Opinion Columns

02/05/10 10:26am

Russell-ing the leaves | Food Week discussion for thought

As long as there are conditions of oppression in Immokalee, Fla., we should question our economy's status quo.
02/04/10 11:00am

Penn vs Sword | Sensitivity is for ‘sissies’

Student minority groups have become far too sensitive about the language that others use. Not only does this cause an absurd level of political correctness that stifles campus discussion, but it also trivializes the real injustices these groups fight.
02/03/10 10:38am

Ash Wednesday | Flush away green design

When the University introduces green technologies that don’t function as well as their non-green counterparts, they are not only hurting students; they are also doing a disservice to the sustainability movement.
02/03/10 10:32am

Political Penndit | The problem with bending it like Beck

Glenn Beck’s insult toward Penn was abrasive and is a symbol of larger problems with cable news shows.
02/02/10 10:43am

In Case You Missed Me | Dear SEPTA: don’t take a hike

If SEPTA is going to ask me (and everyone else) to start paying more for a system that is, quite frankly, subpar, I expect to see some serious improvements in return.
02/02/10 10:37am

Roberts Rules | iPad will have lasting iMpact

This past Wednesday, Apple sent shockwaves throughout the education world after unveiling the highly anticipated iPad. In doing so, Steve Jobs sent a message to publishers and universities: media and technology may soon entirely shape our educational experience.
02/01/10 10:53am

That's What Schwenk Said | Vegetarianism: more than just a trend

People are thinking about why they eat what they eat. And if you haven’t started thinking about it too, you need to start now.
02/01/10 10:49am

Slip of the Chung | Strengthening Penn’s core

At Penn, it is easy to take only those classes that fit our schedules or promise lighter fare. Given the temptation of this academic comfort zone, I have come to believe that when it comes to education, Columbia University does it best.
01/29/10 9:57am

Scientifically Blonde | Valuing performance over personality

Personality tests don’t have a place in medical school admissions, and they definitely won’t override a bad MCAT score.
01/29/10 9:51am

Rea-lity check | A need for open discussion

Hopefully we can make sexual violence awareness more discussion based and bring more of the campus into the dialogue.
01/28/10 10:07am

A Dennie For Your Thoughts | A new view on academic life

The Student Committee on Undergraduate Education’s 2010 White Paper on Undergraduate Education is one of the most important documents to come out of student government.
01/28/10 10:01am

Penn vs Sword | Signing off on a change

The Undergraduate Assembly unanimously passed a resolution urging Wharton to count American Sign Language courses toward the foreign-language requirement. Wharton should listen.
01/27/10 10:20am

Political Penndit | The Declaration of Wikindependence

Making young adults pay for content we are used to receiving for free will only further alienate us from newspapers. And the New York Times will not be able to survive if our generation does not replace its older readers.
01/27/10 10:16am

Say Anything | Is the president too cool?

At Penn, it feels like much of the student body is still infatuated with our audaciously hopeful president. Have we stopped questioning him because we like him too much?
01/26/10 10:38am

Bieler's Day Off | From collaboration, celebration

Groups should work together to make better use of Penn’s many lesser-known funding sources.
01/26/10 10:34am

In Case You Missed Me | Streamlining information

It doesn’t make sense to ask students to manage an additional e-mail account when they take a class outside of their home school.
01/25/10 11:19am

That's What Schwenk Said | Minor changes, major problems

While the international development minor will be a welcome addition at Penn, similar majors shouldn’t be replacing traditional programs at Cash-Strapped State U.
01/25/10 11:13am

Wright-ing on the Wall | An end to ‘what if’

As we seniors enter our final inning of late-night exam cramming and paper writing as undergraduates, now is also the time to take an account of all the other things that we’ve left undone.
01/22/10 11:39am

Russell-ing the Leaves | Redefining activism for today

Activism ought to turn you on.
01/22/10 11:36am

Rea-lity Check | Not worth the salt

New York is already way ahead of Philadelphia and the rest of the country on this public-health concern. Considering Philly's rep, it's time to step up on innovation in public health.