Articles by Isabella Schlact
Headaches, exhaustion, and more screen time: Penn students are worn down by online learningStudents report feeling tired from staring at their screens all day, and say their courses and coursework take more time and mental energy than they normally would in person.
Penn Med experts warn against comparing COVID-19 vaccine to 1976 swine flu vaccine disasterThe experts, both inventors of prominent vaccines, stressed that the swine flu did not spread widely, as was feared, while COVID-19 has already swept the nation.
Back to school, COVID-19 edition: Tips for first years to survive virtual college at PennTo help Penn's new students navigate this uniquely challenging semester, The Daily Pennsylvanian asked upperclassmen and professors for advice about how to succeed in college amid the coronavirus pandemic.
LGBT Center, CAPS launch joint video series to support Penn's LGBTQ+ communityThe video series, titled “LGBTQ+ Tips: Navigating the New Normal,” released an introduction video on June 22 and has since published three episodes.
Penn summer courses enroll students in 30% more course units than 2019Vice Dean for Liberal and Professional Education Nora Lewis said 2020 summer enrollment has increased by approximately 850-900 course units as compared to 2019.
Mütter Museum exhibit on Philadelphia’s 1918 flu pandemic parallels COVID-19 crisis"Spit Spreads Death: The Influenza Pandemic of 1918-19 in Philadelphia" highlights how Philadelphia was impacted by the 1918 influenza pandemic, which began spreading in the city after a war bond parade on Sept. 28, 1918.
Professors are wary of in-person teaching following Penn’s hybrid semester announcementUnder Penn's hybrid model, courses with more than 25 students will be recorded and taught remotely while all smaller courses may be taught in person, at the discretion of the individual professor, and with larger seating space permitted.
New visa restrictions won’t affect most Penn intl. students. Many still remain worried.Penn’s international students are worried about their long-term prospects in the United States following President Donald Trump’s recent announcement that will institute sweeping restrictions on work visa availability to foreign nationals.
‘A legend on campus’: Students saddened by departure of Dean of Admissions Eric FurdaStudents, including Kite and Key Society president and Rising Engineering senior Sofia Gonzalez, said they were shocked and saddened by Furda's decision to leave the University after leading the Admissions Office for 12 years.
Supreme Court ruling on LGBTQ workers expands, reaffirms protections at PennThough Penn and the city of Philadelphia had already implemented nondiscrimination ordinances for LGBTQ+ individuals, Director of Penn's LGBT Center Dr. Erin Cross said she believes the decision will still have a major impact on the Penn community.
Q-INE, Penn’s new LGBTQIA+ interest magazine, launches in celebration of Pride MonthThe inaugural issue of Q-INE, pronounced 'queen,' features essays, poetry, and photography created by 26 members of Penn's LGBTQIA+ community, including undergraduate and graduate students, as well as faculty and staff.
Annenberg survey seeking evolutionary ratings of demographic groups sparks backlash, apologyParticipants were asked to use the 'Ascent of Man' image to indicate how evolved they considered various demographic groups, including undocumented migrants, Chinese people, the elderly, and people with COVID-19, to be.
Pride in a pandemic: LGBTQIA+ students discuss isolation, intersectional activismQPenn, Penn’s annual LGBT pride week that usually takes place in mid-March, and Pride parades in Philadelphia and across the nation, have largely been postponed or cancelled entirely.
With fall semester format undecided, students worry about online classes, on-campus healthThe University's four outlined scenarios have drawn mixed reactions from students, as some believe any form of on-campus instruction is too great a risk, while others wish Penn would have provided more specifics.