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Editorial | Commencement should be in person. Here's how we do it.

(14 hours ago)

This past week, Harvard and Columbia announced their commencement plans, leaving Penn as one of two Ivies yet to announce its intentions regarding commencement. With the other Ivies split on whether or not an in-person ceremony is possible, it is not clear how Penn will weigh in on the issue. Although the University can be expected to make an announcement in the coming days and weeks, the Daily Pennsylvanian’s Editorial Board believes Penn should hold an in-person ceremony, provided the University meets the conditions necessary to hold such a ceremony responsibly. 



Editorial | President Biden, don't ignore student debt at Ivies

(02/25/21 4:01am)

Last Thursday, former Penn Presidential Professor of Practice and President of the United States Joe Biden participated in a CNN town hall. During the event, Biden was asked how he would make student debt forgiveness happen. In response, the 46th President stated that debt forgiveness should be limited to $10,000 per student, specifically arguing that it made little sense to forgive student loans held by students who went to schools such as Penn.





Editorial | Forced on-campus housing and dining weakens the Sophomore experience

(02/18/21 2:50am)

This past Monday, the University announced that all sophomores, starting with the Class of 2024, would be required to purchase one of three meal plans. The decision to mandate meal plans for sophomores, in conjunction with Penn’s soon to be implemented on-campus housing requirement for sophomores, represents a broader trend by the administration to build a so-called  “Second Year Experience,” or SYE.



Paul Haaga & Theodore Ruger | Why honoring the rule of law means voting to convict Donald Trump

(02/12/21 11:36pm)

We write together today as colleagues who share deep connections with the University’s Law School, as well as a deep appreciation of and concern for the fundamental structures of our constitutional democracy — one of those being the peaceful transition of power after a lawful national election. On several key issues in ordinary political debate, we respectfully disagree with each other, and we are members of different political parties. But on this we are united: Donald Trump’s post-election conduct, particularly his intentional and inflammatory role in fueling the violent insurrection at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, was a flagrant and unprecedented breach of his duties as President. Such official malfeasance and dereliction of duty is precisely the kind of conduct that the Impeachment Clause of the Constitution is intended to address, and it is a crucial, nonpartisan imperative that the Senate vote to convict him so that he may never hold high office again.



Editorial | To save our semester, our culture around COVID-19 must change

(02/11/21 1:18am)

This past Sunday, the Perelman School of Medicine's Office of the Executive Vice Dean and Chief Scientific Officer sent an email to faculty members advising them to pause undergraduate laboratory research. This email came just a few days after a University-wide notification warning about increases in COVID-19 case counts, and the corresponding possibility that a campus-wide quarantine may be imposed.



Editorial | Penn continues to do the bare minimum for subcontracted workers

(02/04/21 4:19am)

This semester, more than 3,000 undergraduates returned to campus for the first time since March. With more students living on campus, the University has reopened many dining locations that had been closed in the absence of students, bringing back the over 100 workers it furloughed in the fall. While the increase in campus population has come with increased precautions surrounding the spread of COVID-19 — twice-a-week testing for undergraduates and at least weekly testing for faculty, graduate students, and staff — until recently, subcontracted dining workers have been unable to get tested on Penn’s campus. And it took public outcry and a petition with over 600 signatures to get to that point.


Editorial | Penn students must make the pass/fail decision that's right for them

(02/02/21 11:56pm)

Last week, a number of deans and vice deans of schools at Penn released a joint statement strongly discouraging students from pursuing pass/fail grading in their courses, in particular for classes related to general requirements or one's major. This email came in spite of Penn's extension of the pass/fail policy back in December, which argued that such an extension came because of continued challenges related to COVID-19.


Matthew Liu | Penn needs stronger punishments for COVID-19 rule violators

(02/05/21 3:20am)

With first years already seen partying on campus, one might expect that offenders would have experienced a myriad of severe disciplinary action by now. Yet, it has become a running joke that partygoers are getting off scot–free and are continuing to break COVID rules even after being caught. Clearly, Penn is off to a rough start in enforcing social distancing rules, and the lack of punishment of COVID rule violators will further promote rule violations and, inevitably, more COVID spread.


Penn Leads the Vote | Bring 2020 election energy into 2021

(02/01/21 12:13am)

With the 2020 election over and a new presidential administration sworn in, it is understandable that many students feel politically fatigued. The events of 2020 and early 2021 have left many shaken, maybe making us want to tune out or disengage from politics. However, with another election coming in Pennsylvania on May 18, 2021, it remains more critical than ever that Penn students remain civically engaged.




Matthew Liu | Stop falling for the allure of bipartisanship

(01/29/21 3:44pm)

During his inaugural address, President Joe Biden emphasized a goal of unity, stating that he will be “a president for all Americans.” In his decades in the Senate and as vice president, Biden’s political record is characterized by his willingness to reach across the aisle and pass bipartisan legislation. It is clear he will attempt to unify the country with a similar attitude. He has toyed with appointing Republicans to high-ranking Cabinet positions and he will attempt to pass his $1.9 trillion COVID-19 stimulus bill, his first major piece of legislation as president, as a bipartisan bill. Although this approach seems it could potentially be effective, bipartisanship has often historically hurt the average American and Biden’s bipartisan stances are unlikely to be any different.


AAUP Penn | Penn faculty need a meaningful voice in university governance

(01/29/21 12:34am)

We are proud to announce the formation of the University of Pennsylvania Chapter of the American Association of University Professors (AAUP–Penn). As scholars and teachers of all ranks, we have come together because we believe that the long-term health of our university requires meaningful faculty participation in all major policy decisions that define our work and shape our community.