for coveted spots as undergraduates at Penn. Less than nine percent of the applicant pool was accepted last year. It is no secret that certain groups have advantages in college admissions: legacies, students who come from wealthy families that can afford to hire college counselors or make hefty donations to Penn, and recruited athletes.
Penn men's and women's basketball will play their final games of the regular season against Brown on Saturday evening. The men would lock up the fourth and final spot in the Ivy League Tournament with a win in what is essentially a play-in game, and the women would clinch at least a share of the regular season Ivy League title with a victory. Both games start at 6 p.m.
The final weekend of Ivy League regular season basketball is here, and with it brings a lot of excitement and drama. On the men's side, the Quakers are in a three-way fight for the final playoff spot, just one game Brown with a showdown against the Bears looming tomorrow. For the women, it's a battle between the Red and Blue and Princeton for the top seed in the tournament. Both teams start the weekend off against Yale, with the men at home and the women on the road.
Despite previous consideration, Penn will not reclassify economics as a STEM major. In doing so, the University has missed an opportunity to make it easier for its international students to remain in the United States after graduation. While most student visas are valid up to a year after graduation, students who obtain STEM degrees can apply to extend the Optional Practice Training period for an additional two years. The University should prioritize the needs of international students by reclassifying economics as a STEM major.
Penn men's and women's basketball each beat Dartmouth in matchups earlier this season. After a loss to Harvard on Friday, the men are in must-win mode, while the women are looking to remain in first in the Ivy League with a win over the Big Green.
Penn men's and women's basketball each lost to Harvard in overtime matchups earlier this season. The men are in must-win mode, while the women are looking to remain in first in the Ivy League.
For nearly a century, student activism has been a hallmark of the college experience for many — and Penn’s campus is no exception.
Penn women's basketball hopes to continue its strong run in conference play against archrival Princeton at the Palestra. The Quakers would move to 9-1 in the Ivy League with a victory.
On-campus housing at Penn means a lot of different things to different people. At varying times the dorms are a place to call home, to eat, to party, and everything else that comes with one’s first year at Penn. With this, of course, comes a litany of complaints with which every Penn student should be familiar. For some students, who are resident advisors, the dorms are a workplace, which presents a unique set of challenges.
Last night, Penn women's basketball rolled through Columbia behind stout defense and hot three-point shooting. The men's team fell to the Lions in heartbreaking fashion after giving up a game-winning layup with 0.4 seconds left in overtime.
Last Saturday, both the men and women of Penn basketball suffered losses to Harvard, the first conference loss for the women all season, and a disappointing defeat for the men that dropped them to 3-5 among the Ancient Eight.
Former Vice President and Penn Presidential Professor of Practice Joe Biden is expected to announce his plans for the 2020 presidential election in the coming weeks. When he visited Penn this Tuesday, Biden did not directly address whether he is going to run for president. Still, with more than four decades of political experience, Biden says he is “the most qualified person in the country to be president.” But his track record is flawed, and the Democratic party needs a new face to rally behind. We urge Joe Biden not to declare his candidacy for president.
Penn routinely ranks among the lowest in the Ivy League for the number of days dedicated to breaks. Given Penn’s reputation for having an unusually hypercompetitive campus culture, we should have more time off. Penn must make Presidents Day a University holiday to give students additional time to relax or catch up on schoolwork.
Many students part ways with their meal plans after freshman year, for countless reasons: meal plans are expensive, there are limited options for those with dietary restrictions, and the operating hours often conflict with students’ schedules, to name a few.
Textbooks present a financial burden to students. Penn estimates that students will spend $1,318 on academic materials this academic year. But this dollar amount varies greatly per student, and even with financial aid, this is often a heavy cost to bear, particularly for first-generation, low-income students. The University offers a textbook library for FGLI students at the Greenfield Intercultural Center in order to cut costs. But due to a recent surge in demand, the library needs increased staffing, space, and funding. Penn needs to step up and provide more resources to the FGLI textbook library.
One night after both teams took down Brown, Penn men's and women's basketball finish the weekend against Yale. The men's team facing a challenge on the road against perhaps the best team in the Ivy League, while the undefeated women can open up a two-game lead on the rest of the Ancient Eight with a win.