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Editorial | Opt-in is not enough. We need universal pass/fail.

(03/22/20 10:53pm)

Provost Wendell Pritchett announced Friday that Penn is adopting a new grading policy which allows undergraduates to opt in to take any course pass/fail, including ones that fulfill major and general education requirements, without counting towards the total number of pass/fail courses a student may take over four years. While these changes are a positive step, they do not go far enough. In light of an unprecedented disruption to daily life and student coursework due to the coronavirus, Penn must switch immediately to a universal pass/fail policy. 

Editorial | Penn has a moral responsibility to compensate its contracted workers

(03/20/20 1:46am)

In the midst of a global pandemic, approximately 140 dining hall workers from Penn will be laid off starting March 31. The affected staff members are employed by Bon Appétit Management Company, Penn’s dining services provider. The decision to lay off workers was made by Compass Group, Bon Appétit’s parent company. After learning about Compass Group’s plans, the Student Labor Action Project started a petition for the workers to not lose their jobs that currently has approximately 5,300 signatures. College senior and SLAP member Erik Vargas also said SLAP plans to create a GoFundMe page for the laid off workers.

Editorial | Penn's communication around off-campus housing ignores student autonomy

(03/16/20 9:46pm)

Penn students have been navigating a global pandemic over the course of the past few days, fighting for their safety with unclear guidelines from the University that have left students frustrated and afraid. While it is unreasonable to expect Penn to have all of the answers during an international crisis, administrators’ methods of pushing students off campus have been unacceptable. 

Editorial | As coronavirus pushes classes online, let’s change Penn’s competitive culture

(03/14/20 1:15am)

While Penn’s response to the coronavirus outbreak lacked haste and clear details in execution, the time the administration took certainly shows an effort to make the most careful decisions. Amid other Ivy League institutions enacting many of the same precautions, and small to large scale shutdowns across the world, Penn’s decision should be taken seriously. 

Editorial | As Ivies cave to coronavirus fear, Penn must announce its next steps

(03/10/20 10:07pm)

The coronavirus outbreak has hit Philadelphia. Peer institutions have moved to remote classes, but Penn has not announced whether courses will continue to meet in-person after spring break. Penn students, particularly those who hail from other countries or low-income backgrounds, deserve answers about how this will affect University life. 

Editorial | Students should not be penalized for sick days as coronavirus spreads

(03/05/20 2:52am)

Earlier this week, Penn suspended University travel to several countries affected by the coronavirus outbreak, including China, South Korea, Iran, and Italy. Since coronavirus was declared an international public health emergency by the World Health Organization in January, concerns have been picking up around Penn. 

Editorial | With Adichie, Penn finally moves towards more diverse commencement speakers

(02/13/20 4:20am)

Earlier this week, Penn students praised the University for selecting Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie as the speaker for Penn’s 2020 commencement, the first Black female speaker since 1978. While this does reflect an unfortunate lack of diversity presented by Penn’s choices of commencement speakers over the last four decades, it hopefully shows Penn leaning toward a more progressive and diverse future list of commencement speakers.

Editorial | Penn’s general education requirements shouldn’t be so hard to fulfill

(01/30/20 4:10am)

When it comes time to choose courses for the upcoming semester, Penn undergraduates have to be cognizant of their respective schools’ graduation requirements. The College of Arts and Sciences, the Wharton School, the School of Engineering and Applied Science, and the School of Nursing each have their own set of requirements for their respective student bodies. But, when students search for possible classes to fill these requirements, they are often met with limited options in terms of both the content and availability of these courses. This lack of options may drive students to choose classes they are less passionate about, even if they are interested in the general topic of the requirement.

Editorial | Students in Greek life must support CAFSA’s mission of stopping sexual assault

(01/27/20 3:29am)

For the past few months, the Coalition Against Fraternity and Sexual Assault has argued against the presence of fraternity houses on Locust Walk. These efforts reached new heights last week when four members disclosed their identities at a public town hall. The CAFSA affiliates said they shed their anonymity to promote support and solidarity.

Editorial | Penn’s meal swipe system is failing its students

(01/23/20 3:25am)

Many Penn students on dining plans, particularly first-year and transfer students who are required to join a plan, find they have leftover meal swipes at the end of each semester. Students can end up losing a significant amount of money in end-of-semester swipe conversions – a period during which students may exchange a limited number of swipes for dining dollars at a rate well below their value – in an attempt to remedy their situation. This is why many students choose not to sign up for dining plans after their first year.