Penn Named Best University … Security

The University of Pennsylvania’s public safety division ranked first in its sector in the annual Security 500 rankings from Security magazine. It was the eighth consecutive year Penn topped the rankings for universities.

Penn has beefed up its security since the campus got a reputation for crime in the 1980s and early 1990s. Maureen Rush, Vice President for Public Safety and Superintendent of the Penn Police Department, joined Penn in 1994. Per The Daily Pennsylvanian, security contractors at Penn have doubled under Rush. Penn now has almost 800 people working in public safety in the 2.5-mile zone.

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Six People Have Been Caught Urinating On A Ben Franklin Statue This Semester

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Like all old, rich colleges, the University of Pennsylvania has a ton of stupid traditions. Many of them are steeped in history — the day where Penn juniors carry canes and wear fake straw hats dates to 1937 — and others are more recent.

Here’s one that’s less than 30 years old: It’s tradition to pee on the statue of Benjamin Franklin that sits at 36th Street and Locust Walk. The statue of Franklin sitting on a bench went up in 1987.

It’s quite popular, though: Six people have been caught doing it already this year. Other urinators, and they no doubt exist, have escaped detection by Penn Police. Pee for Pennsylvania! Public urination on public art!

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Ex-Penn Professor Who Killed Wife Must Pay $124 Million

Rafael Robb — the deluded former Penn professor who killed his wife Ellen in 2006 — must pay the estate of his former wife $124 million, a jury ruled yesterday.

The civil trial began earlier this week.

Jurors returned a unanimous verdict after five hours. An attorney for the estate of Ellen Gregory Robb told the Inquirer it is the largest contested jury verdict in the history of Pennsylvania. “He has millions … and we will take that away from him,” Robert Mongeluzzi told the paper.

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Penn Course Requires Students to Waste Time on the Internet

This is why Penn is ranked 19th in the world, folks.

Aptly-named “Wasting time on the Internet,” the real-life course will be offered by the Ivy League school’s English department during the upcoming spring 2015 semester.

“Students will be required to stare at the screen for three hours, only interacting through chat rooms, bots, social media and listservs.”

And oh yeah: “Distraction, multi-tasking, and aimless drifting is mandatory.”
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Survey: Penn, Princeton Grads Are Hard to Date

Alumni from the University of Pennsylvania are among the 10 least-dateable alums of any college in the United States, according to a survey.

Matchmaking site The Dating Ring surveyed 1,600 users about 7,500 dates and came up with the 10-best and 10-worst alumni to date. Penn came in at No. 8, and Princeton No. 9. Babson College (it’s near Boston) had the worst alums to date in the survey, while Rutgers was third-worst.

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(UPDATE) Penn Student Dead of Apparent Suicide

[Update 1:33 p.m.] The Daily Pennsylvanian is identifying the deceased student as Amanda Hu, 20, from a suburb of Charlotte, N.C.

“She had left what appeared to be two suicide notes: one addressed to her family and one to her ‘mental health doctor at Penn,'” the DP reported. “The exact cause of death has yet to be confirmed by the Medical Examiner’s office as of Monday morning.”

A gathering for Hu will be held at 5 p.m. today in the Benjamin Franklin Room in Houston Hall, the paper reported.

And as HughE Dillion reports below in the comments, this weekend features a suicide awareness walk, starting 7:30 a.m. Sunday at the Philadelphia Art Museum.

[Original] A female Penn student in her 20s was found dead overnight, the victim of an apparent suicide. Authorities did not immediately identify her.
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