Despite the celebrations, many students believe the nation must continue fighting for progressive policies in efforts to undo the nation's divisions exacerbated under the current administration.
West sharply critiqued the Democratic Party, especially its failure to protect and uplift the working class, and cited frustration with having to vote for Biden, whom he labeled a "neoliberal disaster."
Biden's win in Pennsylvania pushed him across the 270-vote threshold to become president-elect Saturday morning. Penn students and thousands of local residents filled the streets to rejoice the long-awaited victory.
Biden, a 77-year-old Scranton, Pa. native, will be the third president with close ties to Penn, following Donald Trump and William Henry Harrison.
As of 9 a.m. on Friday morning, Biden led Trump by over 5,000 votes with 95% of Pennsylvania's vote reported as scores of Philadelphia absentee and mail-in ballots were finally counted.
Members of the Penn and Philadelphia communities masked up and voted in person at three different campus polling locations on Election Day. As ballots continue to be counted, tension and uncertainty hang over the city. The Daily Pennsylvanian sent a team of photographers to capture this unique election week.
They span across six states and the majority are running for seats in the United States House of Representatives. Nine are incumbents, while seven are running for the first time.
Although Trump took a strong lead in Pennsylvania on Election Day when in-person results were tallied, the vote count is now trending towards Biden in a “blue shift," as mail-in votes are more likely to favor the Democratic nominee.
The Daily Pennsylvanian spoke to leaders of some of Penn’s major political groups – Penn Democrats, College Republicans, Penn Leads the Vote, and Penn Justice Democrats – regarding how members of each group are preparing to watch election results trickle in.
The panelists discussed how voter suppression was implemented historically, how it is still affecting the world today, and how it can be combated as election day approaches.
Of the 689 ballots cast at Houston Hall, ARCH, and Walnut Street West Library on Tuesday, 83% were cast for former Vice President Joe Biden.
Students who are not currently living on campus trekked from other states to cast their votes in Pennsylvania — one of the key battleground states that could determine the outcome of the election.
Students participating in the strike cited the cancellation of fall break, Penn’s failure to cancel classes on Election Day, and the police killing of Walter Wallace Jr. as causes of students' mental health struggles this semester.
The three voting sites nearest to Penn's campus — Houston Hall, ARCH, and Walnut Street West Library — have reported no lines since around 8 a.m. Tuesday morning.
Although Pennsylvanians have been casting their ballots for over a month through early and mail-in voting, voters can head to the polls in person today.
Biden's lead in financial contributions across Philadelphia represents a nationwide trend in his donor base from cities and suburbs.
If the vote totals on Nov. 3 in Pennsylvania are close enough that ballots received after Election Day could impact the state’s results, legal challenges over the ballots could prolong final election results.
Penn's employee count is just 3,000 fewer than the 44,000-vote margin of victory that decided Pennsylvania in the 2016 presidential election.
Her thesis, titled “Incarceration in the U.S. and The International Bill of Human Rights," has progressive themes that sharply contrast with her the political rhetoric of her father, 1968 Wharton graduate and current president Donald Trump.
At least 500 protesters, including Penn students, gathered at the corner of Locust and 61st streets on Saturday evening to protest the Philadelphia police killing of Walter Wallace Jr.