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Editorial | Penn must not ignore West Philadelphians’ concerns amid campus reopening

(01/28/21 2:48am)

As COVID-19 continues to threaten those in the Philadelphia area and beyond, many West Philadelphia residents are concerned about Penn’s decision to bring students back to campus this semester. These concerns are not unfounded; a study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that counties containing large colleges open for in-person instruction last fall experienced significant increases in COVID-19 cases. More disturbingly, a New York Times analysis found that COVID-19 related deaths in communities with large college populations have risen faster than in the rest of the United States. With the increasing danger posed by new COVID-19 variants and reports that Penn students are already failing to follow health guidelines, the return of thousands of students to campus has the potential to fuel outbreaks that extend far beyond campus.

Editorial | At long last, Penn must forcefully condemn Donald Trump

(01/07/21 4:26am)

Jan. 6, 2021 will forever be known as the day an insurrectionary, right-wing mob, egged on by President Donald Trump, stormed the United States Capitol, disrupting the official business of Congress in a disgusting display of domestic terrorism. Make no mistake: Donald Trump is to blame. Those witnessing his egregious behavior must speak up — and that includes the administration at his alma mater. 

‘Overheard at Penn’ Facebook page sees sharp drop in activity during pandemic

(12/31/20 10:43pm)

During a normal semester at Penn, Locust Walk teems with students, generating content for posts on the popular "Overheard at Penn" Facebook page. When COVID-19 placed restrictions on in-person activities and forced Penn to send students home in the spring, posts on the page sharply declined, according to an analysis by The Daily Pennsylvanian Analytics Team. 

Matthew Liu | American opposition to COVID-19 lockdowns is history repeating itself

(12/11/20 1:52am)

As 2020 wraps up, this year will clearly be defined by the COVID-19 restrictions that began in March and persisted to varying degrees throughout the year. The scientific consensus is that lockdowns, stay-at-home orders, and social distancing practices were at least mostly helpful at preventing the transmission of COVID-19 in the United States. This evidence is further corroborated with the fact that, internationally, countries with less-stringent lockdowns had worse outbreaks than their neighbors, (Sweden vs. the rest of Scandinavia, the U.S. vs. Canada). Based on the scientific evidence and recommendations of top doctors, the COVID-19 restrictions that were put in place seem like a no-brainer. Yet, opposition to restrictions has steadily increased, and it seems that people are increasingly unwilling to stay inside even as super-spreader events lead to spikes in cases and deaths. Although misguided, this opposition to restrictions is very understandable, and is indicative of a recurring trend of the government’s failure to respond to the economic needs of the working class after significant global changes.

Origin stories: Penn baseball

(12/08/20 1:53am)

Only cricket and rowing predate baseball as the oldest sports played at Penn. From its earliest beginnings of intramural competition between teams representing each class, and much of the 20th century spent in the Eastern Intercollegiate Baseball League, to Ivy League competition as we know it today from 1992, Penn baseball endured alongside the school’s history from a footnote of campus culture into the established athletic program we recognize today.

Editorial | Penn must learn from the spring break saga

(12/04/20 3:40am)

Earlier this week, Penn announced that it would cancel classes on three individual days during the spring semester. Professors will not be allowed to hold any form of classes nor give any type of assessment on these days. This decision reversed an earlier one where the only days off would come from a two-day spring break, much to the frustration of Penn's student body.

Only in Philadelphia: A look back on the day Eagles fans booed Santa at Franklin Field

(12/02/20 3:07am)

Eagles fans, and for that matter, all Philadelphia sports fans, have a long reputation for being exceptionally hostile, with plenty of individual instances to show for it. The most notorious is arguably the time that they booed Santa Claus, an event which occurred at Penn’s own Franklin Field, where the Eagles played from 1958-1970.

Years later, former Penn coach Al Bagnoli's impact still felt on Penn football

(11/18/20 2:10am)

As Al Bagnoli looks back on his time coaching Penn football, one phrase that he continually repeats in his humble manner is “a little bit,” whether it’s in reference to what he did as a coach or what the team needed to change at a particular time. Make no mistake about it though: all the little bits that Al Bagnoli contributed to Penn football over the years made a bigger impact than anyone in the program's history.

Editorial | Upperclassmen shouldn't feel pressured to return to campus in the Spring

(11/12/20 5:06am)

A few weeks ago, Penn announced plans to host a hybrid format for the spring. Although most classes will still be online, students have been formally invited back to Philadelphia, a modified version of the on-campus housing experience will be available, and a number of campus spaces will reopen. 

Matthew Liu | Even after Biden’s win, We can still have a huge impact on this country's direction

(11/10/20 1:11am)

With Joe Biden now the President-elect, many Penn students will want to breathe a sigh of relief. Not so fast. With both Senate elections in Georgia undecided and going to a runoff, there are two distinct directions this country could go and there is still so much more you can do to impact the trajectory we take these next four years.