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I ’ve b een told by too many people to remember that it must have been easy for me to get into Penn. That I have it so easy because I am on full financial aid and don’t have to take out loans. That I was the perfect diversity candidate. And I am sick of it.
W hen I first told my mother I wanted to adopt kids, she didn’t believe me. Like many others I’ve told this to since then, she believed that I would change my mind once I was married — presumably to a man who wanted kids — which is a belief that is built on a lot of very big assumptions.
I f you’re at all familiar with the acronym LGBT, you should know it stands for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender . You might also know that this acronym is sometimes played with to show the disproportionate representation the various groups get, a la G LBT . It is a criticism of the queer community in general that we sometimes ignore the problems facing those most marginalized within our umbrella.
O ne phrase that gets used often in discussions about immigration today is that the United States is a nation of immigrants. Advocates for immigrants rights — and especially undocumented immigrant rights — use this phrase often to remind the vast majority of people of their non-native origins and put all forms of immigration, whether documented or not, on equal footing.
I n 2009, the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation cancelled a number of drivers’ licenses across the state to comply with a 2002 law change. Their justification was that the licenses were flagged in their databases as possibly fraudulent.
Reactions to George Zimmerman’s acquittal are still running rampant on our Facebook newsfeeds, four days after the not guilty verdict. It’s a complex case which demands attention for various, intersecting reasons. I do not have nearly enough space to go in-depth into everything, yet everything mentioned here, and much more, all goes into understanding this case.
The fireworks have fizzled out and it’s that time of the summer where I once again begin asking myself, am I doing anything really worthwhile with my temporary freedom?
Iwas late to my first PrideDay this Sunday. My friends and I decided to walk there, having missed the parade, but arrived at Penn’s Landing for the last couple of hours of the festival. We paid our 10 dollars for the wristband, walked past rows of merchandise and finally sat down on some steps with a good enough view just as “Hula Hoop Girl” was preparing to take the stage.
Spanish is the third most spoken language in the world by native speakers, behind Mandarin Chinese and Hindi. It is overwhelmingly the most popular language taught across U.S. universities. This popularity is fueled by several factors, including the growing U.S. population of Spanish speakers, our influence on both the U.S. culture and economy and the perceived ease of learning Spanish compared to other languages. Here at Penn, every undergraduate school except the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences has a language requirement.
Even though Penn tries to elaborate on what it looks for in prospective students, few of us know exactly why we were accepted.
It’s been almost three weeks since Colorado and Washington voted to legalize marijuana, allowing its citizens to buy or possess less than an ounce of the drug.
I arrived at Houston Hall on Saturday night exhausted after spending all day at my work-study job. But there was no way I was going to miss Rhythmic Damage VII.
I’m a consumer and so are you.
Almost every time I tell someone I’m vegan, I’m asked: “Why?” and “What do you eat?”
When I turned 16, I wasn’t worried about getting a car. I was worried about becoming a Guatemalan citizen. Since both of my parents are Guatemalan, I was eligible for citizenship as long as I filed before turning 18.
Song covers often get a bad rap. The amount of criticism they receive is usually directly proportional to the popularity of the original.
When it comes to religion, my life mirrors a line from Meg and Dia’s “Hug Me” — “I’m just a girl learning to act as planned, I was programmed to be Catholic but I ran.” I like to say I was born Catholic, having been raised in a predominantly Catholic household.
When it comes to extracurricular activities at Penn, the overwhelming mentality is to get involved from the start, stay involved and rise through an organization’s ranks until we’re in a position to make the most difference.