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Editorial | President Gutmann’s accomplishments justify her $3.9 million salary

(01/31/19 3:00pm)

In 2016 — the most recent year for which Penn's data is public — Penn President Amy Gutmann earned a record high of $3,908,031. This is a 10.5 percent increase from the previous year, the number makes her the second highest-paid university president in the Ivy League. Still, The Daily Pennsylvanian Editorial Board supports Gutmann's high salary for her work fundraising, diversifying opportunities for students, and building new spaces for our campus.



Editorial | It’s time for Penn to offer free menstrual products on campus

(01/21/19 10:57pm)

It’s time for Penn to follow other universities in offering free pads and tampons to students across campus. The Undergraduate Assembly recently announced it is working to increase accessibility to menstrual products, an initiative that will entail placing tampons in gender-neutral spaces and reducing “stigmas that prevent menstrual products from being viewed as a necessity.” The UA's initiative is a step in the right direction. Still, Penn must take action too. 


Editorial | Joining a sorority isn't the only way to make the most of your Penn experience

(01/20/19 7:00pm)

Sorority recruitment can be unforgiving. It demands hours of small talk, trudging through the cold, and being subject to the opinions of older peers. Each year, freshmen emerge from rush with bids from sororities, hundreds of friends stronger than they began. But it is inevitable that the process will leave many young women feeling inadequate, disappointed, and confused about their futures at Penn.  


Editorial | Don’t let the CAPS stigma discourage you from seeking help

(01/16/19 2:34am)

It only takes a few days on Penn's campus before you hear rumors from new friends or see a meme in a Facebook group about the poor quality of care from Penn's Counseling and Psychological Services and its lack of funding. Wait times for appointments are long. The CAPS office is far from campus. And, seriously, Wharton is getting its own private counselor? 




Editorial | Let's get physical — Why Penn should offer for-credit physical education classes

(11/01/18 2:02am)

At an academically competitive school like Penn, it isn’t hard to find a student whose most dreaded high school course was gym. Gym class was often a bizarre interlude in an otherwise normal school day. Jerry Seinfeld described it well: “You had English, Social Studies, Geometry, then suddenly you’re in ‘Lord of the Flies’ for 40 minutes.”





Editorial | Don’t make housing choices for sophomores. Give them better options.

(09/27/18 2:37am)

The administration’s decision to bar sophomores from moving off campus is part of a series of restrictive solutions Penn has announced this semester to protect students from themselves. If the University’s goal is to increase the number of sophomores living in college housing, we believe it should focus on improving the quality of on-campus housing, making dormitories a more attractive option, while continuing to allow sophomores to determine their own living situations.



Editorial | Hiring Andrea Wieland is a laudable step in Penn Athletics' approach to mental health

(08/24/18 12:13am)

Penn Athletics, mental health, and wellness have not always had a symbiotic relationship over the years. But the administration’s decision to hire Dr. Andrea Wieland as a new associate athletic director for sports performance is a commendable step toward addressing the issues at hand within the department.


Editorial | Penn undermines its own misconduct policy by staying silent on Professor Kurzban

(04/25/18 1:10am)

It has been close to two weeks since The Daily Pennsylvanian published an investigative article detailing a sexual relationship between former Undergraduate Chair of the Psychology Department Robert Kurzban and a female undergraduate student in his class. The alleged relationship clearly violated University policy and undermined Penn’s recent efforts to counter sexual misconduct on campus. Despite this, the administration has provided little in the way of a response.


Editorial | The 2018 Report on Diversity at The Daily Pennsylvanian, Inc.

(04/18/18 8:30pm)

The Daily Pennsylvanian, Inc. has a duty to serve the Penn community accurately and responsibly through our coverage. To do this, it is important that the DP be a diverse, inclusive organization. More importantly, as one of the largest communities on campus, we aspire to build an environment where people from all backgrounds can grow and thrive.


Editorial | To the Class of 2022: Things to consider before calling Penn home

(04/09/18 5:28am)

Last week, the University of Pennsylvania admitted thousands of applicants to the Class of 2022. If you’re one of those lucky high school seniors, you've surely seen Penn’s top rankings by now. You may have strolled down Locust Walk on a cheery campus tour, and you have definitely learned about our "unparalleled education" and "diverse community."