Articles by Anya Tullman
Penn shakes up University leadershipWharton made history by appointing the school's first Black and female dean, and the University Chaplain is taking on additional responsibilities as Vice President for Social Equity and Community.
Profs. deem online semester a success, but hope to teach in person soonReflecting back on the positive experiences of the unprecedented semester, professors nevertheless said they hoped to return to teaching in person as soon as possible.
Students, experts greet Penn’s $100 million donation, but renew push for U. to pay PILOTsStudents and professors are backing Penn for PILOTs' demands that the University pay 40% of what it would owe in property taxes, which is almost four times the amount Penn has pledged to give annually, and continue contributing to the city well beyond the 10-year period.
Gregory College House to get air conditioning by May 2021, nine months behind scheduleAlthough Penn had planned to complete air conditioning installation for the last dorm without AC by the end of the summer, the COVID-19 pandemic and limited supply of equipment upended the project timeline.
Philadelphia under a citywide curfew Friday for second night this weekTwo Philadelphia police officers shot and killed Wallace Jr., a 27-year-old Black man, at 61st and Locust Streets on Monday, prompting protests near Penn’s campus on Monday night and throughout Tuesday.
Here are the Penn buildings and facilities that are open to students right nowStudents in Philadelphia have access to some open facilities such as the Van Pelt-Dietrich Library Center, Penn Park, the Hamlin Tennis Center, and the Penn University Archives Reading Room.
Philadelphia imposes curfew Wednesday night following citywide protestsOn Monday afternoon, two Philadelphia police officers shot and killed Wallace Jr., a 27-year-old Black man. The killing prompted protests near Penn’s campus on Monday night and throughout Tuesday.
Performing arts groups produce prerecorded, virtual content in light of COVID-19 restrictionsIn 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.
Amy Gutmann and her husband donate $2 million to Penn Nursing for new scholarship programThe program, which will launch in January 2021, will select and fund 10 Nursing students annually across the undergraduate and graduate degree-levels, Director of Media Relations Ron Ozio wrote in a press release.
Penn Food and Wellness Collaborative launches farm in Penn Park to combat food insecurityThe Penn Park Farm and its greenhouse, located at the southernmost tip of Penn Park, welcomed its first harvest of more than 300 pounds of cold weather produce such as kale, spinach, lettuce, and cabbage in September.
New Vice Provost for University Life begins job, prioritizes meeting students virtuallyThis 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.
Barstool Sports founder Dave Portnoy stops by Smokes for pizza reviewPortnoy, who reviews pizza as part of a popular segment for Barstool's One Bite app, was seen filming a pizza review outside Smokey Joe's at approximately 6 p.m. on Wednesday.
Penn Law removes statement on RBG’s death after inclusion of Amy Wax quote sparked outrageThe statement, posted to the law school’s Facebook page on Sept. 23 at 8:51 a.m., included an excerpt from Wax's book review — published in Claremont Review of Book's Winter 2020 edition — on Jane Sherron De Hart's "Ruth Bader Ginsburg: A Life."
SAS will not admit new Ph.D. students next academic year due to COVID-19 financial lossPausing admissions for the 2021-2022 academic year will allow SAS to allocate available funds towards current graduate students who need more time to complete their degrees.
Brown University will welcome undergraduate students back to campus for in-person classesThe university announced on Thursday that remaining students who wish to return to Brown’s residence halls are permitted to do so between Sept. 18 to Sept. 20.
Penn's competitive job recruitment season shifts online for first time in U. historyWhile some students said they find it more difficult to build connections with employers without meeting them in person, others said virtual recruitment alleviated the stress of on-campus recruitment and Penn's toxic, competitive recruitment culture.
Temple moves classes online after more than 200 students test positive for COVID-19Temple's decision comes several weeks after other Philadelphia colleges, including Penn and Drexel University, decided to conduct the fall semester remotely.
As some colleges switch to a remote fall, Penn declines to say whether it will change plansUniversity spokesperson Stephen MacCarthy declined to say whether Penn is considering a change to a fully online semester or not.
Professors with school-age children worry about balancing work and childcare this fallProfessors also expressed concerns about their children's safety, as students in the School District of Philadelphia will return to school in person two days a week this fall.