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.
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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.
Many students part ways with their meal plans after freshman year, for countless reasons: meal plans are expensive, there are limited options for those with dietary restrictions, and the operating hours often conflict with students’ schedules, to name a few.
Textbooks present a financial burden to students. Penn estimates that students will spend $1,318 on academic materials this academic year. But this dollar amount varies greatly per student, and even with financial aid, this is often a heavy cost to bear, particularly for first-generation, low-income students. The University offers a textbook library for FGLI students at the Greenfield Intercultural Center in order to cut costs. But due to a recent surge in demand, the library needs increased staffing, space, and funding. Penn needs to step up and provide more resources to the FGLI textbook library.
The spaces that appear prominently on Penn's campus speak to its values as an institution. Yet, on Locust Walk, the historic fraternity houses far overshadow other groups. La Casa Latina, Makuu, and the Pan-Asian American Community House are confined to a basement in the ARCH building.
Last year, Penn celebrated when the Philadelphia Eagles became the Super Bowl LII champions. This year, as the country again turns to watch the top NFL teams contend for a championship, attention on Colin Kaepernick’s protests against racist police practices has been renewed.
NEW YORK — It wasn't smooth sailing, but when it mattered most, the Red and Blue got the job done.
NEW YORK — The Quakers came in looking to bounce back, but they are going to have to fight hard if they want to do just that.
ITHACA N.Y. — Eleah Parker was just too much for Cornell to handle.
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.
Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos’s proposed Title IX regulations move one step closer to approval on Jan. 30, when the period for public comment on the proposal draws to a close.
After 20 years at Penn, Head Coach of Strength and Conditioning Jim Steel abruptly resigned from his position on Jan. 10. This marks the second departure from Penn Athletics this month after Senior Associate Athletic Director David Leach also parted ways with the department.
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.
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.
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?
I’m a big fan of letting things play out before rushing to judgment — when friends and colleagues begin to panic, I'm always the one who argues that things aren’t as bad as they seem.