It’s time to stop being "troubled," and start demonstrating some leadership.
Indeed, the staff at Penn are just as essential to the success of the community as a whole, yet so often we neglect this, rarely offering more than a cold thank you or a passing nod.
I am suggesting that everyone commit themselves to build a just and sustainable society, whether that’s through becoming a teacher, civil rights lawyer, therapist, an environmental engineer, a regenerative farmer, or any of the many jobs that are essential to creating a society founded on justice and sustainability.
It costs nothing to consider how your presence can positively impact someone else’s passion and profession.
Are we a community that, despite how much we may disagree, will at least show a classmate basic respect for putting their thoughts out onto a public forum? Or are we a community that will destroy and belittle someone over a mistake?
Legacy students, don’t hide your legacy status. Instead, acknowledge the privilege you hold in a faux-meritocratic system, speak out against it, and support others who share their struggles with the system.
A successful campus and democracy rely on healthy public debate. As a community, we must ensure that our discourse is grounded in challenging the perspectives of others and our own rather than cheaply personal shots.
So freshman: while yes, do file a maintenance request for that mold infestation, don’t forget to stop a moment and appreciate your housing situation just a little bit more.
Renting a house or apartment for the first time is a milestone in the transition to adulthood, and as exciting as it can be, the decidedly adult responsibilities and obligations that come with it can make even the most assertive people feel intimidated and ill-prepared.
Living by yourself is a choice that can make those factors more at the forefront of your mind, instead of what your roommates made for dinner or who stole your last razor.
Penn believes living on campus can be an enriching part of student life. The administration would find, if they lowered room rates, that demanding students live on campus is not necessary, as many more students would do so voluntarily.
Allowing students to fulfill Sector Requirements with courses taken pass/fail would not only encourage an atmosphere of intellectual curiosity, it would make Penn a university that places value on learning and exploration.
One in fourteen Philadelphia faces an eviction filing yearly.
All that HIV patients and any patient in general want is to feel like a normal person. Conversation with friends and patients is the first step.
Any subject we study here will give us value, be it in terms of employability or creative satisfaction. We should question whether we can do that subject justice.
Legacy admissions does one thing correctly— eliminate the idea that elite education operates on the principle of meritocracy.
While one might be inclined when presented with e-cigarettes’ severe health consequences to just tell one’s peers to stop, we’re way past that. The vaping industry has successfully infected an entire generation of adolescents.
Penn students should take an active role in what they are learning. This includes challenging what is being taught.
The notion that the only way legacy students can contribute to the “prestige” of a university implies that FGLI students can not.
VERONICA FENTON is a College sophomore from Penn Valley, Pa. Her email address is firstname.lastname@example.org.