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Editorial | Forced drinking threatens pledges’ lives — and the future of Greek life

(01/22/18 11:00am)

Nearly a year ago, 19-year-old Timothy Piazza died of a traumatic brain injury after participating in an initiation ritual during Beta Theta Pi pledging at Penn State University. A video showed Piazza falling down a flight of stairs after he was given at least 18 drinks in 82 minutes.


Editorial | Penn should give a free semester to students affected by Hurricane Maria

(11/13/17 4:32am)

In the wake of Hurricane Maria’s horrific effects in Puerto Rico, Brown University announced on Oct. 22 that it will enroll up to 50 students from the University of Puerto Rico so that they can continue their studies. As part of this program, the exchange students will not be charged a penny in tuition or fees, with Brown assisting the students with additional travel and housing costs. 


Editorial | Penn administrators are finally asking students for feedback — let’s answer

(10/26/17 3:50am)

On Oct. 11, Penn President Amy Gutmann and Provost Wendell Pritchett emailed undergraduate students “The Penn PULSE Survey,” with a stated objective to provide “an opportunity for you to provide confidential feedback about your own experiences and activities here at Penn.” The survey, which has since been emailed out by a variety of University offices, includes questions about sexual violence, experiences of bias, the availability of resources and other components of campus culture.


Editorial | Moving toward a more transparent alert system

(10/18/17 11:50pm)

Around 2:40 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 21, College sophomore Sabrina Palacios and her two roommates encountered a man indecently exposing himself outside their apartment near 39th and Delancey streets. They reported the incident to the Penn Police Department and the Philadelphia Police Department, but, despite the man’s criminal record, which included convictions for sexual assault, a police officer discouraged Palacios and her roommates from filing a report because it would, according to Palacios and her roommate College sophomore Lily Balla, “get swept under the rug.”



Editorial | The task force recommendations leave us skeptical, but hopeful

(04/19/17 10:20pm)

Today, the Task Force on a Safe and Responsible Campus Community released a list of recommendations intended to “foster a campus climate and culture that is free of sexual harassment and sexual violence, alcohol and other substance abuse, and other forms of behavior that may violate Penn’s Code of Student Conduct.”


Editorial | We shouldn't need to say it — but free speech matters

(04/19/17 3:03am)

At Penn, it is not particularly dangerous to be a journalist. We, the staff of Penn’s student newspaper, are grateful for that. We are grateful that our opinion columnists may assume that if they air an unpopular or controversial viewpoint, they will not be physically assaulted. We are grateful that, when our reporters publish unflattering truths, they are not threatened with sanction or harm.



Editorial | What potential Quakers need to know

(04/03/17 2:03am)

Last week, more than two thousand applicants around the world received the news that they had been accepted for enrollment at the University of Pennsylvania. If you are one of the few thousand applicants that were accepted, we at The Daily Pennsylvanian congratulate you. The moment we opened our emails and heard “The Red and the Blue” was one of the most exciting of our lives, so enjoy it to the fullest.




Editorial | Penn Medicine's choice of 'ambassador' shows a lapse in judgment

(02/22/17 4:06am)

Next Tuesday, Irvine Auditorium will host a panel forum entitled “A Formidable Foe: Cancer in the 21st Century” as part of its David and Lyn Silfen University Forum series. While the forum will notably feature Penn President Amy Gutmann and former Vice President Joe Biden, one of the other panelists has stolen some of the spotlight by virtue of being embroiled in a lawsuit over discrimination against an Iraqi family.




Editorial | Don't let the message of the marches fade away

(02/03/17 12:00am)

Last month, Penn students joined millions of protesters as part of nationwide Women’s Marches, making an incredible statement against sexism. We commend the participants of these marches, but we implore students to use these protests as an opportunity to revisit issues on our own campus, to channel this level of intensity and energy into tangible fixes within our own community.


Editorial | Amy Gutmann made a brave statement last night. We commend her for it.

(01/31/17 4:23pm)

The Daily Pennsylvanian commends Penn President Amy Gutmann and the University for taking a public stand against President Donald Trump’s unreasonable, unconscionable and inhumane executive order barring nationals of seven majority-Muslim countries from entry to the United States. As Gutmann explained in her statement, the order represents a betrayal of numerous commitments and values that are fundamental to both the University of Pennsylvania and the United States.


Editorial | Penn must clarify its relationship with Trump

(01/25/17 3:25am)

In the wake of the inauguration of 1968 Wharton graduate Donald Trump as President of the United States, Penn faces an institutional dilemma. By becoming the alma mater of the sitting president, it has received an honor that perhaps it does not want, and perhaps is not an honor at all. How it will receive this honor or dishonor is a question that it must quickly and transparently address.