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11/24/20 11:56pm
From Nov. 15 to Nov. 21, the University conducted 6,499 tests — over 1,000 more than any week prior — with the total positivity rate reported at 1.54%, slightly above the 1.29% average for the semester.
11/23/20 12:13am
Fierceton will pursue a Ph.D. in social policy and conduct research on the foster care-to-prison pipeline, representing a disproportionate risk of incarceration for young people in foster care, at the University of Oxford beginning in fall 2021.
11/10/20 11:47pm
Out of the 107 new cases, 90 were undergraduate students with 17 new cases reported among graduate students, faculty, staff, and other Penn affiliates.
11/04/20 12:10am
For just the second time this semester, the positivity rate climbed above 2%, reported at 2.2%.
11/03/20 8:24am
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.
11/03/20 1:06am
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.
11/02/20 12:03am
Citing Penn's reversal of its fall 2020 plans just weeks before the start of the semester, students now doubt that the University will follow through with its current reopening plan for the spring.
10/30/20 10:24am
Undergraduate students will be required to be tested twice weekly for COVID-19 and to enroll in PennOpen Pass as well as receive a flu shot before returning to campus.
10/21/20 10:35pm
In August, the Performing Arts Council and the Platt Performing Arts House announced that students cannot congregate in-person to produce content this semester because campus was still closed.
10/20/20 11:15pm
The UA elected College and Wharton junior Janice Owusu as speaker, Wharton sophomore Carson Sheumaker as secretary, and College and Wharton junior Nikhil Gupta as treasurer.
10/18/20 11:11pm
The contact tracing program has been in place for years to deal with mumps outbreaks. The University expanded and reworked the program to make it more efficient in the larger-scale pandemic. 
10/13/20 11:30pm
While some organizations have resumed some in-person services, student representatives from various religious groups say they are still struggling to maintain a sense of togetherness as operations remain largely online.
10/12/20 11:24pm
Six RAGAs participated in the pilot program, though there are around 95 of them currently living on campus. The program used an an app to regulate students as they dined during 30-minute time slots at 1920 Commons.
10/08/20 11:56pm
This semester, VPUL Mamta Motwani Accapadi hopes to provide students with the resources they need to vote in the upcoming presidential election and help the Penn community recover from the COVID-19 pandemic.
10/06/20 11:57pm
The guide, published annually, was written by various student groups including Penn Community for Justice, Police Free Penn, the Penn Slavery Project, Fossil Free Penn, Philly Jobs with Justice, and the Coalition Against Fraternity Sexual Assault.
10/05/20 10:41pm
Penn SPAC, a new student organization, launched this semester to inform students about a business venture rising in popularity: special purpose acquisition companies.
10/01/20 11:14pm
Penn administrators wrote that the decision to modify spring break was made in an effort to "discourage travel during the pandemic," similar to the reason they canceled fall break this semester. But students want more time off during the spring semester to recover from a heavy courseload.
10/01/20 10:56pm
Through StudyRev, which fully launched this semester, tutees can request help when they need it  and tutors can work as their schedule permits.
09/29/20 11:08pm
After choosing a book to read together, the club meets virtually every Thursday for a discussion that may include politics, personal experiences, and other topics the books may inspire.
09/28/20 11:57pm
First years said they are not overly concerned about the absence of student leaders to represent their class, due to alternative ways to meet people through clubs and organized meet-ups virtually or outdoors.