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Editorial | Jerome Allen must be removed from the Penn Athletics Hall of Fame

(03/18/19 3:32am)

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.









Editorial | The college admissions process is broken, and Penn is no exception

(03/14/19 4:18am)

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. 



Editorial | Penn should reclassify economics as a STEM major

(03/10/19 11:03pm)

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.





Editorial | Give RAs more affordable access to food

(02/25/19 2:59am)

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.



Editorial | Joe Biden missed his chance for president. Dems need someone new in 2020.

(02/21/19 1:45am)

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.


Editorial | Penn should give Presidents Day off

(02/18/19 2:42am)

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. 


Catherine Qiao | Penn Engineering isn't as inclusive for women as it seems

(02/17/19 11:26pm)

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.