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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Penn Continuing Marijuana Ban Despite City Decriminalization

penn-pot-shield Despite the City of Philadelphia’s law decriminalizing marijuana possession expected to take effect next month, the University of Pennsylvania has no plans to change its policy toward pot use on campus. Sorry, Penn kids: You’ll still have to look over your shoulder when you light up at the Biopond.

Philadelphia’s new pot laws will be a $25 fine for possession, and a $100 fine or community service for smoking in public. Penn won’t tweak its on-campus pot ban, because it says doing so would put its federal funding in jeopardy. The federal government requires Penn to continue punishing students for marijuana use and possession, Penn says, or the university would be at risk for losing research and financial aid money. Another place one can smoke on Penn’s campus but will have to be worried about is in the little nook between the art school and the communications building.

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Penn Juniors Create “Frat Jacket”

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You are looking at the “Frackit,” a jacket designed by Caroline Calle and Melissa Greenblatt and so named because, well, let’s let the Daily Pennsylvanian explain:

Calle and Greenblatt, members of Penn’s chapter of Delta Delta Delta sorority, recently launched FRACKIT, a company that sells waterproof hooded jackets. The name comes from ‘fracket,’ or ‘frat jacket,’ which is defined by Urban Dictionary as “a jacket you wear to frats because you don’t mind if at the end of the night, it is covered in beer [and] frat sludge.”

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Penn’s Ezekiel Emanuel Wants to Die at 75

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Penn’s Ezekiel Emanuel — known for being Rahm‘s brother and a key figure in the development of Obamacare — has a provocative piece in The Atlantic: “Why I Hope to Die at 75.

It’s causing quite a stir.

Emanuel goes to great pains to say that he’s not trying to create a policy enforced on anybody else — but he does say he figures, essentially, that the fun and creative and useful part of his life will be more or less done when he’s 75. When he hits that age, he says, he’ll stop going to the doctor for checkups and let his body take its natural course — no life-extending medicine for him.
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