In this time of distress, let’s find solace in knowing that there are still good people out there and remember that there is more work to be done in the future. Until then, rest for better days to come.
In this time of uncertainty and stress amid a global pandemic, schoolwork cannot be the first priority for many students or faculty. Many professors have already instituted new policies to help students cope.
Many are unconvinced of the virus’ threat not only to themselves, but also to society at large – so unconvinced, in fact, that they are engaging in the most socially destructive behavior imaginable, given the threat at hand. Sound familiar?
Penn should be doing the right thing without student intervention, and that means not laying off 140 hard workers in the middle of a global crisis.
A universal policy would account for the uneven effect the coronavirus has on Penn students, the ability to apply for post-graduate programs without penalization, and the variability in how professors will adapt to this new medium of teaching.
Missing graduation this May is going to be terrible. Social distancing is not going to be easy. But if what we must endure for the coming months saves even one life, then it will be worth it.
More than ever before, we also need a leader capable of guiding our country and restoring our democracy. That Democrat at the top of the ticket will be Joe Biden, and Penn Dems is proud and excited to endorse him.
Although Penn has no legal responsibility to pay the dining workers, doing so would be a powerful act of good faith that shows Penn cares about staff and the local community.
As members of Penn Student Government, we hope to advocate for the needs of those most vulnerable in our community at this time.
Although the coronavirus pandemic makes May Commencement ceremonies inadvisable, it is important for seniors to have something to look forward to in uncertain times.
I was feeling a lot of things — a strange cocktail of sadness, sentimentality, bitterness, and anger. Originally, a lot of that anger was directed at Penn and other universities.
Contacting parents instead of students was inappropriate and appeared as an effort to fearmonger so parents force their children to leave.
Right now, this period may seem like a difficult, uncertain time. But looking back at the past three years, I know we have the power to decide how these moments will become meaningful.
Know the facts and stay informed. When making efforts to prevent the spread of a pandemic, we must also prevent the spread of misinformation and violence.
There are times in history where the world needs each of us to do our own part. This is one of those times. And it doesn’t have to be all negative.
In the face of this forced disconnection, it is up to the Penn community to help each other stand tall and live up to our reputation as the social Ivy.
If you felt panic rather than inconvenience after getting the University’s sparse response to the virus or identify with one of the above categories, as I did, I have good news for you.
Across the University, the sentiment is that Penn was not only late in communicating its message, but also incredibly unreasonable in creating the timeline.
SARAH KHAN is a College junior from Lynn Haven, Fla.
Penn has over a 14 billion dollar endowment. If a killer pandemic isn’t the perfect time to use some of it, I don’t know when is.