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Each year, the University City District compiles, in a glossy report, the vital signs for the eastern half of West Philly. For a while now, the trend lines have been strong. But this year, the numbers are truly staggering. Read more »
A crowd of about 300 took to the middle of Broad Street Thursday evening to make a point about student debt and racial inequality.
As part of the Million Student March taking place nationwide, students from Temple, Penn, Community College of Philadelphia, and Drexel began at their own campuses and then converged at City Hall. Their demands are familiar: $15 an hour minimum wage, student debt forgiveness, and free education.
We saw the writing (ha!) on the wall back in May, when Penn announced it would no longer be considering applicants’ scores on the essay portion of the SAT while pondering whom to admit to its hallowed halls. We winced a bit when we saw that the comments beneath a recent Daily Princetonianarticle on a student’s attempted suicide had devolved into a flame-throwing, name-calling brawl over whether “the person allegedly hanged themselves” was grammatically proper or not. We fell into a fever when we watched a privileged young Yalie scream at a professor to “SHUT UP!,” then fainted dead away when we read another Yale student’s defense of said screaming in the student newspaper, which featured the immortal line, “I don’t want to debate. I want to talk about my pain.” Really, we’d like to see that tattooed on every incoming Ivy League frosh.
Deeply troubling, indeed. Although the numbers weren’t unique to Penn — results were “deeply troubling” across the board — that didn’t make them any easier to take in.
A staggering 27 percent of undergraduate women who responded to the survey reported that they had been sexually assaulted at Penn. A full two-thirds reported that they were subject to sexual harassment. Less than half said they thought it was “very or extremely likely” that Penn would take a report of sexual assault seriously, and only about a third were confident that the university would conduct a fair investigation.
To summarize: Women at Penn are being sexually assaulted in alarming numbers, and they don’t trust Penn to do anything about it.
Is now a good time to mention that Bill Cosby still holds an honorary degree from the University of Pennsylvania? Because he does. Although a number of institutions have revoked Cosby’s honors after more than 50 women have accused him of sexual assault, Penn declined to do so on Friday. Read more »
The “BuzzFeed community” has ranked the Most Beautiful College Campuses in the World, and the good news is that Penn is on the list, at number 13, represented by photos of a snow-covered Quad and the LOVE statue. The bad news is that the Most Beautiful College in the World is someplace called Berry College in Mount Berry, Georgia, where 2,000 lucky students get to wallow in glory that surpasses that of every other college campus on earth. (Berry’s photos show a grandiose quad with a reflecting pool and very bad grass, as well as a Teutonic-looking farm.) Read more »
The University of Pennsylvania ranked seventh among private U.S. colleges in private giving in 2014, according to the Chronicle of Higher Education.
Penn garnered $483,569,483 in private gifts, as reported by the Chronicle of Philanthropy’s Philanthropy 400 project, just ahead of Columbia’s $469,968,713 and behind Cornell (Cornell?!?), which took in $546,087,720. Read more »
The Annenberg Center for Public Policy at the University of Pennsylvania announced today that Satullo is joining as a “professional in residence” for the Spring 2016 semester. “He will work on a project involving the intersection of media and civic engagement,” the center said in a statement. Read more »
The image the DP used for its editorial. Note the Temple sweatshirt.
While other universities across the country have revoked Bill Cosby’s honorary degrees in the wake of the accusations against him, the University of Pennsylvania, which gave him a degree in 1990, remains mum. Now the Daily Pennsylvanian has put out a clear call for the university to act, arguing that though Cosby denies the allegations and has not been convicted of a crime, “he is no longer deserving of the honor.” Further, the editorial notes, “The University is not a court. It does not require legal precedence or jurisdiction in order to take a stand against someone or something that does not uphold its core values.”
The editorial connects the university’s non-action on Cosby to the larger problem of sexual assault on college campuses, and the message it sends to student victims: Read more »
Next spring, students at Penn will be able to take a course inspired by the literary recommendations of actor JamesFranco. Taught by English Department professor Jean-Christophe Cloutier, the description for “Recommended By James Franco (Mostly)” explains the class as a “springboard for surveying representative texts from the 20th and 21st centuries, with an emphasis on the more recent works.”
According to the The Daily Pennsylvanian, Cloutier created the class after hearing Franco’s name pop up in discussions with students about literature. Plus, Cloutier kind of digs what the Pineapple Express star is doing on a cultural front.