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Guest Columns

11/06/16 11:47pm
Last Friday, President Amy Gutmann and Vice Provost Vincent Price emailed Penn faculty, students and staff to announce the creation of a new Task Force charged with combating sexual harassment and sexual violence. In the email sent out at 5:22 p.m. on Friday night, Gutmann and Price explained that the goal of the entity is to focus “collective attention and understanding on how best to promote a respectful and healthy campus environment and to ensure that students and their parents and guardians are aware of the high-risk behaviors – many of which violate University policy and would result in sanctions for a recognized student organization – engaged in by these groups.” While we commend university efforts, we believe that creating yet another task force, this time to target off-campus organizations, is not the sole answer.
11/04/16 8:57pm

Guest column by Ian Jeong, Cody Smith and Sean Collins | When they try to "explain" away the gay

This week Jeremiah Keenan reminded the Penn community of the question on whether people are really born gay or not (he forgot to mention other identities often roped with gayness like the L-B-T-Q-I-A of the queer alphabet). It came to us as a surprise because this issue seemed settled with the release of Lady Gaga’s iconic 2011 single — "Born This Way.” He attacks the central theme of her song, which is that “It doesn't matter if you love him or capital H-I-M ... 'Cause you were born this way, baby."
11/03/16 8:50pm

Guest column by Ajjit Narayanan | Building community

Over the last two years, I’ve had the opportunity to volunteer with a few organizations in West and South Philly, including Penn for Youth Debate, Urban Tree Connection, and HIAS.
10/26/16 10:36pm

Maya Arthur | Searching for your body

Identity. Identity is a word that floats throughout life. It can be a badge of honor for some, something shiny and embossed.
10/24/16 10:08pm

Guest Column by Luke Tortora | Where tolerance goes to die

A short preface: Penn, surely, is strengthened by its status as a progressive institution. It is diverse, eclectic, and empowers all to seek the resources and opportunities they deserve.
10/17/16 10:36pm

Guest column by Peter Thacher| An Unjust Decision Borne Of A Bad Faith Process

On Thursday, Sept. 22nd just after 3:00 p.m., I was flipping through my phone while waiting for the exams to be passed out in my Biology class.
10/12/16 9:27pm

Guest column by Steven Sun | Discussions over Disgust and Diatribe

As a student once active in minority politics at Penn, I often encountered discussions of micro-aggressions and privilege.
10/01/16 12:41pm

Guest column by Valarie Swain-Cade McCoullum | I also know, in my own flesh...

A couple of days ago, I read an opinion piece in the DP by a wonderful, thoughtful student —Titus Adkins — who used his powerful voice to posit some queries to me and to other members of the Penn community.
09/26/16 10:42pm

Guest column by Nathan Ausubel | Hillary Clinton, advocate for women and children

In November, I urge members of the Penn community to vote for Hillary Clinton as the next president.
09/13/16 11:57pm

Guest column by Ben Goodman | A challenge to individual fraternities on campus

“Every system is perfectly designed to get the results it gets.” - Paul Batalden, M.D. Let me preface the following discussion by saying that I am not in a fraternity, and do realize that they offer many benefits for their members: life-long friendship, deep alumni networks, and social structure, to name a few. That being said, as I am sure you are all aware, there has been a vocal conversation on campus after the OZ email flyering that took place on Tuesday.
09/12/16 11:14pm

David Moore | We're here to listen

I live on Locust Walk. Three minutes to class, three minutes to Lyn’s, three minutes to Pottruck – the location alone is fantastic.
09/12/16 11:10pm

Guest column by Penn Masala | An Apology to the Penn Community

Dear Penn, As many of you have heard by now, we had a question on our audition form that was completely inappropriate.
09/11/16 11:53pm

Guest column by Peter LaBerge | From One “Bro” to Another: On Complicity

By the second week of freshman year, we have all learned to avoid the Compass in the center of Locust Walk.
09/06/16 10:11pm

Guest column by Kat McKay | Your shot to make Penn history

Welcome to Penn, freshmen and transfer students. Over the next few weeks, you will have a lot of opportunities to start choosing the courses, campus spaces, and student groups that will come to define your experience here.
08/31/16 11:53pm
Insecurity, I have found, is a dangerous force that can subtly permeate various aspects of one’s life.
08/29/16 10:11pm
Voting is a simple act of civic duty, but it is also a transformative one. Each of us joins with millions of individuals across the country to enact something--the democratic choice of our representatives--that none of us can or should do alone. Voting in a constitutional democracy not only expresses our citizenship; it also enables us together to continually re-establish something much mightier than any of us could otherwise be: a democratic republic that aspires to recognize the liberty and equality of all persons.
04/27/16 11:01pm

Guest column by Brittany Maschal | Five reasons to start planning for business school now

With graduation almost here, and a farewell to four unforgettable years on Locust Walk, you might already be making plans for graduation trips, time at home and beginning your first full-time job.
04/25/16 11:28pm

Guest column by Majid Mubeen | Anti-Muslim Rhetoric: a Challenge to the Dignity, Safety and Lives of the Community

In a post-9/11 world, Islamophobia is not uncommon, and many Muslims and non-Muslims can recount instances of undue fear-mongering, ranging from high school bullying to murder. More recently, we must note that anti-Muslim sentiment has resurged in light of upcoming Presidential elections, with proclamations threatening the sense of belonging for Muslims all over this country.
04/25/16 11:27pm

Guest column by Ansley Bolick | Part of the problem

Like most Penn students, I spent Fling partying outdoors in the sun. It was wonderful, but when I recount my weekend to friends later this week, there’s a part of the story that I will want to leave out.
04/19/16 11:51pm

Guest column by Rebecca Brown | Wall of Rejection

The impact of Penn’s high-pressure environment on mental health has been a trending topic over the past few years.