Articles by Rahul Chopra
Penn student researchers dig into the University's unaddressed ties to the slave tradeThe Penn Slavery Project discovered that out of Penn's 28 founding trustees who were investigated, 20 of them held slaves and had financial ties to the slave trade.
In an effort to make Penn tobacco-free, the University has removed dozens of smoker poles on campusCollege sophomore Aleksei Kuryla said he was skeptical that removing smoker poles on campus would effectively reduce smoking among students.
The International Affairs Association website was just hacked by a Turkish nationalist group“In a weird way it was flattering, that they would go to the trouble to hack a student website at Penn,” College sophomore Ethan Woolley said.
More students and not enough space: CIS 120 teaching assistants say Penn isn't listening to themStudents and teaching assistants in CIS 120 have been pushed into overcrowded rooms with no electrical outlets for their office hours.
Five weeks and no grades: what happens when professors don't return scores before the drop deadline“In my geology class, we haven't even turned in a single assignment. I didn’t know if I was doing anything right. It was pretty impossible to gauge where I was at,” College sophomore Eliza Halpin said.
After 42 years with Penn Libraries, director Carton Rogers is retiringAs Director of Penn Libraries, Rogers introduced the Weigle Information Commons, the Kislak Center for Special Collections and the Moelis Grand Reading Room.
Penn students and faculty are working together to bring Amazon to PhiladelphiaVarious competitions have been set up inviting students to make arguments for Philadelphia to be made the home of the tech giant's next headquarters.
Being a workaholic isn't bad if you're engaged in your work, says one Penn professor“If you’re working a lot, make sure it’s something you’re passionate about and something you’re excited about."
Penn research finds that cramming might make you learn more, but not betterOnline courseware sites, such as Khan Academy and Coursera have grown increasingly popular, but research shows that overusing these services can affect learning.
Some Penn students took courses in high school for credit. Then the University changed its policies.“I sat next to sophomores, juniors and seniors and I did the same work as them, I don’t understand why they would get the credit and I wouldn't."
Fifty percent of Penn students may have had private information leaked in a cyber attackEarlier this month, hackers broke into the system of credit-reporting agency Equifax and stole the private information of up to 143 million people.
What students in the energy research program VIPER think about its heavy requirementsMany students are looking for a job in the energy industry and say the program's heavy research requirements aren't particularly relevant.
After Harvey and Irma, Penn professors explain how cities can better prepare for natural disastersEPA administrator Scott Pruitt said it's “insensitive” to raise climate change in the immediate aftermath of deadly storms. One Penn professor replied, “I think that’s poppycock."
These Penn researchers are analyzing social media to understand mental healthOut of 3,235 American counties, Philadelphia ranks 661 for well-being, 2,283 for depression and 3,223 for agreeableness.
Penn InTouch is being replaced, but most current students won't get to see it.Penn InTouch can support up to 1,200 concurrent users. That is 5 percent of Penn's overall student population.
Penn researchers analyzed Trump's immigration plan. The results aren't good.Their model has found that Trump's proposal to cut down on legal immigration will lower GDP without increasing the wages of American laborers by a significant amount.
Penn is centralizing all course information on a new digital platformThe catalog is the first in a series of updates to Penn's information systems through the “Next Generation Student Systems” project.
Five tips on being international at Penn“At times you’ll feel homesick or slightly uncomfortable, but they’re always people and resources at campus,” College and Engineering sophomore Raj Bhuva said.
Penn tops the Ivy League for employability, according to new reportPrinceton University had the lowest score — 48.3 percent lower than the Ivy League average — according to the report from Indeed.com