Penn Student Newspaper Endorses Clinton, Disses Alum Trump

Daily Pennsylvanian - Hillary Clinton endorsement

An excerpt from the Daily Pennsylvanian’s endorsement of Hillary Clinton

The Daily Pennsylvanian, the independent student newspaper of Penn, endorsed Hillary Clinton today in a joint editorial with the Wellesley News, the college paper of Hillary Clinton’s alma mater. Trump, as he mentions on the campaign trail, graduated from Wharton with a bachelor’s in economics in 1968. Read more »

Leaked Email: Clinton Considered Ex-Penn President for VP

Hillary Clinton; Judith Rodin

In June, Hillary Clinton selected Virginia Sen. Tim Kaine as her running mate. But, according to an email released recently by WikiLeaks, there were plenty of other names under consideration — and one had a Philadelphia flavor to it.

On the short list, according to an email apparently from Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta, was former Penn president Judith Rodin. Podesta organized the list in “rough food groups,” and Rodin’s name was in the group that included Michael Bloomberg, Tim Cook, Bill Gates, Melinda Gates, Coca-Cola CEO Muhtar Kent, Xerox CEO Ursula Burns, GM CEO Mary Barra, and Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz. (The Clinton campaign has not confirmed that any of the leaked emails, which have been dribbling out throughout October, are authentic.) Read more »

Penn Doesn’t Pay Philly Taxes. Here’s Why It Should.

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Photo: iStock/f11photo

A couple of months ago, my husband told me about a flier he found in our mailbox. It was from a lawyer, he said, right in our hometown. A guy who’d gone to the local public schools and then made good. Now he’d come back to town to do something neighborly: He was offering to challenge the real estate tax assessment on our house to try and get it lowered. All he’d ask was a share of any savings we got. Read more »

Report: Penn Students Are Tinder’s Hottest Ivy Leaguers

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Photo by temizyurek/iStock

The university that touts the most billionaire graduates in the country is also apparently the most attractive.

Dating app Tinder has released information for a Business Insider report claiming that students at the University of Pennsylvania receive more right (“yes”) swipes than those at Brown, Columbia, Cornell, Dartmouth, Princeton, Yale, or Harvard. Read more »

13 Things You Might Not Know About Penn’s Life at Vet U TV Show

Clint Kuban examines a patient at Penn Vet. | Photo by X

Clint Kuban examines a patient at Penn Vet. | Photo courtesy of Animal Planet

We were agog with excitement when news broke earlier this year that Animal Planet had been shadowing six fourth-year students at Penn’s veterinary school for a reality TV show, Life at Vet U, based on their experiences. It felt so right, so familiar! Like many people with pets in the city — especially those with accident-prone cats — we’ve been to Penn Vet a kazillion times, and we’ve always come away awed by its students’ calm assurance and expertise. Now, finally, the show is debuting, at 10 tomorrow night. To tide you over, and to celebrate the fact that October is National Dog Show Month, we thought we’d share some info on the stars — and their pets. Read more »

Petition Calls for Penn to Disavow Donald Trump

Wharton logo; Donald Trump

Trump photo by Michael Vadon (license)

If you listen to Donald Trump out on the campaign trail long enough, there’s a good chance you’ll hear him mention his time spent in Philadelphia. Though Trump’s college years remain a bit of a mystery, you’ll hear him bring it up often: Trump went to the Wharton School of Finance.

Trump has his undergraduate degree in economics from the University. Donald Trump Jr., Ivanka and Tiffany Trump all graduated from Penn. And since the institution granted him a degree, he’s free to flaunt it however he wants. But some alumni, faculty and staff of the University of Pennsylvania are not happy about it — and they’re hoping to get Penn to do something about it.

Philadelphia’s Nathaniel Popkin, the writer and editor who is also a 1991 Penn graduate, decided to do something about it. He started a petition at that calls for Penn President Amy Gutmann and the Trustees of the University of Pennsylvania to “disavow the intolerant views of Donald Trump.”

“Whenever he needed to say he was smart, he said, ‘Well, of course, I went to Wharton,’” Popkin told Philadelphia magazine. “It’s part of his family’s culture — they went there. But Penn was intentionally or not giving him some legitimacy that he desperately needs as he’s demonstrated.”

As a non-profit, there are limits to where Penn can involve itself in politics. A spokesperson for Penn told Inside Higher Ed “[t]he university doesn’t involve itself in partisan political races, so we would not have anything to offer on this.” Read more »

Elizabeth Banks at Penn: “You F—ing Millennials Need to F—ing Vote”

Elizabeth Banks holds up her phone to take a selfie

Elizabeth Banks takes a selfie with the crowd at Penn’s LGBT Center on Monday evening | Photo by Dan McQuade

Elizabeth Banks was done speaking to a packed-to-the-gills LGBT Center at Penn. As she finished up her brief speech, she knew what the kids were interested in: “I would like to be able to give you guys what you want,” she said, “which is pictures on your phone.” Dutifully, Banks then stood on a chair to take a table for her own selfie, then hung around for about 20 minutes as students lined up to take photos with her.

Banks, a 1996 graduate of Penn, was in Philadelphia to attend several events Monday in support of Hillary Clinton. She attended a private event at Ardmore, encouraged voter registration at the Penn LGBT Center, and went to the Liberty City Democratic Club Meeting in Center City.

“You need to vote for Hillary Clinton, and get 10 other people to vote for her too,” she said to the crowd at Penn. “You fucking millennials need to get out the fucking vote.” Read more »

10 Things You Might Not Know About College Mascots


The Temple football team opens its season tonight with a game against Army at the Linc. (Tickets here!) Temple’s team is known as the Owls for the most proudly prosaic of reasons: It started as a night school, with a student body that worked during the day and went to classes after the sun went down. (Temple’s live great horned owl mascot is Stella, who, when she’s not on the sidelines, lives at Norristown’s Elmwood Park Zoo.) Army’s team (technically now the Army West Point team) is known as the Black Knights, a designation that, rumor had it, would be dropped last year under a rebranding with Nike. They originally became known as the Black Knights because their uniforms were black. So — what’s in a college mascot’s name? Some are weird, some are whimsical, some are politically incorrect all of a sudden. Just in time for back-to-school, here are the stories behind a few other collegiate sports teams’ names.  Read more »

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