Former Penn men’s basketball star and coach Jerome Allen pleaded guilty to bribery in October 2018 and recently testified in federal court that he received approximately $300,000 in bribes from Philip Esformes, the father of a current Wharton senior, in order to help Esformes’ son get into Penn as a recruited athlete. This testimony came just days before the national college admissions scandal, which has called into question the values and practices of elite universities.
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On March 12, court documents were unsealed, charging 50 people in one of the biggest admissions schemes in history. This has stimulated conversation about the state of the college admissions process, and the value of an elite education.
These were the opening lines of my "Why Penn" essay:
NEW HAVEN, Conn. — Penn women’s basketball fought and scratched, but couldn’t turn in a performance good enough to get to the NCAA Tournament.
NEW HAVEN, CONN. — Penn women’s basketball turned in its most complete performance of the season in their first postseason game of the year. You don’t need me to tell you that’s a good sign.
NEW HAVEN, CONN. — How do you measure success?
The Ivy League Basketball Tournaments are set to get underway on Saturday, but neither tourney has a clear, runaway favorite. Both the No. 2 co-champion women and the No. 4 men will face Harvard in the semifinal on Saturday.
The scope of the Jerome Allen scandal expanded last week when he testified that Ira Bowman, Allen's former assistant coach, had knowledge of the payments, but Penn Athletics declined to comment on the implications of the revelation.
Each year, tens of thousands of students apply for coveted spots as undergraduates at Penn. Less than nine percent of the applicant pool was accepted last year. It is no secret that certain groups have advantages in college admissions: legacies, students who come from wealthy families that can afford to hire college counselors or make hefty donations to Penn, and recruited athletes.
This Penn men’s basketball season has aged me far more than it should have. Everything about it was nerve-wracking and emotional and anxiety inducing. Every emotion felt like a stab to the heart. I haven’t breathed since February.
Despite previous consideration, Penn will not reclassify economics as a STEM major. In doing so, the University has missed an opportunity to make it easier for its international students to remain in the United States after graduation. While most student visas are valid up to a year after graduation, students who obtain STEM degrees can apply to extend the Optional Practice Training period for an additional two years. The University should prioritize the needs of international students by reclassifying economics as a STEM major.
In a must-win game with their backs against the wall, the Quakers were in complete desperation mode.
In a must-win game with their backs against the wall, the Quakers are in complete desperation mode.
For nearly a century, student activism has been a hallmark of the college experience for many — and Penn’s campus is no exception.
On-campus housing at Penn means a lot of different things to different people. At varying times the dorms are a place to call home, to eat, to party, and everything else that comes with one’s first year at Penn. With this, of course, comes a litany of complaints with which every Penn student should be familiar. For some students, who are resident advisors, the dorms are a workplace, which presents a unique set of challenges.
Just over halfway through the Ivy League slate, Penn men’s basketball finds itself on the outside looking in. The Princeton sweep and splitting three consecutive Ivy weekends has put the Quakers two games behind fourth place at 3-5.
Former Vice President and Penn Presidential Professor of Practice Joe Biden is expected to announce his plans for the 2020 presidential election in the coming weeks. When he visited Penn this Tuesday, Biden did not directly address whether he is going to run for president. Still, with more than four decades of political experience, Biden says he is “the most qualified person in the country to be president.” But his track record is flawed, and the Democratic party needs a new face to rally behind. We urge Joe Biden not to declare his candidacy for president.
Penn routinely ranks among the lowest in the Ivy League for the number of days dedicated to breaks. Given Penn’s reputation for having an unusually hypercompetitive campus culture, we should have more time off. Penn must make Presidents Day a University holiday to give students additional time to relax or catch up on schoolwork.
When I found out that approximately 33 percent of Penn Engineering’s class are female students, I remember feeling proud of their efforts to create a more “inclusive” environment. Throughout my time at Penn, however, I have gradually realized that the idea of inclusion extends much beyond a number in the admission statistics. Indeed, 33 percent of the female students enter the class, but it doesn’t show what life at Penn is really like for female engineers.
By halftime, it was pitch black and the thermometer read in the single digits. The wind whipping off the nearby Hudson kept blowing out of the sideline heaters, making it feel even colder. Now, a year later, the legendary temperature drops in every retelling of the story.