Articles by Sheila Hodges
Frustrated by littering, West Philadelphia residents call for Penn students to respect areaLocal residents suggested Penn can improve its relationship with West Philadelphia by making parts of campus more accessible to the public and encouraging student participation in community organization.
Phila. DA Larry Krasner talks criminal justice reform, voter turnout at Penn Dems eventKrasner answered questions from Penn and Philadelphia community members regarding his work on criminal justice reform, his recent win in the Democratic primary, and the role of higher voter turnout in the primary election.
Twenty years after 9/11, Penn and DP alumni recount reporting on and coping with the tragedyPrior to the attacks, many Penn students said it was just a normal morning. But the attacks threw the day into uncertainty — some students proceeded to class as usual before the University suspended operations, and reporters and editors from The Daily Pennsylvanian rushed to the office to cover the unfolding tragedy.
Fatal accident kills a construction worker in University City near Penn MuseumAfter a drill rig collapsed in University City, the rig operator was injured and a 56-year-old worker, identified as Kirankumar Mistry, was killed.
Penn astronomers discover largest comet in modern history that will be visible in 2031Comet Bernardinelli-Bernstein was named after Pedro Bernardinelli, who received his Ph.D. in astrophysics from Penn in 2021, and professor of Astronomy and Astrophysics Gary Bernstein, the astronomers who discovered it.
Penn to offer faculty, staff paid day off as thanks for ‘collaborative efforts’ amid pandemicThe administrators wrote that the paid day off given as a way to show appreciation for the cooperation, collaboration, and innovation that occurred among faculty and staff during the pandemic.
Penn Medicine develops an odor test that can quickly detect cancers with over 90% accuracyA study done by Penn researchers found that the odor test can detect compounds found in pancreatic and ovarian cancer cells using blood samples from patients.
Penn Medicine develops COVID-19 test that delivers results in minutes with 90% accuracyA recent study on the RAPID test developed by a team at Penn Medicine found that it can detect COVID-19 within four minutes.
Graduating 6B leaders reflect on their legacy, accomplishments, and future plansThe 6B is a coalition of Penn’s main minority student groups on campus, including the Penn Association for Gender Equity, UMOJA, Lambda Alliance, Latinx Coalition, United Minorities Council, and Asian Pacific Student Coalition.
New pre-orientation program PennGenEq will promote gender equity and social justiceThe program's curriculum includes discussions on the history of feminism, identity and intersectionality, binaries and labels, a critical history of feminism, and discussions about privilege.
Penn experts pose solutions to Philadelphia’s pandemic-fueled gentrificationPenn-affiliated experts believe that the city has seen a more gradual form of gentrification through increased housing prices and new development — making access to affordable housing even more difficult for residents.
Philadelphia organizations work to educate and provide vaccines to at-risk populationsExperts believe that distrust in vaccines is a contributing factor to racial inequalities in Philadelphia's vaccine rollout, as well as a lack of accessibility to vaccines and information on them.
Experts reflect on how COVID-19 may shape the future of education at Penn and beyondOne year after COVID-19 forced universities to adopt a virtual format, Penn education experts reflect on how remote learning will impact education at Penn and elsewhere post-pandemic.
Disappointed with inaction, Philadelphians urge mayor to implement gun violence legislation63-year-old veteran and activist Jamal Johnson has started another hunger strike, alleging inaction on behalf of the City of Philadelphia towards the city's gun violence crisis.
Philadelphia's Black business owners reflect on their entrepreneurial experiencesIn honor of Black History Month, The Daily Pennsylvanian interviewed several Black business owners who shared the challenges they faced as Black entrepreneurs — and the perseverance behind their journey.
‘Living in a warzone’: Philadelphians petition mayor to address resolution on gun violencePhiladelphia Mayor Jim Kenney has yet to act on a resolution proposed by Penn alum and Councilmember Jamie Gauthier to address the city's increase in gun violence, prompting local community members to petition — and strike — for its approval.
‘It will literally kill people’: Penn’s reopening angers West Philadelphia residentsWest Philadelphia residents felt blindsided by Penn's decision to reopen campus for the spring, adding that people who are already disproportionately affected by the virus will be the most affected.
From Guam to rural Iowa, meet five students admitted early decision to the Class of 2025The Daily Pennsylvanian spoke with five students who were admitted early decision to the Class of 2025 after navigating an unprecedented year for college application processes. Here are their stories.
Wharton first year distributes $15M in unused medicine to charities through new foundationThe Altrui Foundation transfers unused medications from manufacturers to charitable organizations so they do not become wasted.