Articles by Spencer Swanson
Spencer Swanson | What modern politicians can learn from the late President BushIt sometimes seems as though the more reserved Bush is overshadowed by the larger-than-life personalities of the men who preceded and followed him: Ronald Reagan and Bill Clinton.
Spencer Swanson | Far-right despot or economic savior? Welcome to Bolsonaro’s BrazilConsidering the chaos of corruption Brazil has endured over the last few decades, he might, just might, be exactly what the country needs.
Spencer Swanson | Khashoggi's murder is a test of Trump’s leadership. He’s failing.The free press is too valuable to dismiss this incident as the work of “rogue killers.”
Spencer Swanson | Step aside Joe — Biden is not the best choice for PresidentI like Joe as much as the next guy, but he’s simply not what this country needs rights now — he is a man who hasn’t realized his moment has passed.
Spencer Swanson | Banning hard liquor at frat parties is 2018 ProhibitionStudents who've grown up abroad and have been around alcohol since their teenage years are responsible drinkers, especially compared to students who had their first beer during New Student Orientation.
Spencer Swanson | Don't boo. Vote.Depending on your state of permanent residence — and your politics — you may get a kick out of helping “flip” a seat this fall.
Spencer Swanson | Trump’s golden reunion is not worth celebratingThe controversies surrounding Donald Trump as a shady businessman, uncouth politician, groping womanizer, and increasingly failed president should be motivation enough for the University to take a bold stand.
Spencer Swanson | Gone with the Wynn: Why Penn must tread lightly with the legacies of controversial alumniWe must guard diligently against rewriting the past just to please the popular opinion of the day and to make people comfortable in contemporary society.
Spencer Swanson | Last year was a bad one for Mother NatureIn the United States alone the natural disasters associated with climate change, including hurricanes and wildfires, cost a record $306 billion in damages – making 2017 the costliest year ever.
Spencer Swanson | Washington needs Penn studentsIt is a challenge to think about jumping into the swamp that so many are shouting about draining. But, members of the Penn community are precisely the sorts of individuals that America needs now.
Group Think | What is the biggest issue facing Penn?The fall semester is just about to end and a lot has happened that has left lasting impressions and changes on this campus.
Spencer Swanson | Why Penn graduate students are missing out in Trump’s 'great' tax cutsIf passed, these changes would undermine higher education and would have a negative multi-generational impact on the United States.
Spencer Swanson | Penn's inclusion in the Paradise Papers is shamefulAfter the recent revelations of the Paradise Papers, it is obvious that Penn hasn’t been entirely practicing what it preaches.
Group Think | How can the University Council get better attendance?Do we need a major overhaul of the UC or does the UC just have a brand problem?
Spencer Swanson | The facts about fake newsPerhaps we don’t need a Penn course to teach us how to spot fake news, but we do need to take individual responsibility in learning this valuable skill.
Group Think | What's the best way to petition the administration?In general, how can student activist groups lobby Penn's administration effectively in order to promote change?
Spencer Swanson | In defense of Early DecisionAlthough the trend of admitting over 50 percent of each freshman class in Early Decision has its drawbacks, it is ultimately the best system for ensuring the most committed Penn class.
Group Think | Is Penn taking too many students through Early Decision?Is Penn filling up too much of its classes through early decision? Should there be any changes to Penn's admissions policies with regards to early decision?
Spencer Swanson | Reasons for random roomingMight not the challenges of interacting and learning to live with totally random strangers as we start our university careers have been a valuable learning experience?