Articles by Aliza Ohnouna
From Ivanka Trump to John Legend, here's where Penn's most famous alumni lived on campusFrom high-profile political figures like Ivanka Trump to Grammy-award-winning celebrities like John Legend, find out where Penn's most celebrated alumni lived at Penn
A look into Amy Gutmann’s role with one of the world’s largest asset management firmsAs university endowments, including Penn’s own pool of assets, have increased in value, student activists have focused intently on the choices investment managers make with school money.
Why a seven-story residential building at Penn can take longer to build than a skyscraper downtownPenn held a design competition in 1999 for architects to submit proposals for New College House West, which was announced just this month that it will be built.
Houston Market will receive a $15.15 million renovation this summerThe renovated market will feature a Mongolian grill station, a sandwich carving station, as well as new kiosk portals where students can place orders and pay for items.
Why some students are told by Career Services that they might be banned from OCRSeveral students say this warning can add to their stress, particularly during a personal crisis, but administrators say most who receive this message are never actually banned from OCR.
Restaurant leases are usually 10 years. Why do so many Penn establishments close before that?From pricey rents to citations from the Philadelphia Department of Public Health, there are a range of issues that have caused eateries in University City to shut down in recent years.
Why one of Penn's best years for endowment returns probably won't affect University spendingThis year, Penn reported a 14.3 percent investment return on its endowment, bringing the endowment’s total value to a record-high of $12.2 billion.
Visas are an additional — and complicated — step for international students seeking summer internshipsStudents have to take additional classes and make changes to their academic load for a visa. Even then, various companies might reject them for being international.
When a Penn student dies, why aren't faculty members immediately notified?Some faculty members were formally notified of the recent death of College senior Nicholas Moya days after it occurred. Others never received a notification from the University.
Family, friends and mentors gathered to honor the life of College senior Nick MoyaMoya's mother spoke of her son as "an old soul — intuitive and inquisitive."
The book center's decision to stop carrying course books has frustrated some on campus“Penn Book Center was never problematic," said Lily Applebaum, assistant to the Faculty Director of the Kelly Writers House Al Filreis.
Thousands of students live off campus. This isn't so easy for students on financial aid.Living off-campus often requires students to produce large sums of money upfront, which can be a challenge for students on financial aid.
Meet the two Penn students who were just elected as Philadelphia officialsCollege sophomore Louis Lin said he decided to run for Judge of Election when President Trump alleged that between 3 and 5 million illegal votes had been cast in the General Election.
From employee benefits to convenience, here's why some Penn grads choose to work for the UniversityCareer Services data over the past six years consistently lists Penn as one of the top employers for recent Penn graduates: for every year since 2010, 16 to 43 students have been employed full-time by the University. This is not counting the many other students who juggle part-time work at Penn with other jobs.
Before entering politics, Jon Huntsman, Jr. was an elusive presence at PennJon Huntsman, Jr. became a Quaker in 1985 — to the complete surprise of most of the over 100 classmates The Daily Pennsylvanian reached out to about him.
Protesters, preachers and homeless people: Who is allowed on Penn's campus?When preachers set up signs on campus and chanted insults against gay people, Catholics and Jews, Vice President for Public Safety Maureen Rush recalled students complaining that the preachers were terrifying them and insisting that their actions had to be illegal. “It’s not,” Rush said.
Penn Book Center says it will no longer sell course booksThe email, which carried a subject line “Textbook Change,” said the decision was made because the store has “seen a steady decline in ... coursebook sales and profitability over the past several years.”
For some Penn students, extreme vetting to get into the U.S. is not a new phenomenonWhen leaving the U.S. to go to Turkey during spring break in 2015, Osama Ahmed, a 2016 College and Wharton graduate, was approached by two men in muscle t-shirts. They demanded that he follow them, and they opened their jackets to reveal guns and police badges.
The price of hidden course costs at PennHigh costs for materials and projects are often not listed on syllabi, but these hidden course fees pose a problem for students who cannot afford them.