Editorials represent the majority view of members of The Daily Pennsylvanian, Inc. Editorial Board, which meets regularly to discuss issues relevant to Penn's campus. Participants in these meetings are not involved in the reporting and writing of articles on related topics.
Penn’s decision to bring students back to campus generated negative reactions from many West Philadelphia residents. To mitigate the damage, the University must take steps to increase access to medical care, allow open communication, and solicit genuine feedback from the surrounding community.
Penn's first-years have returned to campus, but issues with partying and possible COVID-19 spread threaten the in-person semester the Penn community wants.
The least the University can do is distance itself from its most famous graduate and set the record straight: Donald Trump may have earned his degree from Penn, but he represents the antithesis of the University's values and the fact-based pursuit of reason for which this school stands.
The problems from this calendar year won't go away on Jan. 1, 2021. But better days are ahead.
Penn should take a cue from the recent events surrounding spring break and put greater emphasis on student and faculty feedback when making important choices.
When possible, Penn students should avoid coming back to campus after Thanksgiving, and should instead stay home for the rest of the semester.
Undoubtedly, Penn's donation is a step in the right direction. But it is just that: a step.
Enforcing this deadline so soon places enormous pressure on students to make a housing decision quickly.
It is certainly understandable that many upperclassmen want or need to return to campus, owing to mental health deterioration, unsafe home environments, or being locked into off-campus leases. However, nobody should feel pressured to do so.
Students should not see a Biden victory as a reason to disengage from politics. Rather, they should devote themselves to the many areas where there is still work to be done.
Over the past year, Penn's administration has made a number of hard choices that have faced substantial student backlash. However, its decision to not suspend operations on Election Day ranks among its worst.
Over eight months ago, we endorsed Bernie Sanders for president in the midst of the Democratic primary season. Now, we urge Penn community members to cast their ballot for Joe Biden in the general election.
While much attention has been paid to the presidential race, far less heralded are local issues, including four ballot questions. Here's how The Daily Pennsylvanian Editorial Board recommends handling the questions.
For the sake of its student body and those in the West Philadelphia community, Penn must do everything in its power to fight food insecurity and kick hunger off-campus.
In light of the economic harm caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, Penn students must do their part and support local businesses when they can.
For a University that has designated this academic year as the Year of Civic Engagement, there is no better way to support civic participation than by suspending operations on Election Day.
It is necessary that those who can risk exposure and are eligible for poll work do their civic duty and help our election be safe and fair.
To protect the mental health of its student body, while also protecting the physical health of West Philadelphia, Penn should add an additional mini-break of two days to the calendar.
Professors should step in where the University will not. Faculty members should cancel classes and recitations next Thursday and Friday if they are able.
The School of Arts and Sciences must provide more information surrounding its decision to halt Ph.D. admissions and what it means for the graduate student body.